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Arts Abound

Here are some opportunities for adults to engage in the arts in the Route 1 corridor.

Arts: Good for the Soul (and the local economy)

As I mentioned last week, answers to the question about how empty nesters spend time once relieved of carpooling, soccer practice and the like are grouped into three categories: more exercise, more art and getting the home organized.

While I bet you can name three or four places for the little darlings to finger-paint or create collages, what is out there in our Hyattsville Arts District for adults who want to add humanities to their lives?

Whether you want to paint or draw, see a performance, visit a gallery, watch a dancer or learn to salsa, there are a number of options in our Gateway Arts District and beyond.

Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier has an Actors Workshop, a number of upcoming concerts and multi-discipline performances and ongoing dance classes.

The College Park Arts Exchange has a variety of classes for all ages throughout the year, including Silver Soldering and Digital Photography, plus they have a monthly book club.

DC Glassworks has classes in glass blowing for beginners and up, and a number of exhibits.

Art Works Studio School has just relocated to Mount Rainier and is offering classes for adults (and children) such as drawing, painting, belly dancing, tai chi and digital photography. Check out their open house Saturday Sept. 18 from 2 – 6 p.m.

The Gateway Arts Center @Brentwood: Two Art Openings Saturday, Sept. 18: Census: A Photographic Survey features photos of the Gateway Arts District business owners, staff and artists by Tom Wolf and Cultural Crossroads: Voices from Latin America and the Caribbean featuring four artists in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Both have Opening Receptions Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at the Brentwood Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue. There are classes and workshops for adults, teens and children there including painting, drawing, Photoshop, Felting and Nature Journaling. They also sell your arts and crafts on consignment.

A Tangled Skein is a favorite of the knitting set, with many classes and much community.

This empty nester started Salsa lessons this week. Stay tuned.

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