Monday, May 12, 2008


Gateway Arts District, Prince George’s County, MD - Over 50 artists throughout the municipalities of Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville will open their studios to the public on Saturday, May 17th from 12 Noon to 5 PM. Studios are concentrated along a 2.1-mile stretch of the Route 1/Baltimore Avenue/Rhode Island Avenue corridor.

The date will be shared with the annual Mount Rainier Day Festival and Parade, a full day of family fun, food, craft vending and live performances held from 11:00 am -6:00 pm in Mount Rainier, MD, at 34th and Rhode Island Avenue.

The Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour
is a public self-guided tour of professional and home based studios showcasing a variety of mediums---painting, sculpture, glass, photography, mixed media, clay/ceramics, printmaking and craftwork. Most studios are centrally located in the city of Mount Rainier with the Hyattsville Community Artists Alliance exhibiting at the Lustine Showroom as part of Arts District Hyattsville.

Home to many of the DC areas most celebrated artists and studios, which include DC GlassWorks, Red Dirt Studio, The Washington Glass School and Studio, FLUX, and the Quixote Center Gallery the arts district is a veritable hot spot of highly acclaimed artists that produce works that are exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Artists include Margaret Boozer, Tim Tate, Ellyn Weiss, Laurel Lukaszewski, David D’Orio, Crisley McCarson, Kyan Bishop, Yvon Fleurival and many more.

A highlight of the tour includes the installation and printmaking show, Michael B. Platt: Lost and Found at the H & F Fine Arts Gallery. A native Washingtonian whose works are in collections at the Corcoran Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Library of Congress, Platt often focuses on the history of marginalized populations of Africa and the African Diaspora. A collaborative effort with poet Carol Beane, Lost and Found is set against the backdrop of American Slavery and the implications of Hurricane Katrina.

Drop in on classes and demonstrations at performing arts venues—World Arts Focus at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Alafia Professional Dance Space, and Artmosphere Digital Arts Café.

This project is produced by Gateway CDC, with support provided by theMaryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County, Division of Arts and Cultural Heritage.

For further information or press inquiries, contact Tonya Jordan at 301-864-3860, ext. 1 or email:

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