2012 Gateway Open Studio Tour

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8th Annual Prince George’s County Gateway Open Studio Tour
17 Venues.  70 Studios.  120 Artists.

May 12 from 12-5pm in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County.


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On May 12th, over 120 Gateway Arts District Artists will open their studios to the public.  Visitors are invited to interact one-on-one with local artists, see their work, and explore their studios, during this annual event.

Produced by the Gateway Community Development Corporation, Open Studio Tour is the premier arts event of the Gateway Arts District.  This year’s tour features:
A guided tour of select studios.

  • Live performances at Joe’s Movement Emporium and the Mount Rainier Artists’ Lofts
  • A trunk show featuring artists from the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance
  • Exhibit openings at the 39th Street Gallery

Gateway Community Development Corporation Board President, Laura Rogers commented, “This is the eighth year that we’ve done Open Studio Tour.  It has become a tradition – an opportunity for the community to celebrate and support our local artists.”

Several sites on the tour will be holding exhibits or events which include:

Ani Katsen. Bottles. Photo Courtesy of the Gateway Arts District.

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Forest of the Mind
Laura G. Thorne and Marcia Wolfson-Ray
The Brentwood Arts Exchange presents a captivating exploration of disparate materials and natural forms in this show of sculptures by Laura G. Thorne and Marcia Wolfson-Ray. Thorne combines steel, aluminum, glass, ceramic, and found, natural materials to create objects that are deeply imbued with mystery, at once familiar and alien. Baltimore-based Marcia Wolfson-Ray builds three dimensional rhythms and patterns from grasses, reeds, bamboo, and other dried plants collected from marshes, fields, and vacant city-lots. Each working in her own way and own directions, their work comes together in an irresistible harmony in their embrace of mystery and improvisation and their surprising ability to fascinate us through forms that we may have seen elsewhere under different contexts, but never quite like this.

Kids Drop-In Art Workshop.  Free.  1pm – 5pm.
Your kids love art even more than you do, and taking them to artists’ studios is a great experience.  But, we all know that what they really want to do is to create.  Give them some time to express their talents and time to recover from their long trek following adults around to look at pictures they can’t even touch. Any time between 1pm and 5pm, bring your kids age 5 and up to experience a free and open creative art-making space.  Materials will be provided.  Adults must accompany their children at all times – you’re never too young or old to collaborate.

About Laura G. Thorne
Laura G. Thorne creates sculpture, prints and furniture that can be found in numerous public, corporate and private collections such as the DC Convention Center, Duncan Aviation and in the personal collections of Aimee and Robert Lehrman and Robert and Karen Duncan. Thorne’s sculptures have been exhibited internationally in Berlin and Rome, and nationally in institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, the Denver Art Museum, and the Aspen Art Museum.  She has taught at the Anderson Ranch Art Center and National Gallery of Art, and has served on various boards and panels in the DC arts community and beyond.

About Marcia Wolfson-Ray
Marcia Wolfson-Ray creates sculpture from organic materials such as wood, reeds, dog fennel, straw, and grasses. The inspiration for her work comes from nature – its forms, rhythms, patterns; light, temperature and time of the year also come into play, giving her sculpture a sense of mystery through allusions to what she calls the center of life. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute. Ray’s sculpture has been exhibited in the Montpelier Arts Center; Rockville Arts Place; the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA; Arlington Arts Center; Loyola College, Washington and Jefferson College; and the Greater Reston Arts Center.

Photo Courtesy Joe's Movement Emporium

Joe’s Movement Emporium

May 11th at 8pm: Emma’s Revolution, home grown folk rock with a global reach, tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door

May 12th  at 8pm and May 13 at 7pm: Edgeworks Dance Theater in Mixer 2, a showcase of company member’s creativity and vision, tickets $20 general, $15 youth/student/senior

Following the success of last spring, EDGEWORKS Dance Theater returns to Joe’s for MIXER II – a showcase featuring the works of EDT company members and guest artists. Led by award-winning choreographer and Founding Artistic Director Helanius J. Wilkins, this program demonstrates how EDT continues to showcase the diversity of dance being created by men in American concert dance. Among the choreographers presenting works will be EDT’s Assistant Rehearsal Director Nkosinathi “Natty” Mncube.

May 12the from 12 – 4pm: Open House Family Day

J. J. McCracken. Philadelphia Hunger Project. Photo courtesy of the artist.

39th Street Gallery

Love, Loss & Lipstick: Caryl Burtner & Taliaferro Logan.
Curated by Tosha Grantham

May 12- June 30, 2012  with an artist Reception Saturday May 12, 5:30-8PM following the 2012 Open Studio Tour



Maps and more information available at www.gatewayopenstudios.org in advance of the tour or at the Gateway Arts Center on the day of the tour.

About Gateway CDC

Gateway CDC’s mission to be the catalyst for arts driven economic revitalization in the U.S. Route 1 corridor and the surrounding communities in the Gateway Arts District.  Gateway CDC works in the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Mount Rainier, and works in collaboration with several partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District.

Laurel Lukaszewski. Pause (Detail). Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Gateway Open Studio Tour is generously supported by: Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission, the Anacostia Trails Heritage Association, and Councilmember Will Campos.