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Artful Weekend July 31-August 2

"Distraction" by Sally Davies

Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy and engage in art as you shelter-in-place or practice social distancing. 


This weekend: Area IRL exhibits, a Keith Haring documentary, Dark Park sculpture’s shadow play, and more!



Opening Ceremonies

“Purple Datura” by Amy Lamb

The National Museum of Women in the Arts opens Saturday, August 1, albeit with special hours, timed admission tickets and a few other measures to keep visitors safe. Coinciding with their reopening is Return to Nature, a collection of 20 photographs by 11 artists from NMWA’s collection inspired by our collective urge to return outside after a period of hibernation; on view through October 11, 1250 New York Avenue, NW.



Visit VisArts

“Bomb Pop” by Cory Orberndorfer

There’s lots going on at VisArts that you can now view in person by appointment. See solo exhibits by artists Mia Eve Rollow, Ada Pinkston, Julie Wills, and Corey Oberndorfer as well as VisArts Studio Artists and NextGen 7.0 group exhibitions.



Beautiful But Deadly

“Angel Trumpet (Brugmansia species)” by Marsha Ogden

Toxic—and intoxicatingly beautiful—flowers, berries, and fruit are the subject of this exhibition of watercolor paintings and drawings by members of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region. See it online or in person through September 6 at Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA.



Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring

Keith Haring at work.

Keith Haring’s dancing figures, “radiant baby”, dogs, and bold squiggles—appeared playful but he used them as symbols to deliver messages on AIDS awareness, apartheid, drug abuse, homophobia, racism, and other hot-button issues of the 1980s. Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring explores his life and evolution from graffiti artist to pop art wunderkind.



Shadow Act

Dark Park sculpture by Nancy Holt

Every August 1, morning sunlight hits the enormous concrete orbs in Arlington’s Dark Sphere Park and forms a stunning mergence of shadows that occurs just once a year. Head over this Saturday by 9:32 and witness this phenomena for yourself, then linger and enjoy Arlington’s first commissioned public art piece by famed artist Nancy Holt; 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA


Enjoy your weekend and wear your mask.











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