Rik Freeman is an artist (painter, and muralist) from Athens, GA, and has been in the District since 1985. As a muralist, Rik has worked in most areas of the city, and as a curious person, he’s been to all eight wards but still finds places that are new to him. Since 2003, Rik has been a resident of the Deanwood neighborhood in Ward 7. His studio is also there. The street Rik currently lives on was one of those “once new places” that has now become home to one of Washington’s most celebrated visual artists.
1) Aquatic Gardens
– located in the Deanwood neighborhood this is a hidden gem that should truly be seen and felt to be appreciated. These gardens lush with water lilies, lotuses, cannas and numerous other fauna not to mention the critter’s of nature. While the grounds are very well kept, it is very natural in appearance, just off the NE end of the Anacostia river, a ½ mile walk from Deanwood Metro, a great place to bring a bag lunch and spend the day watching nature watch you.
2) Walkable / Commutable city – DC is a city very easy to get around in without a vehicle. If there’s a section of town that’s a little too far to walk … take Metro then walk, I mean walking from Adams Morgan to Capital Hill or Georgetown, metro to Anacostia and on and on.
3) Museums / Cultural events – there is such a diversity of cultural events here that you could literally get educated or well versed in the Arts or a Culture unfamiliar to you, and most of this is free. From not only the various exhibits at the Smithsonian to the many Galleries, Theatres, films, music, dance, literature, Embassy programs and events, and the many multi - cultural restaurants that offer you a taste of another culture. Again very commutable, I mean you could have some very lovely dates … my wife and I still do.
4) Politics!!!!! Even if you don’t like it, you’re at ground level on a National and local level and it gives you a whole new appreciation / disgust or something in between.
5) Nature – with all the parks, trees, rivers, a very green area, it’s amusing to see my dog’s going crazy over a possum on the fence line, and a treat to see deer grazing in the park even though I wonder if we’re to close to them and vice versa. DC is a walk in the park and then some.