39th Street Gallery and Project Space at The Gateway Arts Center  
39th Street Gallery and Project Space Entrance
39th Street Gallery
(39th Street Entrance)
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

A Project of the Gateway Community Development Corporation.
John Paradiso – Program and Facility Manager
Gateway Arts Center/CDC

Christopher Romer

September 6 – October 18, 2014

Saturday,   September 6   5:30-8:00 pm

The Gallery is open 7:00-9:00 pm Thurs & Fri,
12:00-3:00 pm Saturday, and by appointment
[ For appointment contact Gateway CDC: 301−864−3860 ext. 3 ]
Current Show – 39th Street Gallery

Christopher Romer


“Although the Charmers are affixed to the wall, and therefore seemingly mysteriously held in suspension in the world, their rhythmic, self-conscious orientation and systematic worn paint effects very clearly keep us aware of their classic sculptural concerns of material, form, weight, and gravity.”  — Christopher Romer

THE CHARMERS - Christopher Romer

“The Charmers are a group of variously sized and treated pieces, inspired originally by the quintessential American artifact: the wooden decoy, and specifically the fish decoy.

“The Charmer Group is conceived to hang on the wall in a loose, scattered pattern.  The analogy I use to explain their arrangement and presentation is that of an imagined large collection of insects that are at once released from a jar and proceed to land across the area of a wall or a room, landing high and low in sundry clusters, or singly.

“The deliberate process of sanding through multiple layers from a point of almost no sanding at all at the bottom of the pieces, following a slow graduation of intensity along the length, culminating to a point of the most intense sanding, which reveals the utterly bare wood at the top of the pieces.  This for me is a powerful metaphor for the all-pervasive pounding down of life, the harshness of the elements, and the passage of time.”  — Christopher Romer

THE CHARMERS - Christopher Romer

On display in the 39th Street Corridor

Jay Hendrick and Kathryn McDonnell

“I am making paintings that examine doubt.  I doubt through testing the stable form of the grid.  The grid's stability is examined through building multiple layers of mark, erasure, and transparency.  The mark represents a claim, the erasure a check upon that claim, and the transparency a means at keeping that process visible.  Each layer represents a colluding and colliding of paradigms.”  — Jay Hendrick

For Kathryn McDonnell, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and a long-time DC resident, painting offers a form of expression beyond the limitations of conventional language.  The pouring, dragging, and brushing of paint onto canvas creates a space of silence that allows the artist to create meanings that might be difficult to articulate with words.

Jay Hendrick (left) and Kathryn McDonnell (right)

Current Artist-in-Residence

Jack Warner


Saturday,  Oct 18  –  1:00-3:00 pm

Artist Talk
with Christopher Romer

This is the last day to see the current exhibits in the 39th Street Gallery and Corridor.  Please join us for an Artist Talk with Christopher Romer on his exhibit THE CHARMERS.

Recently at the
39th Street Gallery

Laurie Breen, Pete Duvall, John Grunwell, Joe Hicks, Katie Kaufman, Charles Reiher, Tina Silverman, Ann Stoddard, Linda Uphoff, Valerie Watson

These artists have studios at the Gateway Art Center

Summer Show - Laurie Breen, Pete Duvall, John Grunwell, Joe Hicks, Katie Kaufman, Charles Reiher, Tina Silverman, 
Ann Stoddard, Linda Uphoff, and Valerie Watson

Shaunté Gates & Njena Surae Jarvis

Curated by Martha Jackson Jarvis

“The works of Shaunté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis explores the body as metaphor, challenging the torpid qualities of painting and sculpture with a sense of didactic theater and enigmatic forms.  Their works command and redefine space with mysterious pairings of disparate forms and malign compositions.  There is a non-static reconfiguration, reconstruction and reinvention that occurs simultaneously that both disturbs and stimulates.  Viewers are made a part of this ever changing matrix that remains haunting, unknowable and in a state of flux.” — Martha Jackson Jarvis

"Night Tanning" - 2014, detail - Njena Surae Jarvis
Njena Surae Jarvis

“The two exhibits, NATURAL WORLD and ECOLOGY: Home and the Anacostia, share an intimacy between mankind and nature, with a personal exploration of life, death, loss and renewal.”  — John Paradiso, curator.

Eric Rhein

Rhein’s body of work includes photography, mixed media sculptural constructions, and works on paper.  His HIV status has significantly influenced his work, whose focus includes the expression of sexuality, vulnerability and resilience, mortality and transcendence, and gives a heightened image of the human experience.

"NATURAL WORLD" - Eric Rhein

ECOLOGY: Home and the Anacostia
Krista Schlyer

The exhibit pieces are meant to evoke consciousness of time and place as it is felt in the watershed: the seasons of life, from summer, winter, spring and fall, to the seasons of vitality, abuse, neglect, and recovery.

"ECOLOGY: Home and the Anacostia" -  Krista Schlyer

featuring Kyle Bauer


“I compose my sculptures by the means of arranging, stacking, and piling – trusting the instincts of building.  In many cases, I let the objects dictate their own forms.  I recognize that this methodology more closely correlates to the formalist qualities within my sculptures, allowing me the ability to investigate a broader expression of ideas.  I derive pleasure from this act of construction and enjoy how this process provides multiple layers of meaning as well as investigation through the use of color, surface, pattern and form.” — Kyle Bauer

"LATITUDE" - featuring Kyle Bauer

Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
a project of the Gateway Community Development Corporation
39th Street Studios 39th Street Gallery and Project Space
Gallery 110
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

About Gateway CDC:

Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy.  Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Mount Rainier, Maryland, and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District.  Gateway CDC is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Prince George's County, Maryland.

The Gateway Community Development Corporation owns and operates the Gateway Arts Center and the 39th Street Gallery.