Washington, DC Art Gallery Reopens Doors for a Special Cause

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Fine Art & Artists Gallery announces two-month fundraising campaign to benefit Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Campaign to Commence on Saturday, January 27, and continue through Gallery's Grand Reopening on Saturday, March 24.

What do artist Roy Lichtenstein and musician Duke Ellington have in common? Not much, until now.

Beginning Saturday, January 27, the purchase of a painting, photo or sculpture from one of many artists featured at Fine Art & Artists Gallery in Georgetown - including Roy Lichtenstein - will directly help to support the education of hundreds of young artists at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The 'Fine Art for Education' campaign will officially launch on Saturday, January 27. Beginning on that day, and continuing through the evening of the Gallery's Grand Reopening, March 24, Fine Art & Artists will donate 5% from every sale to benefit the Ellington Fund. (Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11-5, Wednesday and Sunday by appointment.)

"We take great pride in supporting our community, and after having spent the past year and a half refurbishing our gallery, we are thrilled to reintroduce ourselves to the Greater DC community, while supporting a cause very close to our hearts," noted Gallery proprietor, Brian Benavides.

The campaign will officially kick off with a cocktail party and Open House on January 27th, with many of the current exhibiting artists in attendance, including Jennifer Ramirez, Bernard Cohen and Megan Hinton. Space is limited for this free event, and interested parties should contact the Gallery at 202-965-0780.

As part of the DC public school system, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts was designed to nurture and inspire a passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills. The school ensures that their students are prepared for post-secondary education and/or careers in the arts by offering an intensive arts-based program and a strong focus on community service.

Fine Art & Artists opened its doors in 1990 and quickly built an international reputation as one of the preeminent Pop and Contemporary art galleries in Washington D.C. Benavides joined the Gallery in 2003, after an already accomplished career working for some of the most established galleries in the metropolitan area, and in 2004, purchased Fine Art & Artists Gallery. Benavides, along with Gallery Director Malvika Paddock, has designed an inviting and innovative art space reflecting his expertise, experience and passion for the arts.

Located in the "bright yellow building" on M Street, Fine Art & Artists features three floors of paintings, photography and sculpture by up-and-coming artists such as Susanna Bluhm, Emily Christenson and Steve Penley, as well as works by some of the premier Pop and Contemporary artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder and Claus Oldenburg. Now, two years after purchasing the gallery, Fine Art & Artists is ready to take its new place in Washington's art scene.

"We are quite honored to be the recipients of Fine Art & Artists' generosity, and look forward to helping them kick off this very special campaign," added Ellen Coppley, Executive Director of the Ellington Fund.

All donations collected by Fine Art & Artists will be presented to the Duke Ellington Fund on the night of the Gallery's Grand Reopening celebration (March 24), which will include live entertainment by students of the Duke Ellington School as well as lectures and signings by featured Fine Art & Artist Gallery artists.

Fine Art & Artists is located at 2920 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. For more information on the Gallery, please call 202-965-0780, or visit http://www.faagallery.com.

About Fine Art & Artists Gallery:

Fine Art & Artists Gallery specializes in paintings, sculpture, and master prints by Pop and Contemporary Artists. First opened in 1990, on Georgetown's historic M Street, Fine Art & Artists has built an international reputation with their mix of Pop and Contemporary Art. Now, under the leadership of Brian Benavides, the gallery has expanded its selection to include some of the best and brightest works from the country's next generation of contemporary talent. Fine Art & Artists Gallery will celebrate its Grand Reopening in early 2007. For more information, visit http://www.faagallery.com

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