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Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

Building Zone

  • Through Friday, July 31, 2015

The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors.

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"Dream On" art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Dream On!” art exhibit (March 6-29, 2015) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Local area artists express their dreams through their art. Opening reception: Friday, March 6, 7-9pm. Details at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Free

"Dream On" Opening Reception

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“DREAM ON!” art exhibit (March 6-29, 2015) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Local area artists express their dreams through their art. Opening reception: Friday, March 6, 7-9pm. Details at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Free

Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Concert

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

The inaugural Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards, produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, will feature a live concert performed by the competition finalists on Friday, March 6 at 8pm at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda. 

Up to eight finalists (including young songwriters under 18 years of age) will perform live. The winning songwriter will be announced at the close of the show.  Tickets to attend the concert are $10.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

Black: Recent Paintings by Brian Cirmo

Rice Gallery

Brian Cirmo exhibits narrative figure paintings of American images that tell American stories. He has spent the past decade traveling throughout the country visiting museums, large cities, small towns, national parks, Civil War battlefields, assassination sites, graveyards and national monuments.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Children of Eden

Unitarian Church of Arlington

Children of Eden

7:30 p.m. February 27 & 28, March 6 & 7 and March 13 & 14

3:00 p.m. March 1, 8, 14 and 15.

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

December 20, 2014—December 2015

Freer

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.     

 

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Arts

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.   

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

December 20, 2014—December 2015

Freer

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.     

 

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Arts

Cutting Edge: an exhibit of digital art by Susan Breen and fine wood-working by George Thomas

Arts in the Village Gallery

In March, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Cutting Edge, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing Susan Breen’s digital art and Arts and Crafts-style furniture by George Thomas.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Danú: 20th Anniversary Tour

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

To celebrate 20 years of spirited music-making, this award-winning band from the Emerald Isle returns to our stage to perform an unforgettable night of lively Celtic music. 

Categories: Arts, Music: Other

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Free Live Music

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

If you're looking for a fun, but inexpsensive night out check out some live music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. We feature local and national (and sometimes even international!) musicians Wednesday through Saturday, every week. For the past 16 years the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet + has been playing every Thursday at St. Elmo's. These seasoned regulars play Dixieland/New Orleans-style jazz and kick off their set around 7:30 p.m. All other days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) music begins at 8 p.m. and goes to about 10 p.m. With a range in musical styles, there's surely something on our calendar for anyone who enjoys music. Besides jazz, we also feature folk, rock, blues, pop, experimental, country, bluegrass, and more! As always, the live music we offer is free (but tips are encouraged for the artists). "Come on out to St. Elmo's and enjoy a relaxing evening with coffee, great food, music, and friends. A night out at St. Elmo's gives you the opportunity to support local business and local/national musicians, and it is a less expensive alternative to a night at the bar." - Charity Meals from the Arlington Coffee Shop Examiner.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Arts

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms / Mathematical Models

The Phillips Collection

Photographic works and sculptures by Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

House and Home

National Building Museum

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Intersections: Bernardi Roig, NO/Escape

The Phillips Collection

Roig's sculptural works, installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, address the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Light of the Ancestors - Art Exhibition for Black History Month, Featuring the art of Faith Ringgold

Pepco Edison Place Gallery

Faith Ringgold, a leading African American artist is exhibiting with the Black Artists of DC for Black History Month.  You are invited to attend the opening of "Light of the Ancestors."   This colossal show, curated by Carolyn Goodridge, features 100 works of art by 68 artists, spaced out over Pepco’s 4,000sf gallery.  Opening on Friday, February 13, 2015, 6 to 9 PM at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street NW, Washington DC.  Closing exhibition and artist talk happens Friday, March 6, 6 to 9 PM.

“Light of the Ancestors” enlightens audiences of the exquisiteness of the people of the African Diaspora.  As a beacon of light and hope for Black History month the artists express how the ancestors have inspired and uplifted them.  This colossal show, curated by Carolyn Goodridge, features 100 works of art by 68 artists, spaced out over Pepco’s 4,000sf gallery.  Audiences can come for balance to see not darkness but "Light" and the authentic beauty of African American inspiration. 

