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Art and Furniture Come Together at Vastu

Kent uses heavily-applied paint to create pieces with texture and depth.

Not sure how to spend your Thursday night? Vastu, a furniture store/art gallery hybrid on 14th Street near Logan Circle, hosts an opening tonight that’s worth a visit. The work of two local artists—painter Joanne Kent and photographer Allen Russ—take the spotlight. Kent’s colorful, abstract pieces seem more like sculptures than paintings; Russ’s photographs of nature are stunning.


This photograph by Russ was taken in Acadia National Park.

In addition to mingling with the artists and checking out their work, you also can take a gander at the store’s furniture. Owners Eric Kole and Jason Claire stock their concrete-floor showroom with high-end modern furnishings from designers like Knoll, Steven Anthony, and David Edward.

If neither the artwork nor the furniture is a big enough draw, there’s also free wine.


Vastu | 1829 14th Street, NW | 6 to 8 pm

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