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Artists Studios Collective Anchoring Shaw’s East End Held its Annual Open House

Sun., June 28 (11am-6pm): Just a short walk from the New York Avenue Metro Red Line station, this free event not only afforded visitors the opportunity to view myriad works of art and to meet the artists in their studios at 52 O Street, NW, but also to purchase directly from the artists. For more information about these artists and their studios, visit www.facebook.com/52OStreet.

This year’s event featured painters Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Thom Flynn, Cianne Fragione, Ari J. Klein, Tom Bunnell and Kelly Towles; sculptor Matt Hollis; photographers Tom Turk and Erin Scott & Abby Greenawalt of Pitch Fork Studio; furniture designer Topher Paterno of Pazzo Verde; fashion designer Skylar Javier, Native Danger; goldsmiths and instructors for Jewelry Class DC Daniel Valencia and Emily Reeder; accessory designer Vesna Kustudic, Mint Lola; graphic design collective Bittersweet Creative and Wilderness Bureau; printmakers Typecase Industries; print/exhibition team Furthermore; art services/installation company BLK CHVRCH; and natural skincare curator Becky Waddell of Be Clean.

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 pdf at pages 12-13. 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,” December 2002 issue pdf at page 1.)