When I first met Erica Riggio of Green Owl Design, it was a chance meeting upon my stumbling upon the 2nd Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. Then, a senior student at UMD seeking an internship, little did I know I would work on-and-off with Erica over the years, develop a fruitful long-lasting friendship, curate an exhibition for her gallery called "Hidden Images," and that she would encourage a shared love for all-things-design.
As I work in an adjacent field of community development, I've been honored to assist Erica in her transition from an individual businesswoman to a firm of interior designers, and in the process, it's been a pleasure to watch her grow her team into a companion full-fledged boutique that has benefited from my recommendations in branding and marketing tactics.
I was thrilled to serve as Marketing Coordinator during my time at the University of Maryland's LGBT Student Organization (GSA), the Pride Alliance. During this time, I designed fliers for the organization and managed its website and social media presence. Specifically, my team lead a rally for domestic partnership rights, honored the Transgender Day of Remembrance, organized a music event series, and I curated a gallery event in the Student Union's student organization lobby called "Proudly Coloring Outside the Lines" as part of the LGBT recognition month.
We hope you join us this Saturday, April 23rd for the opening reception of Hidden Images! The opening reception runs from 5pm-8pm. Please celebrate with us and treat yourself to inspiring abstract artwork, enjoy great (catered) food, and have great conversation.
This Saturday we are open as artdc Gallery celebrates their “Realism…Believe!” exhibit (from 6pm-8pm). Not only will there be many folks from artdc Gallery’s crowd but you’ll also be able to see their new exhibit! It’s fantastic! This Saturday’s a day not to miss out.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/11/2011 Our first exhibit in our new space, Hidden Images, presents abstract artwork rich in various interpretations. Local artists challenge viewers to find unseen symbols, storylines, images, and meanings within their work. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 5pm-8pm. The exhibit runs from Monday, April 4, 2011 to Saturday, May 7, 2011.
HYATTSVILLE, MD (04-11-11) -When we moved into our space located within the Lustine Center, many passer-bys thought our gallery had closed. However, things are not always what they seem. Our new space is part of an exciting gallery collaboration where we will host and co-host exhibits alongside of artdc. Our first exhibit, Hidden Images, invites viewers to take a second glance, peel away layers: both optical and metaphorical, and ask the question: What do you really see and why?
In any form of art, each individual has the potential to see something different. Art’s power is in its ability to affect the soul, to summon memory, to promote dialogue, and communicate visually what cannot be described in any other way. Art has the ability to manipulate, to control, and to transform.
Often the desire to see a single concept, a single identifiable subject, a single answer is an initial response to art. With Hidden Images we invite viewers to closely examine each work and find multiple meanings. Works within this exhibit will require and motivate viewers to take a more concentrated and in-depth look at each piece. The artwork is meant to communicate a deeper meaning than what is initially interpreted. Hidden Images contains abstract work with dual-meaning which is illustrated via optical illusion, satire, layering, etc. truly indulging the viewer’s imagination.
Selected works for Hidden Images were juried by Justin Fair, Abigail Hunt, and Erica Riggio.
About Riggio Design
Erica Riggio, founder of Riggio Design, has over a decade of design experience. Ms. Riggio earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The George Washington University. She also attended MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore and received a certificate in Architectural and Interior Design Studies.
Creating chic, stream-lined, timeless, and comfortable spaces define their aesthetic. Riggio Design is equally dedicated to historical preservation. Their awareness and respect of historic structures are recognized by their efforts to seamlessly and strategically blend the historic with the new. Riggio Design is dedicated to providing good design within everyone’s reach. Their commitment to the environment is strong. Principles of green design are encouraged and incorporated, when possible, in their design plans.
Their most recent venture is a collaborative effort called 5710Creative: a creative design studio. Riggio Design, part of 5710Creative, is located within historic The Lustine Center at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD. Within 5710Creative, Riggio Design will host exhibits alongside artdc Gallery while providing full Interior Design services from the studio. The 5710Creative space is home to various artists working in several mediums ranging from photography to Interior Design to fine art!
To arrange a viewing by appointment, please call (202) 446-7373.
New Call for Artist now online! For artwork to be considered, the drop-off/submission date is April 3rd from 12pm-2pm. This show is juried. For more information, please visit www.riggiodesign.com. “Hidden Images” will run April 4th thru May 7th. The opening reception will be Sat, April 23 from 5pm-8pm. Visit the Call for Artist event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119595421451169 – Let us know if you have any questions!
CALL FOR ARTIST
For our new exhibit, Hidden Images, we are looking for abstract artwork that contains “illusions” and motivates the viewer(s) to take a more concentrated and in-depth look at each work. The abstract artwork should communicate to viewer(s) a deeper meaning than what is interpreted at first glance. Artists are encouraged to create works that seek dual-meanings through optical illusion, satire, layering, etc.
Art Drop-Off Date: Sun, April 3 from 12pm-2pm
Pick-Up Date: Sat, May 7 from 12pm-2pm
Opening Reception: Sat, April 23 from 5pm-8pm
Exhibit Runs: April 4, 2011 thru May 7, 2011
Curators: Justin Fair and Abby Hunt
A jury of 3 individuals will select art from submissions.
Works should be abstract in style. All mediums and sizes will be considered for acceptance. Multiple entries welcome.
Submit digital image(s) in this format: width: 480 pixels, height: 378 pixels. If the work does not confirm to those sizes, please adjust size closest to that measurement. Specific ideas regarding a special, planned installation must be explained in a minimum of 2 paragraphs with images of work. A jury of 3 individuals will select entries for all submissions.
For the past two years, we have proudly curated over 24 exhibits as Design Studio Art Gallery. We are pleased to announce that now we are curating exhibits under the following name: Riggio Design: Interiors | Gallery | Showroom.
In January 2011, in a collaborative effort, 5710Creative: a Creative Design Studio and Gallery, was born. Riggio Design is now located within The Lustine Center at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. Within this unique, exciting space, Riggio Design will host exhibits alongside artdc Gallery while providing full Interior Design services from the studio. We strive to continue to enhance collaboration and promote the arts in Hyattsville by connecting regularly with other galleries, firms, and community resources.
The 5710Creative space is home to various artists working in several mediums ranging from photography to Interior Design to fine art! Monthly exhibits by artdc Gallery bring variety to the patrons and great exposure for artists. Together, our effort in this collaborative space combines to create a unique art venue where we will host and co-host new exhibits.