DC
12/08/2011 03:56 pm ET

Project Dispatch Show Items Wrapped In Mystery (PHOTOS)

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.

Part and Parcel will be at The Fridge (516 8th St. SE, rear alley). The show opens with a reception on Dec. 10, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and runs until Dec. 31.

CONVERSATIONS