Don’t miss the 47th Annual Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park this weekend, featuring more than 200 artists, including me!
Works of art include sculpture, painting and drawing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, furniture and works on paper. I have two pieces in the show — a portrait of Marilyn Monroe and another portrait of Freddie Mercury, both 20-by-24-inch oils on canvas. They are part of my series of iconic performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix.
The opening reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 in the Spanish Ballroom; members and donors get to come early at 6 p.m. for a special preview.
Glen Echo has long been fertile ground for nascent artists and people who just like to create. Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture runs the Adventure Theatre and the Puppet Co., manages the performance schedule at the Bumper Car Pavilion and offers numerous arts classes for adults and children in various disciplines including glasswork, pottery, painting, silversmithing, sculpture and more.
Glen Echo Park has a long history dating back to the 19th century. The park itself keeps and displays photos of its heyday as an amusement park and public pool — a segregated one. After protests in the 1960s, the park finally agreed to admit everyone. It closed in 1968, and the federal government took the land over to prevent development.
In 2002, the National Parks Service turned the land over to Montgomery County, and many years were spent developing the area into the busy cultural nexus it is today.
Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812; 301-634-2222.