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East City Artnotes: Gateway Open Studios Tour in Pictures

Otis Street Art Project's latest exhibition Overtures.

Otis Street Art Project’s latest exhibition Overtures.
All Photos for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Rhode Island Avenue was a sea of color this past Saturday as artists throughout the Gateway Arts District opened their studios to the public.  The wind and rain could not dampen the party atmosphere in the air, particularly in Mount Rainier were the studios’ proximity to one another made it easy to dash from one space to the next.  Here is a small sampling of just some of the artists eager to discuss their latest creations with the public.

Jeff Herrity and Britt Law in Herrity's new Gallery 25 worshop.

Jeff Herrity and Britt Law in Herrity’s new Gallery 25 workshop.

 

Whitney Waller poses with a ceramic creation in her Red Dirt studio.

Whitney Waller poses with a ceramic creation in her Red Dirt studio.

 

Emily Greene Liddle with a work in progress.

Emily Greene Liddle with a work in progress.

 

Red Dirt Studio's founder Margaret Boozer has just begun work on her largest piece to date which will hang in the new MGM Grand Casino complex.

Red Dirt Studio’s founder Margaret Boozer has just begun work on her largest piece to date which will hang in the new MGM Grand Casino complex. The work’s metal frame on the floor takes up nearly her entire studio space!

 

Artbar, the gallery and studio space of Ani Kasten, featured a variety of sculptural objects and functional pieces for the home.

Artbar, the gallery and studio space of Ani Kasten, featured a variety of sculptural objects and functional pieces for the home.

 

Washington Glass School's director Tim Tate displayed a new work that seems to recede deeply into the wall.

Washington Glass School’s co-founder Tim Tate displayed a new work that seems to recede deeply into the wall.

 

This striking triptych by Michael Janis features multiple layers of glass fused together in an almost painterly fashion.

This striking triptych by Michael Janis features multiple layers of glass fused together in an almost painterly fashion.

 

Multidisciplinary artist Jenna North is one of Otis Street Art Project's newest tenants. Here she shows off photo stills from a video work in progress.

Multidisciplinary artist Jenna North is one of Otis Street Art Project’s newest tenants. Here she shows off photo stills from a video work in progress.

 

Otis Street Art Project co-founders David Mordini and Shawn Hennessey in Hennessey's workspace.

Otis Street Art Project co-founders David Mordini and Shawn Hennessey in Hennessey’s workspace.

 

Anne Smith poses with a series of serene monoprints that capture the many moods of the Potomac River.

Anne Smith poses with a series of serene monoprints that capture the many moods of the Potomac River.

 

The cavernous studio of Anne Marchand is larger than many of the galleries in which she exhibits!

The cavernous studio of Anne Marchand is larger than many of the galleries in which she exhibits!

 

Martha Jackson Jarvis poses with a her crane holding up a work in progress.

Martha Jackson Jarvis poses with a her crane holding up a work in progress.

 

Peter B. McClintock stands with two of his quietly elegant oil paintings.

Peter B. McClintock stands with two of his quietly elegant oil paintings.

 

Eric Hope
Authored by: Eric Hope

Eric Hope is a curator and writer based in Brookland. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved into the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He currently freelances as a curator and writes about local artists and the DC arts scene for a variety of online publications. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.