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Artful Weekend May 15-16

"Sunday in the Cafe" by Jane Coonce is 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 Exhibits PLUS the Student/Faculty Show at The League; the Smithsonian reopens; colorful Maya rugs at Amy Kaslow Gallery; and more!



The Art League May Open Exhibit

“Reflections in Amber and Turquoise” by Doris Ross; fused glass

Our May Open Exhibit, juried by Audrey Miller of Workhouse Arts Center, is on view through Sunday, June 7. 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  Deconstructedsculptures 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., or  view it online.

Don’t miss May’s award winners in conversation via Zoom, Thursday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. EDT; register here.



Jennifer Allevato: Seated

“Chair in Goldenrod” 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.



The Art League Student/Faculty Show 2021

“Summer Thoughts” by Trisha C; watercolor, graphite

The Student/Faculty Show is back! This year it is virtual. Visit our website to view that many diverse works created by students who took classes at The Art League School during 2020-2021, as well as works by several of our instructors. We will celebrate both during a virtual opening reception and award ceremony on Sunday, May 30, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT. To attend, register here.



Smithsonian Re-openings


After shuttering for 14 months, the Smithsonian is reopening, gradually, with timed-entry passes. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery are open this weekend. The National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, and National Zoo next Friday, May 21. Passes will likely go quickly, especially in the first few weeks of reopening, so be sure to check museum reservation calendars regularly. The good news is you can reserve passes up to 30 days ahead of your visit.


“Dead Wood Is Life” is part of the “Habitat” exhibit at Smithsonian Gardens.

You can also enjoy the Smithsonian Gardens and outdoor exhibit Habitat, as well as the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, sans pass. Cool bonus: download these gorgeous scenes from Smithsonian Gardens to use as your desktop background, or on your next Zoom meeting!



The Multicolores Collective: Ancestral Colors

“Self Portrait: Happiness” by Juana Calel, Patanatic Community

Direct from the steep Highlands of Guatemala, Amy Kaslow Gallery presents exquisite indigenous rugs created by master Maya artists. Every geometric design and coloration is emblematic of one of the Kiche, Kaqchiquel and Tzutujil communities that climb the country’s rugged, volcanic mountainside. This extraordinary heritage collection was specially created for Amy Kaslow Gallery and curated for collectors in search of art with impact; view it in online, or in-person through June 15, 4300 Fordham Road NW (at The Shops in Spring Valley).


Lost in Place: Voyages in Video

A scene from artist Jacolby Satterwhite’s video “Birds in Paradise.”

The Hirshhorn Museum’s Lost in Place series features 11 videos by an international group of contemporary artists responding to the ways in which the past year’s events have dramatically changed our experience of space. The videos delve into the complicated, unusual, or uneasy relationships between people and the places they inhabit. Lost in Place opens Friday, May 14, with Birds in Paradise by conceptual artist Jacolby Satterwhite, and a new video will drop each week for 11 weeks.


Enjoy the weekend!






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