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Artful Weekend December 19 – 20

"Don't Let 2020 Make You Grinchy," by Lane and Leslie Kimball, can be seen along the 1000 block of King Street as part of the Old Town Holiday Art Walk.

Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide for enjoying area art events and activities in person or at home.


This weekend: Open Exhibit and Petite December at The Art League; virtual abstract exhibits; spiraling kids sculpture; and more!


December Exhibitions at The Art League


December 2020 Open Exhibit


“Mark & Macademia” by Karen Baith


This month’s group exhibition, juried by New York-based illustrator and fine artist Mark Bischel, features an array of artworks in mediums ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and fiber art. It is on view through Sunday, January 3 in the Gallery, or view it online. Learn more about Bischel and read  his remarks about the his best-in-show and honorable mentions picks in the latest Juror Profile.


Petite December


“Tropical Shadows” by Kathleen Kopec

Our perennial favorite is back! This year’s Petite December Exhibit, juried by Baltimore Museum of Art Chief Curator Asma Naeem, features 74 small works (priced at $150 or less!) that are available for immediate purchase during the holiday season. It is on view through Sunday, January 3 in the Gallery, or view and shop the exhibit online.



Old Town Holiday Lamp Post Art Walk



Get into the holiday spirit with the first annual Old Town Holiday Lamp Post Art Walk, presented by Old Town Business Association and The Art League! Take a self-guided tour along King Street and selected side streets to see lamp posts adorned with festive works by Art League artists. They will be up through January 8. Chart your path with this handy map.



Artul Giving

Holliday shopping this weekend? Make The Art League your one-stop destination for gifts that your favorite artists and art lovers will appreciate and cherish. Check out our gift guide for ideas.



Virtual Viewings


“Lonely Woman”, acrylic on canvas, by Joseph Cortina


McClean Project the Arts galleries are closed for regular public viewing, but you can see two current solo exhibitions online. In Vertical Interval: New Works by Joseph Cortina, the McLean-based artist exhibits paintings and digital works that explore the intersection and tension between physical and digital landscapes. Drawing on his background as a painter and his long career creating films and interactive experiences for museums, Cortina’s new works are a response to the fleeting, elusive quality of time-based media.


“Fields-Overlaps,” acrylic on canvas, by Shanthi Chandrasekar

Shanthi Chandrasekar  creates work that explores the big questions of science and the natural world in her exhibition Beginningless Endless. Employing the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpture, and tapping into her training in physics and psychology, Chandrasekar has created a vehicle for both her observational questioning and the wild journeys of her imagination.

See both Chandraeskar and Cortina discuss their work in this recent artist talk. To schedule a private viewing of either exhibit, contact


Exploring Space Time in 3-D


Construction 140 in the Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden

In the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) Sculpture Garden you can find José Ruiz de Rivera’s sculpture Construction 140, with spirals made of stainless steel that rotate every four minutes. It is the inspiration for this cool project that lets young artists create their own spiraling sculpture masterpieces. Click here for instructons.



Enjoy your weekend, wear your mask.




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