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'Wake Up Call' expanding the concept of community art

Nadya Warthen-Gibson paintings in 'Wake Up Call exhibit at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax
Nadya Warthen-Gibson paintings in 'Wake Up Call exhibit at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax
James George

There is an art destination in Fairfax, Virginia that is the Epicure Cafe where a hip and funky venue connects with The Bunnyman Bridge Collective to just knock the socks off in integrating local talent in art and performance with the suburban community. That was the intent and it is working toward “the big time”. Each month, there are new shows and new performers to bring excitement to those loving art experiences. There is nothing quite like it as an intimate happening where artists connect with their patrons and audience. A place like this has the potential to become something like The Purple Onion of San Francisco or Wise Fools of Chicago as it takes on character and personality of the community of participants.

Nadya Warthen-Gibson paintings in 'Wake Up Call' at the Epicure Cafe
James George

“Wake Up Call” features art by Michael Fischerkeller, Abner De Jesus, Jorge Vascano, Nadya Warthen-Gibson, Javier Padilla, and Jessica Kallista. The exhibit opened last night with a reveille by bongo playing Peruvian musician Rodrigo Oyola Z and the Earth’s Movement Project. He was hot.

The art show runs through October 4 and art can be purchased on location. I bought a couple of Padilla’s at a past event and they just put stickers on the work until the show is over. Then, you pick it up or meet at an artist’s studio as I did with artist Jason Davis.

Work that is curated by the Bunnyman Bridge Collective is highly collectable because they are most selective of artists and their work that is powerfully unique. That does not mean that the work is of the same kind. In fact, it may be the opposite description as this exhibit is eclectic in representing vastly different styles and art forms.

Take a tour of the show. There will be more artists’ profiles to come, and we need to put a Lojack on Rodrigo Oyola Z to see where he’s going to show up next.

‘Wake Up Call’ Exhibit now through October 4, 2014: Open from 5 p.m. -12: 30 a.m. every day.

Epicure Cafe
11104 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-352-9193
Fax: 703-352-9194

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