Two shows of outsider/folk art – Art Enables

A colorfully raucous crowd of outsider, folk, visionary and self-taught artists join forces in two shows opening October 15, 2011, at Art Enables. One features artists of all stripes from in and around the Nation’s Capital. The second brings together artists from across the country, each representing one of twenty-six studios for emerging artists with developmental and mental disabilities, from New York to Hawaii.

Outsider Art Inside the Beltway 2011 is this year’s annual juried invitational for regional artists. The show features work by seven independent artists and more than 70 artists working in studios and programs around the region. Arts for the People, Arundel Lodge, Lens & Pens @ St. Elizabeth’s, Miriam’s Kitchen, United Cerebral Palsy, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Springdell Center, Studio In-Sight and host Art Enables nurture the work of artists who are homeless, artists who are socially or financiallly disenfranchised, artists who have developmental or mental disablities. OAIB 2011 can be found in the street-level Gallery at Art Enables; the show runs through October 28, 2011.

Downstairs in the Off Rhode Studio, A sampling from outside the Beltway brings together representative pieces from a diverse selection of studios for artists with developmental and mental disabilities across the country, studios like Spindleworks in Maine, Fountain Gallery in New York, Studio by the Tracks in Alabama, Creativity Explored in San Francisco. In all, twenty-six programs are joining this first national tribute to emerging artists outside the margins. The show runs through November 4, 2011.

Art Enables Studio & Gallery is a Washington, DC, arts-entrepreneurial program that nurtures the careers of emerging adult artists with developmental disabilities. The AE Studio offers selected artists a place to work, professional guidance and artist materials. The AE Gallery offers the business and marketing expertise that enables the artists to take their place in the arts market alongside their mainstream peers. Work created at Art Enables is exhibited and sold at the Art Enables Studio & Gallery, in shows around the region and via the program website:

The Off Rhode Studio is an ancillary arts space on the garden level at Art Enables. Off Rhode is a recently opened space for exhibits, workshops and lectures addressing the nature and reach of outsider, self-taught and contemporary folk art.

Outsider Art Inside the Beltway 2011 and A sampling from outside the Beltway are free and open to the public. Opening reception Saturday October 15, 2011, 2 to 5 pm

Shows run through October 28 and November 4, respectively.

Open weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

For more information and links:

2204 Rhode Island, NE
Washington, DC 20018 
Tel. 202.554.9455


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