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Mid-City Artists Open Studios Spring Event Set for Weekend of May 17-18

Accompanying images can be viewed in the May 2014 issue PDF

By P.L. Wolff

Continuing their regular spring event, nearly 20 members of the Mid-City Artists group working in the area east of Dupont Circle, roughly bounded by 18h Street on the west, Florida Avenue on the north, 9th Street on the east, and N Street on the south, will be hosting the public on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, between 12 noon and 5 pm. This marks the 11th year for this popular multi-neighborhood event centered between Dupont and Logan Circles.

As in previous years, enthusiasts of the local art scene and collectors once again will have the opportunity to visit with the individual artists in their creative environments and to view their works in various media, including oil, acrylic, pastels, collage, sculpture and photography. The tour also allows visitors to observe the artistic process and to see how the artists’ own working spaces are organized to serve their individual creative needs. This can also be an opportunity to build one’s own collection from the connections that one makes with these artists, including purchasing from them directly.

Among these artists are many whose names are familiar and whose works are well-known and highly regarded, including Sondra N. Arkin,Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor, Lucinda Friendly Murphy, Sally Kauffman, Brian Petro, Betto Ortiz, and Colin Winterbottom, to name but just a few. A complete listing of the participating artists and their studios, with addresses is available at www.midcityartists.com/home.html — simply click the purple button link near the top.

During these previous tour events it became apparent that it is often difficult to ask artists about their work and their process. With that in mind, last year the organizers teamed up with local curators to lead two-hour studio visits, each with a small group; this opportunity is again available this year free of charge but does require advance reservations since space is limited. For more information and registration visit www.midcityartists.com/home.html.