The Jackson Art Center opened its doors for neighbors and friends May 6, showing off the artwork and artists’ studio space within the 128-year-old former D.C. public school at 3050 R St. NW in Georgetown.
While artists shared and discussed their work, the jazzy harmony of bass, flute, voice and trombone in Reginald Cyntje’s quartet (he’s the trombonist) in the second-floor corridor impressed the Sunday arts lovers.
A few artists have moved into larger spaces, including Martha Chapman and Howard Carr. Jane Lepscky talked about her art with new-found fans and Sherry Patten told The Georgetowner to take a photo of her art and not of her. Barbara Downs was on hand to greet admirers and Clarissa Bonde conversed about watercolors. Robert Haft, a new Jackson member, bedazzled visitors to his space with lighted plexiglass boxes. Potter Sue Baum showed children how to spin a bowl and other little ones, how to draw their own artwork outside in the schoolyard.
At Jackson, the nonprofit intones, “more than 40 local artists work in individual or shared artist studio space, creating works on paper, canvas and fabric, in oil, acrylic, pencil, and pastel, as well as photography, sculpture, and ceramics.”
And neighbors took their time taking it all in, in their own way.