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Mid-City Artists Open Studios Spring Event Set for Weekend of May 14-15

Accompanying images can be viewed in the April 2016 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 14 and 15, between 12 noon and 5 pm. This marks the 12th 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. Each studio is unique and locations range from retail spaces, old carriage houses, spare bedrooms, apartments to basements.

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 Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor, Lucinda Friendly Murphy, Betsy Karasik,  Betto Ortiz, Brian Petro, Marie Ringwald, and Colin Winterbottom, to name but just a few. A complete listing of the participating artists and their studios, with addresses is available on the MCA website.

The group’s 35 or so professional member artists have come together to promote their work and to create a downtown artists’ community. Over the years, their presence has added to the quality of life by infusing the neighborhoods where they have located their studios with authenticity, creativity and economic activity.

During previous tour events it became apparent that it is often difficult to ask artists about their work and their process. With that in mind, local curators will be leading two-hour studio visits, each with a small group at no charge. Advance reservations are necessary since space is limited; to sign up and also to view a map showing the location of all the studios that will be open, visit the MCA’s website home page.