Fine Arts Scene

Fine Arts Scene

Metropolitan Gallery/Claren Court Studio Inc. will exhibit new paintings by renowned artist Chas Gafan. The exhibit continues through April 14. Contact Metropolitan Gallery, 2420 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

The Lee Arts Center Spring Sale will be on Saturday, April 29 at the Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Works offered for sale will include ceramic planters, orchid pots, birdbaths, windchimes, tiles, botanical prints, fused glass jewelry, vases, pots, platters and garden sculptures. There will also be activities for children and home-made refreshments. Call 703-228-0560 or visit

The 16th Annual Spring Art Show and Sale is on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Distinctive hand-crafted ceramics, prints and jewelry fro home and garden from the Lee Arts Center studio artists. Live demonstrations and children's activities will also be featured. The center is located at 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington.

The Women's Memorial Foundation announces that Faces of the Fallen: America's Artists Honor America's Heroes has been extended through Memorial Day, May 30. The exhibit, which pays tribute to America's service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, opened at the Memorial in March 2005. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, includes portraits of service members killed from Oct. 10, 2001 through Nov. 11, 2004, and has been seen by over 230,000 Memorial visitors. Visit or call 800-222-2294 or 703-533-1155. The Women's Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, is readily accessible by Metro (Blue Line) and paid parking is available.

The Arlington Arts Center, Wilson Blvd., Arlington, will host a group of artists during the Spring Solos 2006 show through June 3. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, will host Gangplank Marina, photographs by Nancy Libson now through June 3. Visit

The Woodmont Weavers is an artisan group of developmentally disabled adults, sponsored by the Arlington County Department of Human Services and the Arlington Community Services Board. Since 1988, the weavers have turned out hand-woven products of wool, cotton and fiber blends, learning independence and developing technical and social skills along the way. The hand-woven textiles include placemats, pillows, totes and hats and are for sale to the general public. The Weavers work regular hours and are paid for their products. They welcome custom orders. Visit the Weavers' Studio Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Ballston Common Mall, third floor, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Call 703-528-9474 or e-mail Sally Lloyd at

View Auriel Bessemer's historic murals. Bessemer was commissioned by the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Art to help beautify local federal buildings in the 1930s and '40s. The murals are at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. They are normally on display high on the walls of Arlington's Main Post Office, which is currently being renovated. They will be returned to the post office next fall. Contact Caroline Danforth at 703-228-3771.

The Ballston Art Market returns to Welburn Square offering original creations for home decor, gifts and personal use, including handmade jewelry, pottery, quilts, wearable art, giftware, watercolors, oil paintings and photography. The monthly outdoor market operates from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. Different artists exhibit each month. Artists are juried by a select panel. Welburn Square is adjacent to the Metro station at 9th and N. Stuart streets, near the Ballston Common Mall. Call 703-228-0560 or 703-528-3527.

"Art at the Heights." Exhibition of works by local painters. 4502 Old Lee Highway. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Showings sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance, a nonprofit organization in support of art and artists in Arlington.

Antiques and Collectibles Market. Year-round Saturday event. 2900 Wilson Blvd. About 50 vendors. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking available at 3033 Wilson Blvd.

Figure Drawing Open Studio Sessions. Nude model is provided, but there is no instructor. Participants bring their own materials. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-2:30 p.m. No reservation necessary. Cost is $60 in advance for six sessions or $15 per session for drop-ins. Call 703-248-6800.