Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
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.
Borlan 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.