Washington, DC born artist, Simone Agoussoye, has been honing her skills in portrait artistry for the past several years. Known for her creative depictions of people - most often icons in music, pop culture, history and the arts - Simone blends her traditional skill in portraiture with fresh, unique and unconventional techniques transforming her from a realistic fine artist to more of a contemporary artist.
Washington D.C. based Will Salha has been perfecting his skills in impressionism ever since he was very young; his art style is born from the womb of his younger years, where he grew up in a small town in Lebanon -Raselmatn- with beautiful nature and scenery. His art captures and appreciates the small things in life, like a calm spring evening in the shade of a tree, or portraits of famous people that inspire him with his remarkable use of bold color that captures feelings so perfectly, you’d feel exactly what he wants you to feel.
My work in the arts began in Washington, DC, as an actor and set designer at Arena Stage and The Folger Theatre, where I played several lead roles including the poet, Lord Byron. After attending Drama School in London I moved to New York City where I acted in, designed, or produced plays off-Broadway at the New York Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Chelsea
Theatre, and La Mama. My most notable role was appearing at Williamstown Theatre opposite Olympia Dukakis in Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending. In 1981 I won both an OBIE Award and the New York Theatre Wing’s Maharam Award for the set design of Request Concert, directed by Joanne Akalaitis. As a producer I produced Off Broadway productions of Beckett’s, Waiting for Godot and Isherwood and Auden’s musical play, The Dog Beneath the Skin, both directed by Tony Award winner, Jack Hofsiss. In the summer of 1979 I conceived and co-produced with Andre Bishop, currently the Artistic Director at Lincoln Center Theater, a season of new plays, “In the Works,” at the Commonwealth Stage, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During my Manhattan years, I studied figure drawing at the Art Students League and maintained an art studio in Hoboken, NJ. In 1981 one of my artworks, “Rimbaud Record”, was shown in the Times Square Show, which featured early works by Basquiat and Keith Herring. In NYC I also became involved in film production design and worked on several major motion pictures. In the 1980s - 90s I was the production designer for the PBS Series, “From the Brothers Grimm”, American adaptations of traditional folktales filmed in Virginia. In the mid 1980s took figure drawing classes at The Arlington Arts Center, figure painting at The Staunton Arts Center, and portrait painting with prominent DC artist, William Woodward. During that time I was a member of the Middle Street Gallery Artists’ Co-op in Rappahanock County, Virginia and showed my work in multiple exhibits at the Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VA. In 1985 I conceived and produced a regional art show, “The Artists of the Blue
Ridge,” in Sperryville, VA. More recently my work has been exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center and in March of 2020 I mounted a one-man exhibit of my paintings at the Falls Church Art Gallery. From the fall of 2019 to the present my paintings have been featured at the Urban Farmhouse in Arlington, VA.
Hasnain Bhatti is a photographer from the Washington, D.C. metro area. His work includes many types of photography while primarily focusing on fashion/editorial, street, and portrait styles. Growing up in the diverse climate of the D.C. metro area, Hasnain had the opportunity to experience many different cultures and use those experiences to develop his style to not only make photographs, but also take the more uncommon route to create them.