The line to get into the Pancakes and Booze Art Show last night at the Big Chief in Ivy City stretched down the block and around the corner. Inside, the venue was packed wall to wall with an eclectic crowd of art enthusiasts eager to see what this show — unconventional even among artists — had to offer.
You see no black cocktail dresses and no trays of champagne at this show, and anyone who dares speak in hushed tones will not be heard. Visitors last night sported purple hair and tattoos, they drank beer out of cans and wine out of clear plastic solo cups, and everyone shouted to be heard over the pulsating throng.
Hundreds of portraits lining the walls depicted favorites such as Jimi Hendrix, Tupac Shakur, Malcolm X, the Obamas, Bernie Sanders and more. Abstract art, modern art, pop art and graphic art were also on display. Many works were paintings done in oil, but others were mixed-media pieces — one made of vinyl records!
Guests also got to not only watch some art being made, but participate as well. An artist sat in his tiny space painting intricate designs on sneakers, while others showed off their skills painting the mostly nude bodies of models. For a small fee, some artists would paint guests or apply glitter tattoos.
This art exhibit with no gallery travels to more than 30 cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe, giving local artists a chance to exhibit and sell their work. The show is scheduled to be back in town in April, so if you missed it this time, mark your calendars for spring and get there early!
It’s only $5 to get in, and the pancakes are free!