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Artful Weekend May 13 – 14

"Wait For Me," watercolor by Arleen Jeszenszky, is on view in May's Open Exhibit.

Welcome to Artful Weekend

-our listing of area art exhibits and events-

This weekend: May Open Exhibit and Summer Garden by Keith Parks at the League; Arts, Eats & Beats Open Studios Tour in the Gateway Arts District; Un Moment de Silence dans le Bruit des Couleurs by Elizabeth Martineau at African Art Beats; and Narrative Portraiture—works on paper by Catherine Small at Washington Printmakers Gallery.



May Open Exhibit

Dreaming Kandinsky by Tamah Graber; Glass

Diverse artworks by member artists are the feature of Open Exhibits at The Art League. Seventy-nine pieces—painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and more—are on view at this month’s show. It was juried by multimedia artist Corin Hewitt. The May Open Exhibit is on view through June 4.



Summer Garden by Keith Parks

Summer Garden No. 22

Photographer Keith Parks’ fascination with the lush plant life growing around his Virginia home is is the inspiration for his solo exhibit Summer Garden: A Californian’s view of a Virginia Garden. His series of stunning photographs, taken in situ then arranged digitally, reveal the brilliance of the flora and foliage he so admires. It is on view through June 4.



Arts, Beats & Eats: Gateway Arts District Open Studios Tour

Join the fun at Arts, Beats & Eats in Brentwood, Maryland’s Gateway Arts District.

Join hundreds of artists, musicians, and restaurants for a day of art, music, food, and fun as part of the Arts, Beats & Eats Spring Open Studios Tour Saturday, May 13, from noon to 5 p.m. Tour artist studios and view art from over 30 artists at Portico Gallery and Studios and the Art Annex at Artisan. In addition, the musicians from Just Rock will have live music throughout day. miXt Food Hall will have coffee, food, and drink specials. Stay for the after party at miXt Food Hall from 5 – 8pm. The event takes place along Rhode Island Avenue between 38th Street and Utah Avenue in Brentwood, MD.



Elizabeth Martineau Un Moment De Silence Dans Le Bruit Des Couleurs

Les Couleurs Flamboyantes des Ra-Ra (detail), 2022, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 60 in
image credit: African Art Beats

Elizabeth Martineau’s paintings are an explosion of luminous colors, sparkling with gold. They reflect her rich and diverse background, her far-ranging life experiences, her love for her country Haïti, and her passion for the arts. The paintings exhibited in Un Moment de Silence dans le Bruit des Couleurs (A moment of silence in the noise of colors), at African Art Beats, were created during an emotionally intense time for the artist who expressed through her art what she could not express with words. It is on view through June 30, with an artist reception Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, 2 – 6 p.m.; 3501 Lowell Street NW, Washington, DC.



Narrative Portraiture — Works on paper by Catherine Small


Letters Home by Catherine Small; Monotype, digital art, collage, hand-coloring using oil pastel

“My prints have been called narrative portraiture. Each work functions as a story, but one that changes with every viewer,” says artist Catherine Small. The series of works in Narrative Portraiture — Works on paper, her exhibit at Washington Printmakers Gallery, explores emotions, ranging from the extremes of joy and loss, to the gentler zones of contentment and restlessness. Many of the pieces presented begin with a monotype to which Small uses collage and adds other hand-pulled prints—etchings, linocuts, collagraphs, and digital prints—along with drawing and hand-coloring. Narrative Portraiture is on view through May 28, with an opening reception Saturday, May 13, 4 – 7 p.m.; 1675 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.


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