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Temporary Still Permanent: Albus Cavus Plans a One-Night Street-Art Party

The Water St. Project may have run for a mere 11 days in April and Art Whino's G40 exhibition may have migrated to Richmond, but the phenomenon of street-art-driven pop-up parties is hydra-headed and furious: For one night next week, the street-art nonprofit Albus Cavus and AIGA, a professional organization for designers, is taking over a warehouse on 8th Street NW and showing off the work of more than 50 (mostly local) street artists.

Like plenty of temporary art parties before it, "Blended" comes courtesy of a developer looking to sprinkle some cool on a property before doing, well, something with it. The space at 2030 8th St. NW is owned by JBG Companies, and already the event's artists are filling it floor-to-ceiling with their work.

"The way I always curate stuff is to put artists in touch with a space, and give them freedom," says Peter Krsko, the executive director of Albus Cavus. But, he says, he always asks that the artists be mindful of the greater work they're making. For that reason, "Blended" will have a fluid, artwork-bleeding-into-artwork feel, he says.

Some of the artists you'll recognize from the local gallery circuit (DECOY, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Mark Jenkins) and others from murals around the city (Aniekan Udofia). And I caught the name of at least one of the teenage graffiti artists (FAME) who appeared in WCP's cover story last year on the institutionalization of street art.

Krsko promises more programming for the June 8 event: DJs, face painting, live painting. In addition to a bar, there'll be some food trucks on hand plus free beverages (an art-party must!) from Vitaminwater and Fuse. The event runs early—6 to 11 p.m.—and costs $10, with proceeds benefiting Albus Cavus' educational programs.

Photo courtesy Albus Cavus

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