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Emily Fussner, for the alley
Emily Fussner, for the alley

Emily Fussner’s "for the alley." Photo: Christopher Chern/Georgetown BID

Stephanie Mercedes, The Weight of a Rainbow
Stephanie Mercedes, The Weight of a Rainbow

Stephanie Mercedes’s "The Weight of a Rainbow." Photo: Christopher Chern/Georgetown BID

Light Fest

Georgetown GLOW illuminates DC streets

Each year, a curated light-art show takes place against the backdrop of historic Georgetown. This free outdoor event, dubbed Georgetown GLOW, animates neighborhood alleyways in spring and summer with innovative art installations that can be viewed by day or—even better—at night, when they glow until 11 pm.T

his year, Summer GLOW features the commissioned works of three local artists. Hiroshi Jacobs’s Canopies in Cady’s Alley layers dynamic, ribbon-like color patterns to represent change; on view in Oak Alley, for the alley by Emily Fussner employs colored acrylic panels laser-cut with words that form a poem; and Let’s Go Crazy by Adrienne Gaither taps into the pre-pandemic yen to go dancing and the music of Prince via a neon flex-light installation in Sovereign Alley. The Weight of a Rainbow, a popular Spring GLOW installation by Stephanie Mercedes, remains on view in the Georgetown Park Plaza alleyway, where its suspended rainbow lights accompany the sound of a capella LGBTQ+ voices telling their stories through song.

On view until September 26, Georgetown GLOW is sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. For maps as well as information on walking tours and artist talks, visit georgetownglowdc.com.

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