Welcome to Artful Weekend
-our listing of area art exhibits and events-
This weekend: June Landscape Exhibit, Dimensions Sculpture Exhibit, and Spirit of Life by Mike McSorley at the League; Authentic Reminiscence of Time and The Simplest Human Gestures Tell Stories at Adah Rose Gallery; and Maliza Kiasuwa: Art as a weapon at Morton Fine Art.
June Landscape Exhibit
For our annual Landscape Exhibit we invited League artists to submit works that capture a sense of place. Stop by to soak in the diverse and interesting mix of scapes—pastoral scenes, urban vistas, and maritime views. This year’s exhibit comprises 100 artworks, including acrylic and oil paintings, printmaking, ink and pencil drawings, glass sculpture, tile mosaic, quilt-making, mixed media, and photography. It was juried by Frederick Mershimer, a New York-based artist specializing in mezzotint printmaking who celebrates the experience of the city in his works. The Landscape Exhibit is on view through July 9.
Dimensions Sculpture Exhibit
Dimensions showcases three dimensional work from a variety of media including ceramic, stone, wood, glass, metal, mixed media and beyond. This year’s exhibit features 18 works by League member artists. It was juried by noted wood sculptor Jim Perry, and is on view through July 9.
Spirit of Life by Mike McSorley
In his solo exhibit, Spirit of Life, oil painter Mike McSorley draws on his recent challenges and inspiration with thoughtful still life paintings and scenes of nature. His work suggests the human spirit behind a careful collection of man-made objects, from humor to functionality, and their place within the natural world. Spirit of Life is on view through July 2.
Authentic Reminiscence of Light and The Simplest Human Gestures Tell Stories
Two exhibits are currently on view at Adah Rose Gallery: Marsha Goldberg’s solo show Authentic Reminiscence of Light, and The Simplest Human Gestures Tell Stories by Courtney Applequist and Sharon Wolpoff.
Marsha Goldberg began her current series, “Keep” and “Fort”, during a residency in Marseille, which was cut short due to the pandemic. In Authentic Reminiscence of Time, the artist uses acrylic ink on translucent yupo paper as a way of responding to the light she witnessed in southern France. The drawings are a way of measuring time and the passage of each day.
The Simplest Human Gestures Tell Stories features works by area artists Courtney Applequist and Sharon Wolpoff. Applequist explores a range of media, navigating the possibilities of painting and drawing using architecture as a foundational framework and asserting a visualization of movement, time and the debris as a consequence of it.
“It is my desire to find a way of being in this world that illuminates others,” says Sharon Wolpoff. “Because illumination is a concept that can reveal itself in many ways, I focus my investigation by responding to my surroundings when they’re lit by natural light.”
Both exhibits are on view through July 14, with a vernissage with the artists Saturday, June 17 5:30 – 7:30 pm; 3770 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD.
Maliza Kiasuwa: Art as a weapon
Morton Fine Art is pleased to present Art as a weapon, an exhibition of mixed-media collage and sculpture by artist Maliza Kiasuwa. Based between Brussels, Belgium and Naivasha, Kenya, Kiasuwa’s collage practice blends locally available materials with cultural referents. At once reflecting contemporary globalization and reinvesting in traditional object-based animism, Kiasuwa art continues to expand in the years following her decisive move into paper-based collage. Art as a weapon is on view through July 18 at Morton Fine Art, 52 O St NW #302, Washington, D.C.
Enjoy the (long) weekend!