Welcome to Artful Weekend
-our listing of area art exhibits and events-
This weekend: emBODY, Tabletop 2023, and Petal Reverie: From Trauma to Beauty by Rashad Ali Muhammad at the League; Poiema, Mortality and Resurrection by Amy Browning-Dill at The Delaplaine Arts Center; More True Than Fact by Djibril Drame at Mehari Sequar; Paint the Town Labor Day Show at Kensington Historic Armory; and In the Forest of the Night by Jasmin I. Smith at The Woman’s National Democratic Club.
emBODY, our August 2023 member exhibit, presents artwork with an emphasis on the body, face, and gesture. Works are traditional or unexpected interpretations of the portrait genre, from self-portraits to abstract figurative work. It was juried by New York-based ceramicist Ahrong Kim. emBODY is on view through September 3.
After a three year absence, one of our most popular shows returns! Tabletop 2023 showcases the artistry of various functional wares associated with the table. Mediums include ceramic, metal, fiber, wood, and glass. Tabletop 2023 was juried by master ceramist Lindsay Oesterritter.
Petal Reverie: From Trauma to Beauty
Rashad Ali Muhammad began creating faux flower petal collages during the COVID-19 quarantine. In this series, he dismantles artificial flower arrangements and rearranges the petals to create new, generative patterns. The mediative method of breaking down and rebuilding speaks to our ability to heal from trauma and see the world anew.
Poiema, Mortality, and Resurrection by Amy Browning-Dill
Art League member Amy Browning Dill explores themes of death, decay and new life experienced in the flora and fauna of the changing seasons in her solo exhibit Poiema, Mortality and Resurrection at The Delaplaine Arts Center. Her watercolor paintings are are accompanied by excerpts of poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke, David the Psalmist, the Anglo-Saxons and more. Juxtaposed to the paintings are Browning-Dill’s intricately painted eggshells, further illustrating the change of the seasons and the marching on of life. Poiema, Mortality and Resurrection is on view September 2 through October 29. Meet Browning-Dill at the opening reception Saturday, September 2, 3–5 p.m.; 40 S. Carroll Street, Frederick, Maryland.
More True Than Fact by Djibril Drame
More True Than Fact, at Meharie Sequar Gallery, is a retrospective exhibition that explores the themes and concepts articulated in the works of Senegalese photographer Djibril Drame. The exhibition draws together key elements of the lived experiences explored and the narratives articulated over the course of Drame’s 15 year career to present his particular vision for the future of African people. Natural elements, scenes, and customs of senegalese culture are presented and positioned to aid Drame in articulating his vision for the future. It is on view through September 3; 1402 H Street NE, Washington, D.C.
Paint the Town Labor Day Show
The Montgomery Art Association (MAA) celebrates more than 200 local artists by producing one of the region’s longest-running and largest art show. The annual three-day Paint the Town Labor Day Show takes place September 2-4, at the Kensington Historic Armory, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, Maryland. The event is free and open to the public.
In the Forest of the Night by Jasmin I. Smith
The Woman’s National Democratic Club presents Jasmin I. Smith’s In the Forest of the Night. Smith’s series of paintings are inspired by her childhood trips to the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans in the Bay of Bengal. Says Smith, “Providing glimpses of the deep forest, with not a living soul in sight, has a sense of peace and mystery for me as we don’t know what could be lurking in the dark.” In the Forest of the Night is on view through September 5; 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
Enjoy the (long) weekend!