Artful Weekend February 5-6 – The Art League

Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.

This weekend: ThePatrons’ Show Exhibit at the League; The Colors of Forms and History at Zenith Gallery; test as imagery and Gallery Neptune & Brown; and Changing Perspectives at Gallery Underground.

Patrons’ Show 2022

Symbols by Jasper Knight Champion; Acrylic

The Patrons’ Show, The Art League’s biggest fundraiser, returns virtually on Sunday, February 20. This much-anticipated event allows ticket holders to acquire high-quality, original fine art—valued from $225 to upwards of thousands of dollars—while supporting a great non-profit organization and community of artists.

The Patrons’ Show Exhibit features 600+ works of original fine art donated by Art League and Torpedo Factory artists. On the day of the Patrons’ Show fundraiser, tickets are randomly drawn. When the name of each ticket holder is announced, the ticket holder gets to select a work of art from the Show. In addition to the artwork, ticket holders are eligible to win other valuable prizes donated by local businesses. We’ll be using Vimeo to bring the event and the event screen directly to ticket holders’ homes—all you need is a computer screen, some popcorn, and a competitive spirit! Get more information and purchase tickets here.

See the exhibit by registering for timed in-person viewing here. Artworks for the Show are coming in every day! Keep up with the latest submissions on our Flickr album. Our handy Art Thief app lets you pick and organize your favorite artworks on your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch.

See you (virtually) at the Show!

The Colors and Forms of History

For Black History Month Zenith Gallery presents The Colors and Forms of History, a group show featuring works by Doba Afolabi, Sheryll Cashin, Bernie Houston, and League member artist and instructor Chris Malone. There is an opening Saturday, September 5 from 2-6 pm (reserve tickets here). The exhibit will be on view through February 26 at Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris Street, NW. You can also view works here.

Txt me

Yes by Paul Villinski; Softground etiching with spitbite auatint

Over the last sixty years text as imagery and text with associated imagery has expanded the artist’s ability to communicate with the viewer. In txt me, prints and drawings by Jennifer Bartlett, Jenny Holzer, RB Kitaj, David X Levine, Elizabeth Murray, Adam Pendleton, Ed Ruscha, and Paul Villinski, represent a cross-section of the creativity that has been brought to this medium. The works included use text as a central theme and draw inspiration from literature, poetry, advertising, and the built environment. It is on view at Gallery Neptune & Brown through March 5; 1530 14th Street, NW.

Changing Perspectives

Stairway to Hell #3 by Karol Murray; Photography

Gallery Underground’s Focus Gallery presents Changing Perspectives, a national juried show with works from 32 artists from across the United States. Artists for this exhibition were invited to present art depicting literal interpretations of a changed perspective: unusual, off-kilter or innovative perspective as seen by the viewer, or figurative or symbolic changes to our collective perspectives. On view through February 25; 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA (in the Crystal City Shops).

Make Alexandria Number 1!

What’s good for Alexandria is good for The Art League! Vote for Alexandria as “excellent” across nine categories in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Survey in the “Cities” category before midnight February 28. . (Please also show your support for hotels The Alexandrian, Hyatt Centric Old Town, Lorien Hotel & Spa, and Morrison House.) By taking part, you’ll be given a chance to win a $15,000 dream trip. Enter here.

Stay warm and enjoy the weekend!

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