Every second Thursday, rain or shine, the streets of Capitol Hill are filled with tipsy art lovers checking out galleries and special events. On our Capitol Hill Art Walk calendar, you'll find a bunch of great options for tonight's event. Below, we've compiled our critics' picks—the things you shouldn't miss. Follow the links for more details and images, and, if you can't make it out tonight, check out our complete visual art calendar for even more events.
Kirsten Anderson continues to evolve Creatura House from its beginnings as an interior decor store with proceeds benefiting the wildlife conservation nonprofit she started, and this group show will be reminiscent of Anderson’s Roq la Rue days. Logan Hicks’s figurative works are created through what he describes as a “tedious” process that mimics his start in print-making where he uses stencils and then sprays a layer of aerosol. (He used 1,050 stencils for his NYC mural Story of My Life.) Symbolist painter Gail Potocki’s oil on linen portraits are contemporary takes on the old masters that center women as the primary subject. Other artists include Madeline Von Foerster, Laurie Lee Brom, Travis Louie, John Brophy, Flannery Grace Good, Claudia Griesbach-Martucci, and Brian Despain. KATIE KURTZ
Ben Horak: Weekend Warrior
What do substitute teachers get up to when they're not instilling some learning in your progeny? Goofy, engaging cartoonist Ben Horak explores this age-old question by depicting a mild-mannered hero's three-day weekend. Plus, live music.
Chris Crites: Australians
Ghost Gallery had to close its previous location early in 2018, but it’s back now with an opening show by Chris Crites, whose portraits of arrestees from decades ago, painted on paper bags, are fleshed out with individualistic detail and nonrealistic color. This exhibition focuses on accused criminals of the land Down Under in the 1920s, drawn from photos in Peter Doyle’s books City of Shadows and Crooks Like Us. Like his previous works, Crites’s approach is less prurient than humanistic. When you gaze at the two sheepishly grimacing men nabbed for Stealing a Large Quantity of Chocolates. 1921, or a placid woman wearing a matted fur stole in a portrait called Cocaine, you see subjects of stories, not pinned-down victims of the mug shot’s brute categorization. JOULE ZELMAN
Follow the curves and almost-symmetries of full-time ironworker and Gage-educated artist Ernie Fuglevand's Art Deco and Art Nouveau-inspired series, featuring women, lovely animals, and abstract designs.
Genevieve St. Charles: One Night Snack
Pop Arty depicter of food Genevieve St. Charles will paint those comestibles that pique our fleeting, unhealthy, indulgent desires.
Draper's mixed-media canvases may be abstract or representative, but they tend to be highly textured, layered, and earthily colored, sometimes mixing in elements of collage.
Gettin' Ghibli With It
Many artists pay tribute to the unmistakable style of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, who's brought you the monsters and spirits of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and more. Expect this to be a popular Art Walk spot as fans of Miyazaki's bewitching, childlike, sometimes ominous, sometimes deeply comforting world congregate.
True Love Art Gallery
Kyra Anderson: Fauna
Animal and plant textures and shapes are interpreted in Kyra Anderson's visual art. Anderson experiments with various styles, drawing, it seems, on pointillism, expressionism, pop surrealism, and decorative arts. There'll also be live music by hiphop/audiocollage artist Aleron Kelley, aka Alterations.
Michelle Salazar: More Than Meets the Eye
Painter of strongly articulated, energetically depicted nudes with a soulful air, this Cornish grad is interested in the vulnerability under people's exterior appearances. Her subjects are naked in more than one sense.
Poco Wines & Spirits
Meet the queer anti-gentrification street artist and clothing designer John Criscitello, who casts a sardonic eye on the new Capitol Hill (a North Face-clad dude in one of his drawings calls the neighborhood an "Ancient Faggot Burial Ground"). Drop in and say hi, and maybe buy a "Legendary Dick" or "Brovaltine" shirt.
John Criscitello Studio
This intuitive abstract artist layers drawings, paintings, writing, and collage to explore memory and emotions left over from them.