Public Art PRISMS Unveiled at Landex site of Studio 3807

Art Lives Here and Maryland Art Place IMPACT artist Becky Borlan lights new public art work 

Brentwood, MD – Funded by Maryland Art Place IMPACT grant, Art Lives Here through Joe’s Movement Emporium, and Neighborhood Design Center in partnership with Landex Development Corporation, Becky Borlan will officially light and unveil public art piece, PRISMS at the site of the new Studio 3807 June 3rd at 7 pm. The unveiling ceremony will take place from 6 – 8 pm with light food served at neighboring Brentwood Arts Exchange in the Gateway Arts Center. Gateway Community Development Corporation’s 39th Street Gallery will also be open to the public. This free event takes place at 3901 Rhode Island Ave in Brentwood, MD and will include food, drink and a presentation of the piece at 7 pm. This event is made possible by Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Maryland Art Place, and Neighborhood Design Center.

prismsBorlan describes her piece as a “functional beacon, bringing people into the space” working closely with architect Marcus Monroe and Jesse Robinson to create “flexible space that facilitates public interaction and sets the stage for the community to adopt the area.” Borlan and collaborators will begin installation May 9th during the 2015 Annual Gateway CDC Open Studios Tour.

The event is also an opportunity to celebrate Gateway Arts District artists who are featured on the fence warp of the site. Executive Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brooke Kidd, says “the Gateway Arts District is our artists; they are our best asset.” Kidd and Mingus Communications’ Michelle Lee were instrumental in the free artist photo shoots that provided 140 artist who live and/or work in the Gateway Arts District an opportunity to get high quality portraits. Local photographers Marketa Ebert, Charles Steck, Evan Wilder, Krista Schyler and Valerie Phillips took the photos in locations all over the Gateway Arts District.

Demolition on “The Plumber’s Building” began mid-February and is due to be replaced by Studio 3807, a 250,000-square-foot complex with 147 apartments, retail space and artist workspace.

Calling local musicians!

Calling local musicians!

Vigilante Coffee Company of Hyattsville is seeking talent for our local music showcase at our 4327 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD roastery and coffee shop.

For our Spring Music Showcase, we are seeking acoustic sets with preference for artists/bands with member(s)) living nearby in the local area, though all submissions will be considered.

Musical artists who are interested in performing should send an email to with “Spring Music Showcase” in the subject line that includes:

  1. a short description of the band/artist. Please indicate which, if any, members live in the Hyattsville, Arts Gateway, or Port Towns areas.
  1. a link(s) to material (Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
  1. anything else we should know.

Submissions are due ’round midnight Sunday, April 19th. Selected artists will be notified on April 20th-ish.

Performances will be scheduled on the second Saturday of every month from 2-4pm starting May 9th.

Steve Olson Trio LIVE in Concert at Brentwood Arts Exchange April 17th

Steve Olson is a drummer, percussionist, and composer who lives near New Windsor, Maryland. After playing many styles of jazz, his focus in recent years has been in modern free improvisation and experimental music.


His most recent recording, Conversations – a collection of freely improvised duets with jazz artists Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, Tony Martucci and others – was nominated as the 2014 Jazz Recording of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association.

His current trio features two talented Baltimore-area musicians: tenor saxophonist Derrick Michaels, and guitarist Nick Saia.

Their performance at the Brentwood Arts Exchange will feature an evening of freely improvised jazz.

Tickets are $15 online at the Parks and Rec. e-store