Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Free Artist Portrait Series Return! Sign up now

The Art Lives Here Communication Team, Michelle Lee of Mingus Communications and Neena Narayanan of Joe’s Movement Emporium, are thrilled to be welcoming back Charles Steck to kick off our series of Free Artist Portrait Photo Shoots taking place right in the Art Lives Here Incubator in Mount Rainier, MD!*

Charles Steck is as local as it gets. This Mount Rainier photographer has long lived in the Gateway Arts District and is pleased to call Red Dirt Studios neighbors! Check out his website by CLICKING HERE.

Check out some of his photos from past shoots with Art Lives Here:

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If you haven’t yet had your portrait taken during the Art Lives Here Free Artist Portrait Photo Shoots and you are an artist who lives and/or works (has studio space) in the Gateway Arts District (Mt. Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Hyattsville) please sign up for a slot today!

Friday, September 18th, 2015 between 4 – 8 pm: CLICK HERE

Why are we doing these photo shoots? Because they are an opportunity for:

  1. Us to get to know you better: what kind of art do you produce, what is the medium you work in, where do you do your work, where do you show/perform it?
  2. Us to get a great head shot of you with your creative touchstone for your personal and professional use, and also to be a part of Art Lives Here marketing for the Gateway Arts District.

What is this creative touchstone? We’re glad you asked! Perhaps it’s as simple as the instrument you play or the brushes you use, or as esoteric as a leaf from the tree you always compose under, or the book you read to inspire your writing, or the mug you use when burning the midnight oil, churning over an idea.

We hope to have many more photo shoots planned throughout the year and into 2016. Be sure to stay tuned here on the Art Lives Here blog where we’ll announce dates first!

*If you’re interested in partnering with Art Lives Here to be a photographer for the photo shoots, please contact with links to your online portfolio of portraiture and hourly rate. We already have a other photographers who have reached out to us and expressed interest and we’re looking to diversify!


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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