Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.
This weekend: Heroes and Villains plus Color and Emotion at the League; Passion on view at TFA @Mosaic; a new exhibit opens at Hamiltonian; and art festivals in Alexandria and Wheaton.
Heroes and Villains
The forces of good and not-so-good converge in Heroes and Villains, our September themed exhibit. These character archetypes have appeared in artwork throughout history. League artists express their own interpretation of heroes, villains, or themes of good vs. evil—be it a classical reference or humorous understanding—in mediums ranging from drawing and painting to photography, ceramics, fiber art and mixed media. It’s on view in the gallery and online through October 3.
Robabeh Riasati: Color and Emotion
“A major skill in the art is to understand light,” says September Solo Artist Robabeh Riasati about her exhibit Color and Emotion. In this a collection of intuitive abstract paintings, Riasati prompts viewers to consider what light reveals in her dark and muted canvases. It is on view through October 3.
Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser
The Art League Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser is one of the best deals in town! Stop by the League tent at the Old Town Arts Festival at John Carlyle Square Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and select from hundreds of handcrafted bowls. Buy a bowl and get an ice cream treat for just $15. They make great gifts. Proceeds support the League’s ceramics department. Learn more here. Alexandria is recognized as one of the country’s premier artistic hubs, and the Old Town Arts Festival, now in its 19th year, is a favorite among art lovers throughout the DMV and beyond. Admission is free, learn more here.
Passion is a word often used to describe our strongest loves and desires. It is what drives artists to do their best work. At the Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic, artists respond to this highly emotional theme in a variety of mediums, including works on canvas, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fabric art and handcrafted jewelry; on view through September 26 at Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic, 2905 District Avenue, #105, Fairfax, VA.
According to Hamiltonian Artists, ”As we find our way facing a new normal living with a global pandemic, it seems appropriate to reflect on our history and let our imaginations runs wild in predicting the future.” Empirical Evidence expounds on that notion with works by five renowned Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship alumni—Selin Balci (2012), Billy Friebele (2014), Rachel Guardiola (2018), Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann (2011), and Jing (Ellen) Xu (2019)—who investigate complex human relationships with living systems, the known versus the unknown. Come for the opening reception Saturday, September 18, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m, RSVP here; on view through November 13, 1353 U Street NW, Suite101.
Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival
A day of artistic festivities and fun await you at the Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival on Sunday, September 19. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a parade through Wheaton’s town center (participants are encouraged to carry, wear or perform original artworks), and continues with a gallery exhibiting and selling the works of more than 45 local artists; three stages featuring performances by area theatre troupes, dance groups, choruses, authors, and bands; and food from an array of neighborhood eateries. For more information, click here.
Enjoy the weekend!