Paint the Town: Submerged in Art

by Editorial

With four evenings of fashion, music, art, and food, Submerge seeks to delight all your senses.
By Kinne Chapin

The members of No Kings Collective. Photo Courtesy of Jordan Culberson.

Oftentimes art exhibitions are a little…two dimensional. No matter how inspiring the art, once you’ve taken in its beauty there is noting left to capture your attention. Enter Submerge, a four day art exhibition and veritable assault on your senses organized by No Kings Collective. From September 22nd to the 25th, the Collective, whose mission is to provide new and unique ways for the public to experience art, will turn a dormant property on the Shaw Main Street Corridor into an art exhibition that will amaze both the aficionado and the novice.

The “flash art” exhibition will feature the works of acclaimed artists from Kelley Towles and Asad Walker to James Kerns. But although that alone would be enough to draw a crowd to the temporary space, Submerge goes much further. On Thursday, comic storyteller Desi Alexander will have the audience laughing at his unique yarns while chefs Tom Constantino and Eric Anderson whip up Pilipino-inspired dishes.

More of a music fan? Friday will feature music that spans the spectrum, from DJ 2 Tone Jones to Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber Project, a group that fuses the sound of old school rap with jazz and the blues. For fashion-followers, attend the exhibit on Saturday when the No Kings Collective teams up with All Night DC to bring attendees Nuit Blanche, an annual festival of haute couture fashion installations.

Submerge will end with a bang on Sunday with a collaboration with The heART Gallery, an organization focused on fusing music, fashion, poetry, and art. This evening will bring attendees a special showcase of heART Gallery artists, such as Ari Lennox, along with plenty of music to energize the evening– it’s sure to combine the best elements from throughout the four-day flash festival. So push your conception of a stuffy art museum out of your mind and get ready to attend Submerge, a true pARTy. Start planning which evening you will attend here.

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