Mosaic Birds Flock to Downtown Silver Spring

AOB Press Release

CONTACT: Jan Goldstein
AOB executive director
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Mosaic Birds Flock to Downtown Silver Spring

Artwork created by teen apprentices in Arts on the Blocks summer job training program will be on display at Kefa Cafe’s Space 7:10 through October 1, 2010.

WHEATON, Maryland, August 17, 2010

Birds are the theme of an upcoming exhibition that will run from Wednesday, August 25- Friday, October 1, 2010 in Kefa Cafe’s Space 7:10 at 963 Bonifant Street in Silver Spring. Birds on the Block will feature colorful mosaics and an eclectic mix of handmade bird-themed greeting cards created with recycled materials by Arts on the Blocks 21 most recent high school-aged apprentice artists.

Visitors to the cafe also will have the opportunity to purchase the artwork and speak with apprentices at an opening reception on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the cafe. Light refreshments will also be provided compliments of Kefa. The artwork for sale and on display was created by participants in Arts on the Blocks recently completed Pour You Art Out workshop. The theme for this exhibit was chosen because birds are a symbol of freedom common to most cultures. Artist and arts educator Carien Quiroga and her assistant, Rachel Gelenius, led the six-week workshop.

Arts on the Block apprentice artists work both individually and in teams on various projects including works of public art and/or commissions from area businesses and individuals. This summer, commissioned projects included works for St. Francis International School, Interfaith Works, and Board of Education member Shirley Brandman, among others. Since its founding in 2003, Arts on the Block has completed 20 large public artworks, 30 commissions for corporations or non-profit organizations and 26 for individuals.

Works that can be found in the vicinity of the Cafe include the mosaic benches on Ellsworth Drive commissioned by Downtown Silver Spring and the Silver Pass Mural on Georgia Avenue near Route 410. Projects like these are undertaken with the purpose of giving apprentices the opportunity to get involved in their community and contribute to its vibrancy. An online gallery and store for non-commissioned works is in the planning stages.

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