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10th annual DC SWAN Day Saturday, March 25

Women Artists from DC and beyond offer FREE staged readings and poetry
performances in celebration of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day.

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Founded in 2007, SWAN Day is always the final Saturday in March. We have such a rich, creative community of women artists in DC that we are able to present events throughout the month! All DC SWAN Day events are free and open to the public.

Although DC SWAN Day is Saturday, March 25, there are several pre and post SWAN Day events. Thursday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 28

Exhibition of works by Three Women Artists at Baked & Wired from March 2 to March 28, 2017
From March 2 through March 28, 2017, Baked & Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, WDC 20007) will host an exhibition of works by artists Jennifer Droblyen, Joy Nathan, and Veronica Szalus. The show, /in(t)?r'akt/, is part of the 10th Annual DC SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day celebration of women artists and is curated by Alia Faith Williams.

In preparing for /in(t)?r'akt/, Williams was intrigued by the possible combinations of each artist and the physical spaces at Baked & Wired -- and how the audience might then interact with the works. Thinking broadly of the varied ways women interact with the world, and then more specifically how women artists interact with their environments and then on a micro level how the crowds at Baked & Wired might interact with this particular art in this space. The three artists that were selected to participate bring a range of styles and perspectives to the show.

Jennifer Droblyen is a mixed media artist who finds inspiration in taking a “natural and ordinary (object) that (is) seen everyday but might be overlooked, and expand, saturate, and improvise its spirit to breathe new life and focus on to the subject- making it extraordinary.” http://droblyen.com/

Joy Stern is a painter of diverse interests and skills. Her works range from traditional to abstract, from ethereal to concrete, from suggestion to reality. She has worked in all media at The Art Students' League, the Columbia School of Painting & Sculpture and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her paintings are included in many collections from New York to Santa Fe, as well as in DC, where she lives and exhibits.

Veronica Szalus typically exhibits large installation pieces. We are fortunate that she will stick to the wall with us for Baked & Wired. “Utilizing physical elements of form and space intersecting with light and with time, I create a means and expression for the transition from one state into the next. My work demonstrates the constancy of transformative change that extends from the life of organic matter to the existence of the non-organic.” http://www.veronicaszalus.com/

Thursday, March 23, time TBA Lunchtime screening of The Zookeeper’S Wife
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country, McFarland, USA). Contact director@wifv.org for time, location, and more info on this screening.

Thursday, March 23, 7:00-9:00pm Poets on the Fringe read works by local women poets.
Poets on the Fringe has published three books, created a video series, and participated in public readings in many DC venues. Open to the public at Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St NW, Georgetown

Friday, March 24, beginning at 7:30pm DC SWAN Day Kick-Off Event
D.C. based singer-songwriters Lara Supan and Heather Mae. Supan is most well known for her unapologetic combination of musical styles and subject matter. "Supan’s voice has all the grit and guts of a farm girl and, improbably at the same time, all the velvety smoothness of a nightclub vixen." (John Ellis, No Depression). Heather Mae is an imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice. L-Mag calls Heather Mae "the new queer Adele". Mae breaks ground with her new social justice infused EP, entitled “I AM ENOUGH” (#60 - iTunes Pop Album) by shining light on touchy subjects not often heard in pop music. Open to the public at Baked and Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Georgetown
Heather Mae
Heather Mae
Lara Supan
Lara Supan

Saturday, March 25, from 10:00am – 1:00pm Art Potluck and other events by Women in Film & Video
For the art potluck, participants bring an object to share in a collaborative artwork. There will also be a one-hour screening of short films from around the globe, a table-read of two short screenplays by local screenwriters and featuring local actors, and a poetry reading. The art potluck welcomes families. Open to the public at Hickok Cole Architects 1023 31st St NW, Georgetown

Saturday, March 25, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm Staged Reading Marathon, Devised and Interactive Theatre
Performers include Ellouise Schoettler, Naked Theatre, The HBC Playback Theatre Ensemble, Danielle Drakes, McKenya Dillworth, Guillotine Theatre, and other artists. Open to the public at Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Georgetown

Guillotine Theatre Actors
Terence Aselford and Nanette Savard