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Artful Weekend May 8-9

"Playing Koi," a colored pencil drawing by Nancy Lasater, is currently on view in our May Open Exhibit.

Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.


This weekend: May Open Exhibit and Seated at The League; Rose Jaffe’s prints at Pyramid Atlantic; and a new group show at Washington Printmakers Gallery!


May Open Exhibit

“Enclosure,” by Amanda Fletchersmith, is May’s Best-in-Show winner; synthetic thread and metal sculpture.

Our May Open Exhibit, juried by Audrey Miller of Workhouse Arts Center, is now on view! Open exhibits are a great way to view the breath of mediums and styles of our member artists. This month’s show features Amanda Fletchersmith’s Enclosure (above), and Tatyana Shramko’s  Deconstructed, sculptures made from unconventional materials; John Gosling’s linocut print Old Town Waterfront, a scene of Old Town Alexandria from the Potomac River; I Remember Goldblatt’s, Dede Faller’s vintage style black-and-white photograph of what’s left of a beloved Chicago store chain; 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, June 7, or  view it online.

Join us for the May Open Exhibit virtual reception on Thursday, May 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT—register here. Don’t miss May’s Best-in-Show and Honorable Mention Award winners in conversation via Zoom, Thursday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. EDT; register here.



Jennifer Allevato: Seated

“Chair in Sky,” by Jennifer Allevato


Seated, Jennifer Allevato’s solo exhibit, welcomes the viewer to sit, rest, and explore the spaces around them. Her mixed media paintings of interior spaces with unoccupied chairs are at once warm, complex, and welcoming, and offer the viewer an open invitation to sit and rest with the beckoning of an open chair; on view at in the Solo Gallery through Sunday, June 7, and online. Allevato will be in conversation via Zoom on Tuesday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. EDT, register here.



Natural Connections

“Mermaid” by Rose Jaffe; monoprint on paper

In a new series of etchings, monoprints, and sculptural works, DC-based artist Rose Jaffe explores what a deep connection to nature looks and feels like. Her exhibit, comprised of depictions of the human figure enveloped in plants and other instinctive flora, is vibrant and often playful; on view through May 23 at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hayattsville, MD, and online. Jaffe will be in virtual conversation on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Register here.






“Acrobats” by Deborah Schindler; linoleum cut
The term contexture signifies an interwoven mass, a fabric, a constructed and continuous text. In this group exhibition, WPG artists explore surfaces—both literal and metaphoric. Through tapestries of textures, layers of objects, strings of text, or examinations of course and polished visual conversations, artists weave together their ideas into the unified whole. On view through May 30 at Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and online.

Enjoy the weekend. Wear your mask.


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