Join the folks at Hip Stitch (2320 Wisconsin NE) for a First Friday event that you aren't likely to see in a lot of other spots. This Friday, March 2, they host pieces from the quilt collection of Marjorie Childress. The quilts that Childress has amassed over the years redefine the ideas of abstract and contemporary art, apply them to the age-old practice of quilting. The quilts are made from all manner of fabric—from wool to reclaimed denim, and the pieces span a huge timeline, some dating back to the 19th century. The formal reception for the works takes place between 5 and 8pm and is free to the public.
Little Bird de Papel (1222 Mountain NW), everyone's favorite spot for handmade art and other goods, is partnering with Off Center Community Art for the Soup is Love project. This project welcomed more than 100 local makers and supported the creation of more than 800 bowls over the course of a year. After so many months of work, these unique pieces are up for grabs on First Friday—that is March 2, from 4 to 7pm. Prices start at just $5 and are capped at $20, and all proceeds go to sustaining the operations of Off Center. Of course, bowl upon bowl of soup is served as well. Head over to Wells Park with cash in hand to support the nonprofit, community space.
Living the Dream
Katya Crawford and Mira Woodson
This Saturday, March 3, from 3 to 5pm, Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW) hosts the opening of this year's iteration of the Encompass exhibition, a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary group show. This year, artists grapple with the concept of “Dream Spaces,” inventing new futures and setting intentions for tomorrow. Large-scale outdoor sculpture by Joanna Keane Lopez is unveiled, as is work by Escuela del Sol Montessori school students and community members. The studios of 35 artists who work out of the Center also open their doors to engage with visitors. There are opportunities to get your hands dirty and make your own art projects, or grab a napkin when you pick up food from a bevy of local food trucks. The show runs through March 29, and is always free to see.