It looks like the squat red building that is Ben's Chili Bowl, the White House, alley houses, Chinatown, Georgetown. Like detailed maps of our neighborhoods and parks. It looks garish and graceful during the holidays. See what Washington looks like to me ...
I'm proud to have two paintings included in the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities juried exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The paintings are "Earl's First Amendment Grill at Lafayette Square," completed in 2020, and "Visitors to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial," 2018. The 200 I (Eye) Street Gallery is located in the lobby of the Commission's office building in Southeast Washington. The show is open until March 1, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Earl's First Amendment Grill at Lafayette Square, watercolor by Mary Belcher, 2020
This new map of the historic U Street neighborhood updates a map I created in 1997 for an exhibit at the Sumner School. Noted are historic Black sites--Mary Ann Shadd Cary's house, the Howard Theatre, Ben's Chili Bowl, the African American Civil War Museum--that make U Street a unique cultural touchstone.