Artful Weekend December 9 – 10
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Artful Weekend December 9 – 10

"Photos at the Lincoln Memorial," an archival print by William Rollins, is on view in December's Open Exhibit.

Welcome to Artful Weekend

-our listing of area art exhibits and events-

This weekend: December Open ExhibitLove in the Time of Covid by Donna Cramer, Gallery 75, and the Annual Student Holiday Ceramics Sale at the League; an Artist Talk & Walkthrough with Delna Dastur at Fred Schnider Gallery of Art; Farm Fresh Memories: Prints by Pamela C. Day & Avis Fleming at Printmakers Inc.;  Holding Ground at the National Museum for Women in the Arts; and Folk Art is Fine Art at Amy Kaslow Gallery.

 

 

December 2023 Open Exhibit

Sky Meadow Cottage by Marilynn Spindler; Oil

Diverse artworks by member artists are the feature of Open Exhibits at The Art League. This month, 92 artworks—painting, drawing, photography, fiber art, and mixed media—are on view. The December Open Exhibit was juried by David Culpepper, artist and gallery exhibitions manager at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. It is on view through January 7, 2024.

 

 

Love in the Time of Covid: Portraits of Altruism and Perseverance by Donna Cramer

Nurse Raven by Donna Cramer; Acrylic

In her solo exhibit, Love in the Time of Covid: Portraits of Altruism and Perseverance, Donna Cramer shares portraits, painted in acrylic, as a way of saying thank you to those she admired for their acts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The artist hopes her paintings will inspire reflection in her viewers about their own experience what they learned and how they grew during the Covid scourge.

 

 

Gallery 75

Sky Meadow Cottage by Marilynn Spindler; Oil

Gallery 75, the gallery within our Gallery, is a great place to find affordably priced artwork by our local member artists. Framed, unframed, and three-dimensional work is available to purchase. Shop here for the art lovers on your holiday gift list! Click here to see what’s on view through January.

 

 

Annual Student Holiday Ceramics Sale

Join us for our Annual Student Holiday Ceramics Sale this weekend! It kicks off Friday, December 8, 5–8 p.m., with live pottery demos, food, drinks, and a raffle for a piece by Art League instructors. It’s at the Madison Annex Building, 305 Madison Street, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

 

Delna Dastur: Cross Pollination 

Art League abstract art instructor Dastur.

League abstract art instructor Delna Dastur presents Cross Pollination, her solo exhibition at Fred Schnider Gallery of Art. This new body of work, she says, reflects her continuing investigation into the fraught relationship between man and nature. Join Dastur for an Artist Talk & Walkthrough of her show on Saturday, December 9, 5–7 p.m.; 888 N Quincy Street, #102, Arlington, Virginia.

 

 

Farm Fresh Memories: Prints by Pamela C. Day & Avis Fleming

 

In their combined show Fresh Farm Memories, Art League instructors Pamela Day and Avis Fleming pull the curtain back on memories of farm life from childhood and rural life in Virginia. Looking through windows, they share glimpses of animals, landscapes, and still lifes in a variety of techniques. While Pam’s memories of farm life come from vacationing in Iowa on her grandparents’ farm as a child, Avis grew up where her family raised cattle and horses on Bayou Barataria in Lafitte, Louisiana, and owned a farm for 30 years in Unison, Loudoun County, Virginia, where she raised Connemara ponies and black angus steers. They each share their unique perspectives of life on the farm. Fresh Farm Memories is on view through January 31, 2024, at Printmakers Inc. in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

 

Holding Ground: Artists’ Books for the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Adjoa Jackson Burrowes, Blossom Again, 2023; Offset printed paper and acrylic on archival Bristol paper, 12 x 36 x 21 in.; Photo by John Woo

The book arts have always been at the heart of the collections of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center (LRC) at NMWA. To inaugurate the museum’s new Learning Commons and its reinvigorated research center, the LRC invited D.C. area book artists Alisa Banks, Adjoa J. Burrowes, Julie Chen, Suzanne Coley, IBé Crawley, Maricarmen Solis Diaz, Colette Fu, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, and María Verónica San Martín  to create works inspired by NMWA’s mission. The works in Holding Ground: Artists’ Books for the National Museum of Women in the Arts reflect on spaces that foster women’s creative expression. It is on view through October 20, 2024; 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

 

Folk Art is Fine Art: Heritage Alive

From their Aboriginal Dreamings to Zimbabwean linocuts,  works by artisans in this year’s Folk Art is Fine Art collection, at Amy Kaslow Gallery, keep their heritage alive. Living in distant, even remote regions around the globe, many of these creators are little known beyond their own communities, others are highly collectible on the global market, and all have a zest for sharing their humanity through art. They celebrate age-old traditions adapted to the here and now, with stunning results. Folk Art is Fine Art is on view through February 3, 2024; 7920 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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