These are good times.
And bad times.
And complicated and confusing times.
Today, in the midst of creating new collaborative works for our upcoming Duets exhibition in DC, fellow Art Monkey, MG Stout and I received final details on what works would be required of us for an exciting Workhouse Arts Center show, Commerce I, which opens on June 30th.
We could have easily picked work from our already existing collaborations, but the request came on the same day that this article about the Workhouse's financial troubles was published in the Washington Post. The reported issues are very real and last week the center announced that the Performing Arts Program would be disbanded.
This has touched Mary and I on a personal level. The Studio 3 Theatre is not only our next door neighbor its team are also our friends.
In true "Art Monkey" fashion, we decided to paint something on on the spot. We immediately began snapping photos of Studio 3 from our front gallery windows and went next door for additional reference shots. The painting, tongue-in-cheek-ly titled No More Drama (get it??) is still in progress. It will be a deconstructed/abstracted Workhouse portrait that not only documents this phase of the art center's history/development but also honors our dear friends, whom we'll miss terribly.
Studio 3, from Studio 4's front gallery
passage between Studios 3 and 4