The Tenth Street Laundromat on 1141-43 S. 10th St. is more than just a laundromat. It’s also a little art gallery, and this month it’s hosting an interesting exhibition of works by participants of Oasis, a community outsider art center.
“It gives people exposure to art while doing laundry and inspires them,” said owner Lisa Budnick, who has been putting up art from as far back as 2006. The Oasis program serves individuals with mental and emotional disabilities.
Featured artist “Queen” Nancy Bell from the Oasis program works with bold and abstract colors and images. Her art is inspired by her spirituality, and she sings religious gospel lyrics to herself while working with various media.
Jameir Andrews, another featured Oasis artist, exhibits a love of symmetry and utilizes intensive layering.
Budnick said she is keeping the Oasis artwork up until the end of the month. Starting in February, she’ll display works by local abstract artist Cory Kram. “I’m happy for the artist to make money,” she said.
Budnick keeps her “permanent collection” of art in her basement and displays it in between art shows in order to keep the art fresh and consistent. But some is never removed, like this Spongebob Squarepants.
This painted collage of many faces is always up, as well.
Budnick says she is open to any art that comes through her door, but she likes happy art that speaks to her. “If it speaks to me, it’s going on the wall,” she said.
Check out Tenth Street Laundromat’s website to learn more about upcoming events.
- Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande