Artful Weekend May 7-8 – The Art League


Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.


This weekend: The Ikebana Biennial and a Jacqueline Saunders Retrospective at the League; Mike McSorely and Tanya Roland at the Arts Club of Washington; Tadaima and May Flowers at Artists & Makers Studio; and Drips, Lines, Splatters, and Splash: A Celebration of the Washington Color School at Del Ray Artisans.



Ikebana Biennial

We are delighted to welcome back the Washington, D.C. branch of The Sogetsu School for our 19th Biannual Ikebana exhibit. Ikebana is a Japanese art form of sculptural flower arranging that emphasizes the integration of flower and vessel. This year’s exhibit will be on view May 5–8.  Come for a floral arrangement demonstration on Saturday, May 7, from 2 – 3 p.m., and stay for the reception after!



Jacqueline Saunders Retrospective

“Peonies in Glory” by Jackie Saunders; Watercolor

The Art League is honored to present a retrospective exhibit in memory of one of our most beloved artists. Jacqueline Saunders, Jackie, taught and exhibited at The Art League for over 20 years. She was known for her fabulous gestural hand with watercolor and ink, particularly in figurative and floral studies. She was just as well known for her incredible energy, joy, and love for both the work and those around her. Always moving and always working, Jackie was as prolific with her work as she was generous with her time. The Art League faculty, staff, artists, and students still feel her loss, and we are glad to be able to share a little bit of her legacy with the broader community. The Jacqueline Saunders Retrospective is on view through June 5.



Mike McSorely and Tanya Roland at the Arts Club of Washington

Art League member Mike McSorley along Tanya Roland are the featured artist in the Arts Club of Washington’s May 2022 exhibit. McSorley presents a body of work that shows the influence of a childhood spent with an old film camera and, most recently, portraiture out of a need to connect with people during the pandemic. Roland approaches her artistic process as a journey of discovery and experimentation with the tools of artmaking. The exhibit is on view through May 23, 2017 I St. NW.



Tadaima with J. Jordan Bruns and May Flowers Tribute Exhibit for Kris Loya with Steve Loya

Kattamine Shrine by J. Jordan Bruns; Ink on paper


Collaborative painting by by Kris and Steve Loya

“Tadaima” is a phrase that means “I’ve just come home now” in Japanese. Tadaima  highlights work that artist J. Jordan Bruns created during a three-year sabbatical in Tokyo as well as work created since his return. The tribute exhibit May Flowers celebrates the exceptional life of artist Kris Loya, with collaborative work that she and her husband Steve created before her untimely passing from  metastatic breast cancer in December. Both exhibits are on view through May 25, with an opening reception Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Artist & Makers Studio, 11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210 Rockville, MD .



Drips, Lines, Splatters, and Splash: A Celebration of the Washington Color School

Genius, After Hours by Barbara Januszkiewicz; Acrylic on canvas

Drips, Lines, Splatters, and Splash: A Celebration of the Washington Color School is the May exhibit at Del Ray Artisans. The exhibit was inspired by and celebrates the work of Morris Louis, Gene Davis, Jacob Kainen, among other founders and followers of the Washington Color School, a group of abstract painters who formed the movement in the 1950s and 1960s in rebellion against the art establishment of the day. The exhibit is on view through May 28; 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.


Enjoy the weekend and stay dry!


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