Aloof gallerists. Austere atmospheres. It’s no surprise you associate the art world with the underworld.
Heiner Contemporary, a new gallery in Georgetown, brings art back to Earth through accessible viewing experiences.
The entrance through a hot pink door leads to a loungy exhibition space attended by perky, knowledgeable staff (they want your questions). Emerging and midcareer artists showcase various media, and the gallery hosts artist talks, studio visits, and other programs to help you connect with what’s on view (currently, Elizabeth Huey’s colorful paintings and a historical video installation; next up, portraits of women by women).
If and when you feel ready to make a purchase or start a collection, owner Margaret Heiner will explain the details and hold your hand through the process — like a little guiding light.
Heiner Contemporary, 1675 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, at Reservoir Road (202-338-0072 or heinercontemporary.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Heiner Contemporary