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Artful Weekend January 27-28

"Many Snowdrops" by Alex Tolstoy

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: Upcoming exhibitions at the League; three abstract exhibits inspired by the cosmos; and contemporary furniture with artistic flair!



Thank you from the League!


We are still are basking in the success of our 53rd, but first virtual, Patrons’ Show Fundraiser! Many of you have expressed how much fun you had, and we appreciate your enthusiasm, patience, and willingness to try something new, in a safe, socially responsible way. Our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful artists who gave their artwork so generously during this challenging time. All of your support means the world to The Art League community

We are presently gearing up for our March exhibit Line by Line: Artists Interpret Poetry. It is juried by artist Jordann Wine, and will be on view in the Gallery March 10—April 4, and online. Stay tuned for information on our virtual opening reception, and an artists talk with the show’s award winners.


Coming in April:

April 2021 Open Exhibit

Juror: Adriel Luis

April 8 – May 2, 2021


Justin Worrell: Breath on Glass

April 7 – May 3, 2021



Kenneth Victor Young: Inner Space/Outer Space 

“Time in Space
1994,” by Kenneth Victor Young; acrylic on paper, 8 x 10 inches (14 x 16 framed).

Artist Victor Young, known for experimenting with color, space and soft-edged organic forms, became part of the Washington Color painters when he moved to Washington, DC in 1964. “He was all about the physical earth, and space, and things that are beyond-energy, and how that ties into life and afterlife,” says his daughter Leslie Young. Inner Space/Outer Space, at Cornersmith gallery, brings the works of this once overlooked African American artist front and center; It’s on view online until the end of March.



Myths of Creation by Steve Wanna

“CE191113.1035”; acrylic, powder pigment, resin, plaster, mixed media

“Joseph Campbell describes the role of mythology in human culture as something that helps us define our place in the world,” says artist Steve Wanna. “For me, science offers the ground for a new mythology for the modern world, helping us navigate and find our place in the cosmos.” Wanna expresses that notion in Myths of Creation, a series of mixed media abstracts inspired by supernovae images captured through NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and achieved by exploding various materials—acrylic, powder pigment, resin, and plaster—onto prepared board. It is on virtual view at Touchstone Gallery through March 11. See Wanna (along with other artists currently exhibiting at Touchstone) describe his work and process in this artist talk.



Anne Marchand: Tellus/Caelus: Seeing Earth and Sky

“Terra, 2020”; acrylic enamel, ink on wood

Like the afore mentioned artist Steve Wanna, DC painter Anne Marchand also possesses a keen interest in cosmology and mythology. Her new exhibition, titled for the Roman earth goddess Tellus and sky god Caelus, and inspired by The Overview Effect, Frank White’s seminal book about the view of earth from outer space, imagines earth and the cosmos as a colorful and; on view at the Women’s National Democratic Club through May 18 by appointment, or online.



Interior World: Contemporary Furniture

“PK Lounge Chair” by Cristian Wicha

In this group show, local artists Alex Kasten, Ruth Lozner, Joel D’Orazio, Chris Shea, Jordan Sanders, Megan Lewis and Cristian Wicha reinvent the nature of their chosen materials—metal, wood, pottery, and found objects—to create functional and non-functional contemporary furniture. The pieces in this show go beyond the typical or expected domestic design, and present the best of each artists’ craft, sculpture, and design exploration; on view through March 21 at the Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo MD.


Enjoy your weekend. Wear your mask.



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