What an amazing place to have a show. I can’t remember the last time I was there, but I know it had been quite sometime. Glen Echo Park is a special place in the DC metro area. It’s right across the DC and Virginia border, and is maintained by the National Park Service. It truly is a one of a kind park that is tucked away in a little neighborhood full of cottages, craftsman bungalows and even some tudors. Sure there are some hints of modernization, and some “mc-mansion’ style throwbacks, but the narrow streets, the trees, and the park make it all worth a visit every now and again.
The park itself has a pretty amazing history and some wonderful architecture that blends itself right into the natural scenery. It creates a really magical experience for all who come. You may hear the sounds of the carousel, and see the bright red sign that sticks out just enough so you can see it from the road, but once you park the car, and walk over the Minniehaha Branch, you step back into a place that has long been forgotten by the modern world.
A while ago, I used to bring campers here from Prince William County. We went on a lot of field trips throughout the summer, and the kids were not always excited about going. However, once they heard the music of the carousel and caught a glimpse of the architecture of the park, they knew they were in for an experience.
Having my current exhibit of rivers in the Stone Tower Gallery is such an amazing treat. This building dates back to 1892 and it was part of the Chautauqua movement. It’s truly a beautiful building and the stone really gives the exhibit of my work a different feeling. I’ve only taken a few pictures, but plan to go back really soon to take some additional one.
If you’d like to get out there and take a look at my exhibit or the rest of the park definitely go on the weekends when the gallery is open! And maybe even take a ride on the carousel!
Click here for more information about the park and my exhibit! In the mean time here are a few snapshots.