Georgetown celebrates the arts program that uplifts the colors and moods of fall at Book Hill


With the onset of fall, splashes of color were spotted along Wisconsin Avenue, but artistic in nature and not arboreal.

As part of a pilot public art program, Georgetown Celebrates the Arts enlivens the Main Street corridor with 43 public art pieces printed on ‘kake mono’ banners and ground installations along Book Hill between Volta Place and Reservoir Road.

So, now is the time to take a walking tour of the region and even vote for your favorite works of art.

The brainchild of Washington Printmakers Gallery president and photographer Marie-B Cilia De Amicis – you may have seen her recent installation “Exceptional Moments” at recent Georgetown Art All Night events – the program is designed to boost Georgetown’s morale as our second Covid winter approaches and give local artists, businesses and entrepreneurs a boost.

While no themes were required for the artwork entered in the program, Amicis simply asked the artists to help boost the morale of the community by “transmitting[ing] their sense of joy.

Before the pandemic, Amicis, who has dual French and American citizenship, was inspired to bring Parisian artistic dynamism to the Georgetown community – think of Christo enveloping the Pont Neuf. In 2018, the giant Rose Park outdoor art project “The Orange Step” by Kirik Jeliazkov also inspired Amicis. When the pandemic struck, however, she was all the more determined to enliven Georgetown with public artwork.

So she started to organize. “I spoke to people right and left and then Covid hit. So, I said, we have to do something because museums are closed and people need to see art and we have to change our mindsets and be outside.

However, it was particularly difficult to squeeze through the bureaucratic tangle and the various stakeholders. Amicis needed to find funders while securing the support and approvals of every local agency – from the DC Department of Transportation to the Neighborhood Advisory Board, the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the Old Georgetown Board and Georgetown Main Street. . Traders also expressed concerns about the type of art that would be displayed near their entrances.

Amicis was elated, however, when the local nonprofit Loops foundation donated significant financial resources to the project. The group is dedicated to supporting start-up artists in honor of Chris “Loops” Seikaly, a local musician and artist who tragically passed away in 2017 at the age of 24 and whose work is featured on the show. Amicis also had the pleasure of securing sponsorship from Georgetown Main Street, Sotheby’s, Courtney Abram, Fountain Inn, Klagsburn Studio, Alliance Fine Washington Properties and Day and Night Printing.

“We didn’t want to make any money on this art project,” said Amicis, “We just wanted it to be good for the community in the first place. We wanted to create a nice family trip to see the banners. for children, some banners are very pretty. Children can describe and comment on them. And then the other goal of the project was for stores and shops that really suffered during the Covid…. to bring back customers and maybe entrepreneurs in Georgetown. ”

If the public art pilot program is successful, Amicis hopes to expand it in the coming years to reach down and along M Street. “The flower boxes are beautiful,” she said. “But what about more public art? “

What turns Amici on most about Georgetown Celebrates the Arts? “Seeing art in the streets, people walking and discovering beautiful things and seeing all the artists. You know, we have 43 artists from the DMV. If you go to the site you can see [their featured works]. It’s exciting to see art outside of a gallery or museum and to see artists who may never have this opportunity to show their art.

“It’s very difficult today to be an artist, to be recognized and to show your work,” she said. “When there is a call for nominations and you are not chosen, it is awful and it can destroy your self-confidence. So, you know, giving me that little joy for the artist was very important. So this is very exciting for us. The vote on the works will take place until November 20.

You can find information about Georgetown Celebrates the Arts at: https://www.washingtonprintmakers.com/georgetown-celebrates-the-arts.

Ballots to vote on your favorite artists and works are provided at stations along Wisconsin Ave. A guide to pole and ground installations as well as an online or printable ballot are also available at:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e619bad14f1b37c53c5bea8/t/615cb6215860c611b60b1e88/1633465889928/Georgetown_Celebrates_the_Arts_Tri-Fold_rev.pdf.

Work in the show: “Red Maple” by Clara Kim.

“On the way to Woodley Park”, by Maureen Minard.

Key wordsChris SeikalyChristoGeorgetown Main StreetKake MonoKirik JeliazkovLoops FoundationMarie Cilia De AmicispandemicRose ParkWashington Print FoundationWashington Printmakers Gallery


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