We've had our tickets for this weekend's May The Art Be With You: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away for a while now; the Star Wars-themed group show opens at Studio Sohy on Saturday, and it sounds like a WHOLE LOT OF FUN. We caught up with the Bronwyn King, one of Studio Sohy's co-founders, for a little background on the show (and the goods on why we should all be spending more time in Hyattsville):
Can we get a brief "about" for Studio SoHy? Yes! We are an art and performance space located inside of Vigilante Roastery in Hyattsville. Our goal is to bring a diverse variety of art, artists and experiences to this community and to greater Prince George’s County. So far, our events have blended visual arts, music and great food to give folks an overall “experience”. In between the larger events, we also want to offer more intimate shows that are focused solely on the art and in giving people free access to new and interesting artists.
The shows you have always sound so fun! And in large part because of the group dynamic, but also because there always seems to be an element of additional programming, whether it be live art or food + drink. What does a "typical" Studio SoHy event look like? To date, the events have looked pretty wet. We had flash flooding at one and a hurricane threat at another. Yet, the weather doesn’t seem to dampen the mood. While Black Masala played to the crowd at the last event, the artist Howard Connelly cleared the space and rode his Big Trike sculpture around with 10 kids hollering off the back. Yes, kids, not only can you touch the art, you can ride it, too! I may come to regret that statement. In all seriousness, we could not be better situated to do these shows. The Hyattsville community is truly the best! Super supportive and always the last on the dance floor.
MAY THE ART BE WITH YOU. Talk a little bit about how this show came together, from concept to curation? Star Wars is one of those cultural touchstones that almost everyone enjoys, or, at the very least, can reference. I think artists really enjoy creating within the framework of the Star Wars universe and putting their own spin on it. With the new film coming out, we thought, why not? Not only will artists enjoy the theme, but the audience will have so much fun. What better way to say “happy holidays” than gifting your loved one with a one of a kind piece of Star Wars art.
We're digging the artist lineup - any pieces we should keep an eye out for? Tough one. The artwork really is so diverse that it would be hard to pick just one! We have everything from a Star Wars book to Chewbacca VANS (mens 9.5 fyi…) For the hardcore fans, we do have four original Star Wars cast photos from the photographer Brian Griffin. Definite collectors’ items.
And if people aren't able to score tickets for Saturday, how long will the show be up for? The show will run through the end of January, but we are trying something new this time around. Our web guru, Chris Suspect, has built an online store that will open when the show opens. If you are stuck at a holiday party, but want to buy some Star Wars art, just log-in and create an account. Taking it a step further, each piece of art will have a QR code located directly on the artist’s label. Just scan the QR code with your smart phone and purchase that one of a kind piece before someone else gets it!
If someone wanted to make a whole Saturday out of the greater Hyattsville area, what are your recommendations? Love it!! Get things started with a pour over at Vigilante. The vibe at Vigilante can’t be beat. After that, stroll over to Franklin's and check out their General Store. Fill up a candy bag and pick out some craft beer from their diverse selection. Grab a quick bite and head over to Community Forklift where treasures abound. Don’t forget to check out all of the artists working in the area. From the Washington Glass School and Red Dirt Studios to the Brentwood Arts Exchange…there is a ton of art! Finish off your day just across the line at one of my fave spots, Nido. The food is delicious and the space is beautiful.