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Artful Weekend July 17-18

"Sunrise on the Potomac" by Sheila Flanders is the July Best-in-Show Award winner.

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


This weekend: July shows at the League; works by 64 area artists at The Phillips; Kristine Mays’ expressive wire sculpture at Zenith Gallery; the Asian influence in Latin American and the Caribbean art at AMA.


July 2021 Open Exhibit

“Beetle” by by Brian Kirk

Our July Open Exhibit, juried by painter and printmaker Toni-Lee Sangastiano, 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 four works of printmaking: John Gosling’s pastoral linocut Shenandoah Mountain, Bath County, Virginia; David Mann’s victual spread etched in Milk and Honey; Bridget Murphy’s dessert landscape etching Pool View, Carefree, AZ; and Veronica Barker-Barzel’s whimsical print Merlion and Cub (the latter are among this months honorable mentions). Also on view are two particularly unique sculptural pieces:  David Alfuth’s  Cabinet of Curiosity No. 14 overflows with, well, curiosities—in interesting shapes and forms; and Brian Kirk’s welded steel Beetle, with bright red dots and requisite bug-eyed gaze, is an absolute charmer. See it in-person in the Gallery, through Sunday, August 8, or view it online.



Yasmin Bussiere: Eastern Light

“Wanderers” by Yasmin Bussiere; mixed media

Mixed media artist Yasmin Bussiere works with metallic paints, pens, acrylics and oil pastels to fuse grandiose landscapes with spiritual reflections. Eastern Light, her solo exhibit, celebrates the beauty of the Central Asian landscape and is inspired by her memories living and traveling across the continent. Her work is organic, instinctive and transportive. Join Bussiere for a discussion on Eastern Light via Zoom Tuesday, July 20, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EDT; register here.


Inside Outside, Upside Down

This juried invitational celebrates The Phillip Collection’s 100th anniversary and features dynamic work across media by 64 artists of the greater D.C. region. The art in Inside Outside, Upside Down offers a slice of the turbulent past year, one that left us confused, battered, and disoriented. Time tickets are required for admission and they go quickly, so use this weekend to plan your visit; on view through September 12, 1600 21st Street, NW.



Kristine Mays: Weight of the World

“Seeking Balance” by Kristine Mays

Working with hard, rigid wire, San Francisco-based artist Kristine Mays captures the strength, perseverance, and resilience of humanity in Weight of the World, her new works on view at Zenith Gallery in conjunction with her current exhibition Rich Soil at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. It is on view through September 3. Come for the opening reception Saturday, July 17 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris Street, NW.



No Ocean Between Us: Art os Asian Diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean 1945 – Present

“Cross-section of Substrata” by Margaret Chen is part of the  exhibit’s China Jamaica Collection.

No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean, 1945–Present, offers a fascinating glimpse of modern and contemporary art through an exploration of flows of migration from Japan, China, India, and Indonesia and the artistic impact in its host countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname; on view through August at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW.


Enjoy your weekend!






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