2014 Gateway Open Studio Tour


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Saturday May 10 from Noon to 5pm

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Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) presents the 10th Annual Gateway Open Studio Tour on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Prince George’s County’s Gateway Arts District. Home to one of the D.C. metro area’s most innovative and exciting arts scenes, the Gateway Arts District brings together professional artists representing every visual arts medium.

17 Venues. 70 Studios. More than 100 Artists. On May 10th, Gateway Arts District artists, studios and galleries will open their doors to the public. Visitors are invited to interact one on one with the artists, see their work, and explore their studios. The event is free and open to the public. More than 100 individual artists will participate to make an exceptional event.

Visitors to the Gateway Open Studio Tour will have unfettered access to Red Dirt Studios, The Washington Glass School, Ani Kasten Ceramics, The 39th Street Studios, Flux Studios, DC Glassworks, ezStorage Studios, as well as many other independent studios. Galleries and cultural institutions participating in the tour include The Gateway Arts Center, Brentwood Arts Exchange, 39th Street Gallery, Mon Cheri Gallery, Joe’s Movement Emporium, artDC, Art Works Now, and the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center.

“This long-standing event has become a world-class tradition in the Gateway Arts District,” said Gateway CDC Executive Director Carole Bernard. “For over ten years, Gateway CDC has provided local residents and individuals from the Washington, D.C. metro area an opportunity to celebrate and support our artists. We look forward to greeting our neighbors and welcoming new people to the Gateway Arts District—a vibrant cultural scene spanning Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville.”

The Day’s Activities:
The Gateway Open Studio Tour will kick off at 11:30am with the unveiling of a new public art sculpture by artist and Red Dirt Studio founder Margaret Boozer, located in the courtyard of the Gateway Arts Center. There will be a short speaking program by local and county officials.

At 5pm, immediately following the tour, the Gateway Arts Center will host an after-party and opening receptions for two exhibitions. The 39th Street Gallery will be opening an exhibition curated by Gateway Arts District artist Martha Jackson Jarvis, and the Brentwood Arts Exchange will be opening their elimination-style group show entitled Project America’s Next Top Master Artist.

Several sites on the tour will be holding exhibits or events, including:

39th Street Gallery: Tour After-Party & Opening reception, 5:00–8:00p.m.
39th Street Gallery: Artist Reception and Studio Tour After-Party, 5:00–8:00 p.m. Gateway Arts Center, Second Floor 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD (enter on 39th Street) Opening Exhibition in the Gallery

Mind + Body + Spirit
Mind + Body + Performance
Mind + Body + Metaphor

Collaborating Artists: Shaunte’ Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis

Guest Curator: Martha Jackson Jarvis
Martha Jackson Jarvis’ sculptures have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Studio Museum of Harlem, N.Y. Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, N.Y.; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, U.S.S.R. Her numerous awards include a Creative Capital Grant, Virginia Groot Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, The Penny McCall Foundation Grant , and Lila Wallace Arts International Travel Grant.

39th Street Corridor: Opening Exhibition following the tour, 5:00–8:00p.m.
Americana Guest Curator: Neal Flynn
39th Street Corridor: Opening Exhibition following the tour, 5:00–8 p.m.
“Americana” a group show.
May 10, 2014 to June 28, 2014
Guest Curator Neal Flynn, 39th Street Gallery Intern
Neal is a senior in the BFA Art Honors Program at the University of Maryland College Park.

Brentwood Arts Exchange: Opening reception, 5–8 p.m.
Gateway Arts Center, First Floor
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 5–8 p.m.
3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD

Project America’s Next Top Master Artist

Participating Artists:

  • Eloy Areu
  • Frank E. Ballato III
  • Melissa Burley
  • Ellen Cornett
  • Pamela S. Deane
  • Annie Farrar
  • Cianne Fragione
  • Ric Garcia
  • Pat Goslee
  • Winston Harris
  • Grayson Heck
  • Arthur Lugauskas
  • Sonja Meltonramejar
  • Masha Stul
  • Gilbert Trent
  • Suzanne Vigil
  • Acquaetta Williams
  • Leigh Ann Williams

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is bringing “reality” to the gallery. Project America’s Next Top Master Artist is an elimination-style exhibition presented in three rounds modeled on shows like American Idol, Project Runway, and Dancing with the Stars. Artists working in all media who live within 150 miles of Brentwood, MD applied to participate in hopes of winning a solo exhibition and a $500 cash prize. The judges (Jose Dominguez, Executive Director, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; Tuliza Fleming, Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture; and Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions, Maryland Institute College of Art) have selected the group of artists who will kick of Round 1 and compete for the title of America’s Top Master Artist.

The May 10 opening reception caps off events for the Spring 2014 Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour. That night and during the exhibition periods, visitors to the gallery will vote to determine which artists will stay and which will go home, eliminating half of the artists between each round. Like they say, “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” Artists who remain will bring new artworks to display and face audience voting once again.

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD, 20722

Sharing Our Stories: Treasures From the Museum’s Collection
Sharing Our Stories is a permanent exhibition featured at the Prince George’s African American Museum featuring art and artifacts from the Museum’s collection. The exhibit features a variety of donated objects since the Museum began its collecting program in 2011. Through this program the Museum has collected nearly 300 objects including the call letters from Radio One’s headquarters building when it was located in Prince George’s County to the papers of an African American Soldier in World War I. At its core this exhibition is a collection of stories about the rich history and culture of Prince George’s County and its residents through their objects.

Blazz: Works on Blues and Jazz By Ulysses Marshall
Blazz: works on Blues and Jazz by Ulysses Marshall is about the Historical relationship between African American experience and two musical art forms blues and jazz. Using his signature “paper doll” style , Marshall inserts his own experiences growing up in a rural Georgia into these pieces making this a personal series yet simultaneously exposing universal humanistic themes. Ulysses describes Blazz as “Blues is the deep river within our souls that cries out the suffering and pain in our lives. Jazz is the raft that floated upon the river landing us safe on the shore.” The exhibition will be on display thru June 2014.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit https://www.pgaamcc.org/

Art Works Now
art matters Gallery
3711 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Exhibit: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–5p.m.

IMPRINT; A Family Story
The Ceramic Works of Olivia DiBenigno
Inspired by architecture and found family images, ceramic artist Olivia Di Benigno tells the story of her Italian American heritage through delicately carved clay tiles.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit https://www.artworksnow.org/artmatters.
For additional information e-mail info@artworksnow.org or contact art matters at (301) 454-0808.

Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Exhibiting Wayson Jones, Moons in Mountains: Painting and Collage

This series of works straddles the lines between painting and sculpture, abstraction and landscape, and result from a work process that exploits the material properties of acrylic paints and gels. The predominantly monochromatic pieces can be “read” as minimalist abstract landscapes in which the viewers perspective shifts from one of looking down from the air to gazing at a distant and unclear horizon.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit https://www.joesmovement.org.

Brewer’s Arcade
4015 35th Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Visitors are welcomed to play for free on vintage arcade games. Gaming enthusiast Joe Brewer opens his arcade/basement for visits during the Gateway Open Studio Tour where he curates his personal collection of these classic arcade games: Asteroids, Dig Dug, Ms. Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man cocktail, Galaga, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Pole Position, Burgertime, Robotron 2084, Joust, Gyruss, Outrun, Frogger, Space Invaders, Missile Command, Star Wars, Back to the Future pinball, Royal Rumble pinball, Bad Cats pinball, Secret Service pinball, Swords of Fury pinball.


The Gateway Open Studio Tour is generously supported by: The Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County Councilmember Will Campos, Landex Companies, ezStorage, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, Zeke’s Coffee, Shortcake Bakery, Train Printing, Clarice Smith Center and Gateway CDC’s media partners, including Behind the Mind, East City Art, Art Lives Here, and MyGatewayArts.org.

About Gateway CDC:
Gateway Community Development Corporation drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives, including promotion of the arts as a community- building strategy. Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Mount Rainier, Maryland, and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District. Gateway CDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Prince George’s County, Maryland.

For more information about Gateway CDC, visit www.gatewaycdc.org.