The Art of Statehood: Live Arts Auction featuring Grammy Nominee Wayna

Three dynamic pieces by local artists were posted to the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital’s eBay page to launch a bidding phase that will benefit the DC Statehood movement. On the final night of the auction, July 28, 2011, the highest bids for each item will be revealed at a special event at The Shadow Room featuring a performance by Grammy Award-nominated Wayna,. Attendants will have the opportunity to outbid the online community. A link to the eBay page can be found at

THE PIECES include art that was created during the third installment of the DC Statehood Concert Series held June 9, 2011, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. Painter Demont “Peekaso” Piedmont (who has toured with Raheem DeVaughn) created “Live” in front of hundreds of onlookers, capturing the historic moment when Chuck Brown, the Godfather of DC’s indigenous sound, took the stage on June 9th for the first time live go-go has ever been played on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The intricate brush strokes, vibrant blues and reds, distinctive urban flair, and original, authentic Chuck Brown signature make it must-have for a DC culture connoisseur.

That same day, prominent photographic artist Mark Podger took candid shots of Chuck Brown and later blended the traditional portraiture with modern techno-manipulation to develop “Shades of Brown,” an Andy Warhol-esque classic. Printed on fine canvas stock and gallery wrapped, it is an essential snag for funk and soul enthusiasts.

A second piece by Podger, “Storm of Protest” defies conventions of the graphic design and photography and encapsulates the ferocity of the Statehood movement with declarations of “no taxation without representation” flagging down Congress. Printed on fine canvas stock and gallery wrapped, it belongs in the home of someone who stands for equality and justice.

THE PROCCEDS from the auction will go towards a special DC Statehood fund and a “live art” display of 300 volunteers wearing Statehood t-shirts at the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Hundreds of thousands of expected visitors will be welcomed with the hope that Dr King’s local voting rights efforts live on in the form of the DC Statehood movement.

Note: The Shadow Room is located at 2131 K Street, NW. A minimum contribution of $20 is asked. Light refreshments provided. A limited number of signed posters will be available for purchase on-site. Media admitted free.

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