November 25, 2013

[Slideshow] UPDATE: Painted DC Church Now Artistic Inside and Out

  • By: Emily Potter

Renovated Friendship Baptist Church. Credit: Gerry Suchy
The former Friendship Baptist Church is unique for its eclectic use of Victorian and Romanesque architectural styles combined with Gothic Revival and Queen Anne elements.

Back in the spring, we presented a slideshow of how graffiti artist HENSE transformed a vacant historic church in Washington, D.C., into a work of art.

Today, the building is home to Blind Whino: SW Arts Club, a local nonprofit organization that promotes creativity and learning in an inspirational and artistic environment.

Inspirational and artistic it certainly is: In addition to the eye-catching and colorful exterior, the once-abandoned church has found new life and purpose within the neighborhood as an art center and events venue. Blind Whino Executive Director Shane Pomajambo says, “All the neighbors have come to thank us personally for transforming what was an abandoned space for over 20 years into a beautiful piece of art.”

Inside, Blind Whino hosts art workshops and classes, supper clubs, concerts, art exhibits, and more -- serving as not only a community arts club for the city, but also a pillar of creativity in our nation’s capital.

Below, check out photos from this unique example of reuse:

Working on an interior mural. Credit: Gerry Suchy
Working on an interior mural.

A finished interior mural. Credit: Gerry Suchy
A finished interior mural.

The community gathers during a Blind Whino event. Credit: Gerry Suchy
The community gathers during a Blind Whino event.

A finished space for live events. Credit: Gerry Suchy
Blind Whino produced a full mural wrap, curated by Australian-based artist MEGGS, on the inside performance area.

Another spaces for live events. Credit: Gerry Suchy
Blind Whino Executive Director Shane Pomajambo handpicked HENSE and MEGGS to add their creative touch to the facility.

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