Welcome to Artful Weekend
-our listing of area art exhibits and events-
This weekend: December 2022 Exhibit, Homestead Elegy by Cindi Lewis, and Petite December at the League; PASTPORTS by Rosa Leff at Pyramid Atlantic; The Garden Year by Dale McGrath at Green Spring Gardens; and Arlington’s Potomac Waterfront by Anne Rowland at Mason Exhibitions.
December 2022 Exhibit
Diverse works in different mediums are the feature of member exhibits at The Art League. This month’s show features 98 artworks in oil, acrylic, watercolor, ceramic, photography, printmaking and more. It was juried by Jenn Bratovich, Director of Exhibitions & Programs at Print Center New York.
This months Best-in-Show Award winner:
Blue Cheese Collection #5 by Gale Waller; Acrylic on panel
Woodland Reflections by Diane Dunn; Mixed media on canvas
Yellowstone Bourbon Prohibition Era Bottle by Brie Haydun; Pencil on paper
Tomorrow is Another Day by Camille Kouyoumdjan; Acrylic, collage on canvas
Vaunita by Linda Lowery; Encaustic on birch panel
Sunlight From the Garden by Samuel C. Miller; acrylic on mixed media in internally lit
Floral Fantasy by Liz Santulli
Tyger 15—Celebrating the Year of the Tiger by Jasmin Smith
December’s member exhibit is on view through January 8. 2023.
Homestead Elegy by Cindi Lewis
In her solo exhibit Homestead Elegy, painter Cindi Lewis depicts the fate of a late 19th-century North Dakota homestead. Built by her husband’s great-grandfather, a German immigrant, the structure housed three generations. The last occupants are long gone, but the house and its contents—a profusion of abandoned furniture, appliances, and personal possessions strewn about in every room—remain.
Lewis’ warm, gouache renderings of the home’s chaos become a game of seek–and–find, compelling viewers to identify the many items that abound. Whether the accumulations of belongings were a reaction to Depression-era privation, physical frailty brought on by age, or something else, Lewis’ perspective provides a touching glimpse of a rugged way of life and a striking contrast with the spare beauty of the surrounding North Dakota landscape.
Our annual Petite December exhibit features miniature works available for immediate purchase during the holiday season. Sculptor and filmmaker Lydia Ricci juried this year’s the exhibit. Suzanne McIntire received the Best-in-Show Award for her black-and-white photograph Because Mom Said So, which is also this week’s cover image.
PASTPORTS: Cut Parer Landscapes by Rosa Leff
League member artist Rosa Leff has a new exhibit at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. PASTPORTS, a series of her meticulously hand-cut streetscapes, explores changing cities and the concept of time. Drawn from photos she took during travels throughout the U.S. and abroad, PASPORTS shows work she made pre-pandemic based on these images alongside new work based on photos from the same travels. With a post-lockdown eye, Leff has discovered new details in the source material that were seemingly insignificant before and are now beautifully intriguing. PASTPORTS opens Saturday, December 17, with a reception from 6 – 8 pm, and is on view through January 29. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD.
The Garden Year by Dale McGrath
Painter Dale McGrath, another League member artist, presents The Garden Year, a collection of whimsical botanicals based on the colorful profusion of flowers she grows in her garden. It is on view at the Historic House at Green Spring Gardens through February 5. Join McGrath for a “Meet the Artist” reception on Sunday, December 18, from 1 – 3 pm. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4503 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA.
Arlington’s Potomac Waterfront by Anne Rowland
In the spring of 2017, Anne Rowland documented Arlington’s waterfront beginning with the County line at Chain Bridge all the way to Four Mile Run. Comprised of multiple images digitally assembled from both an iPhone and a remotely-triggered point-and-shoot camera attached to a 20-foot-tall bamboo pole, Rowland’s photographs capture the diversity of Arlington’s Potomac River waterfront from bucolic forests to urban parks. Arlington’s Potomac Waterfront is presented on a large outdoor screen in a breezeway at Mason Exhibitions Arlington, 3601 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, and can be viewed 24 hours a day through January 11.
Enjoy the weekend!