Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This Saturday: Arts on Foot, FSt | Arts

Now that Labor Day has passed, the fall event season is in full gear. There is so much going on this weekend. One of the most enticing events is Arts on Foot in Penn Quarter at 7th and F Streets, NW. The Art Market is today and tomorrow from 11 to 7 and Saturday from 11 to 5. And the full (and free) festival is on Saturday from 11 to 5 and includes food and wine samplings, entertainment and stuff for kids.

In conjunction with AOF, the folks at FSt | Arts are hosting an open studio on Saturday from 11 to 5 (923 F Street, NW). In particular, artist Mimi Masse will be showcasing her work in Studio 301, along with guest artist Mia Lavorata.

Lavorata, a painter, glass artist and graphic designer (among other things), is the proprietor of the Etsy shop NineteenO'three -- "the shop for the steampunk and Edwardian traveler." The Rockville, MD-based crafter refurbishes and repurposes vintage train cases and other items into beautiful, fanciful storage pieces that you can use at home (in the bedroom or powder room, for example) or, of course, while traveling. Above is a detail of her Gibson Girl Train Case (I love the edge of the mirror).

DC-based Masse, a sculptor, jewelry artist and graphic designer (among other things), creates bold pieces made of -- and inspired by -- natural materials. Her Bowl Ring (wood and metal), below, is even more stunning in person. And while this is a piece you may want to keep on display only, it's surprisingly comfortable to wear. And how nice would it be to have a portable piece of artistry to admire every time you look down at your hand?

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