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Cecile Oreste: Sharing Artists’ Stories in 2010

by Borderstan.com December 29, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,808 8 Comments

Cecile Oreste

Cecile Oreste writes about the arts for Borderstan with a special focus on artist profiles. She also does feature stories and occasional profiles of entrepreneurs.

When Cecile Oreste approached me last March at Social Media Club DC breakfast and said she wanted to write about artists in the neighborhood, I gladly said, yes.

The Dupont-Logan-U Street area has long been an enclave for artists — we knew that artist profiles and feature stories would be popular with readers. Moreover, we wanted to bring more attention to the artists and galleries in the area.

With Borderstan Co-Editor Luis Gomez in tow as photographer, Cecile has profiled 25 artists in the Borderstan area since March (the list is below, a number are members of Mid City Artists). In addition, she has written numerous feature stories and even found time to profile several local businesses (see the list below).

Thanks to Cecile, 2010 was the year in which I began to truly appreciate the depth and scope of the arts community in our neighborhood — and we’re sure she has done the same for many readers.

A huge thank you, Cecile!

About Cecile in her own words: I am a Massachusetts native/Red Sox fan living in Logan Circle. In addition to working in the public relations industry, I write a blog about the dance community in DC, Maryland and Virginia. I am currently a marketing work study with Joy of Motion Dance Center and also a marketing/communications volunteer for Artomatic.

“When I’m not writing and tweeting, you’ll find me taking dance class, dreaming about my next travel adventure or eating a super grilled cheese from Stoney’s. Follow me on Twitter @dance_DC.”

Cecile’s 2010 Artist Profiles

2010 Features by Cecile

Cecile’s 2010 Business Profiles

  • Pootsie

    I always read Cecile’s profiles. Thank you!

  • Thank you, Pootsie!

  • LoganBoy

    Enjoy reading about the artists. My fear is that most of them will be priced out of their studios and galleries. I suspect the only ones left will be those who work out of their homes. But, it seems like it will very difficult for young artists to move in now, with high real estate prices.

    • TomTomTom

      I am afraid you are right. What starving artist could afford a cubby hole in the hood anymore? I can’t imagine what those spaces above the ground floor retail on 17th or 14th rent for these days.

  • I really enjoyed being interviewed by Cecile, and loved the piece she wrote as a result.

    Thanks for giving her a shout out!



    Would it be possible to have some profiles on local actors and musicians? Maybe some stories on the people who work in local theater companies? Thanks!

    • Great idea. I’m sure Danny would be interested in meeting with some musicians and I can look into profiling some local actors/theater peeps.

  • Hubby

    Hats off to Cecile! I always enjoy her stories and look forward to reading more from her in 2011!


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