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Artful Weekend January 17-20

Tickets for the 52nd Patron's Show Fundraiser go on sale Saturday!

Welcome to Artful Weekend, our new weekly listing of area art happenings! Check it out every Friday for fun and interesting exhibits and events occurring throughout the DMV. Share your experience at these and other weekend art destinations by tagging us (@theartleague) and including the hashtag #artfulweekend on social media.

This (long) weekend: Our Patron’s Show Fundraiser tickets go on sale, MLK Day family art fun, the latest works by Judy Chicago, cool comics on exhibit, and more!


52nd Patron’s Show Fundraiser Tickets on Sale Saturday!

The Art League Gallery will be bursting with art (over 600 original works!) for our 52nd Patron’s Show Fundraiser.

The early bird gets the art! Tickets for our 52nd Patron’s Show Fundraiser—February 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight—go on sale Saturday, January 18 at 10 a.m. This much-anticipated and fun event gives seasoned collectors and art newbies alike an opportunity to buy quality art at a bargain price, all while supporting a great non-profit organization and a community of artists. Don’t miss your chance to score a masterpiece! Purchase tickets here.



MLK Day Family Art Event

“I Dream of MLK” by Villa Faijir

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two family-friendly art workshops at the Anacostia Community Museum. Art educators Alma Robinson and Rain Young will lead participants in making creations inspired by King’s familiar theme of the “Beloved Community,” his “I Have a Dream” speech, and more. Admission is free with an RSVP; Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum,1901 Fort Place, SE.



2019 Post-Grad Residents Exhibit

“Soldiers and Escape” by Kim Sandara

This culminating exhibition highlights some of the best work created by Michaela Japec, Kim Sandara, Katana Lippart and Nava Levenson, four artists who enjoyed a three-month residency at Target Gallery; on view through January 19 at Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria.



ReClaimed ReUsed RePurposed: Sustainable Art for the Planet

“Cascaras” by Gloria Chapa

One person’s trash is another person’s inspiration. Eight local artists explore that idea in ReClaimed ReUsed RePurposed: Sustainable Art for the Planetthe first in a short series of exhibitions focused on the climate crisis; on view through January 25 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW.



Meditations and Epiphanies: Otherworldly Devices in Painting

“Luminescent Effervescence” by Judith Benderson

The colorful and imaginative paintings in Meditations and Epiphanies: Otherworldly Devices in Painting, at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery through January 31, present the wonder of hidden insights in ethereal designs; Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD.



Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction

“Stages of Dying 5/6: Depression” by Judy Chicago

This is the final weekend to see Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, the artist’s new series that tackles human mortality and species extinction, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts until Monday; National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW.



Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

World’s Best Comics, no. 1. New York: World’s Best Comics Co., 1941. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress

Did you know that the Library of Congress has the largest publicly available collection of comic books in the United States? See select treasures from it at Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages, an exhibition highlighting original drawings and printed pages from master artists and emerging talents who have created some of the most famous, funny, and frightening characters to appear in print; Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE.


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