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Artful Weekend May 20 – 21

"Sleeping Beauty Train – Traveling on Amtrak," oil on canvas by Paul Zapatka, is in May's Open Exhibit.

Welcome to Artful Weekend

-our listing of area art exhibits and events-

This weekend: May Open Exhibit, Summer Garden by Keith Parks and Art Demos at the League; Ann Rowland: Pictures at  Hemphill Artworks; Remnants: A visual journey of memory and renewal at Hillyer; and the Tephra ICA Arts Festival at Reston Town Center.



May Open Exhibit

Ricky Skaggs by Carol Morgan

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. 38

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.



Weekend Art Demos at The Art League

Miles by Ann Wallace; Pastel

Join us Saturday, May 20, for the debut of Weekend Art Demos, a new program series that brings art-in-progress to The Art League Gallery! You’ll get to meet some of the artists with works in our monthly juried shows and learn about their art and process.  Tomorrow see artists are Ann Wallace (11 a.m.–1 p.m.)  and Ahmed Idan (2–4 pm) in action!



Ann Rowland: Pictures

Farther Over There (Lake Paiku, Tibetan Plateau) 2022 by Ann Rowland; archival pigment print on rag paper, 30 x 22 3/4 inches, Ed. 1/5

Anne Rowland gathers—or shall we say harvests—images from online aerial photography services and satellite photographs taken by automated systems intended for commercial use. Working with a concert of digital applications, she mends together hundreds of photos into an image of the vast landscape below. In Pictures, her exhibit at HEMPHILL Artworks, her energetic manipulation of the imagery evokes the artistry of painting and the way painting generates meaning. It is on view through July 1, with an opening reception Saturday, ay 20, form 3 – 6 p.m.; 434 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.



Remnants: A visual journey of memory and renewal

Soy luz, amor, y frecuencia. (I am light, love and frequency), 2023, mixed media, 80 (L) x 60 (H) in

Amber Robles-Gordon is drawn to the terms, remnants, slivers, and fragments, and believes we are all a compilation of pieces of our experiences, influences, and choices. She uses her artwork to explore and share her perception of cellular and spiritual energy. In Remnants: A visual journey of memory and renewal at IA&A at Hillyer, Robles-Gordon explores the emotional, physical, and psychic processes of loss. Her body of work conveys the mental and physical effort it takes to move through loss. It is on view through May 28. Join Robles-Gordon and noted D.C. gallerist George Hemphill for a discussion on the underpinnings of the artist’s current body of artwork, the connective threads to the Washington Color School, and an undiminished love and appreciation of the artwork of Alma Thomas, Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m.; 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, D.C.



Tephra ICA Arts Festival


Lauchlan Davis, Neighbor Pool, 2022

Visit the Tephra ICA Arts Festival (formerly the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) this weekend at the Reston Town Center where over 200 contemporary artists and artisans will travel from across the country to present original handmade artwork to share with Festival audiences. A headlining performance will be presented by multidisciplinary artist Hoesy Corona, and a Family Art Park with be on-site offering free family-friendly art projects. The Tephra ICA Festival is free and open to the public on Saturday, May 20, 10am–6pm and Sunday, May 21, 10am–5pm. Rain or shine. More information and a full weekend schedule can be found here.


Enjoy the weekend!

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