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Artful Weekend September 4-6

"Wilshire Bl," by Jane Mann, is currently on view in the 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; the National Children’s Museum reopens with new attractions; photographer Marie-B Cilia De Amicis’ global moments at WPG; and Jessica Drenk’s textural sculptures at Adah Rose Gallery.



August 2021 Open Exhibit

“Staircase to Heaven” by Kitty Petroff

This is the final weekend to view our August Open Exhibit, juried by Eisner Award-winning author and former Library of Congress graphic arts curator Martha Kennedy. 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.” See Sieling discuss Re|Context here. Read more about him here.



The National Children’s Museum Reopens!


In National Children’s Museum’s Engineering Games + Play exhibit, a colorful Washington, DC mural by local artist Meg Biram sets the tone for play; courtesy of National Children’s Museum.

After an 18-month temporary closure, the National Children’s Museum reopened this week with some new bells and whistles including a small, curated gift shop with exhibit and D.C.-inspired merchandise; a brand-new Dance Party Pod presented by Spotify; Sky Survey, a crowd-sourced art installation in the Museum’s new Entry Hall that was created by artist-in-residence Tommy Bobo; and Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddlesa new interactive exhibit where kids (ages 3-10) can learn how Finnish author Tove Jansson’s beloved Moomin books are brought to life using animation. It’s on view through January 9; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.



Moments Exceptionnels

“Bhaktapur’ by Marie-B Cilia De Amicis; digital photography


African-born, and now D.C.-based, photographer Marie-B Cilia De Amicis has been taking pictures since she first received a camera at age 12. Moments Exceptionnels, her new exhibit at Washington Printmakers Gallery, captures scenes from her global travels where light, colors, and subjects are in perfect harmony if only for fleeting moments; on view through September 26, 1641 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.




Jessica Drenk: The Anatomy of an Inanimate Object

“Circulation 21” by Jessica Drenk; Books, Wax,Wood


“My work is an inquiry into materiality: what makes up the objects that surround us as well as the composition of the natural world,” says artist Jessica Drenk.  In The Anatomy of an Inanimate Object, her new exhibit at Adah Rose Gallery, her tactile and textural sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple materials as varied as marble, junk mail, PVC pipes, toilet paper, books, wood, and more; on view through October 31, 3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD.


Enjoy the (long) weekend!




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