Artful Weekend August 14-15

Artful Weekend August 14-15

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


This weekend: Bryan Sieling: Re|Context and the August Open Exhibit at the League; the 12th Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale; John Alexander Steele at Fred Schnider Gallery; and noted, mid-century D.C. artists at Pazo Fine Art.


August 2021 Open Exhibit

“Renewal,” by Ginya Truitt Nakata, is the August 2021 Open Exhibit Best-in-Show winner.

Our August Open Exhibit, juried by Eisner Award-winning author and former Library of Congress graphic arts curator Martha Kennedy, is now on view! Open exhibits are a great way to view the range of mediums and styles of our member artists.

This month’s show features some dynamic streetscapes, including Hidden Beauty, a photograph by Soohyun Kim that received an honorable mention; Chinatown, D.C., an oil painting by Sally V. Parker; Evening View of the City, an acrylic painting by Cecily Corcoran that also received honorable mention; and Baltimore Street, Cida Berry’s moody black-and-white photograph framed on vellum with gold leaf.

Portraiture is also prominent this month. They include The Wayfarer, an oil painting by Ann Wallace; Olivia, Edward Stolar’s red chalk drawing; Woman in Madina, a color photograph by Dian McDonald; and Lucy at the Beach, a gouache painting by Ralph Paine. See the entire exhibit in-person in the Gallery, through Sunday, September 5, or view it online.



Bryan Sieling: Re|Context

“Exact Change” by Bryan Sieling

Artist Bryan Sieling transforms found objects into wondrous works in Re|Context, his solo exhibit of assemblage art on view through September 5 at The Art League Gallery. Cabinet parts, old picture frames, tinker toys, mechanical innards, vintage game pieces, and used furniture are among the disparate materials Sieling used to create the sculptures, shadow boxes, wall reliefs, and what he terms “semi-functional furniture” on display. Says the artist, “I want viewers to be drawn in to study details, discover materials, and ponder possible motives and narratives.” He will be in conversation about his exhibit and artistry on Thursday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom; register here. Don’t miss our our article on Sieling here.



12th Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale

Join us at the Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale! We’ll be selling our popular ceramic ice cream bowls and small prints for sale. To sweeten the deal, each bowl purchase includes a certificate for a free ice cream from Kilwins (212 King Street), and a free cloth face mask while supplies last. Look for us under the window of the Hi-Tide Lounge at the Torpedo Factory arcade entrance at King and Union Sts.



John Alexander Steele: Chicago/Washington

“Owl”( 1960) by John Alexander Steele. Ashes, Sand, Gouache on Paper. (Fred Schnider Gallery)

Chicago/Washington showcases the work of mid-century artist and premier art restorer, John Alexander Steele during two significant periods of artistic exploration: during his time at the Art Institute of Chicago where he created anthropological works of sculpture-like paintings inspired by the artist, Paul Klee, and the Washington Color School where he produced abstract studies of color and form; on view through August 21 at Fred Schnider Gallery, 888 N. Quincy Street, #102, Arlington, VA.



Colors of Confidence

“Snare” by Simon Gouverneur; Egg tempera and acrylic and graphite on canvas

Color of Confidence presents a group of artists—Willem De Lopper, Thomas Downing, Tom Green, Simon Gouverneur, Jacob Kainen, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed, and Carroll Sockwell—who lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area between the 1950s and the 1990s. Some are well known, others less so despite successful careers, yet they developed their art within the same parameters and constrictions of their time. This show presents offers a panoramic view of the artistic scene in the city around those decades, bringing back a vibrant and exciting time in this city in a new light; on view through August 22 at Pazo Fine Art, 4228 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD.


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