Two years ago my friend Sylvain Cornevaux, then Cultural Director for l’Alliance Française, partnered with the Georgetown Business Improvement District and other groups to bring a week-long public art and light display festival to DC’s oldest neighbour. Inspired by Lyon’s renowned Fête des Lumières, the festival, now in its third year, has now evolved into Georgetown Glow, independently organized by the BID in parallel to their annual holiday window display competition.
The 10-night light art exhibition puts a modern, artistic twist on traditional holiday displays and takes place nightly along the C&O Canal between December 11 and 20th (from 6-10PM). The event still has a bit of a French flair, and three of the five artists represented in Georgetown Glow 2015 – Isabelle Duverger, Arthur Gallice and Hervé Orgeas, are Frenchies. Overall, the event makes for a fun stroll through Georgetown, especially since the temperatures have been so warm. Here is some of the work presented at Georgetown Glow:
There’s nothing truly holiday-y in Georgetown Glow, if anything it reminded me a bit of the Nuit Blanche… Curator Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams has been involved with the Downtown BID’s Art All Night event, which I did not attend this year, but have found rather disappointing in the past, perhaps only because the caliber of the work presented falls well below what I have experienced at the original Nuit Blanche in Paris. There were definitely moments, however, at Georgetown Glow where I felt like I could have been at Art All Night, particularly watching Kelly Towles’ “A Happy Place.” I really wish they would bring more work like this and like “Wired” to Art All Night… hopefully next year right?
Until then, Georgetown Glow 2015 is taking place from Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 20. All of the work, except Kelly’s, are lit between 6 and 10 PM nightly. Kelly gets a shorter window: 7-9PM. Georgetown Glow is organized by the Georgetown Business
Improvement District (BID) with support from the JBG Companies (read this great article about the real estate giant’s sponsorship of street art around town), Jamestown/Georgetown Park, The Washington Harbour Ice Rink, HOK Architects, Hickok Cole Architects, AIR (American Institutes for Research), RB Properties, Inc., Sea Catch Restaurant, Jaguar/Land Rover, The Georgetown Current Newspapers, Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown Suites, and Think Out Loud Productions. Maps are provided though 3 of the five pieces can be found alongside the C&O Canal.