Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.
This weekend: April exhibits at the League; art that celebrates Earth Day; Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree goes virtual; and more!
April Open Exhibit
Don’t miss this month’s group exhibition juried by contemporary and performance artist and curator Adriel Luis. Our Open Exhibits are a great way to view the breath of mediums and styles of our member artists. This month’s show features two large-scale fiber art pieces by Best-in-Show Award winner Cynthia Grisdela and Susan Lapham; a colorful sculpture made from piano innards by Tory Cowles; Michaela Borgehese’s vibrant fused glass Fan of Many Colors; James Wehner’s terracotta trio that calls to mind classical sculpture; and much, much more. See it in-person in the Gallery, Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m., through Sunday, May 2. You can also view the exhibit online. Join us for a panel discussion with our award winners on Thursday, April 15, at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom; register here.
Justin T. Worrell: Breath on Glass
Oil painter Justin T. Worrell captures the ephemeral, dusky prelude to nightfall in his solo exhibit Breath on Glass. Inspired by the American Tonalist school, Worrell’s landscapes blur the boundary between our physical world and the spiritual realm; on view at The Art League gallery through May 2.
Earth Day Art Gallery
In celebration of Earth Day, Little Tree Huggers Preschool is hosting an Earth Day Art Gallery and live auction Saturday and Sunday (April 24-25) in their beautiful mid-19th century barn. The showcased art will reflect the school’s interest in preserving the natural world. Rosemary Gallick, Ravi Raman, Mari Calai, and Kathleen Howsare are among the area artists whose works will be on view and for sale. The art will be auctioned off in a hybrid, in person and virtual format. In person tickets are for one-hour time slots with a maximum of 10 people per hour. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite.
Armando Lopez-Bircann: Arma the Oracle: Extended Reality (XR)
Latinx artist Armando Lopez-Bircann shares their vision of an ethical queer future with Arma the Oracle: Extended Reality (XR). In their Tarot-inspired performances, Lopez-Bircann’s alter ego, Arma Dura, summons the cyber faeries, wields the Glitchblade, and channels other guides in this oracle card reading. Through Lopez-Bircann’s wearable sculptures and augmented-reality attire, which explore non-binary and binary gender aesthetics, they push the limits of what types of reality —both virtually and physically—are possible, and present alternative futures to strive towards. Arma the Oracle is the second installment of Looking In/Looking Out, a series of solo storefront exhibitions at Transformer gallery in DC; on view through May 22, 1404 P Street, NW.
Every summer through Labor Day, visitors are invited to the sculpture garden to tie their written wishes to the branches of Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington, DC. This year, instead of tying written wishes to the tree’s branches, you are invited to share your thoughts virtually through April 30. Your wishes will join the hopes and ambitions of people around the world to bloom on social media for all to connect with.
Enjoy the weekend. Wear your mask.