Exhibitions and Shows:


Backyard Study #1 - Kim Bursic Fallen - Adam Bradley

Anatomy of a Cloud – Kim Bursic
Fallen – Adam Bradley

August 13th – September 30th: Ward 5 Wonders & New Works Exhibition and Reception: Art Enables presents two new exhibitions opening on August 13th, 2016. Ward 5 Wonders includes work by six local artists who either live or work in Ward 5 in Washington, DC. Adam Bradley and Sarah Wegner both work in bronze, creating humanoid figures that struggle through issues of identity, aging, fear, and pain. Duly Noted Painters and Shawn Lindsay also represent humanity in their artwork, using dramatic, vivid, and unnatural colors of paint to elevate the mundane. Kim Bursic seeks to capture fleeting moments in her abstracted landscapes, painting images of destruction and chaos to symbolize moments of great change in her personal life. Shani C. Hernandez creates abstract paintings that visually represent her personal experiences, often using found objects and discarded electronics to criticize the disconnect found within human nature.

Image by Dethaw Cotman

The Blood of the Queens of Africa by Dethaw Cotman

New Works features original work made within the past six months by Art Enables’ resident artists. As artists with disabilities, their themes can range from loss, love, past trauma, travel, and family to favorite TV characters and pop culture references, but they all have one commonality – a desire to share their story and unique perspective with the world. Guests can meet the artists at the Second Saturday opening on August 13th, 1 – 4pm. 2nd Saturday Workshop Series – Every second Saturday of the month.



October 8th – November 23rd : 11th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway exhibition

Art Enables hosts the annual exhibit known as Outsider Art Inside the Beltway (OAIB), showcasing self-taught, folk, and outsider artwork from artists living and working throughout the U.S. Now in its 11th year, OAIB originally started as a way for DC area groups working with self-taught artists to exhibit together. Five years ago, Art Enables opened up the show nationally and invited over two dozen groups to participate. Now, OAIB has grown to take over both galleries at Art Enables and features artists from across the country alongside the resident artists of Art Enables. This year, participating organizations from across the US include Little City (Chicago), Sophie’s Gallery (California), Pure Vision Arts (New York), Main View Gallery and Studio (New York), Art Healing Hearts (Pittsburgh), as well as annual local favorites from Studio In-Sight (Bethesda), Collective Art (Silver Spring), Saint Elizabeth’s (DC), The Studio at Miriam’s Kitchen (DC), Arundel Lodge (Maryland), and Make Studio (Baltimore.)oaib_logo

Outsider Art Inside the Beltway 2016 was curated by Art Enables Director, Tony Brunswick and Studio and Gallery Manager, Allie Frazier. The show continues to be an excellent introduction for people curious about Outsider and Folk Art or looking to start their own collection with a selection of very affordable art in a wide array of styles.

Collectors, enthusiasts, and aspiring artists are cordially invited to view the exhibit during its opening Saturday, October 8th, 2016, from 1 – 4 pm at the Art Enables Studio (2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20018.) The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge and will continue to be on display until Wednesday, November 23rd. The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm and the first two Saturdays of each month, 9am – 5pm.

Upcoming workshops:

October 8th, 1 – 4pm:


Blue Pot, Latex house paint and charcoal on drop cloth canvas

Our Second Saturday workshop will be led by Duly Noted Painters, a local duo of professional artists consisting of Matthew Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli. They will be setting up and leading a still-life drawing workshop. As always, materials will be provided and this is free and open to all ages!

About the artists: Duly Noted Painters are the Washington, DC based duo consisting of Matthew Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli, who work in collaboration on individual pieces simultaneously. In 2009 the two painters met working at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC. What they soon discovered was a way to explore something new artistically. This resulted in a working partnership that to this day has produced more than 120 large works over the course of three years.