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: Our September group and solo exhibits, sprawling outdoor art, and an interactive installation all in Alexandria!
September Shows at The Art League
We invited member artists to reflect on this turbulent, riveting, and unprecedented year for our September show. The result: 2020, an impactful exhibition of 90 works that comment on this period of pandemic and protests; on view through October 4 in the Gallery and online.
Tess Olson: Cultivating Imperfection
This solo exhibit by oil painter Tess Olson, is a collection of abstract work inspired by the subtle vibrations of the natural world. Waves of water, light, energy, and sound emerge in mysterious patterns on richly layered canvases and suggest secret shapes that hide and hum beneath the surface; on view through October 4.
Noah Williams: Ancestral Calling
Mixed media artist Noah Williams celebrates the power and energy of African mask-making traditions in this solo exhibit of intricate, grand masks made with found materials, both organic and man-made; on view through October 4.
We’ve extended hours! The Art League Gallery is now open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Safety of our members and our staff is always our first priority, so we will still be doing temperature checks at the door, masks are required for entry, and we ask that you keep social distancing practices in mind.
Gallery 75 is Now Online!
Visit Gallery 75 online to view our monthly juried shows and other special exhibits. Purchased items can be scheduled for pick-up or shipped. Learn more and start browsing here.
Old Town Installations
There is still time to catch two art installations in Old Town Alexandria that have been generating a lot of buzz. The sprawling Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacy by Olalekan Jeyifous employs ground mural and ornate metal profiles to acknowledge the city’s African American history through the lens of its industrial and merchant past. It is the second in an annual series of temporary public art installations at Waterfront Park; on view through November, 1 King Street, Alexandria, VA.
In Through the Kitchen Door, artist Melanie Kehoss uses the American kitchen to delve into history, technological advancements, and the evolution of the family unit and gender roles. Step into her immersive, interactive exhibit and view scenes of people, tools and appliances from different eras depicted in life-size silhouetted cutouts framed by screening reminiscent of a kitchen’s back door. While there, listen to Kehoss describe each scene and her artwork in this audio guided tour that can be accessed on your mobile device, on view in the New Project Studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center through November 16, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA.
Enjoy your weekend, wear your mask.