Art Enables Annual ‘Outsider Art Inside The Beltway’ Show Is This Saturday

Art Enables Iterior
Art Enables Iterior

Those of us who follow the local scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and returns 60% of revenue from sales back to their artists. Art Enables also regularly hosts interesting and engaging art shows and workshops. Their latest special event is their biggest of the year – the annual Outsider Art Inside The Beltway show will be Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 1-4 pm, at the Art Enables Studio (2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC  20018). This is a great time to check out this neighborhood gem! The press release for this show is below.


 Area’s largest exhibition out Outsider, Folk and Self Taught artists featuring both locally and nationally selected artists


 Washington, D.C.

Art Enables hosts the annual exhibit known as Outsider Art Inside the Beltway (OAIB).

 Now in its eighth year, OAIB originally started as a way for local groups of self-taught artists to finally exhibit together, the first Outsider Art inside the Beltway show was held at MOCA DC in Georgetown.

 Seven years and three locations later, OAIB has grown to take over both floors of the gallery at Art Enables and features artists from across the country for a full two weeks.

 Last year was the first OAIB at Art Enables that was opened nationally and over two dozen groups were invited to participate. Many well known organizations from across the US are participating again this year, including The Gallery at HAI (NYC), Creativity Explored (San Francisco), Sophie’s Gallery (California), Spindleworks (Maine) and Pure Vision (NYC) as well as perennial local favorites from groups such as Studio In-Sight (Bethesda), The Studio at Miriam’s Kitchen (DC) and Saint Elizabeths (DC).

 Outsider Art Inside the Beltway was juried by local Outsider Art collector Dolly Vehlow from Gallery OonH and Outsider Art gallerists Grey and Linda Carter from Grey Carter Objects of Art. The show continues to be an excellent introduction for people curious about Outsider Art or looking to start their own collection with a selection of very affordable art in a wide array of styles.

 Collectors, enthusiasts and aspiring artists are cordially invited to view the exhibit during its opening Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 1-4 pm, at the Art Enables Studio (2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC  20018). The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge and will continue to be on display until Friday, November 1, 2013. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and by appointment.

 High-resolution images available upon request.

 For more information on Outsider Art inside the Beltway or on Art Enables, call (202) 554-9455.


Art Enables is a 501(c)3 nonprofit gallery and supported employment program for adult artists with developmental disabilities from around the Washington Metropolitan area. Art Enables’ mission is to offer participants in the program the opportunity, the environment, the materials, and the marketing support they need to succeed as professional artists.

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