An Artistic Gem in Anacostia

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

The National Gallery of Art and the Portrait Gallery are great places to visit if you want to delve into art history and see those famous Monet and Degas paintings you learned about in school.

But if you look a little harder, you can find art that you might not be able to find anywhere else, tucked away off the beaten path in and around D.C.

In 2007, the ARCH (Action to Rehabilitate Community Housing) Development Corp. opened the Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia. Those who visit this gem — which shares its name with the French port city and artist colony — truly adore it, from the creative and inspired artwork to the modish atmosphere. With gleaming wood floors and long stretches of white walls that serve as a backdrop for vibrant art pieces, the Honfleur is just as glamorous as larger galleries, but even more stylish. It’s small, but its unique community influence can be seen in the art.

Something you can’t find hanging on the towering walls of the Smithsonian is the intimate, home-grown passion that can be seen in smaller art galleries. Local artists are thrilled for the opportunity to have a place in their own community to showcase their work, and that’s part of what makes small art galleries like the Honfleur special, though they feature work from artists all over the world.

For its 10th anniversary this summer, the Honfleur will be opening their East of the River Exhibition, featuring: BK ADAMS.I AM ART, Elana Casey, Mei Mei Chang, Wesley Clark, Jonathan French, Matthew Mann, Luis Peralta, Susana Raab, James Terrell, and Deborah Terry.

Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE, Washington, DC 20020; 202-365- 8392; Hours:  Wednesday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. and by appointment.