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Meet the Makerspace Artists!

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We are elated to invite the public and our neighbors at The Overlook at Oxon Hill to join us in the opening of DC’s newest creative hub, the CPDC / Capital One Makerspace.

CPDC would also like to introduce you to the amazing artists who have teamed up with us and Nonstop Art, LLC to bring their creativity and innovation to our Makerspace center. Learn more about the artists below and please join us at our Grand Opening to meet the wonderful people who are helping to make Southeast, DC a thriving center of positivity and exploration!

Nehemiah Dixon III is currently the CEO of Nonstop Art, LLC and a Red Dirt Studio Artist. He received his B.F.A from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and has a passion for arts management, teaching, and curating. He is an enthusiastic networker, forming partnerships with local and national artists to increase public awareness and support for arts programming in the Gateway Arts District.
Nehemiah has worked in the field for over a decade as a teaching artist with area schools and organizations including Sidwell Friends School, World Arts Focus, and the Y.M.C.A.. Additionally he has worked as an independent curator, an art installer for the Smithsonian Institution, and as the art director at Taratibu Youth Association.
His work has been exhibited at The Phillips Collection, Pass Gallery, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Delaware College of Art and Design, The Sumner Museum, The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, The Joan Hisoaka Gallery, Gallerie Myrtis and the Washington D.C. Superior Court. Learn more at https://www.nonstopart.co/bio.

Dr. Thomas Stanley (a/k/a Bushmeat) is an author and artist deeply committed to audio culture in the service of personal growth and social change. He has taught sound art, consciousness, and cultural theory, most recently at George Mason University, where he founded the School of Art’s sound art program. He received his doctoral degree in ethnomusicology for research on the late Butch Morris and his unique compositional system. He is a founding member of Transparent Productions through which he has helped to curate and produce hundreds of improvised and jazz concerts in the DC area since 1997. In 2004, he launched MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND (MOM²) as an electrophonic improvising ensemble and has shared this group’s transformative sound product with audiences far and wide including the Kennedy Center, New Mexico State University, the University of South Carolina, and numerous nightclubs, galleries, festivals, and conferences. He is the coauthor of An Oral History of George Clinton and P-Funk (1998, Avon paperback) and in 2014 authored and published, The Execution of Sun Ra, a book exploring the teachings and worldview of the widely acclaimed astro-kemetic jazz iconoclast. He is the host of Bushmeat’s Jam Session, a weekly excursion into sonic impossibility heard weekly on WPFW-FM (89.3fm). Learn more at http://www.musicovermind.org.

Amy Hughes Braden is a painter who makes work quickly and instinctually. She is a fan of bold color (especially neons), large scale, and cutting her paintings apart. She is constantly reworking previously “finished” pieces. Currently the content of her work centers around women, freedom, and the relationship between the two. Currently based in DC, Braden graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design (2011) and was the 2017 Artist-in-residence at the Cafritz Foundation Art Center at Montgomery College. Braden shows work regularly in the DC/Baltimore area in both DIY and commercial spaces. In 2016 she travelled to Rome to lecture and show with Transformer. Braden is a current member of the art subscription service, Project Dispatch, and a past member of the DCAC supported collective, Sparkplug 4. Learn more at http://amyhughesbraden.com.

David Ibata is an American painter from the Washington DC metropolitan area. He received his education from the Corcoran College of Art & Design (BFA, 2008) followed by the New York Academy of Art (MFA, 2010), and has been a copyist at the National Gallery of Art since 2012.
His work focuses on narrative painting and portraiture and takes inspiration from history and contemporary life, and phenomena that binds both together through visual anachronisms. Learn more at http://www.davidribata.com.

He collects things. Processes and skills mostly. Ways of making and understanding, ways of expressing and seeing.

Bob Donohue studied art and art history at Saint Mary’s college of Maryland and the Glasgow School of Art. He studied silver smithing briefly in Mexico, and generally endeavors to learn something new wherever he is.
Professionally, Bob divides his time between construction, art conservation, and arts facilitation. He has worked on projects including the US Capitol building, typhoon disaster response in Micronesia, and  Pete’s house on 34th street.

Bob’s art reflects his interests and experience in its diversity of mediums, styles and intent. His projects range from abstract and conceptual paintings to absurd and profane mix media sculptures. Learn more at https://www.bobdonahue.net.

Charlene Gaddy Wallace is a student advocate and ready to teach. She spends time getting to know the student and how they learn.  Mrs. Wallace enjoys and delights in the student that is ready to learn and explore the places and they have yet to travel.  Whether their travel is through books, doing, seeing or hearing she interprets the exploration as learning.
Prior to her current position in the District of Columbia Public Schools, Charlene worked in diverse settings. She spent many years working with persons with disabilities. Whether it was seeking employment or integrating individuals in the communities, it was an opportunity to enhance someones life.
After reaching a turning point in her career, Charlene’s quest to learn led her back to college. Mrs. Wallace received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree while helping to support her family. She spent over 15 years in higher education recruiting and coaching non traditional students transition through the college.
In doing her work, Charlene brings passion, animation, and constructive insight to teach others. She continues to coach, facilitate and stimulate thought to inspire people eager to learn through vocational and entrepreneurial training for sustainable income.
Charlene Wallace is a lifelong learner and acquire knowledge by attending seminars, courses and professional development workshops. She is an active member of Toastmasters International a leadership and communication educational organization.

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