The Greenbelt Community Center, in addition to providing a space for community events and groups also offers Maryland artists interested in obtaining studio space. Artists and artisans working in all media are welcome to apply. The Community Center's Artist in Residence Program affords participants 24 access to the studio. Artists in Residence also may enjoy opportunities to display and sell their work and participate in Recreation Department special events.
Art Studio Information: The Greenbelt Recreation Department holds ongoing open studios for independent work by people ages 16 and older in ceramics, visual arts and photography, and supervised but noninstructional work in stained glass. A quarterly fee, which differs with each discipline, covers unlimited access to a studio when classes aren't in session. People may sign up for the current quarter, which began in September, but must pay the full fee and arrange for an individual orientation. The next quarter starts the first week in January and includes scheduled orientation meetings.
Ceramics Open Studio is daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. through Dec. 15 in rooms 304 and 305 and costs $60 for residents, $70 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $15. The facility includes 10 potter's wheels, three electric kilns and some hand tools.
Visual Arts Open Studio runs daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. through Dec. 2 in Room 116 and costs $30 for residents, $40 for nonresidents. Participants have access to easels, painting racks, a mat cutter and dry-mount press.
Open Darkroom operates from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. through Dec. 2 in Room 309 and costs $50 for residents, $60 for nonresidents. The facility includes all chemicals needed to process black-and-white prints, several enlargers, a mat cutter and dry-mount press.
Stained Glass Open Studio is Saturdays from noon to 3 through Nov. 20 in Room 116 and costs $25 for residents, $35 for nonresidents. Soldering irons and hand tools are provided.
The center also offers two free, drop-in holiday craft workshops: Dec. 4 from 10 to 2 for ages 6 to 10, salt-dough decorations incorporating Indian sign language, supervision provided; and Dec. 5 from 1 to 3, ages 4 through adult (children must be accompanied), artwork for the Greenbelt New Year festival.
--Mary Jane Solomon, November, 2004