Eaton Tour and Happy Hour
ArtTable members were led on a tour of the bustling Eaton Workshop by Sheldon Scott, their director of culture. The building, which previously functioned as a bus station in the 1960s, was renovated and opened in 2018 as a hotel and shared workspace with a variety of restaurants and bars. Scott discussed how Eaton works at the intersection of an Airbnb and a hotel, giving the hotel an identity and place within the context of the city of Washington D.C. Their operation focuses on both wellness and promoting local artists and vendors - Eaton has studio space to accommodate artists in residence. Art is installed throughout the building, in both private rooms and public places. Each hotel room has unique works, giving it a strong local identity. In preparation to open the property, Eaton collected 5,000 pieces of unique art from estate sales and pawn shops that related to D.C.
Eaton carefully selects works from a variety of local artists. Zoe Charlton created a stunning mosaic that spans the entire back wall of the top floor. Inspired by Liberia, the piece explores the intersection of feminism and colonialism. In addition, Eaton features a variety of works by the Baltimore artist Tiffany Jones, who places a historical context of archival photographs in a current context on the walls today.