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Artist talk with Amber Robles-Gordon

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1350 49th Street, NE near the Deanwood Metro Station (Orange Line)
Deanwood Recreation Center

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities celebrates the completion of work by local artist Amber Robles-Gordon at the Deanwood Recreation Center library, entitled Beyond the Visual Rainbow.

In addition to creating the 50-foot sculpture for the center, Robles-Gordon organized and led four workshop sessions on the topics of "Being an Artist", "Creating Public Artwork", "The Importance of the Creative Process" and "The Benefits of Using Recycled Products in Art" to students from The Fishing School and The SEED School of Washington, D.C. Ms. Robles-Gordon also organized a clothes drive with the Deanwood Senior Citizens Platinum Strollers during her time working with the recreation center.

"Through programs like DC Creates! Public Art, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is dedicated to enhancing the aesthetic qualities of the city for our residents and visitors." said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "This artwork is an excellent example of the power of the arts connecting engaging our communities."

"I am not sure if there is one aspect of the overall project that I enjoyed more than another. I have learned so much throughout this two-year process," said Robles-Gordon. "Ultimately, actually creating the artwork was the most rewarding."

Ms. Robles-Gordon's artwork, Beyond the Visual Rainbow, is a large-scale, sculptural, wall hanging. The foundation of the sculpture is made of chicken wire and consists of hundreds of yards of colored and textured fabric and different shaped and sized objects; creating varying levels of patterns, dimension, and density.  Residents of the Deanwood community donated most of the fabric incorporated into the piece - composed of over 300 different recycled objects such as:  clothes, ribbons, rope, jewelry, leather, and other found objects woven through the hexagonal shapes of the chicken wire in a calculated diagonal design. Through the process of creating this sculpture, everyday objects developed novel meanings.

The design of the artwork was created to reflect the vibrancy, resiliency, and diversity of the Deanwood community, past and present. The multi-colored fabrics honor their rich history, involvement in, and love they have for their community.  Additionally, the varied colors, and found and recycled objects represents the many components, people, resources, and ideals it takes to create the various aspects of a thriving community.

Beyond the Visual Rainbow is permanently on display at the Deanwood Recreation Center, which is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The center is located at 1350 49th Street, NE and is near the Deanwood Metro Station (Orange Line).

There will be an artist talk with Amber Robles-Gordon on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM in the Deanwood Recreation Center library.

Marybeth Brown
(202) 724-5613