Posted 05/20/10

Studio Gallery: Washington D.C.

Studio Gallery: Washington D.C.

Studio Gallery, located in a beautiful brownstone in historic Dupont Circle, a landmark of Washington DC, is proudly the oldest artist owned gallery in the city. The gallery represents over 35 artists, both American and International, who live in the DC metropolitan area and work in a variety of contemporary art mediums, including: painting, installation, sculpture, mixed media, and video. In addition, the group is “committed to showcasing fresh and emerging artists through invitational and outreach exhibitions,” with several guest artists invited each month to show new work on a rotating basis in their Betsy Ross Gallery. Moreover, Studio Gallery is a member of the Galleries of Dupont Circle, and participates in the monthly event “First Fridays,” which invites “the public to meet and speak with artists, curators, and other art enthusiasts in a single exciting night.”

Adah Rose Bitterbaum is the director of the Studio Gallery. Adah encourages “artists to visit Studio Gallery and jury in.”

The Concierge Questionnaire: Adah Rose Bitterbaum,  Director

What is your favorite word to describe Washington D.C.? Super-Cool. Washington DC used to be such a wonky town, but it has grown so super cool in the last few years. There are restaurants, galleries, clubs and beautiful museums and parks everywhere and the people have learned to enjoy them all.

What word best reflects the people of Washington D.C.? Intelligent. Everyone in the town from the government employees, the students, the creative artists, painters, writers, musicians, lawyers, doctors, taxi cab drivers and restaurant owners are smart!

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Washington D.C.? Dupont Circle, of course, where we are located along with the famous Phillips Collection, Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House, Embassies and Cultural Centers galore.

The Phillips Collection: 1600 21st Street NW
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-8:30pm and Sunday 11am-6pm

The Textile Museum: 2320 South Street NW
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Woodrow Wilson House: 2340 South Street NW
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm

Please visit for information on Dupont Circle‘s Embassy Row Tour!

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Washington D.C.? Wandering in the Garden at Hillwood Museum. There are so many lovely spots in the very private garden and seldom will you encounter another person, especially on a crisp fall day.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens:
4155 Linnean Avenue NW
Hours: February-December, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and select Sundays 1pm-5pm

What is your favorite indoor activity in Washington D.C.? Visiting the museums and galleries of DC. I especially like the courtyard of the Museum of American Art and the Portrait Gallery. On a cold winter afternoon or early evening, it is a perfect oasis. The light pours in from the glass ceiling and the angles and reflections are formidable.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery: 8th and F Streets NW
Hours: Daily, 11:30am-7pm

What is your favorite sound or noise in Washington D.C.? I love the trickling of the little fountain right off of Decatur Street between Decatur and S Street in Dupont Circle. Another wonderful little oasis in the city.

What is your favorite smell or taste in Washington D.C.? My favorite taste always is a macaroon (a meringue-based cookie). We cannot rival the ones in Paris, but there is a lovely bakery called Praline that does a pretty darn good job of making them, especially the vanilla ones.

Praline Bakery and Bistro:
4611 Sangamore Road, Bethesda
Hours: Bakery, Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-7pm

What drink best reflects Washington D.C.? A lovely glass of red wine on the patio of one of the many wine bars in the city. A favorite is One Lounge in Dupont Circle.

One Lounge: 1606 20th Street NW
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5pm-2am, 
Friday-Saturday 5pm–3am and 
Sunday 11am-1am

What song or type of music best reflects Washington D.C.? Washington DC is such an International and ethnic city. It was the home of great jazz including Duke Ellington and others. But I grew up in the age of rock ‘n roll so I would have to say classic rock at Madam's Organ. On any given Friday or Saturday night in Adams Morgan you can hear rock, jazz, salsa, techno, afro-beat and many others.

Madam's Organ Blues Bar: 2461 18th Street NW
Please visit Madam's Organ Blues Bar for their music calendar and more!

If Heaven were Washington D.C., what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome, Bienvenue, Willkommen, Bienvenido...

Studio Gallery: Washington D.C. • 2108 R Street NW, Washington D.C. • Phone: 202-232-8734

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