Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
Art Lives Here got a chance to chat with Tim McLoraine, one of the great minds working on the Gateway Arts District 10th Annual Open Studios Tour coming up on May 10th.
The Gateway Open Studio Tour is a one-day arts festival featuring the rich creative fabric that stretches across the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County Maryland. On May 10th, we’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this unparalleled event! From 12-5pm, the public is invited to explore the wealth of artist studios, galleries, and other creative spaces that line the one and a half mile stretch of Route 1 from Mount Rainier to Hyattsville. And from 5-8pm, artists and visitors are encouraged to gather for an after-party and opening receptions at the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood.
For people interested in art, creativity and community, the Gateway Open Studio Tour provides a unique opportunity to get immersed in a place where artists and arts organizations have established a friendly and supportive network. Come and visit with the artists in their workspaces, see the creative process up close, even purchase art directly from the makers. Spend time in the galleries and arts establishments, learn about their classes and programs, enjoy their exhibitions.
The 2014 Tour will feature a few new sites and venues from previous years. Ceramic artist Ani Kasten has opened her beautiful new studio and gallery space, Artbar, just off the traffic circle on 34th Street in Mount Rainier. Artbar is also home to artists Elle Brande and Sarah Nikitopoulos. The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center has opened it’s new gallery space in their North Brentwood location just up Rhode Island Avenue from the ezStorage Studios. Members of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance, traditionally showing at Franklin’s Restaurant, will have a group show at the artDC Gallery located in the EYA development in Hyattsville.
What gets me the most excited about the Open Studio Tour is two-fold. It’s seeing friends, neighbors and frequent visitors to the Arts District coming together to relish and celebrate what makes this area such a special place. And then it’s hearing from first time visitors the genuine surprise they experience when seeing the range of talent, creativity, and the shear numbers of people and organizations that have put down roots here to devote their time and energy to the arts.