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As part of the Year in Art Effort, every week Washington Project for The Arts and BYT will come together to give you a tidbit of the (some may say surprisingly?) colorful DC Art History. Be ready to be a cocktail party conversation star:

Mera Rubell, WPA Lisa Gold coordinate schedule  courtesy of Dayna Smith for The Washington Post

Mera Rubell & WPA's Executive Director Lisa Gold coordinate schedule courtesy of Dayna Smith for The Washington Post

Who wouldn’t want to do a 36 hour marathon of art?! Literally, artists opened up their studios for their coveted their 30 minute time slot for master collector Mera Rubell. It was chosen out of a lottery of 200 artists, only 36 were chosen for a viewing.

An untitled work made of wood, putty and beeswax by Mary Early, Copyright Mary Early, courtesy Of Hemphill Fine Arts

An untitled work made of wood, putty and beeswax by Mary Early, Copyright Mary Early, courtesy Of Hemphill Fine Arts

Mera Rubell has created the collection of art with her husband, Don, the Rubell Family Collection. It is a non-profit collection that curates many exhibitions and does a lot of community outreach to educate people about art.  The collection and the Rubells are based in Miami, but from December 12th through the 13th, Rubell did a 36 hour marathon tour of local DC artist studios.

The Rubells can pride themselves on giving new artists exposure in the art world. Don and Mera Rubell are able to see where the art community is heading and give artists the necessary feedback to encourage them in one way or another. By coming to DC, Mera was able to help guide artists and give her professional and respected opinion.

Mera Rubell, had a tightly packed schedule that was artfully managed by WPA Executive Director Lisa Gold. 36 studios in 36 hours. It began Saturday morning, December 12th at 5 a.m. to Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. with a few short breaks, 2 for snacks and then a 3 hour nap session.

Jason Horowitz's "Lady Sofia Karrington Bouvier No, 3."  2009  From the "Drag" portfolio Courtesy Of The Artist And Curator's Office

Jason Horowitz's "Lady Sofia Karrington Bouvier No. 3" 2009 From the "Drag" portfolio Courtesy Of The Artist And Curator's Office

A marathon to some might seem a bit extreme, but Mera was looking for certain things. She was focusing on finding 12 pieces for an upcoming collaborative curatorial project “Cream” held by Washington Project for the Arts.

By the end of the exhausting but exhilarating marathon, Mera had chosen 16 artists whose work was to be displayed in the “Cream” exhibition. The artists included: MG Barkovic, Holly Bass, Judy Byron, Lenny Campello, Rafael Cañizares-Yunez, Adam de Boer, Mary Early, Victoria F. Gaitan, Carol Brown Goldberg, Pat Goslee, Jason Horowitz, Barbara Liotta, Patrick McDonough, Brandon Morse, Dan Steinhilber and Lisa Marie Thalhammer.

"off my back", 2008, mixed media on canvas by Pat Goslee. Courtesy by Pete Duvall copy right Pat Goslee

"off my back", 2008, mixed media on canvas by Pat Goslee. Courtesy by Pete Duvall copy right Pat Goslee

wpa 35th

Washington Project for the Arts is celebrating it’s 35th Birthday this Year.

Learn more here: http://www.wpadc.org/

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