Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Meet your photographers…

We had an amazing time this past Sunday with our first Art Lives Here Gateway Arts District portrait day. Matt Carl did a wonderful job putting artists at ease creating a lovely intimate dialogue as he snapped their photos. We had a beautiful day for great outdoor and indoor shots. After each shoot, artists had the opportunity to review the photos and pick their favorites. We had a hip-hop artist, a poet, a Latin American musician, a singer, a song writer, an actress, and a visual artist just to name a few. From 3:30 – 6:30 we were able to document 14 artists and take over 700 photos. What a day!

There is still an opportunity to sign up for your free portrait at Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Theater on July 17th, 20th and 26th. Click here to slot yourself in. 

Now we’d like you to meet our photographers!

Marketa Ebert is a Mount Rainier local who has brought her incredible photography skills to many a Joe’s event. A loyal and strong yoga student, Ebert is adept at capturing movement and motion in one gorgeous still frame. Marketa has had an interest in photography most of her life but got serious about it as she was getting ready to retire from her first career. She was accepted for a position as staff photographer with a local newspaper and stayed for about 10 years, covering local events, sports, politics and anything else the writers needed which is how she first heard about Joe’s Movement Emporium. The newspaper sent her to cover an art event at Joe’s. After that, she started to take yoga classes at Joe’s and volunteered to take some promotional photos in 2003. She has been taking photos and yoga classes at Joe’s ever since. Five years ago she left the newspaper and became a freelance photographer, doing event photography and location portraits. Check out some of her work below:

Matt Carl

Matt Carl

Matt Carl is a local artist and photographer whose mosaic pieces have been a part of Art Lives Here’s Jewel Box pop-up gallery at the Shoppes at Queens Chillum. Carl earned a degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is employed as a Video Editor/Motion Graphics Artist creating compelling visual content for television. His passion for artistic creation extends beyond his work in video to still photography and a variety of other mixed media art forms as well. See his beautiful portraits below:

Evan Wilder

Evan Wilder

Evan Wilder has been a part of Art Lives Here since the beginning, starting his journey with us taking photos at our 2013 Better Block night. Since then he’s returned several times to document Storytelling with Saris and this year’s Better Block. Evan Wilder began his involvement in photography in high school and grew those skills at Baylor University where he worked as a photographer at The Baylor Lariat before becoming photo editor during his senior year.  Evan attended the masters program in photojournalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.   In the summer of 2004 Evan worked as an intern in the photo editing division of National Geographic magazine. He is working now on digital photography workflows, photo editing and photography at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. Check out some of his gorgeous shots here:

Remember to sign up for your free portrait with Art Lives Here today by clicking 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

One comment on “Meet your photographers…

  1. Abraham Garcia
    July 7, 2014


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