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Best of Logan Circle & U Street: Good Art Galleries

Art lovers can get their fill along 14th and U streets at these neighborhood galleries.

Adamson Gallery. Master printer David Adamson’s gallery for digital printmaking and photography has featured work by rocker Lou Reed and local street artist Kelly Towles.

Curator’s Office. Exhibitions of contemporary art—paintings, photographs, and some installations—are housed in this office space turned art gallery.

Hamiltonian Gallery. This 2,000-square-foot exhibit space shows contemporary art by emerging artists. Look for paintings, photographs, videos, installations, and more.

Hemphill Fine Arts. Hemphill has been showing contemporary work since 1993, including works by established artists such as William Christenberry and Leon Berkowitz.

Gallery Plan B. You can see an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, and sculptures by local artists. The space hosts solo and group exhibitions.

Irvine Contemporary. Shepard Fairey, the well-known Obama-poster artist, has shown work here. The gallery also offers appraisal, resale, and other services as well as seminars for learning more about contemporary art.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. Part of the nonprofit Smith Farm Center, which helps people with serious illnesses, this gallery hangs thematic shows every other month. They usually include pieces by multiple artists.

Project 4. This small two-level space shows contemporary art by international artists. Shows usually feature a single artist or theme, emphasizing cultural subjects.

Transformer. A nonprofit organization and art space, Transformer hosts a wide range of exhibitions—a recent one included a live ballet performance. The gallery focuses on providing exposure to emerging artists.

This article first appeared in the March 2010 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here.

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