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Artful Weekend June 29 – 30
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Artful Weekend June 29 – 30

"Lamont + Mt. Pleasant," an oil painting by Steve Mabley, is on view in June's Landscape Exhibit through July 7.

Welcome to Artful Weekend

-our listing of area art exhibits and events-

This weekend: June Landscape ExhibitDimensions Sculpture Exhibit, and Prismatic Motion by Keeley Rae at The Art League; the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall;  Just Another Day by the Infinity Collective at ARTfactory; Art in the Summer at Watergate Gallery & Frame Design; and Raya Bodnarchuk: Do Something You Love Everyday at Gallery Neptune & Brown.

 

 

June 2024 Landscape Exhibit

Blue Tree by Alexandra Tolstoy; Watercolor

Join us in celebrating the beauty of landscapes at our yearly Landscape Exhibit! It’s a wonderful chance for members to showcase their works, be it charming country scenes or vibrant cityscapes, in any medium. The exhibition always promises an exciting mix of styles, from classic to abstract. This year’s exhibit features 88 artworks.  Carlton Fletcher, a renowned artist from D.C. and one of the founding members of the Washington Studio School, served as juror.

 

 

Dimensions 2024 Sculpture Exhibit

We Are the Same by Tatyana Shramko; Assmeblage

Our annual Dimensions Sculpture Exhibit showcases a multitude of three-dimensional masterpieces, each one uniquely crafted from a variety of materials. These include ceramics, stone, wood, and even more unconventional mediums like glass and metal. But we don’t stop there. Our collection extends further into the world of mixed media, pushing the boundaries of traditional art. This offers our visitors a visually stunning array of artwork, providing a feast for the senses. We invite you to delve into the world of art from a fresh perspective and experience the wonder of three-dimensional art in Dimensions.

 

 

Prismatic Motion by Keeley Rae

 

Marimba in the night by Keeley Rae; Oil

Step into the lively world of June Solo Artist Keeley Rae‘s latest collection, Prismatic Motion. Here, she diverges from her signature quiet stillness and muted hues for a striking exploration of life’s colorful dynamics. Her artwork captures subjects in a playful dance of twists, tumbles, and floats, each movement carrying a sense of grace and power. Rae has created a joyous gathering space where viewers can share in the jubilation of life’s exuberant rhythms.

June exhibits at The Art League are on view through July 7.

 

 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Indigenous Voices of America

Two members of the Nuna Dancers (Yup’ik, Siberian Yupik, Iñupiaq, and Tlingit) performed in the Potomac Atrium. Photo by Josh Weilepp, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

Head to the National Mall this weekend for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival! This year’s program, “Indigenous Voices of the Americas: Celebrating the National Museum of the American Indian,” highlights living traditions of Indigenous peoples, and is organized around the themes relevance, resistance, representation, and reclamation. Indigenous artists and makers, professional chefs and home cooks, musicians, dancers, athletes, and storytellers will demonstrate multigenerational traditions as well as new, innovative approaches to cultural expression. Hear stories and songs, learn traditional dances, experience Indigenous foodways, learn about Indigenous sports and games (lacrosse anyone?), an more! The Smithsonian Folklife festival runs through July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Here is the schedule.

 

 

Just Another Day

Alternate Route by Joy Nutt, Acrylic on canvas.

Just Another Day, a group exhibit by the Infinity Collective at ARTfactory, challenges the notion that Black women as artists are required to attach political narratives to their work. The exhibit explores the freedom to create artwork that is not laden with the required Black narratives of social Justice, racism, and equality. Instead, it is a visual representation of Black women claiming the space to simply exist and share and celebrate moments of the mundane. Just Another Day features the work of the following artists: Camilla Angel, Shante Bullock, Artise Fletcher, Dany Green, Joy Nutt, Reshada Pullen-Jireh, Liz Stewart, Chantae Sudlow, Candice Tavares, and Vanessa Villarreal. Just Another Day is on view through July 27, with an artist reception Saturday, June 29, from 6-8 p.m.; 9419 Battle Street, Manassas, Virginia.

 

 

Art in the Summer

Angela Iovino, Underwater Symphony; Acrylic on canvas

Watergate Gallery & Frame Design presents Art in the Summer, an group exhibit featuring local talent—some well known, others emerging. Artists include Robin Bell, Joe Dailey, Rudiger Haugwitz, Angela Iovino, Craig Kraft, Serena Martinez, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Maryanne Pollock, and Doug Schulte. Art in the Summer is on view through September 28, with an opening reception Saturday, June 29, from 5–8 p.m.; 2552 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

 

 

Raya Bodnarchuck: Do Something You Love Everyday

Some of Raya Bodnarchuk’s works in Do Something You Love Everyday. Image courtesy of the Raya Bodnarchuk Art Trust.

For artist Raya Bodnarchuk, who is known primarily for her sculptures, collages and screenprints, having a daily artistic ritual of creating a painting a day became a joyful way of maintaining creativity and consistency. Her interest in painting a small work daily derived from advice she gave to her art students to “do something you love every day.” In her exhibit Do Something You Love Everyday at Gallery Neptune & Brown, intimate paintings invite viewers to observe and absorb the special way that Bodnarchuk brings beauty and intricacy into the details of everyday life. In addition to displaying two hundred paintings, Do Something You Love Every Day includes a selected group of the artist’s figural sculptures. It is on view through July 27; 1530 14the Street NW, Washington, D.C.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

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