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 weekend: Stunning student art, mixed media times three, a statement-making installation, Native women artists, and more!
Student/Faculty Show 2020
From painting, drawing, and ceramics to stained glass, metal work, weaving and more, we pride ourselves on the assortment of fine art and fine craft courses offered at The Art League School. See some of the marvelous works created by our students and instructors at this year’s Student/Faculty Show, and check out our spring courses when you’re done; on view through March 1 at The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Art Center, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA.
Working in an array of mediums—painting, embroidery, natural and man-made found matter, magazines and ephemera—artists Leslie Holt, George Lorio, and Elzie Williams use their respective materials to offer commentary and critique of the world around us; on view through March 6 at King Street Gallery, 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD.
A Brown Millennial
In her most autobiographical installation yet, artist Akea Brionne Brown builds “A Brown Millennial” with powerful photographic portraits infused with aesthetics of Americana, vast swaths of color rooted in history and culture, and interactive texts that challenge what is personal and political. Meet Brown at the show’s opening reception Saturday, February 22 from 7-9 p.m., or at her artist talk Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.; on view through March 21 at Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street, NW.
Rodgers Naylor and Maud Taber-Thomas share a eye for the poetic through found moments of light and color. This show will move the viewer all over the world as they get a glimpse into the perspective of Rodgers and Maud during their travels. There is an opening reception Saturday, February 22 from 5-7:30 p.m.; on view through March 21 at Calloway Fine Art & Consulting, 1643 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
The Alexandria All City High School Art Exhibition
Returning for it’s fifth and most inspiring year yet, this exhibition, hosted by the Convergence Arts Initiative, features works spanning various art mediums by more than 90 area high school students; on view through March 28th at The Gallery @ Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA.
In celebration of an early spring and St. Patrick’s Day, Torpedo Factory artists are tackling one of nature’s most ubiquitous colors, green. In its newest exhibit simply titled, GREEN, the gallery is presenting a selection of original paintings, photographs, jewelry, scarves, ceramics and more, that reflect its various artists’ interpretations of the color on view through March 29, Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic 105 District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia.
We Can Birth Worlds
Artist Kesha Bruce’s work explores the complex connections between history, personal mythology, and magical-spiritual belief in the African diaspora. Her latest work is concerned primarily with exploring the ways vibrant color and abstract symbols can not only trigger powerful emotion but begin to conjure narratives. Meet Bruce at the show’s opening reception Saturday, February 22 from 2-6 p.m.; on view at Morton Fine Art, 52 O Street, NW.
Heart of Our People: Native Women Artists
Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions have been largely unrecognized, instead treated as anonymous representations of entire cultures. Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists explores the artistic achievements of Native women and establishes their rightful place in the art world; on view through May 17 at the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW.