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Artful Weekend May 6-7

"The Grain Elevator," a watercolor by Frank Steven Bissell, is currently on view in April's Open Exhibit.

Welcome to Artful Weekend

-our listing of area art exhibits and events-

This weekend: April Open Exhibit and The Enemy by Khalid Alaani at the League; the March 2023 Exhibit at The Art Club of Washington; VisArts’ 11th Annual Rockville Arts Festival; and Max Estenger: New Paintings Part II at Pazo Fine Art.



April Open Exhibit

Boring Game by Jane Thomas; Watercolor

Diverse artworks by member artists are the feature of Open Exhibits at The Art League. Over 100 pieces—painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and more—are on view in this month’s show. It was juried by commercial and editorial photographer Mike Morgan,

The April Open Exhibit is on view through May 7.



The Enemy by Khalid Alaani

Fire and Shelter by Khalid Alaani; Mixed media

Khalid Alaani’s solo exhibit, The Enemy, references the ordinary moments in the lives of his fellow Iraqi countryman just before U.S. troops invaded his homeland 20 years ago. His paintings focus on finding the “human” in the people he portrays. “I tell their stories,” says Alaani. “I’m drawing their days, their destinies, and their endings.” The Enemy is on view through May 7.

Read more about Alaani here.



The Arts Club of Washington May 2023 Exhibit

Artwork, left to right: Evening Calm by Ronni Jolles; Your Perception by Tea Okropiridze

Works by fiber artist and Art League instructor Tea Okropiridze and paper artist Ronni Jolles are the feature of The Arts Club of Washington’s May 2023 Exhibit. It opens Friday, May 5 with a reception from 5 – 7 pm, and is on view through June 3; 2017 I Street NW, Washington, D.C.



VisArts’ 11th Annual Rockville Arts Festival

Shop and stroll the VisArts’ 11th Annual Rockville Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, May 6 – 7, from 10 am to 5 pm. This year’s vibrant outdoor art gallery features original art by 130 fine artists and artisans; Raku demonstrations by VisArts’ instructors; artwork by VisArts’ VisAbility Art Lab artists; and artisanal fare. Meet new and returning artists creating original pieces in a variety of media, including ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood. Sample food and drink from local vendors. Participate in a fun community art project led by renowned mixed media artist and master printmaker Steve Prince, check out the new chalk art competition, and pick up a unique work of art as a gift – or for yourself! It all takes place in Rockville Town Square in Rockville, Maryland.



Max Estenger: New Paintings Part II

Installation view, Max Estenger: New Paintings Part II. © Max Estenger

Pazo Fine Art persents Max Estenger: New Paintings Part II, an exhibition of new and recent works following the artist’s recent exhibition at the Steffany Martz Gallery in Manhattan, and his first one-person exhibition with the gallery. Building upon his inventive and independent painting oeuvre of over 30 years, Estenger’s artworks continue the structural complexity of that work and its attendant material emphasis while now also giving color an equal significance. The payoff is in the rich intensity of his color as it gives these paintings a palpable energy and pulse. Max Estenger: New Paintings Part II is on view through June 15; 4228 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD.


Enjoy the weekend!




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