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Artful Weekend June 5-6

"Pollen Explosion!" by Tina Chang in currently on view in our Student/Faculty Show on our website.

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


This weekend: Exhibits at The League; The Long Sixties at Katzen; Mary Ellen Mark’s Girlhood; and more!



The Art League May Open Exhibit

“Beaded Bunny” by Rebecca Ravenal

This is the final weekend to see our May Open Exhibit, juried by Audrey Miller of Workhouse Arts Center. 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.


Jennifer Allevato: Seated

“Chair in Forest” 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.



The Art League Student/Faculty Show 2021

“Above and Beyond,” by Christina Andreasson, received a Student/Faculty Equal Merit Award.

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.



The Long Sixties: Washington Paintings in the Watkins and Corcoran Legacy Collections, 1957-1982 

Jeff Donaldson (1932-2004), Patriot, 1975. Mixed media, 24 x 20 in. Private Collection, New York, The Estate of Jeff Donaldson, Courtesy Kravets Wehby Gallery.

The Long Sixties is a survey of paintings by Washington artists telling the story of political engagement (or lack thereof) in the arts during the “long” 1960s. Curated by AU Museum Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen, the exhibit contains selected paintings that draw upon memories of what Rasmussen calls “a formative time” in his life. The narrative addresses the history of systemic racism and sexism in the arts, and its enduring impact on the art shown in museums today. It also emphasizes the need for politically engaged art through the present day; on view through August 8 with limited timed reservation tickets at American University’s Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW.



Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood

Mary Ellen Mark, “Tashara and Tanesha Reese, Twins Days Festival, Twinsburg, Ohio” (1998, gelatin silver print), 20 inches by 24 inches, NMWA, gift of Robert and Kathi Steinke

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark took pictures of people from all walks of life, and was particularly interested in children. Girlhood, an exhibition of 30 photographs that span the artist’s 50-year career, examines Mark’s depictions of girls and young women living in a variety of circumstances around the globe; on view through August 8 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW.



Takoma ARTery Fair

The Takoma ARTery Art Fair is a free outdoor event featuring 20 artists selling a wide range of fine art and crafts. Some artists will be creating artwork live, and visitors can win fun prizes. The art fair will be held Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Takoma Park Community Center’s large parking lot next to the library at 7500 Maple Avenue. (The parking lot is on the Philadelphia Avenue side of the building.) Please contact at artery.event@gmail.com with any questions.

Enjoy the weekend!


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