Mid City Artists (MCA), a decade old visual art collective, located in one of the liveliest sections of the city, opens their studio doors on May 13th and 14th. Local artists invite the public to explore and interact in the intimate setting of their studios, spread among the Mid City area of NW Washington DC (from Dupont Circle, to U Street and Logan Circle), by offering visitors a rare portal into the artists’ creative habitat.
For the first time, the Mid City artists will also show their work in an Open Studios Preview Night on May 11th at the White Cloud Gallery located at 1843 14th Street, NW. Examples of work created by the talented artists who live and work in the neighborhood will entice you into the studios to see more.
Visitors can enjoy DC’s spring weather by touring artist studios and witnessing an expansive offering of art and culture by some of the city’s most talented and creative artists. It is an opportunity to see the most recent works by artists at the site of their origin, gain meaningful insight into their process of creation and participate in the District’s dynamic and diverse arts community. MCA open studios gives collectors and art lovers the opportunity to purchase works directly from the artists’ studio inventory and discover new talent before it makes its way to the gallery walls.
Open Studios is free and offers self-guided and guided tours. The self-guided tour is an open format that has proven to be an ideal way to encourage dialogue between artists and enthusiasts allowing visitors to gain firsthand knowledge about the creative process. Guided tours will also be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and will help familiarize participants with the works in a conversational setting. These free guided tours must be reserved in advance. To reserve a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and to download our map, visit the MCA website (www.midcityartists.com).
MCA studios remain nestled among the new condos, trendy shops and restaurants, proving that artists find ways to make space for their creativity. These local artists continue to contribute to the growth of Mid City by infusing the neighborhood with authenticity, creativity and economic activity. MCA is a driving force in keeping art and creative expression alive within Mid City.
The Mid City Artists Open Studios is generously supported by many Mid City businesses that believe a flourishing arts community adds vibrancy and economic value to the neighborhood.
Open Studios Participating Artists: Chuck Baxter, Stephen Benedicto, Jane Cave, Michael Crossett, Brand Dave,
Indira Marin Dingledine, Charlie Gaynor, Arthur Kwon Lee, Miguel Perez Lem, Andrew Lisi, Lucinda Friendly Murphy, Betto Ortiz, Mark Parascandola, Brian Petro, Marie Ringwald, George H. Smith-Shomari, and Robert Wiener.