Inaugural Art All Night Fills the Avenue
By September 27, 2021 0 522•
If you weren’t walking along Wisconsin Avenue Friday evening, you missed some good art, performances — and a lot of your friends and neighbors. It seemed like everyone came out for the Georgetown debut of Art All Night, a D.C. government initiative that brings art to all eight wards in the city.
Funded by the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and made possible by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, Art All Night in Georgetown was put together by Georgetown Main Street and volunteers. The venues and partcipants, along Wisconsin Avenue from O Street up to S Street, had something for everyone.
“Georgetown Main Street is thrilled with the rousing success of our inaugural Art All Night,” Rachel Shank, executive director of Georgetown Main Street, told The Georgetowner. “I am deeply thankful for the team that put countless hours into making the event a hit, the business and community partners that jumped in feet first, and the neighbors and friends who came out to enjoy the creative diversity, talent of our vibrant Georgetown Main Street!”
Addison/Ripley Fine Art, celebrating its 40th year in business, included Trevor Young and the Tabago Bay Band. The African Union Mission — rarely open to the public — included decorative pieces by Sylla Ba Foundation, along with artists Hamid Kachmar and Jacob Goldsmith. Calloway Fine Art & Consulting included local artists Robin Davisson, Malini Vira, Madeleine Sargent, Brian Story, Natnael Mekuria, and Colton Teri. Washington Printmaker’s Gallery displayed “Moments Exceptionnels,” photographs by Marie-B Cilia De Amicis. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts held dramatic readings and a dramatic performance as well as live painting. The GMS Performance Stage at the Georgetown Lutheran Church included District Irish Dance, Bitter Dose, DC Soul All Stars and Georgetown Phantoms. The Jackson Art Center Showcase at the George Town Club included work by Kasey O’Boyle, Lisa Gentry, Terrell McDermid, Nancy Murphy, Erika Cleveland and Fred Maroon. Shop Made in DC had work from the Julie Christenberry Studio.
Others involved — with a promotion or event — were Numbers Alive, Signature, the Lantern Bookshop, Spicez, the Phoenix, Martin’s Tavern, Salon Ilo / Amore Learning, City Sliders, Los Cuates, Meridian Health and Relaxation, Strongin Collection, Hugo Boss, Bacchus Wine Cellar, Reren, Beautea, Thomas Sweet, Brasserie Liberte, Casbah Cafe, Bistrot Lepic, Pretty Chic and Jaryam.
“Neighbors should expect more events from Georgetown Main Street that connect the community with the outstanding small businesses just down the street,” Shank said.
“I can sum it up this way…we are already at work on Art All Night 2022!” co-sponsor Ann Goldstein told The Georgetowner. “Our small but mighty team pulled off a Herculean feat and FETE! The joy of the throngs of merry revelers engaging in everything Art All Night Georgetown validated all our efforts to highlight just how special and unique Georgetown is.”
Added co-sponsor Colleen Girouard: “We were thrilled to see the streets and shops of Georgetown filled with joy and arts of all types and look forward to a bigger event next year!”