Thursday, June 22, 2023

WOCAX is Back!


This weekend marks the return of WOCAX: Women of Color Art Expo at The 3rd. I went last year, mostly to see photographs by Candace Dodson Reed, but found myself lingering over all kinds of art on display there. It was definitely worth the trip. I’m happy to see they intend to make it an annual event.

The weekend begins with a VIP Reception. It looks like tickets are still available for this fundraising event. 

From the Facebook event page:

Join us for an invite-only, first look at our Women of Color Art Expo featuring curated art from local women of color artists.

Attendees will be treated to music from the Walker Redds Project as well as sumptuous bites from The 3rd's in-house chef, Chef Jamila and wine tasting from Boyd Cru Wines, the first Black family owned winery in Maryland.

Whether you are an art lover or novice, our VIP reception is an opportunity to meet local creators and celebrate the power of art and art entrepreners in our community.

Tickets: $100/pp

Here’s the schedule for the entire weekend. Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 1:00 - 5 are free and open to the public. They are asking you to register through Eventbrite so they will know how many people to expect. 

Join us for a weekend of live painting, activities for the kids, live music, food, vendors and more!

@The3rdinc and are partnering to launch the 2nd annual WOCAX (Women of Color Art Expo) at The 3rd in Downtown Columbia lakefront.

Throughout this 3-day expo, we're bringing together WOC artists from across the DMV to display and sell their work. It will be an immersive experience for the entire community that you don't want to miss!

Attend the Expo FREE on Saturday (9am-5pm) and Sunday (1pm - 5pm) and enjoy poetry, vendors, tunes from DJ Keebee!

(Note: The 2 day expo is fee, our 6/23 VIP Reception and 6/25 artist panel are paid events)

Raffle drawing grand prize - win the completed live painting!

Sunday morning there’s a ticketed event featuring an artist panel discussing Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Art, along with time for networking and food and drink by Chef Jamila. Tickets are $35 and available for purchase here.

Melanie Royster (melroyart) - - whose gorgeous murals already adorn The 3rd - - will be on hand for the weekend. And you should definitely keep an eye out for the photography of Candace Dodson Reed (CDRPhotography). She specializes in architectural subjects. 

To learn more of this weekend’s activities at The 3rd, visit the WOCAX section of their website. There are some great photos of last year’s event, too.

Come on down to enjoy the art and some fun activities. You just may find something you like so much that you want to bring it home with you.

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