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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.

Intersections @ 5: Contemporary Art Projects at the Phillips

  • Through Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Phillips Collection celebrates the fifth anniversary of Intersections. This exhibition presents works by Intersections artists that have been acquired to date, both pieces that were featured in past installations and new works that are reminiscent or emblematic of the projects.

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

  • Through Sunday, January 3, 2016

This exhibition features 37 works by Rinpa artists and those inspired by Rinpa design, and is complemented by a gallery of tea ceramics influenced by Sōtatsu’s collaborator Hon’ami Koetsu.

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"Under a Summer Sun" exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present “Under a Summer Sun” exhibit at the animal shelter.  May 31-September 27, 2015.  Tours and artist talk during reception: Friday, June 19, 7-9pm.  www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

"Au Naturel" art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Au Naturel” art exhibit (August 7-30) celebrates the natural and exposed, the pure and untouched, the bare and raw, and the candid. Opening Reception: Friday, August 7 from 7-9pm at Del Ray Artisans gallery.  www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu

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

Presented as a single-screen projection, Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003, 74 minutes) by celebrated director Abbas Kiarostami pays tribute to Yasujirō Ozu, the renowned Japanese filmmaker whose work has deeply influenced Kiarostami’s films. Through a characteristic attention to the power of simple mise-en-scène and sound, the inherent drama and subtle humor of nature unfurls before the viewer in five long shots taken near the sea.

Categories: Arts, Free

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions

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

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Categories: Arts, Free

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features 37 works by Rinpa artists and those inspired by Rinpa design, and is complemented by a gallery of tea ceramics influenced by Sōtatsu’s collaborator Hon’ami Koetsu.

Categories: Arts, Free

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

A selection of Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection shows highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complements the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626–1705)

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

As a painter and a calligrapher, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) developed a unique visual vocabulary full of intriguing symbolism and artistic gestures. This exhibition showcases an impressive selection of his painting and calligraphy, including some of his most daring and idiosyncratic works from the 1660s through the early 1700s.

Categories: Arts, Free

Exhibit: Taking Shape

The Art League Gallery

The Art League's annual sculpture exhibit, juried by sculptor Jessica Beels.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: 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

Freer and Whistler: Points of Contact

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

A new rotation of Points of Contact features fourteen of the Freer Gallery’s most iconic paintings by the American expatriate James McNeill Whistler.

Categories: Arts, Free

Leigh Merrill: Cloud Seeding

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Acclaimed Dallas-based artist Leigh Merrill creates fictional realities assembling different images in the this video and photography exhibition. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, Free

Persons of Interest: an exhibit by sculptor Claire Courpron and oil painter Marcia Klioze

Arts in the Village Gallery

In August, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Persons of Interest, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the feminine sculptures of Claire Courpron and the oil paintings of Marcia Klioze.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

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

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi (born 1969) experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East—particularly Egypt, where she is based. This installation centers on Oum el Dounia (The Mother of the World), a large-scale tapestry based on a photographic collage.

Categories: Arts, Free

Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens

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

Cherry trees bloom in this selection of folding screen paintings from the Freer Gallery. These landscapes from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries combine ink-painting techniques assimilated from China with the vibrant color and gold of traditional Japanese painting in a new style and grand scale.

Categories: Arts, Free

’Scapes 2015

The Art League Gallery

The Art League's annual juried (land)scape show, ’Scapes is open to interpretations of not just landscapes but cityscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes, real or imagined.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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