For more information, invitation and promotional video visit:  www.ArtimpactUSA.com/lota-promotional-video

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Light of the Ancestors - Art Exhibition for Black History Month, Featuring the art of Faith Ringgold

Pepco Edison Place Gallery

Faith Ringgold, a leading African American artist is exhibiting with the Black Artists of DC for Black History Month.  You are invited to attend the opening of "Light of the Ancestors."   This colossal show, curated by Carolyn Goodridge, features 100 works of art by 68 artists, spaced out over Pepco’s 4,000sf gallery.  Opening on Friday, February 13, 2015, 6 to 9 PM at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street NW, Washington DC.  Closing exhibition and artist talk happens Friday, March 6, 6 to 9 PM.

“Light of the Ancestors” enlightens audiences of the exquisiteness of the people of the African Diaspora.  As a beacon of light and hope for Black History month the artists express how the ancestors have inspired and uplifted them.  This colossal show, curated by Carolyn Goodridge, features 100 works of art by 68 artists, spaced out over Pepco’s 4,000sf gallery.  Audiences can come for balance to see not darkness but "Light" and the authentic beauty of African American inspiration. 

For more information, invitation and promotional video visit:  www.ArtimpactUSA.com/lota-promotional-video

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

The Phillips Collection

Featuring over 100 pieces, this Man Ray exhibition displays side-by-side for the first time the original mathematical models, his inventive photographs of the objects, and the surrealist-inflected Shakespearean Equations, connecting his approach to geometric forms with his other works that relate inanimate objects with the human body.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

March Exhibition at Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery

March exhibit at Touchstone Gallery with new art by members and solo show by Mary D. Ott

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

March Opening Reception

Touchstone Gallery

Opening reception for Touchstone Gallery's March exhibit featuring solo by Mary D. Otts.

Categories: Arts, Food & Wine, Exhibits

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, Free

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

December 13, 2014–June 14, 2015

Freer

Invented in Japan in 1605, Oribe ware introduced vivid pattern and color to a ceramics tradition that had previously favored somber, monochrome designs. Oribe ware vessels were used primarily for serving food and drinking tea, and their sprightly patterns with glossy black or brilliant green glazes made them a shimmering addition to 17th-century dining trays and tearooms. A major technological advance in ceramics—the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln, which allowed potters to melt glazes to dazzling translucency—made this radically new appearance possible. This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer’s collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

The Phillips Collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes in The Phillips Collection by her compatriots, including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Richard Dana: Reverberation

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased to announce the December 10th opening reception and artist talk forRichard Dana: Reverberation, an exhibition featuring recent work by the Washington-based artist at The Heurich Gallery. 

Reverberation, Richard Dana’s latest body of work, comprises a new series of large-scale digital pigment prints on view for the first time in this exhibition. These vibrant abstract works are the result of Dana’s distinct process that exploits chance, experimentation, and analog and digital technologies. Dana begins by creating black and white drawings or collages which he then scans into his computer. The digital images are submitted to a series of manipulations – they are bent, stretched, warped, imploded, exploded, massaged, and colored – until any trace of the artist’s hand disappears. Each intervention builds upon the previous one, resulting in a mesmerizing body of images that vibrate with rhythm and color. 

About Richard Dana

Richard L. Dana is a self-taught artist based in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Dana received an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 and a Master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkin's School of Advanced International Studies in 1977. ln 1984, after years of creating art in his spare time, Dana left his position as an economist and Soviet Affairs expert in order to pursue a career in art. Dana has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: December 10th, 5:30 - 7 pm.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Quickening Image: Wax-Resist Drawings of Ephraim Rubenstein & David Dodge Lewis – A Twenty-Year Collaboration

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein are both noted artists as well as active teachers. Rubenstein is currently on the faculty at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League and Lewis is the William W. Elliot Professor of Fine Arts at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. The work of both artists shows a connection to tradition as well as a desire to push the boundaries of technique and style. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair 2015

Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair returns for its 40th year, bringing together rare books and bibliophiles. Featuring first American edition of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" - appraised at $30,000.

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Zen Buddhism, tea, and ink painting—well-known expressions of Japanese culture—have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas brought to medieval Japan from the late 12th to the 16th century. By the end of that period, arts and customs from Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasty China had been assimilated into Japanese culture, emerging as Japanese practices such as chanoyu, the art of tea. In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

“Reconstructing the Landscape”: Paintings by Claudia Cappelle

The Art League Gallery

Claudia Cappelle’s “Reconstructing the Landscape” presents large-scale abstract paintings in acrylic and water-soluble crayons.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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