Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.
This weekend: Edward Ugo: The Shape of Happiness, Earth & Steel, Petite December 2021, and a Holiday Crafting Event at the League; Afghan muralist Omaid Sharifi in conversation; McLean Arts Center’s winter exhibitions; and Janis Goodman’s opening at Gallery Neptune & Brown.
November 2021 Open Exhibit
It’s the final weekend to see our November Open Exhibit, juried by Nicola Charles of D.C.’s 11:Eleven Gallery. 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
Bold, colorful geometrics strike an upbeat chord in The Shape of Happiness, painter Edward Ugo’s solo exhibition at The Art League Gallery; 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.
Petite December 2021
Our tiniest exhibition of the year is on view! Petite December 2021 showcases miniature works—paintings, prints, ceramics, photography, and glass— available for immediate purchase during the holiday season and priced at $150 and under. Just one more reason to make The Art League Gallery your holiday shopping destination!
Join us for an afternoon of holiday crafting Saturday, December 4th! From 4-6 pm, sip a can of delicious craft cider from Lost Boy Cider (@lostboycider) while making festive retro holiday dioramas to take home or give as gifts! This event will take place inside The Art League Gallery, inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Tickets are $25 and include one 12 oz cider and all crafting materials. We hope to see you!
Afghan Street Art: A Conversation and Showcase with ArtLords
Three months after the Taliban invaded Afghanistan, art around the country was destroyed, including iconic paintings and murals by Kabul-based street art collective ArtLords. This Saturday at Eaton DC Women for Afghan Women is hosting Afghan Street Art, a fundraising event featuring a conversation with acclaimed artist and ArtLord founder Omaid Sharifi, who will also lead attendees in recreating one of the Kabul’s memorable murals that was destroyed. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to Women for Afghan Women in support of their comprehensive support services to Afghans in the United States. Eaton DC is at 1201 K St NW.
McLean Project for the Arts Winter Exhibitions
Mclean Project for the Arts presents two new exhibitions this season: Give and Take: Building Form, in the Emerson Gallery, showcases dynamic abstract sculptural works by Emilie Benes Brzezinski, Rachel Rotenberg, Foon Sham and Norma Schwartz. Working primarily in wood, each artist explores her vision and sculpting methodology. By employing varying degrees of adding and subtracting material–laminating or carving, sawing and sanding–these artists build form by either giving or taking away. With this mind, process is highlighted, understood and demonstrated with an eye towards clarifying the genesis and emergence of form.
Intersectional Painting: Works by Sheila Crider, in the Atrium Gallery, features works from the artist’s ongoing series that combines painting, drawing, braiding, stitching, and weaving to create three-dimensional, abstract forms. Through these works, Crider has found an inventive and original process that enables her to visually explore multiple intersections between material, place, tradition, race, gender, history, culture, narrative, art, painting, object, and picture. Both shows run through February 19, 2022, except Saturday, December 4, when the galleries will be closed for the McLean Community Center Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival; 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA.
Janis Goodman: Infinite Journey
Contemporary artist and WETA-TV arts correspondent Janis Goodman has an exhibit opening at Gallery Neptune & Brown on Saturday. Titled Infinite Journey, it features sumptuous oil square and circular paintings that evoke the foliage and atmosphere of the natural world. Goodman will be present for a meet-and-greet on opening day from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.; 1530 14th Street, N.W.
Enjoy the weekend!