Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.
This weekend: Poetry-inspired artworks at the League; Spring ArtFest in Arlington; two exciting print exhibitions; and more!
At The Art League
Line by Line: Artist Interpret Poetry
Line by Line: Artists Interpret Poetry, our March themed exhibit, is now on view in the Gallery and online through April 4. League artists interpreted what poetry means to them using prose, song lyrics, scripture, nursery rhymes, and famous quotes, to traditional and contemporary poetry. Says Haven Ashely, our assistant gallery director, “Some artists even paired their work with original writing of their own.” It is juried by artist Jordann Wine.
Spring ArtFest at Fort C.F. Smith Park
This weekend the Arlington Artists Alliance presents its annual Spring Artfest at Fort C.F. Smith Park. The show, featuring 32 top local Arlington-based artists and held in park’s historic Hendry House, has paintings, photography, glass work, ceramics, and cards, in addition to bins of unframed works. Masks and social distancing will be required inside Hendry House; dates and times: Friday, March 19th, 3-6pm; Saturday, March 20th, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, March 21st,10am-4pm at 2411 24th St. N, Arlington, VA.
RELIEF is a show of meticulously crafted prints that evoke escapism. Its title is an intentional word play on the style of work and also what the exhibit hopes to provide during a period of extreme stress and anxiety. While the exhibition is focused on relief printmaking, the works vary widely—from block prints and Vandercook-printed works to digital/analog prints; on view through April 4 online, and at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD.
Ink It: Contemporary Print Practices
Black Rock Center for the Art’s biennial juried exhibition INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices highlights current fine art print practices by featuring top graphic work by artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region who choose both traditional and nontraditional printmaking processes to communicate images and words. Juried by master printmaker Susan J. Goldman, it is on view through April 10 as both a virtual 3-D and online gallery.
Obiekwe Okolo: Things That Are Real
For his solo exhibit Objective: Things That Are Real, photographer and The Twelve art collective member Obiekwe Okolo juxtaposes portraits of people holding beloved possessions alongside the real things as an observation in how ordinary items gain meaning and stature; on view through April 11 at The Twelve Gallery, 1262 5th Street, NE.
Enjoy the weekend. Wear your mask.