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Artful Weekend November 27-28

"Kennedy Center at Night," by Kathryn Mohrman, is 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: November Open Exhibits at the League plus our Holiday Ceramics Sale; movie themed art at Del Ray Artisans; luminous installations at Addison/Ripley; and panoramic drawings by Teresita Fernández at Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Gallery



November 2021 Open Exhibit

Small Red New Guinea Impatiens 2021,  by Margaret Anne Dawson, received Honorable Mention in the November Open Exhibit.

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 Tuscana 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

Pyramid by Edward Ugo; Acrylic

Bold, colorful geometrics strike an upbeat chord in The Shape of Happinesspainter Edward Ugo’s solo exhibition at The Art League Gallery. It opens Thursday, November 11, and will be on view through December 5.


Earth and Steel IMPart Special Exhibit

This special exhibit, features ceramics and bladesmithing works created by artist 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.



Small Business Saturday with The Art League

There’s lots to choose from at our Holiday Ceramics Sale.

Make The Art League your destination for Small Business Saturday! Stop by our tent at 100 South Royal Street for our Holiday Ceramics Sale for unique, handcrafted items that make treasured gifts.  Then, head over to King & Union where we’ll be selling jewelry by Jeaim Lee-Coverley, small prints from our collection, and  art supplies from our store.



Groovy Movies: Artwork Inspired by Motion Pictures

This is the final weekend to catch Groovy Movies: Artwork Inspired by Motion Pictures at Del Ray Artisans. In this flick-fun curated exhibit, local artists interpret the movies—from American Film Institute (AFI) classics to cult films like “Abbott & Costello Meets Frankenstein, Barbarella, to Yellow Submarine and Zorba the Greek; 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA. Click here for a video tour.



Yuriko Yamaguchi: Coexist

Yuriko Yamaguchi, Embrace, 2013, hand cast resin, stainless steel wire, LED light, 42x24x11 inches.

“I believe that everything is interconnected—sea creatures, land creatures, geology and our body and our so-called different races and ethnicity,” says Yuriko Yamaguchi who recently joined Addison/Ripley Fine Art’s family of artists. For Coexist, she fuses organic and manufactured elements in a tapestry of colors and textures and connects them with delicate webs of wires, many of which are lit from behind with subtle LED configurations. The resultant structures are both literally and visually light, airy, and configured to float in space; on view through December 4, 1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.



Teresita Fernández: Dark Earth


Dark Earth (Cosmos), 2019; Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 3 panels, each: 80 x 64 x 2 inches


MacArthur Foundation genius Teresita Fernández is known for her luminous works that poetically evoke the landscape while also referencing the sociopolitical and historical colonial violence embedded in our ideas of place. Dark Earth, on view at Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Gallery, features an immersive, panoramic charcoal wall drawing that encompasses golden, reflective panels that delve into the buried, layered, and often omitted social history that continues to shape our present-day perceptions of the people and places around us. See it in the gallery through December 12, or virtually here.




This holiday season support Alexandria’s independent stores and businesses by shopping local. Learn more about Alexandria Shop Small Week here. Enjoy the weekend!


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