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Mid-City Artists Open Studios Fall Event Held Weekend of November 7th-8th

Continuing their now 12th annual popular free, fall event centered in the neighborhoods between Dupont and Logan Circles, over 15 members of the Mid-City Artists (MCA) group working in the area roughly bounded by 18h Street on the west, Florida Avenue on the north, 9th Street on the east, and N Street on the south, hosted the public durint the weekend of November 7th-8th. Since individual artist’s studio times varied, it is recommended that visitors check on times by clicking on the website links of the participating artists from the MCA members list.

This year’s MCA participating member artists included Chuck Baxter, Scott G. Brooks, Marion Colomer, Michael Crossett, Brand Dave, Indira Marin Dingledine, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor, Miguel Perez Lem, Lucinda Friendly Murphy, Betto Ortiz, Mark Parascandola, Brian Petro, George H. Smith-Shomari, Robert Wiener, and Colin Winterbottom. (See map showing all the Open Studios locations.)

As in previous years, enthusiasts of the local art scene and collectors once again had 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 was also an opportunity to build one’s own collection from the connections that one makes with these artists, including purchasing from them directly.

There were two ways to do the tour: self-guided and guided. The self-guided tour was an open format that has proven to be an ideal way to encourage dialogue between artists and enthusiasts allowing visitors to gain firsthand knowledge about the creative process. Additionally a number of local curators and artists were on hand to lead guided tours to select studios during both days. The guided tours were structured to help familiarize participants with the works in a conversational setting.