Happy second day of Spring, Art Leaguers! We have a full schedule of events, parties, openings, free programming and chances to dive deeper in your creative pursuits on the agenda for this Spring. From those of you that enjoy a nice glass of wine, to those that would rather curl up with a good book, and for those of you that are corralling little ones around we have something for everyone. Scroll down below to find your perfect Spring creativity glow-up!
Art on the Vine: March 22
Art on the Vine
Friday, March 22, 7-10 pm: Part global wine tour, part fine art tour, this special celebration of visual and vineyard artistry is of rare vintage! Tickets include admission, a wine glass, ten tastings + one full pour, a light buffet, and a one-night-only 10% discount on all gallery artwork on the walls, PLUS 20% discount of artwork from The Art League’s permanent collection! Participants may also purchase bottles of the hard-to-find artisan wines on offer, sourced by our event sommelier, Tony Acampora. Bottles start at $12, none of our bottles exceed $60!
Chef Sean from Chadwick’s will be serving our 2018 Art on the Rocks Award Winning Pimento Pig + Pickle sliders on buttermilk biscuits (some without ham for vegetarians), key lime bites, pickled shrimp, mustard crusted catfish bites, pickled shiitake skewers with miso butter, roast beef + pickled onion bruschetta, and dark chocolate truffles to round out your wine and art evening! Cheers! $55.
Wednesday, March 27, 10:30 am.
Join The Art League Gallery staff, on Wednesday, March 27 at 10:30 am
for Mini Makers, a monthly gallery program for our littlest artists. Bring the kids and join us for an exciting art activity for children, 5 years and under, along with an adult caretaker. Coffee will be served for the caretakers and light refreshments for the little artists. FREE!
Art History Book Club
Thursday, March 28, 12:30 pm.
Join The Art League Historical Book Club in The Art League Gallery as we discuss Emily Carr. The discussion will center around Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871-1945). There are several books available for this discussion. Learn more about this book club, and sign up on Eventbrite
Painting by Jackie Saunders
Spring Classes and Workshops Begin
Monday, April 1.
No April Fools here! Spring Classes
begin April 1! What are you taking this semester? Tag us in your Instagram Stories, on Facebook, and on Twitter! We’d love to see what you’re creating this Spring!–
Soho Photography Special Exhibit
Monday, April 8- Sunday, May 6, 2019. The Art League presents this special exhibit of artwork created by the participants in Alexandria’s SOHO program (Space of Her Own – is a program where at-risk, 5th grade girls meet at The Art League for special hands-on, visual arts experiences led by practicing artists) groups. The inspiration for this photography project is in the pairing of life skills lessons taught at SOHO with individual artistic expression through traditional methods of photography. Art League instructors worked with the girls and their mentors to create candid photographs highlighting their connection with one another. The girls and their mentors then experienced the hands-on production of the photos through darkroom technology. FREE!
April Mixed Media Member Exhibit
April 9 – May 5. Juried by Lavar Munroe. April’s exhibit will consist of Mixed Media work, referring to artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials. This exhibit will run concurrently with SOHO’s Photography Exhibit, and Megan Partridge’s “Bugs” solo exhibit. FREE!
Super Bee by Megan Partridge
Megan Partridge “Bugs. Or Kafka on Prozac.” Solo Show
April 10 – May 5. From beetles to bees, painter Megan Partridge investigates her inner psyche with ephemeral, colorful, entomological self portraits. Through wry humor and expressive brushwork, Partridge takes a closer look at the creatures that are often overlooked in “Bugs. Or Kafka on Prozac.” FREE!
Wednesday, April 10. Spring2Action is an online giving drive, hosted by ACT for Alexandria, to support all the nonprofits doing great work in Alexandria, VA. We hope you’ll help The Art League meet the generous 10,000 matching donation from Mason-Hirst foundation! Your help during Spring2Action will keep The Art League alive and thriving! Donations start March 27, but the big day is April 10!
April Opening Reception
Thursday, April 11. Join us for our April Opening Reception, April 11, 6:30—8:00 pm. Come and see the Megan Partridge “Bugs” exhibit, as well as our April Mixed Media Exhibit. Light refreshments and wine will be served. FREE!
Art on the Rocks Mini Exhibit Submission Deadline
April 15 by midnight.
Deadline to submit to the Art on the Rocks mini exhibit
in the gallery.This year we are featuring a small selection of artwork created by Art League Exhibiting Artist Members as the inspiration for artistic cocktail & appetizer pairings for Art on the Rocks. The pairings will compete for the coveted title of ‘Art on the Rocks’ champion.
Creative Practice Book Club
Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm.
Looking for ways to jumpstart your creativity, or reinvigorate your artistic practice? The Creative Practice Book Club
may be just the thing to get you inspired! This group will be focusing on a a selection of books aimed at bolstering creativity and art making in daily life. The first book will be Conscious Creativity
by Philipa Stanton. This book club is presented in partnership with Old Town Books
. By signing up for the club you will receive a 15% discount on our selected book! The book club will meet in The Art League Gallery. FREE!
Wednesday, April 24. Bring the kids! Join The Art League Gallery staff for Mini Makers, a monthly gallery program for our littlest artists. We’ll have an exciting art activity for children, 5 years and under, along with an adult caretaker. Coffee will be served for the caretakers and light refreshments for the little artists. FREE!
Art League Movie Night
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 pm. Save the date for our second Art League Movie Night! Join us for a night of animated short films. Light refreshments on hand to fuel visiting cinephiles. FREE!
Pick an April Workshop to whet your appetite:
- Jumpstart in Hand Stitching taught by Julie Booth: Join Julie for three consecutive Wednesday nights for making art with needle and thread. $140.
- Expressing the Story taught by Kirstin Stingle: This hands-on workshop, Kirsten will lead students in building a small torso and exploring the figure as a vehicle for storytelling. Each student will build an approximately 12″ tall torso. Anatomy and proportion will be reviewed as well as the importance of using gesture, expression and found objects as narrative tools. Individual attention and problem solving will be emphasized. $200
- Raku Firing taught by David Flohr: Experience the Raku firing process (Raku firing is an incredible ancient Japanese ceramics technique) and learn about its vibrant possibilities in this one day workshop. $95
- Upcycling Techniques in Felt taught by Renate Maile-Moscowitz: Want to be more green this Spring? Even the smallest scraps left over from previous projects of felted fiver scraps, yarns, and fabric remnants can successfully be made into new projects using an array of felting techniques. Students create a sampler of techniques that may become your next interchangeable bag flap, pocket or mats. $120.
- Weekend in the Plein Air Landscape taught by Mike Francis: This workshop, spread over two afternoon painting sessions, meets along the Potomac in Alexandria. Artists of all media are welcome for plein air demos, critiques, and discussing plein air materials and techniques. $100.
- Felted Flowers taught by Renate Maile-Moscowitz: Flowers for Spring? Groundbreaking! Students create a lovely bouquet of felted flowers while learning the basics of wet and needle felting. $90.
See all April Workshops here.