Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Melissa Glasser on PinkLine

Gateway Community Development  Corporation Executive Director Carole Bernard caught up with Melissa Glasser, a Gateway Arts District artist who is participating in the Better Block component of the Art Lives Here Initiative, for a Pink Line Project interview.

Q: How does your theme play into the work of the Gateway Arts District?

A: Generally, these patterns will convey an inspired rendition of the metaphorical circle of life that plays with every waking moment in the life of the Gateway Community and the name of the deli itself.  Our community depends on the location and flow of the traffic circle. Something everyone could understand but might spark curiosity, add joy, brighten the wait at the bus stop, draw people to the deli, brighten the drive with bold color

The design was born out of inspiration by the site itself and what I’ve been inspired by recently, birds in general and the hummingbird specifically.  I thought it would be a good symbol of the message I wanted to deliver.

Native American teaching about the hummingbird says that its lesson is to seek that which brings joy. 

For more information about Melissa Glasser, visit

For more information abut Gateway CDC, visit

ALH logo6To see Melissa’s work live as part of the Art Lives Here Initiative, come to Better Block night Friday April 26th any time between 6 – 10 pm, and stop by Circle Deli, 3405 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Melissa will be available from 6:30 to 9:30 to talk about her project and answer any questions. There will be free food samples, wine tastings, live music, interactive storytelling and a pop-up gallery that same night around the Mount Rainier Circle.

To find out more, click HERE.


About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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