Wednesday night, guests of the firm UBS wandered throughout the former Borders retailer at 1800 L Street, NW, this time not to take in stacks of books but instead walls of contemporary art.Â The ground floor of the vast space currently holds the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) curated exhibition filled with some mix media, some sculpture, some photography, some oil, some acrylic, some sketches, but all original works of artists on which you can bid during the Gala which is Saturday, March 3rd.
This preview was hosted by UBS who supports the arts nationally, but now even more so locally, as host/UBS Managing Director Rod von Lipsey shared with us.Â He and his wife Alexia have been long time collectors and patrons of the art, particularly those locally based artists who, if not championed, might otherwise pack up their materials and talent and go north or west.Â WPA is an advocate for Washington artists and has a variety of educational, peer and mentorship programs to ensure the nation’s capital keeps the landscape for these artist lush, not barren.
You can see the exhibition now, as it is open to the public and free of charge during the hours of noon-6pm Wednesday through Saturday from now until March 2nd.Â The gala is March 3rd, as mentioned previously and tickets are available online or by phone 202.234.7103 x 5.
Learn more and purchase your tickets or sponsorship HERE.
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