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Artful Weekend August 28-29

"Boro Mural," by Willa Friedman, is currently on view in our August Open Exhibit.

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; Sea Glass, a joint exhibition at Amy Kaslow Gallery; and artists reflect on a year in quarantine at Target Gallery.



August 2021 Open Exhibit

“Lucy at the Beach” by Ralph Paine

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


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 displaySays the artist, “I want viewers to be drawn in to study details, discover materials, and ponder possible motives and narratives.” Read more on Sieling here.



Lisa Tubach and John Gici: Sea Glass

“Ancient Oceans, Current Climes,” by Lisa Tubach


Blown glass vessels by John Geci


Lisa Tubach’s striking renderings of underwater worlds paired with John Geci’s luminous vessels are the subjects of Sea Glass at Amy Kaslow Gallery; on view through September 25, 4300 Fordham Road, NW (The Shops in Spring Valley).



A Year In

“82 rolls, 397 days” by Mark Armbruster; Archival pigment print.

Face masks. Social distancing. Anxiety. Uncertainty. A Year In represents a small snapshot of how artists are responding to this tumultuous time,” says the exhibition’s juror Nancy Daly. The 18 artists in this all-media group exhibition reflect on the year since COVID-19 and share how it has influenced their artist practice; on view through September 5 at Target Gallery (in the Torpedo Factory), 105 N. Union St.

Enjoy the weekend!


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