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Artful Weekend October 9-10

"Belgrade," by Alyse Radenovic, is currently on view in the October Open Exhibit.

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


This weekend: Two solo shows and an open exhibit at the League; fine folk art at Amy Kaslow; the Big Tuna at Pyramid Atlantic; and an imaginative view of DC Metro stations at Multiple Exposures Gallery.



October 2021 Open Exhibit

“A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” by Jimmy James Greene, is this month’s Best-in-Show Award winner.

Our October Open Exhibit, juried by artist Summer Brown, is now on view! Open exhibits are a great way to view the breath of mediums and styles of our member artists. Join us of an in-person Opening Reception on Thursday, October 14, from 4:30 — 6:00 p.m.; register here.


Tania Karpowitz: Headlands

“Listen” by Tania Karpowitz; Oil

Expressive faces merge with boundless skies and landscapes in Headlands, a series of large-scale portraiture by Tania Karpowitz. Breaching the irregular, jagged edge that exists between person and place, Karpowitz’s paintings push the boundaries between a face and the environment, where head, mountain, and sky encounter one another, joined and distinct. Karpowitz will discuss the works in this exhibit in an in-person artist talk at The Art League Gallery on Sunday, October 24, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.; RSVP here.


Dongpei He: The Principles of Nature

“Peony by Turquoise Water” by Dongpei He; Watercolor

The Principles of Nature, by painter Dongpei He, features graceful, luminous visions of peony flowers. Painted in watercolor and ink on rice paper using traditional oriental brushwork, Dongpei’s work is a celebration of the beauty and perseverance of nature. Join He in conversation online Thursday, October 21, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.; register here.



Native Hands: Folk Art is Fine Art

Amy Kaslow Gallery in partnership with the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico presents Native Hands, a stunning collection of works—canvases, metals, woods, stone and clay—from artists innovating on generations-old practices, and training others to carry them forward. Native Hands is on view through November 28, Amy Kaslow Gallery, The Shops in Spring Valley, 4300 Fordham Road NW.

Enjoy the (long) weekend!


The Big Tuna at Pyramid Atlantic

Catch the Big Tuna, a portable print press whose girth inspired its name, in action as it reels off large-scale works by 20 area artists Saturday and Sunday at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. BIG INK, a New England-based arts business, is teaming up with Pyramid for this two-day public demonstration as the press produces paper prints from the woodblocks  up to 4 feet by 8 feet. There will also be a hands-on community art-making activity; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m., 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD.



Fred Zafran: The Transit of Shadows

“Descending _02” by Fred Zafran

When photographer Fred Zafran started snapping pictures of the subterranean world of the DC Metro four years ago, the cavernous stations began to appear to him as a great mythological underground river where travelers are transformed by their transit through this domain. In The Transit of Shadows, his solo exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery, Zafran makes the commuter mainstay appear otherworldly; on view through October 17 at Multiples Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center #312, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA.

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