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Artful Weekend January 30-31

"La Puerta VII," by Berit Jarama, is one of the many works of art on view in this year's Patrons' Show.

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: The 2021 Patrons’ Show at the League; patriotic art at Zenith; what’s old is cool at Fred Schnider; and more!



At The Art League

Patrons’ Show 2021: Virtual Edition

“Florea,” by Anna Getter can be yours for the price of a Patrons’ Show ticket!

We began installing Patrons‘ Show on Monday and it is open for viewing! We anticipate that the first two weekends of February will be our busiest,  so during this period there will be scheduled and timed viewing slots to ensure a safer environment. Register for yours here.

You can also view the artwork virtually on Flickr where you can check back periodically to see what’s added as we get closer to the show. Or download The Art Thief  mobile app on your iOS device. It lets you list based your favorites and quickly track which artworks have been chosen on the day of the show so that you’re ready to make a selection when your name is called.

Northern Virginia Magazine has nominated The Patrons‘ Show in the Art Event category of their Best of Virginia 2021 survey. Help us clinch the title by voting here! (See “#33. Art Event”. You don’t have to answer every category to submit your vote!) And don’t forget to purchase tickets here.



January 2021 Open Exhibition and Patrick Kirwin: I Need Tromp L’Oeil on View Online

“View from Makapuu, Hawaii” by Caroline Walsh

This month’s group exhibition, juried by contemporary and performance artist Gregg Deal, features an array of artworks in mediums ranging from drawings and paintings to glassworks, mixed media sculpture, photography and printmaking. View it online.


Patrick Kirwin: I Need Trompe L’Oeil

Painter Patrick Kirwin brings a lively, contemporary twist to the rich tradition of trompe l’oeil artwork. His large-scale paintings offer humorous, thoughtful observations of our modern world. Read what
The Washington Post had to say about Kirwin’s show, and view it here.



Notions of Exile

“Perrera Tres” by Génesis Alayón; Acrylic on canvas

This virtual exhibition and accompanying series of programs explores the cultural influence of the largest recorded refugee crisis in the Americas—the forced migration of six million Venezuelans from their homeland—using Venezuelan writer and journalist Aquiles Nazoa’s stories of exile and migration. Co-curators Fabiola R. Delgado and Faride Mereb, and participating artists, scholars, writers, architects, and activists utilize archival documentation, photographs, contemporary painting, drawing, video, and performance to interpret the Venezuelan emigration experience; at the Washington Project for the Arts through March 15.



A New Era Begins! Democracy Has Survived!

In celebration of the new administration, Zenith Gallery presents A New Era Begins! Democracy Has Survived!, an in person and online exhibition showcasing area artists that who created art surrounding this historic win and other patriotic pieces; on view through February 20 at Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris Street, NW.



Material Reality

From Left to Right: “90% of the Drugs” by Jenny Wu, “Quilt Crop” by Sherry Trachtman, “Give a Little” by Jenny Wu.

 Artists Sherry Trachtman and Jenny Wu partnered together for Material Reality, an immersive exhibition where everyday objects now considered obsolete (think cassette tapes or floppy discs) are transformed into striking installations. See Sherry Trachtman and Jenny Wu discuss their artistry in a two-part conversation with each other—part 1 and part 2—on YouTube, and view their exhibition through February 27 at Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, 888 Quincy Street, Suite 102 in Arlington, VA.


Enjoy you weekend. Wear you mask (and your mittens, it’s going to be cold).



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