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Artful Weekend September 25-26

"Sunflowers In The City" by Melanie Z Stanley; Mixed Media

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; Art All Night throughout D.C.; Laurie Anderson’s big show at the Hirshhorn; optimistic artwork at Athenaeum; studio tours in Arlington; and (Not) Strictly Painting at MPA .



Heroes and Villains

“Carnival of Santiago de Cuba” by Kip Platto; Photography

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.

In conjunction with this exhibit, League members are invited to attend Heroes and Villains in the Comic Arts, a discussion with Leah Fy of D.C.’s Fantom Comics, and illustrator and League instructor Chris Bonnell. It takes place on Thursday, September 30, from 4:30 — 6:00 p.m. Come and share your favorite good or bad guy from comics or graphic novels, and enjoy a slice from Bugsy’s Pizza in Old Town. Must have proof of vaccination; RSVP here.



Robabeh Riasati: Color and Emotion

“Memoria” by Robabeh Riasati

“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.



DC Art All Night

Local artist Timoteo Murphy paints to musical accompaniment.

Art All Night, the District’s unique two-day arts festival is back in-person to celebrate local artists and businesses on Friday and Saturday evening. Enjoy visual art, fashion, music, dance, theater, poetry, and film in a variety of unique indoor and outdoor spaces located in all 8 wards throughout the city. Click here for an events guide to learn what’s going on and where.



Laurie Anderson: The Weather

“To Carry Heart’s Tide (The Canoe), 2020”; Installation view from Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

New at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Laurie Anderson: The Weather, the largest-ever U.S. exhibition of artwork by groundbreaking multimedia artist, performer, musician and writer Laurie Anderson. It features more than 10 new artworks, interspersed with select key works from throughout her career. Guiding visitors through an immersive audiovisual experience in the museum’s second-floor galleries, this dynamic exhibition will showcase the artist’s boundless creative process, featuring her work in video, performance, installation, painting and other media; on view through July 31, 2022, Independence Avenue and 7th Street, NW.



Art of Optimism

Room Enough For You And Jack, by Noel Kassewitz, dye, cyanotype, canvas, found net floats, buoys, pool noodle.

The 2021 Athenaeum Open, Art Optimism, features works by artists living or working in DC, Virginia, and Maryland exploring concepts related to optimism for improving our footprint on the planet and finding productive ways we can meet the associated challenges of climate change; On view through October 31, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA.



2021 Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

“Flattening Time” by David Carlson

Local artists, including League instructor David Carlson, will feature their work, processes and studio spaces—many of which are rarely open to the public—during the 2021 Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Art lovers of all ages can meet and chat with the artists while enjoying paintings, ceramics, metals, photography, and more. Get tickets here.



(Not) Strictly Painting

“Wave III” by Sookkyung Park; Origami, gesso, Acrylic paint & Spray paint

Now in its 13th iteration,  (Not) Strictly Painting at McLean Project for the Arts celebrates the depth and breadth of paintings, or works related in some way to paintings. This biennial exhibition features work from 37 artists throughout the Mid-Atlantic area; on view through November 13, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA.


Enjoy the weekend!


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