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Artful Weekend February 6-7

"Summer Afternoon in Paris," by Anne Heising, is currently on view in the 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; rhythmic works at The Athenaeum; art by David Driskell’s students; and more!



At The Art League

Patrons’ Show 2021: Virtual Edition

Our Gallery is bursting with art for the Patrons‘ Show! There is still time to buy tickets. 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.



Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody

“Opus # 20,” oil on canvas, by Michael Spears

In his solo exhibition at the Athenaeum Gallery, painter Michael Spears’ most recent work intertwines reflections on both the Black Lives Matter movement and jazz. Also included are works from his series on the influence of religion in rhythm and blues during the 60’s and 70’s. Spears will be in live stream conversation about his artworks and process on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m., RSVP here. See Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody online, take a virtual tour, or view it in person through February 21 at the Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA.



David C. Driskell’s Students

David C. Driskell teaching the Fall 1995 course ‘Methods and Materials’ at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Artist, scholar, and collector David C. Driskell was first and foremost a teacher and mentor with a career that spanned positions at Talladega College in Alabama, Howard University in Washington, DC, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the University of Maryland, College Park, from which he retired in 1998 as Professor Emeritus.  David C. Driskell’s Students, an online exhibition presented by his eponymous art center at the University of Maryland, features the works of more than 30 artists whose work vary in style, subject matter, and choice of medium, but who all share admiration and appreciation for Professor Driskell. View it here.



Dream and Nightmares

“Living Nightmare: 3rd Psychotic Episode,” by Lindsey Cronk; Acrylic, House Paint, Oil Stick, Marker and Crayons on Canvas

2020 was a scary year. But from it comes compelling artwork that also highlights hope. Members of the Arlington Artists Alliance were tasked with interpreting the theme Dreams and Nightmares from the beautiful and sublime, to the dark and twisted; see it online, or in person through February 26 at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.

Enjoy your weekend, Wear your mask.

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