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Artful Weekend March 12-13

"Coffee Break.' by Willa Friedman, is currently on view in the March Open Exhibit.

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


This weekend: Two photography exhibits and a member show at the League; mixed media works by Nikki Brugnoli and Anne C. Smith at the Athenaeum; Sharon Wolpoff opening and artist talk at UMD Global Campus Gallery; and March150 at Target Gallery.



March Open Exhibit

Cornflower Blue Lines and Flowers, an acrylic painting by Jennifer Allevato, is the March Best-in-Show winner.

Open Exhibits at The Art League present an array of works in a variety of mediums created by our member artists. March’s Open Exhibit features 97 artworks, and was juried by Gage Branda, artist, educator and Development & Curatorial Coordinator at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Jennifer Allevato received the Best-in-Show Award for her painting Cornflower Blue Lines and Flowers. Says the artist:

“These are not flowers, they are paintings of flowers: pieces created 100% by my hands. The movements, the lines, the brushstrokes, the drips: all indications that a person was here. These eye-popping, imperfect borders are just another reminder of the act of creating. Perfectly imperfect.”

Allevato presented Seated, an exhibition consisting of colorful, mixed media paintings of interior spaces with unoccupied chairs, as our May 2021 Solo Artist. Here she talks about it.

The March Open Exhibit is on view through April 3.



Women Around the World

Four Friends Visiting Shohizinda Necropolis, Samarkand, Uzbekistan by Kathryn Mohrman

During Women’s History Month we are excited to present Women Around the World, a photography exhibition by Solo Artist Kathryn Mohman. As a globetrotting photographer, Mohrman is fascinated by people with one foot in their traditional culture and the other in the modern world. For her exhibit Women From Around the World she trains her lens on women living that type of duality.

“The photographs reveal women from around the world: working, celebrating, enjoying their children, looking curiously at the photographer,” says the Mohrman. “These images celebrate the many ways in which women around the world pursue the same goals in life that you and I do.” Women around the World is on view through April 3. Join us for a conversation with Mohrman about her exhibit and photography on Friday, March 18 from 6-7 p.m.; register here.



Special Exhibit: The Photographic Process

Modern Muse, by Redeat Wondemu, is the Best-in-Show Award winner for The Photographic Process.

The Photographic Process is a special exhibit that highlights the wide scope of photographic techniques and the unique approaches that photographers use to create their work, from hand developed negatives to digital photography, tintypes, cyanotypes, and more. This exhibit was juried by Em White, a visual artist and documentarian, specializing in historic photographic processes and large format work. It is on view through April 3.



Forces Fleeting: Nikki Brugnoli and Anne C. Smith

Nikki Brugnoli, Tower/Father; Silkscreen, Yasutomo sumi ink, graphite, white charcoal on Mylar, 42″ x 71″

Forces Fleeting is a mixed-media exhibition of new works by artists Nikki Brugnoli and Anne C. Smith at the Athenaeum, in the first joint installation by the two longtime friends and collaborators. In very different ways, both women explore the transformative power of landscape, with Brugnoli’s gestural screenprint drawings on mylar and wood panels and Smith’s dark pencil drawings on stained linen. It is on view through April 17; 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA. Stop by the Anthenaeum on Sunday, March 13 between 4-6 p.m. for the opening reception.



Wherever I Turn I See Light

Sharon Wolpoff, The Punch Line, 55 x 78 inches, Oil pastel on paper, 1978

Wherever I Turn I See Light, a new exhibit of works by Sharon Wolpoff, opens Sunday, March 13 with a reception and artist talk from 3-5 p.m. at the University of Maryland Global Campus Gallery (3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, MD). RSVP here to attend it in-person or online.




Torpedo Factory Art Center’s perennial favorite exhibition and art sale, March150, returns to Target Gallery for the 12th year. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs at Target Gallery and the Art Center. Public sales are Sunday, March 13, through Sunday, April 10, 2021. Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 N. Union St. More information and tickets for the Opening Art Party can be found here. View the catalogue here.


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