On Tuesday this week, 40 members of Welcome to Washington Group boarded a bus to see the work of local artists in recognition of Woman's History Month. The group toured my Westminster mural at 913 Westminster St. NW in Shaw, applauding as the bus rounded the tight corner at 9th and Westminster Street NW. They could see the brightly painted 35' mural in the playground immediately as they turned left onto Westminster Street. The "Community" mural is in a little gem of a pocket park in the Shaw neighborhood and has been warmly embraced by the neighborhood residents since 2002. This is the first "official" art tour, that I am aware, making its way over to the playground mural.
Afterwards, the tour came downtown to the Zenith Gallery to meet me and see my abstract work and cityscape paintings. As they poured off the bus, I wondered at the changes taking place in the DC artscene. I've been watching the art scene evolve in DC since 1978, yep a long time, and I'm happy to report a much happier art environment in the city. It's wonderful to have groups interested in meeting DC's "living" artists. Owner Margery Goldberg, was on hand to point out the works of other artists in the current exhibition at Zenith Gallery, "29 Artists - 29 Years" / 29th Anniversary Exhibition. Thanks to the National Museum of Woman in the Arts for recommending the tour.My triptych "Beginnings" next to a Sue Klebenoff tapestry and Margery Goldberg table.
Director Julie Reese "taking care of business".
I answered many questions about the Westminster Mural and life in the Public Art arena, as well as talking about my new abstract paintings. DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Arts Commissioner, George Koch happened to drop in the gallery and say hello before the tour bus arrived. Here are some more pics from the event. Enjoy...
"29 Artists - 29 Works," 29th Anniversary Exhibition
New ZCAF FOUNDATION SALON/OFFICE in the Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA