Don’t Give Up The Ship

We have a beautiful exhibit hanging in Gallery 543 at the Navy Yard right now that consists of flags by artist Emily Manalo Ruiz. The main portion of the exhibit is the “1000 Works Project”, which consists of 1000 small fabric flags, each of which are unique, sewn out of salvaged materials and inspired by old battle flags.  The exhibit also includes some of her larger flags, also made with reclaimed materials, that are text-based and printed with meaningful, personal phrases.

“Art, for me, is cathartic.  It serves as an outlet for releasing deep-seated pains, capturing fleeting memories, and for understanding and documenting my life experience.  My work conveys a sense of nostalgia, longing, and sometimes, hope. It helps me to make sense of things, to communicate, to find closure and contentment, and to attempt to make permanent what is impermanent.” – Emily Manalo Ruiz















Go see more of her work here!

the journey

the latest exhibit to go up over in building 543 might be one of my favorites  to date.  it’s impossible not to notice it when you walk in… back in the far corner by the cafeteria, a strange tower appeared last week… upon closer investigation it is revealed to be a tower of books, carefully stacked to form a rainbow of color with their spines.



“arguments #6C” by tom bendtsen.

the opposite wall displays more eye-catching sculptures like these:


“(un)mending” by libbie soffer



“so long and thanks for all the fish…” by joanna platt



and then this appeared above the elevator next to our café…pillows of yarn and crochet hanging like icicles from a dr. seuss book.  this blew me away – it’s called “heaven” by melissa haims.




the exhibition of contemporary sculptures, titled “the journey,” opens today at gallery 543 at the navy yard, which is open monday through friday from 9am to 5pm.

kris chau’s work at work!

our very own kris chau has an art show opening over in gallery 543 at  the navy yard today! the show, titled “work to work” will be up until july 9th and you definitely don’t want to miss it, her work is awesome. here’s a little peek :)

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chau, i think YOU’RE pretty far out :)

check out her website here.

new artwork in 543!

we have some new artwork up in gallery 543 here at the navy yard!  now through march the gallery will feature the work of three local artists: nicole barrick, jason turner and caroline wilson.

caroline wilson works with pen, ink, gouache and found objects, toying with the juxtaposition of various themes and images. She says she began illustrating as a means to sanity, and a way to exorcize the imagery that haunts her at night.


nicole barrick uses a variety of media, including hair weaving and clothing.  she says, “i strive to make connections between seemingly unrelated objects and images in order to make sense of this world and at the same time create imaginary places.  the best way to describe my process is as a meditation on or channeling of an enigmatic energy that brings forth images and symbols filtered through my own perception and experience.”




jason turner works with themes of nature, vulnerability and cultural myth, using simple line and repetition to construct a world of calm and subtle narrative.

The artists reception will take place at gallery 543 tomorrow, February 1st, from 5-6:30pm.