Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.
This weekend: Cindy Grisdela: Dreaming in Color, Petite December 2021, and member show at the League; two exhibitions celebrating the natural world at Touchstone Gallery; and European literature expressed through art at Plain Sight DC.
December 2021 Open Exhibit
Our final member show of the year, the December Open Exhibit, is now on view. It was juried by Touchstone Gallery Director Ksenia Orol. Open exhibits are a great way to view the breath of mediums and styles of our member artists. This month’s Best-in-Show winner is Jimi Hendrix by Ganbaatar Choimbol, a colorful 22 × 30 × 1 in watercolor that captures the rock legend’s style from his ruffled shirt and paisley bellbottoms, to his pointy toed boots.
Lines by Pam Gregory, an assemblage of book pages, grommets, copper wire, metal frame, and dried vines is interestingly complex.
Rounding out the category are two sculptures: Christopher Malone’s mosaic Locked up and Trying to be Creative and Keith Fairbrother’s sparse, playful Bunny with Carrot. The December Open Exhibit is on view through January 2.
Dreaming in Color: Textured Shapes by Cindy Grisdela
Fiber artist Cindy Grisdela presents “Dreaming in Color: Textured Shapes”, a solo exhibit of intricate quilts, lush in texture and lively in color. Grisdela uses machine stitching to bring her complex compositions and expressive fabrics to life. RSVP to an artist talk with Cindy on December 17th from 5 to 6 pm here!
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!
Elaine Florimonte: Parallels and Rosa Vera: For Land and Water
There are two new solo exhibits at Touchstone Gallery: Trees serve as muse and metaphor for Elaine Florimonte’s exhibit Parallels. The parallels between the life of a tree and its dependency on the forest and the issues of connection and isolation in our society is undeniable, and something the artist has pondered during the pandemic. In this series of paintings, the repetition of verticals along the constant of the horizon, and the light that she imagined pouring through the negative space, symbolize hope.
From the deserts of Peru to the hill towns of Italy and the marshes of the United States, Rosa Vera in her latest solo exhibition For Land and Water, focuses on how virtually everything we cherish—natural and manmade—is in danger due to climate change. Through her facile, expressive brushstrokes and geometric compositions, she engages the audience to become aware of the colorful beauty of what will be lost as we face our natural disasters. Both exhibits are on view through January 2, 901 New York Avenue NW.
A Window to Europe: Through Literature and Art
Plain Sight DC and the EU National Institutes of Culture in Washington, DC present A Window to Europe: Through Literature and Art, a series of short exhibitions featuring eleven visual artists from the Washington, DC region who will create work in response to eleven books by European writers, as part of the 2021 Europe Readr project. On view now: Emily Fussner has created work in response to Italian writer Tiziano Fratus’ book Every Tree is a Poet, and Antonio McAfee has created work in response to Czech writer Marek Šindelka’s book Aberrant. See it through December 14 at Plain Sight DC, 3218 Georgia Avenue NW. Click here for upcoming exhibits in the series.
Enjoy the weekend!