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Artists Studios Anchor Shaw’s East End; Annual Open House Set

Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF

By P.L. Wolff

Once again, 52 O Street Artist Studios will be hosting its annual Open Studios event on Saturday and Sunday, April 14th and 15th, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Featuring nearly 40 artists and artist groups working in one building in a wide range of media and styles -– painting, graphic design, photography, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, and mixed-media –- this weekend event allows for a rare glimpse into the influences and process behind their art.

But there will be more, including film screenings, a bike clinic, and food from local restaurants and vendors. In addition the store at SCRAP-DC will be open for business on the lower level (check them out at www. scrapdc.org)

One special event this year will take place on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in studio #202 where Micheline Klagsbrun creates her paintings. Being billed as “O Street Stories,” this will be, as characterized by Klagsbrun, “an unpredictable reunion of artists from all decades of our building’s history, from the wild ’70s on, swapping stories and reminiscing about all these walls have seen and heard. Commemorating a unique building’s 34 years as a center of creative activity.”

Just a short walk from the New York Avenue Metro Red Line station, this free event not only will afford visitors the opportunity to view myriad works of art and to meet the artists in their studios, but also to purchase directly from the artists. For more information, visit www.52ostreetstudios.org.

Occupying 28,000 square feet over four floors, 52 O Street Studios is one of the largest and oldest buildings dedicated to use by artists in the city. An historic structure in its own right, the building was the subject of a “Scenes from the Past” feature in this publication’s October 2005 issue, the PDF of which is available in the Current & Back issues Archive at www.intowner.com. Today’s “colony” of artists continues to advance the guiding principle behind the building’s opening to artists in 1979. (See, “Art a Major Force in the East End; ‘Open Studios’ Event Rewards Art Lovers,” InTowner, December 2002, page 1; PDF available in the on-line archive.)