Art Works Now features “In My Shoes” by Rafael Rodriguez

On Saturday, May 12, studios, art organizations, and galleries throughout the Gateway Arts District will open their doors to the public. In conjunction with the 2018 Spring Open Studios, Art Works Now is excited to feature “In My Shoes”, an exhibition of recent paintings by Rafael Rodriguez.

Painting by Rafael Rodriguez

Painting by Rafael Rodriguez

Rafael was born in Santa Rosa de Lime, a small town in El Salvador, and was raised in the village of Lajoya. In 2013, he decided to move to the United States in order to find a safe place away from the violence in El Salvador. After arriving in Maryland and enrolling in Northwestern High School, he discovered his love for art. Upon completing his first art class he joined the Visual and Performing Arts Program and participated in the Creative Works job training program at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Rafael graduated in May 2017 and spent the summer as an apprentice at Arts on the Block.

Rafael’s art not only reflects his life as an individual, but also the lives of many other young immigrants in this country who work hard towards their dreams. Currently, he is studying Studio Art at Montgomery Community College, and has a studio space at Red Dirt Studio. His goal is to one day become an art teacher and use the arts to contribute to making a better life for the youth of El Salvador.

Exhibition on display until May 15, 2018
Art Works Now is located at 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville MD


About Open Studios

The event is free and open to people of all ages. Over 100 individual artists participate in the event making the 2018 Spring Open Studios the region’s most prominent visual arts event. Audiences can attend art openings, glass-blowing demonstrations or select artwork in an artist’s studio. This artist-led event presents a once-a-year opportunity to connect with the region’s most important and economically vital centers of art production.

A free shuttle bus will make stops from Artists by the Tracks in Mount Rainier to Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville.

Between studios and gallery stops, the Gateway Arts Districts offers several new food and drink options along Route 1 including the recently opened Pizzeria Paradiso in Hyattsville, known for its outstanding pizza and wide selection of craft beers. Pizzeria Paradiso will host a beer festival on May 12 from 12-5 p.m.

More information, including a self-guided map of the open studios, visit the events’ Facebook page at in advance of the tour.


The 2018 Spring Open Studios is sponsored by the artists of the Gateway Arts District, Portico Gallery and Studios, Studio 3807 Apartments, City of Hyattsville and media partner East City Art.