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Landscape painter finds outdoor inspiration, but executes canvases indoors

Baie St. Paul Creek by Leni BerlinerPHOTO OF “BAIE ST. PAUL CREEK by Leni BerlinerLocal artist Leni Berliner did some painting as a high school student many years ago, and like most student artists, she laid down her brushes after graduation.  But with the new millennium came what she called "a very difficult time" in her personal and professional life, the burden of which her mother sought to alleviate with a gift.

“My mother gave me the gift of drawing and painting classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C.," Berliner said.

The classes reawakened a passion for painting and led her to rediscover and cultivate that talent.

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Local singer-songwriter releases debut of ‘Prototype’ in Takoma Park show

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Ronnita Freeman Photo by Sam PascalRonnita Freeman performing at the Electric Maid in Takoma Park. COURTESY PHOTO BY SAM PASCALTAKOMA PARK — Singer-songwriter Ronnita Freeman’s set at the Electric Maid in Takoma Park last Friday started out with only two things; her voice and her guitar. Her minimalist approach soon transformed into a bombastic display of energy with her and her three-piece backing band, creating tremendous musical peaks and valleys.

The performance marked two firsts for Freeman: the debut of her first record “Prototype,” and her first performance with her backing band. Her songwriting on the five-track extended play CD features R&B tinged confessionals, sounding like a blend of Frank Ocean and Fleetwood Mac. 

“I finished the songs a year ago. The theme is of things I needed to say that were overdue,” said Freeman. “Songwriting got me reflecting on my relationships and other people’s stories.”

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Reflecting on the impact of Artomatic with founder

artomaticGeorge Koch, founder of Artomatic. COURTESY PHOTO  

POTOMAC — Artomatic 2016, a five- to six-week event showcasing local artists’ work, performances, and music is in its final week.

It is ending with a presentation on creative entrepreneurship, a musical performance, a closing party, and a fire performance this Thursday and Friday.

George Koch, founder and emeritus of Artomatic, created the yearly event in 1999 when he was the president of “A. Salon”, an art cooperative in the Takoma Park area of Washington, D.C.

It all started when his landlord offered him space for his organization.

“I said, ‘We have enough responsibility with what we’ve got, but show me,’ and before we knew it, we had 300 artists in a 90,000 square foot area and it all spread by word of mouth,” said Koch.

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