Genaro ‘Gio’ Ortega – the lead artist in painting the new Peters Park mural last summer – is shown at the blockbuster ArtSE fundraiser and party on Tuesday night, May 22, in the SoWa Art and Design District. Here, he is doing a live painting of his daughter on a tethered rabbit skin. He said the skin accepts paint very well, but the colors have to be built up over a period of hours. ArtSE was put on by Washington Gateway Main Street to promote public art and raise funds for the organization.Hundreds attended in the old Mohr + McPherson furniture store space.

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