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Interesting art show at unusual venue – Tenth Street Laundromat

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.

Lisa Budnick created the Isaiah Zagar inspired mosaic on the storefront after taking a class with Zagar.

Owner Lisa Budnick created the Isaiah Zagar inspired mosaic on the storefront after taking a class with him.

“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.

"Queen" Nancy Bell's art is bold and abstract being inspired by her spirituality.

Here are two of "Queen" Bell's prints done with some form of multimedia.

These are two of Queen Bell’s prints.

Jameir Andrews, another featured Oasis artist, exhibits a love of symmetry and utilizes intensive layering. 

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Here is an example of the symmetry that inspires Jameir Andrews' art.

Here is an example of the symmetry that inspires Jameir Andrews’ art.

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.

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This painted collage of many faces is always up, as well.

This art makes doing one's laundry less boring.

Makes doing laundry a little less boring, no?

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

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