Just home from Arts on N. As I’ve already mentioned, it was an art show sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, vending open only to artists living and working within the District. What a great, forward thinking city that in these crummy economic times they still are allocating funding for projects like this intended to revitalize less popular areas of the city. It was a small show, under 20 tents, but surprisingly well attended despite the rain.
A few FSO ladies ventured out in support. Always great to see familiar faces when I do these events. And of course it’s refreshing to double-take everyone out of their FS element. I hardly recognized them without their language lab ear-muffs and drive-thru mikes, glassy eyed, staring ahead at a computer screen trying to detect a potentially disastrous difference between “ghhhnahng” and “ghhhnaahhnnng”. Thanks for swinging by gals and I hope you enjoy your new goodies!!
Consistently, the most exciting part is the people I meet, my “neighbors”. Inevitably people cut from the same cloth as I. It’s life affirming. One lady works around the corner from where we live as a very talented costume maker and milliner for the Shakespeare Company. She was incredibly generous with information and offered to show me around their workshop. We are planning to meet for a happy hour soon. On my other side was another amazing woman and the main reason for this post.
Have you heard of the non-profit “art enables“? I pulled from their website:
In the Nation’s Capitol, a studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental and/or mental disabilities. Their chance to make art comes through Art Enables. Their reasons for doing it are their own: to have something to do, to make money, to feel important, to tell the world who they are, to become famous. All those reasons and more.
This gallery/studio provides mentally challenged individuals a place to come and create their art, where a staff offers direction and critiques. I was SO impressed with not only the concept behind this program, but the work itself. There are pages and pages on their website, very reasonably priced. And the best part??? Their annual inventory sale, this Saturday the 21st from 2-5. Everything is half priced! 60% of the sale price goes directly to the artist, (who will likely be there during the sale!) the remainder essentially covers framing costs incurred by the gallery. This type of thing sets my heart aflutter. I am already planning which one (ones?) will be coming home with us.