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Artful Weekend February 11 – 12

"Bright and Beautiful", an oil painting by Trupti Vakharia, is one of over 600 artworks at our Patrons' Show 2023 Fundraiser. Tickets are on sale now.

Welcome to Artful Weekend

-our listing of area art exhibits and events-

This weekend: Patrons’ Show 2023 Exhibit at the League; Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala at Katzen Arts Center; XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness at the National Children’s Museum; and New Beginnings at Washington Printmakers Gallery.



Patrons’ Show 2023 Exhibit

Solo Exhibit Coordinator Jordan Solet hangs artwork for Patrons’ Show 2023.

Patrons’ Show, the Art League’s biggest fundraiser, is back! This much-anticipated event, now in its 55th year, allows ticket holders to acquire high-quality, original fine art—valued from $235 to upwards of thousands of dollars—while supporting a great non-profit organization and community of artists.

The Patrons’ Show Exhibit, featuring over 600 original fine artworks donated by Art League and Torpedo Factory artists, opens Friday, February 3 and will be on view through Saturday, February 19. During this two-week period, ticket holders can browse  artworks and note their favorites in preparation for the Patron’s Show Fundraiser on Sunday, February 19, from 6 – 10 pm. On that night, our emcee announces the name of every ticket holder in a random drawing. Each person called chooses their favorite work of art from the Show to take home! In addition to the artwork, ticket holders may win other valuable prizes donated by local businesses.

Anyone can see the bevy of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, printworks, and more on the League’s Patrons’ Show 2023 album on Flickr; and download the handy Art Thief app to pick and organize their favorites on an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch (but grab a ticket if you want to claim artwork!).



Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala

Naminapu Maymuru-White working at the Buku-Larrŋay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar

Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala is the first major exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark paintings to tour the United States. Curated by Indigenous people and presented from their perspective, it offers a unique glimpse into a rarely seen but globally significant art movement. Madayin will be on view at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center throughMay 14, 2023; 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C.



XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness

Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness, an interactive exhibit at the National Children’s Museum, explores the complex emotions of love and forgiveness through words, movement, artmaking, performance, and play.  XOXO is recommended for learners aged 2-12 and their families, and will be showing through May 14; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.



New Beginnings

Freshening Up by Julie Wallace

In celebration of their new gallery, Washington Print Makers presents New Beginnings, an exhibit featuring hand pulled and digital prints, and the fine art photographs created by each of their artist members. It’s on view through March 26. Join them for a gala celebration on Saturday, February 11, from 4 – 8 pm; 1675 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.


Enjoy the weekend!

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