Fine Arts Scene

Fine Arts Scene

The Arlington Citizens for the Arts will again host a booth at the Arlington County Fair scheduled for Aug.17-20 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South Second Street. The booth will showcase the vast array of Arlington arts events. Artists and arts groups interested in displaying brochures at the booth should email Noreen Kopenhaver at for more information.

The Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway, presents a mini-gallery exhibition of Enid Sport-Stewart: Surface, Texture, Glaze from Aug. 1 – 28. Call 703-228-0560 or visit www.arlington

The Arlington Artist Alliance Announces Art Sunsation at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 North Quincy Street for the month of August. The exhibit will feature over 20 artists displaying oil, water media and pastel paintings. This is the first time an all member show will be featured at the central library. Hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Conversions: The Ellipse Arts Center and WPA/Corcoran Juried Exhibition is a site specific juried show with the following Mid-Atlantic artists: Renee Butler, Kathryn Cornelius, Susan Eder and Craig Dennis, Tai Hwa Goh, M. Sedestrom Guthrie, Lisa M. Kellner, Michele Kong, Tomas Rivas, Joan Sarah Wexler, Ami Martin Wilbur and Amy Glengary Yang running from July 20-Sept. 29. Juried by Heather and Tony Podesta, collectors, Dennis O'Neil, Handprint Workshop International, and Sam Gilliam, Washington DC artist. The Ellipse Arts Center is located at 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlingtion. Call 703-228-7710 or visit

Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, presents REMIX:  East – West Currents in Contemporary Art, a survey of recent work demonstrating cross-cultural influences from Aug. 15 – Sept. 30. In this juried exhibition forty-six artists, both Asian and non-Asian, address the interchange of ideas and the intermingling of artistic or cultural influences between Asia and the U.S. A reception will be held Friday, Sept 8 from 6-9 p.m. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 703-248-6800 or visit

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announces an art exhibit at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport featuring the work of artists from The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria. The exhibit is sponsored by The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a non-profit membership organization that promotes awareness and appreciation of the visual arts through community outreach programs, exhibits and events in support of The Torpedo Factory. The exhibit runs through December and is located in the hallway between the old terminal and the new terminal.

Lee Arts Center houses open studios for artists working in ceramics and printmaking. The open studio program is designed for self-directed individuals working at advanced levels, who are expected to work independently and to help perform technical tasks and maintain studio equipment. The Master Workshop program provides an opportunity to interact with visiting master artists in workshops covering a wide variety of media. Call 703-228-0506 or visit www.arlington

Arlington Artists Alliance offers educational programs and public exhibitions at a variety of locations in Arlington. Participating artists include painters, printmakers, ceramicists and sculptors, who are Arlington residents. The group sponsors classes, mentor programs and scholarships through its Alliance Academy. Call 703-894-0539 or 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.

The Arlington Arts Center is offering adult classes in Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media Acrylic Painting, and Photography at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. This is the first time the AAC will offer summer classes for adults since the center reopened in 2005 after extensive renovation. AAC prides itself in having small classes with individualized instruction by professional, working artists. Classes are reasonably priced and members receive a discounted tuition. Other tuition assistance is available. A full listing is available on the art center Web site at Early registration is encouraged to ensure a place in classes. Call 703-248-6800.

Arlington County Libraries presents exhibitions by local artists and groups of artists. Log onto, click "Libraries", click "about" in the menu and then "art program guidelines.” Call 703-228-7721.