WASHINGTON -- Project Dispatch is best known for its art subscription service. For $25, $50 or $75 per month, subscribers will be sent one piece of artwork per month from a list of selected artists, many of them local to the D.C. area. (It's also possible to buy a "sampler" subscription.)
On Saturday, Project Dispatch is holding an in-person show called "Part and Parcel." The show will feature large-scale works by many of Project Dispatch's artists, including Baltimore photographer Frank Adams, District painter Deborah Anzinger, D.C. nightlife photographer Chris Chen, Project Dispatch co-founder Rachel England, Maryland illustrator Elizabeth Graeber, Project Dispatch's other co-founder Chandi Kelley, D.C. photographer and graphic artist Regan Kireilis-Helms, illustrator Stephanie Kwak, Jon Lee, Dana Maier and photographer Kristoffer Tripplaar.
The show will still embrace some of the mystery that makes Project Dispatch's subscription service enticing: Smaller works, wrapped in brown paper, will also be for sale. Those works won't be opened until they're purchased.
Think about buying one of these mystery pieces as a Christmas -- or other winter holiday -- gift. True, you won't know exactly what you're giving. On the other hand, the gift will in all likelihood be an enjoyable surprise, and it's already wrapped.