July 25, 2024


Art Shines Through

Artful Weekend November 5-6 – The Art League

Artful Weekend November 5-6 – The Art League

Welcome to Artful Weekend

-our listing of area art exhibits and events-

This weekend: Patterns and Working on the Railroad by Raymond Burns at the League; a Photography Exhibit Juried by Karen Keating at Multiple Exposures Gallery; Cosmic Garden by Holly Bass & Maps Glover at CulturalDC Mobile Art Gallery; Emergency Neon by Craig Kraft at Honfleur Gallery; Offbeat: Mixed Media Art at Gallery Underground.




The lure of the mountains by Heidi Vatanka, Acrylic on canvas

Patterns are all around us whether they are found in nature—think of grooves on tree bark or the veins in a leaf—or things in manmade environments like scaffolding, window pains, or the bricks on a building. Patterns can also refer to a repetitive process. All of these are explored in Patterns, our October 2022 Themed Exhibit.

“There’s just something inherently satisfying about looking at patterns,” says The Art League Gallery Director Haven Ashley who conceptualized the theme. “It just kinda scratches something in your brain.” Patterns is comprised of 91 artworks in mediums ranging from acrylic and oil paintings to photography and mixed media. It was juried by New York-based painter Cecelia André, and is on view through November 6.



Working on the Railroad by Raymond Burns

B&O Engine 7402 by Raymond Burns; Oil

In his solo exhibit Working on the Railroad, oil painter Raymond Burns showcases the rugged character of the railroad in lush detail and rich color, highlighting the unique weather-worn patina of aging locomotives. Working on the Railroad is on view through November 6.



MEG Photography Exhibition Juried by Karen Keating

Swan in Early Light by Maureen Minehan

Multiple Exposures Gallery (MEG) is pleased to present a new exhibition of photography juried by fine art photographer and educator Karen Keating. The exhibition features the work of MEG member artists. It is on view through November 27 in their gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union Street, Studio 312, Alexandria, VA.



Cosmic Garden by Holly Bass & Maps Glover

From left: Maps Glover and Holly Bass.

Cosmic Garden, at the CulturalDC Mobile Art Gallery, is an immersive experience exploring the expansive works of artists Holly Bass and Maps Glover. The exhibition includes videos from Bass’ and Glover’s individual and collaborative performances, audio and sound, as well as tactile experiences. Eschewing the traditional ROYGBIV rainbow, the artists were inspired by the SMPTE color bars—the television test pattern—to represent the changes in video technology, memory, and visual culture. It opens Saturday, November 5, (reception from 6–8 pm), and is on view through December 18 at CulturalDC Mobile Art Gallery at The Yards DC, 1st and M Streets SW. 



Emergency Neon by Craig Kraft

Light Sculptor Craig Kraft, courtesy of Honfleur Gallery.

Saturday, November 5, is the final day to see Emergency Neon, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed light sculptor Craig Kraft at Honfleur Gallery. Kraft will be in conversation about his exhibit and career at 2 pm; 1241 Good Hope Road SE. The artist talk can also be viewed on Facebook Live



Offbeat: Mixed Media Art

Upon discovering their mutual passion for mixing mediums in unconventional ways, artists Steena Fullmer and Anna Nazaretz Radjou collaborated for Offbeat: Mixed Media Art, an exhibit at Focus Gallery in Gallery Underground. The duo deploys glass, found objects, stenciling, fabric, embroidery, acrylic, paper, and wood in creating patterns, symbols, and unleashed statements. From fantastical and fun to weird and wild, the unexpected is showcased in every moment. Offbeat: Mixed Media Art is on view through November 25; The Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive (2120-A Crystal Plaza Arcade), Arlington, VA.


Enjoy the weekend!