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Artful Weekend November 13-14

:Riders In The Sky," by Jane Podesta, is currently on view in the November Open Exhibit.

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


This weekend: The Color of Happiness, Earth and Steel, and the November Open Exhibit at the League; a trio of artists at Mixt Gallery; Lex Marie’s biographical portraiture at Arena Social Arts Club;  Hello! at Micheline Klagsbrun Studios; and Marthe McGrath’s colorful abstracts at Reston Art Gallery & Studios.


November 2021 Open Exhibit

Flamingo Pair by Kip Platto; Digital Media

This month’s Open Exhibit, juried by Nicola Charles  of D.C.’s 11:Eleven Gallery, is now on view! Open exhibits are a great way to view the breath of mediums and styles of our member artists. November’s Best-in-Show winner is Flamingo Pair, a frolicsome digital media piece by Kip Platto, a first at the League for this contemporary medium.

Sculpture artworks are particularly prominent this month. They include The Tuscan, a terra-cotta bust by Melanie Vacchio; The Couple, a gazing duo made of  hand-built porcelain by Christine Moerenhout- Hubloue; the whimsical, bisque stoneware In the deepest water by Christina Andreasson; the lapis-tinged Check Mate/s, king and queen set by Sabine Arndt; and I Dissent, Barbara Wilson‘s likeness of  late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg gesturing as the title suggests. It is on view in the Gallery and online through Sunday, November 7.


Edward Ugo: The Shape of  Happiness

“Zeroing In, by Edward Ugo; Acrylic

Bold, colorful geometrics strike an upbeat chord in The Shape of Happiness, painter Edward Ugo’s solo exhibition at The Art League Gallery. It opens Thursday, November 11, and will be on view through December 5. Ugo will discuss The Shape of Happiness online Monday, November 15, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.; rsvp here.


Earth and Steel IMPart Special Exhibit

Earth and Steel, an IMPart special exhibit.

This special exhibit, features ceramics and bladesmithing works created by area veterans at The Art League. The IMPart program connects recent Injured Military Personnel with visual arts experiences created for personal enrichment, relaxed social engagement, the improvement and redevelopment of fine motor skills, and expressive catharsis. 





Three Artist On View at at MiXt Gallery

Jodi Ferrier, Mediterranean Morning, Acrylic on Canvas, 60” x 40”

Three exhibits by area artists open on Saturday at MiXt Art Gallery in the Prince George’s Gateway Art District. Painter Jodi Ferrier’s Place Making features works that straddle abstraction and representation. Memories Fade, collages by Leilah Holtzman, reflect her interest in natural forms and the meaning of living in multiple cultures abroad. Water Worksoils and watercolor paintings by art and museum educator Barbara Mandel, feature her favorite local landscapes. A reception for all three takes place Saturday, November 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibits are on view through January 30, 2022; 3609 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD.



Remember? Remember

Lex Marie, Talented and Gifted. Image courtesy of the artist.

D.C.-based artist Lex Marie’s nostalgic portraiture is biographical, pulling from her past and present. In Remember? Remember, her series of 15 paintings and 2 art installations at Arena Social Arts Club, she explores the idea that one can restore lost memories through the act of storytelling. Remember? Remember is on view through January 2, Barracks row @ 507 8th Street SW.




Zughaib & Michael in conversation by Helen Zughaib

In the spirit of gathering after months of distancing and isolation, the aim of Hello! is simple and genuine: to reconnect and come together through the shared experience of art. This exhibit includes the works of ten artists who employ various media—drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and digital art—to express the greeting from their points of view. It is on view through December 5, Friday–Saturday, 4–8 p.m. and by appointment, at Micheline Klagsbrun Studios, 1662 33rd Street NW. Select artists will be present to discuss their work each Saturday afternoon. Check www.nonalignedart.com and @klagsbrunstudios on Instagram for the latest details.



Marthe McGrath: Kinetic Energy

Dancing in the Street by Marthe McGrath

Marthe McGrath says Kinetic Energy, her solo show at Reston Art Gallery & Studios, “expresses a sense of freedom and joy” that she feels when painting. Ranging in size, with playful titles like Magic Carpet Ride and Zest for Life, McGrath’s bold, colorful abstractions are full of energy and movement. Meet McGrath at receptions on two Saturdays this month: November 13 and 20 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Kinetic Energy is on view through November 30, 11400 Washington Plaza W # B, Reston, VA.




Colors Up the Tree by Lewis Smith; Photography

Finally, we hope that as you’re out and about this weekend you take time to look up and enjoy the splendor of the changing leaves, Mother Nature’s artwork. Enjoy the weekend!



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