George Koch, founder of Artomatic. COURTESY PHOTO
POTOMAC — Artomatic 2016, a five- to six-week event showcasing local artists’ work, performances, and music is in its final week.
It is ending with a presentation on creative entrepreneurship, a musical performance, a closing party, and a fire performance this Thursday and Friday.
George Koch, founder and emeritus of Artomatic, created the yearly event in 1999 when he was the president of “A. Salon”, an art cooperative in the Takoma Park area of Washington, D.C.
It all started when his landlord offered him space for his organization.
“I said, ‘We have enough responsibility with what we’ve got, but show me,’ and before we knew it, we had 300 artists in a 90,000 square foot area and it all spread by word of mouth,” said Koch.