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Where The Art Began: Brookland's Wohlfarth Gallery


Where The Art Began: Brookland's Wohlfarth Gallery Blog Feature

By: EYA Pugrant on August 16th, 2011

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With all the new developments springing up around Brookland, it seems that everyone is trying to get in on this established and distinctive Northeast neighborhood. There are a lot of new additions to the neighborhood, such as Chancellor’s Row, Catholic University Town Center, and the Rhode Island Avenue retail center, but what makes Brookland such a sought-after neighborhood of DC is its rich grounding in traditional landmarks and history. The Basilica, Catholic University, and Franciscan Monastery are three major DC landmarks in Brookland, but there is another longstanding Brookland establishment worth noting that, while smaller in size, is no less a part of this neighborhood's rich history.

Brookland native Lavinia Wohlfarth opened Wohlfarth Galleries in 1990 as the first fine art gallery in Ward 5. At the time, there was essentially no art community in Brookland and Lavinia hoped to expose the neighborhood to fine art. According to Lavinia, “Showing was first, selling was second,” in her gallery, and soon people from outside of Brookland started to come visit the gallery, earning it a respected reputation in DC and beyond. Over two decades later, the gallery is still thriving in its original location on 9th Street.

While the gallery is open by appointment only in the summertime, the gallery will take on regular hours in the fall. The gallery currently features both national and international artists, but also makes a point to include hyper-local DC and Brookland-area work. Featured artists Lisa Farrell, Flynn Geissel, Ellyn Weiss, and Cheryl Edwards all reside in the DC area, some of whom use local area landmarks to inspire their pieces. The aforementioned artists (along with Italy-based William Papaleo) will be featured in Wohlfarth Gallery’s fall show on October 15 that will include a house concert by opera singer Laura Bass. For more info on this event, check out the flyer here.

Brookland is rapidly attempting to grow its artist community through Art Space and other endeavors, but it is important to pause for a moment and note that Wohlfarth Gallery is where it all began. You could easily spend hours touring this cozy gallery examining the incredible artists' work that Lavinia Wohlfarth picked out, and we recommend that you do!

Wohlfarth Galleries

3418 9th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017