(Leah Tinari – A Calvin Klein Close Up, 2008, gouache on paper, 22 1/4 x 15 inches)A DFA Special Event At Bloomingdale’s
5300 Western Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD, Level 2, YES

September 5, 2008 – September 14, 2008
Opening Reception Friday, September 5, 6-8 pm

District Fine Arts presents “Hit Me With Music!”
a group show featuring paintings and photographs.

Leon Armour Jr. – photographer. Music has always been a special part of my life, from my earliest childhood memories, to the current soundtrack to my life. Photographing live entertainment has been another way for me to share those memories and to try to convey the emotional intensity of that performance in a single image. Even if you were not there, I want you to be able to hear the music through my images.
Chester Simpson – photographer. In the mid 1970’s, while studying at the San Francisco Art Institute for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, Simpson met two of the major influences on his life, legendary master photographer, Ansel Adams, founder of the Institute’s photography department, and Jim Marshall, the famous Rock-n-Roll photographer. He soon indulged himself in the evolving punk rock scene. This led to the start of his professional career as a rock-n-roll photographer when Rolling Stone Magazine published his first picture while he was still in school. Ten years later, Simpson found himself in Washington, DC working as Director of Photography for the Pentagon’s Newspaper. This in turn led to an ongoing contract as a lead tour photographer for the USO. In this capacity, Simpson has enjoyed documenting over 35 USO Tours with many noted celebrities and entertainers. His work has been in most major publications around the world including New Musical Express, Melody Maker, People, Newsweek and he has exhibited worldwide.
Leah Tinari – painter. Leah, who lives and works in New York City graduated from R.I.S.D. in 1998 and has been showing in New York City and beyond ever since. She has been featured in publications such as; NY Arts, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Spin, Lucky, and Elle. The imagery in her paintings is based on photographs that she takes of friends and family. Although the work is a documentation of her personal experiences, she hopes that the images will evoke familiar feelings or create a sense of voyeurism. Her work often examines seemingly mundane situations and environments, in order to portray the complexities inherent in the unpolished human existence. Leah’s art ultimately provokes questions and discussions about family, relationships, class, gender, personal collection and one’s surroundings.