I went to downtown DC for the first time in a few months (lately I had been spending more of my time in the Baltimore end of the Baltimore-Washington, DC area). I found out that Art Whino is having its annual G40 Art Summit and I last went there back in 2011. (Which now seems like another lifetime ago, when I was still married, my worst problem was my ongoing left hip issues, and my husband and I haven’t gotten our first smartphones yet. There were no photos from the last G40 Art Summit I went to because I didn’t feel like lugging my heavy Canon Digital Rebel DSLR camera with me.)
Three years and three smartphones later, I’m back at the G40 event and this time I took a lot of photos. As I was boarding the Green Line Metro at the Greenbelt station, I ran into a couple of people I know. They were on their way to attend the DC Veg Fest that was also being held that day and it was also held near the same Metro stop and in the same general area as the G40. The only difference was that when I left the Navy Yard Metro Station, I was walking in the opposite direction from where the bulk of the crowd were headed.
As I walked north from the Navy Yard Metro Station, I took this nice scenic cityscape where, if you look hard enough, you can see the U.S. Capitol Building in the far background.
I was greeted by a man at the front door who said that I should make every effort to check out the upper floor of this building. I took his advice and I went upstairs first. I can see why he highly recommended it.
The visual art was on the lower level of the floor and it was really interesting. While there were paintings that were traditionally painted on canvas, there were plenty of others works of art that were done on wooden skateboards, cardboard, vinyl toys, and even a Rubik’s Cube. The level of creativity at this show was astounding.
When I was there that day, I noticed that I was one of only three or four other people who were there. When I spoke to the same man who suggested that I check out the upper floor just before I left, I mentioned to him that there seemed to be few people and I speculated that the DC Veg Fest must have taken the bulk of them. The man told me that there were not one but TWO festivals in the same place at the same time. The DC Veg Fest was the one that promoted veganism and it was being held at the Yards Park. The Capitol Bacon Festival was, as you can guess from the name, a celebration of eating bacon in everything and has a message that’s the complete opposite of the DC Veg Fest. The bacon event was held exactly one block away from the vegan event at the Half Street Fairgrounds and there was some media attention over this bit of strange scheduling.
I thought that sounded so hilarious that, as I walked the four blocks towards the Navy Yards Metro Station, I began to toy with the idea of making short appearances at each event and take a few photos. I didn’t plan on staying long at either event mainly because I was tired from doing all that walking and viewing the art at the G40 event. When I did a search on both festivals on my smartphone, I ended up scuttling that idea altogether. While the vegan event was free admission, the bacon event charged a General Admission fee of $25 and I balked at that. I felt that for the same amount of money, I can go to the nearest supermarket, buy several bacon slabs, and go on an all-bacon diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next three or four days. I ended up skipping the vegan event while the next few photos that I took through the windows of the Half Street Fairgrounds (with some of the shots were set on Zoom) were as close as I got to attending the bacon event.
I basically walked past the front gate where the bacon event took place (which you can see in the above photo) and took the next Metro train home.
By the way, the G40 Art Summit is opened weekends until October 4 and the admission is free. For more information and directions, click here.