Friday, December 30, 2005

Art and Artists Proliferating in Mid City Washington, DC

Imagine how delighted I was, when I picked up The December issue of THE INTOWNER to catch up on local community news. I took the InTowner on a flight for the holidays and read it front to back. I found the front page lead article Art and Artists Proliferating Throughout the Inner City as Recent Open Studio Events Attest a wonderful complement to the local art scene and a commitment to supporting local artists. Writer, Anthony Harvey wrote an inspired and heartening article about two groups of well attended Artist Open Studios this Fall in Washington, DC. As members of Mid City Artists, my studio colleagues, Angela White, Freya Grand and myself participated in the November Mid City Artists Open Studios. Anthony Harvey likens the burgeoning art scene in DC as "heralding a resurgence of the “Mid-Town” Washington art scene reminiscent of the lively art scene in those areas during the 1970s and 1980s." Harvey's article starts with a review of the October NOMA Artists Open Studios and continues with Mid City Artists Open Studios in November. Read the full InTowner article here .

Thank you Anthony Harvey and Peter Wolff for supporting the local artists and art scene, recognizing the contribution of the arts to the revitalization of our neighborhoods. As I stated in my letter to the editor, your support and recognition helps turn out record attendance to the Open Studios events and contributes to the dynamic partnership of the arts and business communities. The informative nature of the article heightens awareness for community residents of the burgeoning arts scene in their midst. Harvey states, "Coupled with the steadily increasing number of commercial art galleries opening in the 14th Street corridor between Thomas Circle and U Street, residents are finding themselves living within walking distance of a virtual cornucopia of fine and decorative arts -- for both serious art collecting and that of home decoration, or simply for the visual enjoyment of the walker and the "looker."

We have a diverse and talented pool of artists living and working in the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Shaw neighborhoods who are committed to showcasing the lively art scene that exists in our Nation's Capital. Put us on your calendars for Spring 2006 Open Studios. Keep up on the news from Mid City Artists by signing up on our website to get our periodic news bulletin.

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