Anacostia Art Walk: April 2010April 26, 2010
Reprinted from wornmagazineblog
On Saturday, I participated in the first Anacostia art walk hosted by the Arch Development Corporation. Arch is “creating a home for arts & artists, cultural organizations, and compatible businesses,” mostly in Ward 8.
When I say “Anacostia,” what’s your reaction? My initial visit occurred in November 2008 with my friend Beth, who I met that month during volunteer duties for FotoWeekDC. The event brochure listed several exhibitions in the Anacostia Historic District, so we went to check them out. Within minutes of parking on Good Hope Road, I was gawking at gigantic prints by Jean-François Rauzier and met Honfleur Gallery’s creative director, Briony Evans. She volunteered to give Beth and I a personal tour of the other photography exhibitions around the area and we walked through about a half dozen.
Now, one year later, Beth works for Arch and I’ve participated in two exhibitions at Honfleur.
The accessibility and community emphasized by the women who run these galleries has allowed me to meet Senator Al Franken, his brother Owen (a prolific photographer), Ann Curry of NBC News, plus numerous other talented photographers and artists who participate in their events. I’ve grown as a photographer because of these experiences and gained many friends. Enjoy some photos from Saturday’s walk.