with Helen Frederick

The Healing Arts Series

Exploring the concept of site-specific space and working from a probe the instructor will provide, you will experiment with one element that can be repeated, expanded, or interfaced with itself to plan a small artwork. With personally defined activities derived from objects that act as touchstones, you will take a role in exploring a sensorial or physical experience, as seen in the artworks of Material Woman. This may include the act of splicing ropes, yarn or paper; piling up of small three-dimensional objects, using words and your voice, or inviting others to help you create a tiny installation. We live in a country of cultural appropriation where we desire to experience each other in ceremony. Bring one or two objects with you that you feel represent a deep connection about you, a material that you respond to, and may relate to your cultural roots. Participants and the instructor will enjoy conversation before and after your work is created to share some conclusions. No artistic experience required.

Suggested Donation: $15

with Tamara Wellons, Artist in Residence Manager at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

featuring Kinard Cherry

Valentines Day 2020!

Please join us for a new concert series at the gallery hosted by our very own Tamara Wellons, Artist in Residence Manager at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and Washington, DC based vocal artist.

Each quarter Tami will host a series of different accompanying artists and musicians. The first series will debut on Valentine’s Day as we celebrate love with the smooth rhythms of Tami Wellons and her husband, Kinard Cherry.

Tamara Wellons is a vocal music recording artist who has a voice that flows seamlessly from hymns to soulful house music. Upholding her southern Virginia roots and musical tradition, Tamara has performed on prestigious national and international stages, such as London’s Jazz Café, DC’s Blues Alley, Richmond Jazz Festival, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and many more. Her latest project was recorded with bassist, drummer and lead guitarist and husband, Kinard Cherry.

Tickets: $15

We’re sorry, but the program is now full. If you have questions please contact Lindsey at 202-483-8600.

Presented by To Eat or Not to Eat Artists Elsabe Dixon and Maria Karametou



Process, bake and taste your own bread, and take home the ancient secrets of live yeast captured in the air; share narratives and call up forgotten memories that will create meaning during the process.

The Great Harvest Bread Company preparing the best GMO free ingredients available will provide the dough. Loaves will be baked during the workshop in the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Kitchen and can be taken home along with a bread-starter, which will enable further baking.

Beeswax Food Wrap

Create your own beeswax food-wrap with organic dye, beeswax and cotton fabric. Take home your “alternative to plastic” bees wax food wrap and contribute to the non-toxic food storage revival.



Maria will prepare this authentic Greek yogurt recipe to be enjoyed along with the bread participants will bake.

Enrollment space is limited and we expect this workshop to fill quickly,  so register early to guarantee your place! To RSVP, please click the link at the top of this page, call 202.483.8600 or email Lindsey@smithcenter.org.