It is most appropriate to open this story with reveille, and this specific version includes an origami trumpet. Not that you will see an origami trumpet in this next art show, but you very well could. Charles Santee is an origami artist.
The theme of the art show that you will see is “Wake Up Call” at the Epicure Café curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective. In the Epicure Café venue, these openings are like a soiree. Every artist that you see associated with The Bunnyman Bridge Collective possesses the unique talent and intellectual fortitude to produce collectable art. They are putting Northern Virginia “suburbia” on the map, proving the point that great art can happen on the cul de sac.
Jessica, tell me something about the relationship between you guys and Epicure. Epicure is a non-profit org, right? Is there any relationship between that and the Fairfax Art League?
I like the idea that there is a gallery venue operating as an "independent" organization, I think. I am trying to get my head around it.
Jessica answered: “Thank you for always asking such important questions. For starters, I would like to say, and be very clear, that there is absolutely no relationship whatsoever between Epicure Cafe and the Fairfax Art League. They are separate entities.
Also, please note that there is absolutely no relationship whatsoever between Fairfax Art League and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective. They are entirely different and separate entities and do not share anything in common regarding philosophy, vision, structure, aesthetic, practice, creativity, direction, mindset, motivation, etc. The Bunnyman Bridge Collective came about through conversations between myself and Javier Padilla in October 2013. We are an independent, self-ruling, evolving, creative entity.”
She explained that in addition to being an artist, she works as an independent curator alongside Javier Padilla, as part of a project of The Bunnyman Bridge Collective. The Bunnyman Bridge Collective is also an independent and separate entity. Since January of 2014 they have been working, often with Jason Davis as well, to collaborate on artwork and innovative curatorial projects.
She wrote in a note, “We are blessed, lucky, and extremely grateful that Epicure Cafe provides a constantly creative epicenter for art, music, storytelling, and poetry in Fairfax. Suburbia is much in need of art and an art venue that is willing to step outside the boundaries, to step away from the typical suburban art exhibitions that offer only the same themes over and over. Suburbia is hungry for new, vital, gritty, raw, avant-garde art that defies all of the boundaries, that pushes all of the limits. Epicure Cafe has provided the perfect venue for a growing community of creatives to realize the boundless potential of the arts in Northern Virginia. Many of these artists, Javier Padilla, Jeff Duka, Matt Somma, Jason Davis, Abner De Jesus, Alex Beck, Lina Alattar, Diana Adams, myself, and many, many more have been here all along. We know every single day how vibrant the art scene is in Northern Virginia and we are dedicated to its growth, resilience, and power. We are constantly connecting with one another, creating and sharing ideas, collaborating, and looking for new ways to bring truly incredible local contemporary art to the greater community.”
This is a groundbreaking initiative that is making its own rules as they go along.
Jessica asserts, “Finally, we realized that if we wanted art to happen, if we wanted all of this immense creativity to be explored and exposed to the public, we would have to do it ourselves. We would have to make it happen. And, as I mentioned, since January 2014 we have been working to do just that. We are making it happen. We are in the midst of a major shift in how art is experienced in this region. The energy for our art exhibitions continues to grow. The audience continues to grow. The number of artists participating in our exhibitions and writing to us with a desire to participate in our exhibitions is growing every single day. It is very exciting to see something like this come to life. We are pleased with the growth, with the interconnectivity in this growing creative community, and we are beyond pleased with the art that fills every moment of our lives now. Truly exciting. Very grateful.”
The exhibit includes the following list of artists. (See their annotated descriptions):
1. Abner De Jesus
2. Michael Fischerkeller
3. Jessica Kallista
4. Javier Padilla
5. Jorge Vascano
6. Nadya Warthen-Gibson
“Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective Present
‘Wake Up Call’
August 9 – October 4
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 9, 2014 8 p.m. – midnight
Epicure Café, Fairfax, VA, is pleased to present Wake Up Call, a new collection of contemporary art curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective. Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective nurture a growing community of artists and creatives in Northern Virginia.
Art and bliss surround us in our everyday lives. It is time to for a Wake Up Call! For all of us to open our eyes, hearts, and minds to the art and bliss that are available to us if we simply open our eyes and attend to our surroundings. For their latest exhibition, Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective want you to know that art is here for all of us to create and share.
Wake Up Call sounds an alarm for the discovery of local art and artists in the wilds of Suburbia. Saturday, August 9, from 8 p.m. to midnight, spend an evening with artists Abner De Jesus, Michael Fischerkeller, Jessica Kallista, Javier Padilla, Jorge Vascano, and Nadya Warthen-Gibson. Music for the evening will be provided by the intensely vibrant and energetic Earth's Music Project.”
Via The Bunnyman Bridge
Epicure Café, located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, is open 7 days a week from 5 – midnight. “Wake Up Call” will be on view at Epicure Café from August 9 through October 4.