Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Art Under Pressure - 4807 Georgia Avenue
Art Under Pressure opened up on March 18. I stopped in today, and all I can say is that it encompasses all that is good and right in the world. A retail store and so much more. Sells the wares of local artisans exclusively. Youth- and education-focused; one of the proprietors is Cory Stowers, the artistic director of Words Beats & Life. ("I need to see that 3.0," Stowers was saying to a group of eager young graffiti writers when I was visiting.) Stowers aims to nurture young graffiti writers and help them to develop marketable skills through their artwork. A print shop is being built out in the space's basement, and printmaking classes will be offered beginning this summer. A tattoo studio is planned for the top floor and will open within the next year. The goal is to feature "the lexicon of culture in DC," said Stowers.
The space will have its grand opening celebration April 22-24.
This is a good thing.