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Helina Metaferia & Amber Robles-Gordon

Amber Robles-Gordon is a mixed media artist who works mostly in assemblage. The work she creates is representational of her experiences and the paradoxes within the female experience. She focuses on fusing found objects to convey her own personal memories, inspired by nature, and her belief in recycling energy and materials. Robles-Gordon has been creating and extensively exhibiting her work for over 15 years. She has exhibited in California, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, New York, Ohio, Spain and throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Robles-Gordon has also been invited by the Smithsonian and other organizations to teach workshops and was commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2010 to create a mural for the Windows in to DC project at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In 2010, she also completed her Masters of Fine Arts from Howard University. Most recently, she has been granted an apprenticeship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, D.C. Creates Public Arts Program.

Helina Metaferia is an Ethiopian-American artist specializing in mixed media artwork. She works with themes of power, self-realization, and femininity. An intuitive artist, she combines the process of introspective meditation and creative art forms in order to tap into a higher consciousness. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries nationwide. She has also completed over fifteen large scale murals in the Washington, DC region. Helina received her formal art education at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and at Morgan State University.  In addition to working as a fine artist, Helina is the founder of The Meta Experience, a visual and healing arts company that provides creative wellness services. She is a certified holistic practitioner in Integrative Yoga Therapy, Shiatsu and Thai Massage, and is a Reiki Master. She has been teaching visual and healing art classes in community based programs since 2004.

On First Friday, June 1st, we will also welcome members of the EC Glass Orchestra. Please join us for an evening of art and music as we support these young performers.