Best New Gallery
516 8th St. SE, rear alley; (202) 664-4151
At a time when more galleries have closed than opened, the Fridge has kept the D.C. art scene fresh. Founded in September 2009 by Alex Gold, the Eastern Market gallery space has opened its doors to far more than art—the Fridge is also a performance space and hosts classes taught by Albus Cavus. The gallery’s aesthetic over the past few months has emerged as street art and DIY-friendly, with artists like Scott LeFavor and Decoy doing solo exhibitions. Most of the shows at the Fridge can pinpoint their success on the efforts of up-and-coming curators like Cory Oberndorfer, Isabella Hughes and Barbara Petro, and the fortitude of these exhibits has helped to lure in future shows by artists like Mark Jenkins and Borf. And each time you come to the gallery, you’ll see a different piece of art on the outside of the building, thanks to an ever-changing mural that is constantly refreshed. Sort of like how your parents used to hang your drawings on the fridge.