Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Coming Soon -- Arts District

H Street's restaurants and bars have received a great deal of attention lately, but the recent and coming development in the arts area is such that the area could soon be as well-known for its artistic offerings as well.

Starting at the east end:

The Loree Grand at Union Place (3rd & K Sts) will house 30 artists in residence at east end of cooridor. The Loree Grand will include over 200 residential units, a roof garden, a courtyard, a gym and ground floor retail with occupancy in mid-2010.

Studio H (408a H St) (already open, see details on current exhibit here).

Dissident Display (416 H St) opened in September 2006 and features avant guarde multimedia exhibitions.

Gallery O on H (1354 H St)

Evolve Urban Arts Project (1375 Maryland Ave). Housed on two floors of the beautifully refurbished Pierce School Loft Building. Evolve Urban Arts opened six years now and hosts five to six exhibitions a year in a variety of mediums to promote locally-based artists. Their current exhibition, "Divinely Irreverent", features paintings by local artist Dana Ellyn.

And 3 spots newly opened or coming soon to the east end of Florida Ave (just north of H St)

G Fine Art (1350 Florida Ave)

Conner Contemporary Art (1358-1360 Florida Ave)

Industry Gallery (1358 Florida Ave, 2nd floor) will be opening up galleries on the same block as Conner Contemporary soon putting at least 5 art galleries in the greater H Street cooridor.

Add all these galleries to the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St) and the H Street Playhouse (1365 H St)(whose current production is receiving lots of praise) and the Arts component of the H Street Arts and Entertainment District is well on its way to catching up with the what the restaurants and bars have done to date.

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