The desanctified church at 700 Delaware Ave. SW looks like 1,000 cans of paint sneezed on it: The exterior is covered in black-and-white polka dots, Jackson Pollock-y splashes and undulating ribbons of neon. 

Georgia-based artist Hense spent two weeks composing the trippy mural wrap on the building — which, after sitting vacant for more than 20 years, is now home to the Blind Whino arts club.

Founded by Shane Pomajambo (executive director of National Harbor’s Art Whino gallery) and Ian Callender (principal designer at Suite Nation, a D.C.-based events firm), the nonprofit event space features a performance hall, art and gardening classes for children, and a gallery annex for exhibits such as the G40 Art Summit, which opens at Blind Whino on Saturday.

“The opportunities for what we can do here are endless,” Callender says. “I’m picturing an R&B crooner with an old-school.. - Read More -

The new Blind Whino SW Arts Club, vacant for 20 years, used to be a church. Now it’s a mural—three stories’ worth of pastel colors, a sort of life-size, abstract princess castle. It stands out.

Blind Whino is a community-minded nonprofit with the fairly straightforward agenda of putting more art into the world. Some months back, Heineken caught on to the church’s repurposing and saw a very colorful wagon to hitch itself to, which is how the Mural Project came to DC. Four renowned graffiti artists—two local, two imported—were approached by Heineken reps and asked to create a mural inspired by the Heineken Open Your World campaign. The Mural Project has already launched in Miami, and after DC, Heineken has set its sights on Atlanta. - Read More -