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Artful Weekend May 21-22

"Raven Photo Bomb", by Diane Blackwell, is currently on view in the May Open Exhibit.

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


This weekend: The May 2022 Open ExhibitOur Fractured Life by Sally Davies, and a Jacqueline Saunders Retrospective at the League; Humankind at Amy Kaslow Gallery; the Fired Up! glass show in Baltimore; and Natural Habitats at Reston Art Gallery.




May 2022 Open Exhibit


“Renaissance” by Abol Bahadori; Mixed media

Open Exhibits at The Art League present an array of works in a variety of mediums created by our member artists. This month’s exhibit features 98 works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, ceramic, and stone. The May Open Exhibit was juried by photographer and book artist Eliot Dudik. Eliot’s photo credits include Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, and Oxford American Magazine. His work belongs in collections at The VMFA, MoMA Library, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The May 2022 Open Exhibit is on view through June 5.


Our Fractured Life by Sally Davies


Peaceful Guide by Sally Davies

Sally Davies presents her solo exhibit Our Fractured Life, which explores the disconnect, isolation, and uncertainty felt during Covid-19. In a dramatic and poignant way, her large canvases with handmade tiles seem to ask the viewer, “Are we falling apart? Or piecing our lives back together?”


Jacqueline Saunders Retrospective

“Peonies in Glory” by Jackie Saunders; Watercolor

The Art League is honored to present a retrospective exhibit in memory of one of our most beloved artists. Jacqueline Saunders, Jackie, taught and exhibited at The Art League for over 20 years. She was known for her fabulous gestural hand with watercolor and ink, particularly in figurative and floral studies. She was just as well known for her incredible energy, joy, and love for both the work and those around her. Always moving and always working, Jackie was as prolific with her work as she was generous with her time. The Art League faculty, staff, artists, and students still feel her loss, and we are glad to be able to share a little bit of her legacy with the broader community. The Jacqueline Saunders Retrospective is on view through June 5.




The Kiss by Nestor Madalengoitia. 37” x 37”, framed. Oil on canvas.

Created by the hands and hearts of seven exceptional artists—sculptors, painters and mixed media innovators—the works in HumanKind  help us to see ourselves and one another. They peel back our defects to expose the raw beauty we so often overlook: our self-trust, our personal resolve, our connectedness, our decency. Humankind is on view at Amy Kaslow Gallery through July 10; 4300 Fordham Road NW.



Fired Up!

Michael Janis, “How We Take Care of Each Other”, 2021, Kilnformed Glass

Fired Up! is a survey exhibition highlighting the diversity and innovation of artists working in contemporary glass around the mid-Atlantic Region, and features works by Chul Hyun Ahn, Anthony Corradetti, Oletha DeVane, John Henderson, Michael Janis, Emily Lamb, Tim McFadden, Soledad Salamé, Dr. Joyce J. Scott, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers. Fired Up! includes objects and installations as distinct as their makers, examining glass as a sculptural medium for art and the many messages the media is capable of imparting. The United Nations General Council announced that 2022 be declared a United Nations International Year of Glass (IYOG), to celebrate the essential role glass has in Society. Fired Up! is part of the events commemorating the IYOG, the 2022 Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD) Conference in Baltimore, the 60th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement. The show is on view through June 18 at the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium Gallery at Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD. There will be an opening reception Wednesday, May 25, from 7-9 p.m.



Natural Habitats 

Soul Mates by Sandra C Dovberg

Sandra C Dovberg presents her newest paintings with a primary focus on the beauty of nature in scenes of local flora and fauna in their own environments in the show Natural Habitats, on display at Reston Art Gallery and Studios through May 29; 11400 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA.


Enjoy the Weekend!


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