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How a Beautiful Washington Tradition Brings Our Nation Together

Updated: May 3


Studio Gallery is located in a historical townhouse.

Life in our nation’s capital comes with many perks. Every Spring, when the cherry blossoms peak, we never have to travel far to get to the Tidal Basin and visit the city’s iconic buildings draped in their yearly pink glory.

   

Washington, D.C. also happens to be one of the nation’s great art centers with spectacular exhibitions that, thankfully, don’t come with the hefty admission costs that are becoming all too common everywhere else. As a matter of fact, most museums here are free, attracting visitors from across the country and around the world.

  

While visiting large, internationally renowned art institutions has its advantages, our family has also found great pleasure in discovering the many smaller art galleries in D.C., especially those around Dupont Circle. Just one among them is Studio Gallery, where our daughter, Halley Sun Stubis, has been the director for the past three years.

  

Founded in 1956, Studio Gallery is situated in a beautiful historical townhouse. It is the oldest artists’ co-op in the nation’s capital, featuring contemporary art in a wide variety of media by both new and veteran artists whose creative personalities I have come to know and love through their shows.

  

For instance, I can never get enough of Susan Raines’ luminous and evocative photos, transporting me both visually and emotionally to exotic ports and cities around the world. After looking at her work, I feel as if I’ve taken not only a physical trip, but an inner voyage without ever leaving home.

  

I absolutely love how Freda Lee-McCann flavors traditional Chinese art and her elegant calligraphy with personal and contemporary touches using collage and mixed media overlays.

  

Gary Anthes’ powerful photographic portraits embrace simplicity, transience and mystery – sharing with us our common bond of humanity by capturing the essence of people living and working in different cultures.

  

Innovator Elizabeth Harris has made stunning portraits of women using only ink and a coffee stirrer.

  

Eleanor Wang believes that everything in the universe is endowed with a spirit and energy, and seeks to capture that feeling in her peaceful, intimate artworks, which are created through an intuitive mark-making process.

  

Magical realist painter Iza Thomas pairs her fantastical, symbolic paintings with fanciful poems written by her husband to stunning effect.

  

Artist Wayne Paige is known for his spectacularly detailed oil paint and ink dreamscapes.

  

And, abstract expressionist Jennifer Duncan is inspired by the geometric forms of water and land, as well as the more amorphous shapes of plants and animals, making colorfully abstract, yet nature-inspired paintings.

  

To showcase these (and about 50 more) unique artists, special events are often held at the gallery. Everyone is welcome in its magnificent Art Deco building – a perfect home for the arts, itself  being a work of art. Artist talks, artist receptions, “First Fridays,” “Third Thursdays,” and “Art All Night” crawls in Dupont Circle draw neighbors to its doors and bring the entire community together to celebrate art. Over a glass of wine and a snack, everyone gets to socialize and talk mostly about one subject: art, of course.

  

While politics divide our nation, art brings us together. Our collective harmony may well depend on our country’s artists to safeguard it with their mighty strokes and being a work of art. Artist talks, artist receptions, “First Fridays,” “Third Thursdays,” and “Art All Night” crawls in Dupont Circle draw neighbors to its doors and bring the entire community together to celebrate art. Over a glass of wine and a snack, everyone gets to socialize and talk mostly about one subject: art, of course.

  

To learn more about Studio Gallery, visit www.StudioGalleryDC.com.


By Qin Sun Stubis

You can always reach me at qstubis@gmail.com, or please visit me at www.QinSunStubis.com You can find a copy of my book, “Once Our Lives,” at www.Amazon.com


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