This weekend marks the Third Annual 17th Street Festival, a celebration that brings the community together over food, art, music and entertainment.

With a major focus on local art, the 17th Street Festival will host an Art Show on Saturday, September 22, which covers two street blocks and features the work of 50-plus local artists. 

One artist participating in the festival’s activities is Brian Petro, who will exhibit his work on Saturday’s festival and also help kick-off the 17th Street Festival with an opening reception for his latest show on Thursday, September 20 at Coldwell Banker (1606 17th Street NW) from 5 until 8 pm.

 

This show presents many styles by the artist, and serves as a mini-retrospective of his 16 professional years as an artist.

Petro’s mini-retrospective includes works inspired by street hustlers and the urban sale of flesh; hand-built, wooden wall sculptures inspired by paint spattered clothing he purchased off the body of a city alley muralist; tranquil abstracts made with soft watercolor washes and molten beeswax; and festive and exuberant images of produce and retro styled price markings. 

In addition to these unique pieces, Petro will feature his Supermarket Series, a collection of work that was inspired by his time living in New York City. 

The 17th Street Festival take place on Saturday, September 22 from noon until 6 pm. Petro will be onsite to welcome guests and show his work at Coldwell Banker on the day of the festival.

 

Brian Petro’s show at Coldwell Banker will be open for viewing during the regular business hours of Coldwell Banker. You can also schedule a free personal tour of Brian’s studio anytime by calling the artist directly at (202) 270-7352, brianpetroartist@yahoo.com, or for more information please check www.brianpetro.com or search Google or YouTube with “Brian Petro Artist” to see his documentary.

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Rachel Nania