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Paula Amt: Art and Business on the 14th Street Corridor


Paula Amt gallery plan b Luis Gomez Photos Logan Circle Borderstan

Paula Amt crosses 14th Street on her way to her frame shop from her gallery. Her two business are less than a block apart on the 14th Street corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

by Luis Gomez

Paula Amt is a true Borderstan entrepreneur: she lives in eastern Dupont and owns two businesses in western Logan Circle. Her first business was Framesmith DC, which opened in April 1999 in the carriage house at 1352 Q Street NW; the second was gallery plan b, which opened in March 2005 at 1530 14th Street NW.

The frame shop and the gallery are among a number of galleries that have come to the 14th Street corridor. Gallery plan b exhibits include photography, drawings, prints and sculpture. Amt features established artists as well as emerging local talent.

Borderstan: Why did you decide to go into business for yourself?

Amt: After having worked for a small business and commuting to Kensington, Maryland by Metro, I decided I wanted those three hours of my life back every day. I did not start these businesses because I am a “business person,” I started them because I wanted a little more independence—some might say “control”—and no commute, and to be working in the community in which I live.

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February 17, 2010 Posted by | marketplace | , , , , | 2 Comments