Fine Arts Scene
See Leila Holtsman’s exhibit on the deserts of Arabia through July 4 at Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org/leeexhibitions.htm or 703-228-0560.
See watercolor paintings by Gwendolyn Bragg and many of her students through June at Arlington Free Clinic, 3833 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 400. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the medical programs of the clinic. Visit www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org or 703-979-1400.
This June at the Arlington Central Public Library, the art of Teresa Oaxaca will be on display on the second floor through June 30. Drawings from the first year of her study in Florence, Italy will be on display, representing the stage in a classical realist painter’s training before he/she is allowed to go to painting. She is a graduate of H-B Woodlawn. Oaxaca has completed two years of study in the classical realism drawing and painting program at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence Italy. Visit www.teresaoaxaca.com.
See a collaborative exhibit with art by David Carlson and Pit Brussel with music by Ashraf Fouad through July 21 at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. The exhibit "Firewave: A Collaborative Installation" features art that addresses the media coverage of conflicts. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org or 703-248-6800.
The Arlington Arts Center is pleased to announce that it will continue to offer a full schedule of summer visual art classes for adults, teens and children, for the third summer since a major renovation. Classes start the week of June 25 and run through Aug. 17. Catalogues and registration forms can be obtained from the art center Web site at www.arlingtonartscenter.org, or by calling 703-248-6800.
See "Transform/Nation: Contemporary Art of Iran and its Diaspora" through Aug. 4 at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. These pieces were submitted by Iranians throughout the world. Free. Visit www.iranianalliances.org/art.htm for more on the artists and exhibits or call the Ellipse at 703-228–7710.
Children's summer art programs are taught at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Registration begins April 3 with classes running between June 25 and Aug. 17. Classes are offered for children ages 4 through high school. $80/week and includes all material. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org for financial aid, classes and times and lunch information or call 703-248-6800.
Fourteen Claremont Immersion School students will be exhibiting their original art books in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The students have been involved in a yearlong book making project, "Bridging Communities." The exhibit will be on view until Sept. 16. Visit www.nmwa.org for more.
See "The Bodies" exhibit through Oct. 28 at the Dome at Rosslyn, 1101 Wilson Blvd. This exhibit tells about the human body using real specimens. Purchase tickets at www.bodiestickets.com or 800-BODIES-9. Tickets are $26.50/adult; $21/senior; $18/child; and discounts for groups and students. Visit www.bodiestheexhibition.com for more.
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 arts.org/leearts.htm.
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 http://www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.arlingtonartscenter.org. 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 www.arlingtonva.us, click "Libraries", click "about" in the menu and then "art program guidelines." Call 703-228-7721.