Saturday, June 02, 2007

Eastern Market Arts Restoration Project

"Hope is the Thing with Feathers" (before installation).
Muralist Tom Greaves

Mural Dedication pics online
Saturday was the dedication of the window murals at the market. City Administrator Dan Tangherlini, Arts Commission Executive Director, Tony Gittens, OPM Director Lars Etzkorn, Eastern Market Representative Brian Cook, Councilman Tommy Wells, Project Coordinators, Christena Hambrick and Anne Marchand, Art Teacher, Marla McLean with Peabody Elementary School Children were on hand for the dedication, though the mayor wasn't able to make it. East of the River Boys and Girls Band played and made it a festive atmosphere for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Saturday, June 2, 1pm

Mural Artists:
Stevens Jay Carter, Wesley Clark, Ellen Cornett, Eglon Daley, Nancy Donnelly, Rik Freeman, Sally Glass, Freya Grand, Tom Greaves, Lynne Elizabeth Heiser, Carlotta Hester, Karlisima, Darien Kerr, Val Lewton, Anne Marchand, Claudia Minicozzi, Linda Norton, G. Byron Peck, Deirdre Saunder, Jorge Somarriba, Kelly Towles, Roderick Turner, Aniekan Udofia, Julia Van Hoogstraten, Joyce Wellman and Abby Wood.

Eastern Market
7th St. North Carolina Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C.

As a show of support, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities invited 26 artists to create 27 murals for the boarded up windows at the historic Eastern Market building while the rebuilding of the Market develops. The Market interior was burned and will undergo a complete renovation over a one to two year period of time. The new window murals are created on the theme of renewal. They are vibrant, colorful and lyrical. They give the neighborhood hope and visual delight after the ravaging fire that destroyed the market.

It's been an artful experience coordinating this arts restoration project, along with Christena Hambrick, for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of Property Management. 27 new murals will be dedicated at Eastern Market this Saturday, June 2 at 1pm. Come see the work of 26 Washington, DC artists and join in the renewal process. Eight of the murals were painted by members of the Capital Hill Arts League. The Shakesphere Theatre Company kicked off the project by painting the first mural onsite. The other murals were created in the artists' studios over a ten day period. Peabody Elementary School Children created works on paper with Art Teacher, Marla McLean to be displayed at the dedication ceremony. The project idea originated with City Administrator, Dan Tangherlini and was produced by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Office of Property Management (OPM).

The market is operating every week and will continue, while a temporary building is set up across the street. Visit often, buy delicious produce and flowers, have a look at the murals and purchase art from the artist vendors at the market. Support the renewal process and the vendors by visiting Eastern Market often.

More news on the renovation of Eastern Market HERE.

Installation Pictures HERE.
Photo Credits: Greg Staley and others

"Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts."