Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.
This weekend: Landscapes and geometric abstracts at The League; art celebrating Pride at Portico; a linear lineup at Amy Kaslow; and Tawny Chatmon’s sparkling images at Galerie Myrtis.
June 2021 Landscape Exhibit
Paintings, drawings, photography, collage, and glasswork are among the many representational and abstract pieces on display in our Landscape Exhibit, juried by celebrated watercolorist John Salminen. Here, the idea of landscapes varies from remote vistas like Primal Shadows by Leanne Fink and moody streetscapes like Comfort by Blair Johnson, to architectural horizons like Old Town Charm by Rana Geralis and seashore scenes like Girl in the Green Hat by Clayton Davis. In other artworks, like Cabinet of Curiosity NO. 15 by David Alfuth or Connecting Memories by Pam Gregory, objects, figures, colors, textures, marks, and expressions are what evokes a sense of place; on view in the Gallery and online through July 3.
Perspectives, Abol Bahadori’s series of abstract paintings inspired by the rediscovery of the perspective grid among Renaissance artists, is on view through July 3 in the Solo Gallery. Bahadori uses trapezoids and triangles generated by 3D grids as abstract planes to showcase colors to prismatic effect. He further enhances some of his compositions with realistic figures and illustrations—humans, animals, insects— that break the symmetry and change the focal point.
Portico Gallery, in the Brentwood Arts District, is celebrating Pride during the month of June and all summer long with a group exhibition comprised of artworks and mediums as diverse as the LGBTQA community itself. It is on view through September, 3807 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD.
Amy Kaslow Gallery has assembled striking pieces from four Washington artists whose works are inescapably, alluringly linear. DC Lines includes Elroy Williams, who marshals his mastery as a commercial artist into contemporary fine art, crisp and clean mixtures of gorgeous color, and graceful form. Linda Cafritz’s seemingly sculpted acrylic paintings give us lines defined as much by textured hues as they are by their elegant verticality. From the late lacquer artist Andrew Kaslow, highly polished geometrics spring from square wallboards. And Amy Kaslow’s latest botanical images put a new lens on natural pinstripes and curves, all in sumptuous tones; on view through August 8th, The Shops in Spring Valley, 4300 Fordham Road NW.
If I’m no longer here, I wanted you to Know…
Award-winning photographer Tawny Chatmon draws inspiration from the Byzantine period for If I’m no longer here, I wanted you to Know…, eighteen new photographs featuring intimate portraits of the artist’s family members and friends imbued with sentiments of love, personal ruminations, and lessons she wants to instill in her three children. It is on view by appointment through July 10, at Galerie Myrtis, 2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore.
Enjoy the weekend!