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Elizabeth Casqueiro: Ballyhoo @ BlackRock Center for the Arts
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm
Elizabeth Casqueiro: Ballyhoo @ BlackRock Center for the Arts

Focused on the games, comics, and advertisements which influenced her while she was growing up in Portugal, Elizabeth Casqueiro pays tribute to the joy and passion they generated as well as their telescopic reach into adulthood. Viewing the works in her solo exhibition, Ballyhoo, we come to realize that her abstracted forms are both playful and serious, rendered in the colors of childhood yet shaped by the questioning of an adult mind wondering about innocence lost and asking the question “do we ever really grow up?”

Exciting superhero comic book narratives, with their simplistic dualities of good and evil, remind the artist of the shallow politics of today. The frantic search for advertised treasures in cereal boxes is no different than the quest for greener grass, the perfect bargain, a better standing. Rousing schoolyard games of marbles and jax speak to an all too familiar winner-takes-all market economy.

About the Artist: Elizabeth Casqueiro is a visual artist who was born in England, grew up in Portugal and came to live in the United States, first as a high school exchange student and later as a graduate student. The Washington, DC resident has exhibited her artwork regionally, nationally and internationally. Casqueiro earned a Master of International Business Management from the University of Westminster in London, a Master of Architecture from the Catholic University of America, and a BA in Design from Institute of Art and Design Instituto de Arte e Design in Lisbon, Portugal. Learn more about the artist:

Tom Greaves: Middlemost Daft @ BlackRock Center for the Arts
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm
Tom Greaves: Middlemost Daft @ BlackRock Center for the Arts

In a series of assemblages depicting the middle of an unfinished short story, Tom Greaves challenges the viewer to question what is real and what is fake as we consider how our unintentional and perhaps unknown biases shape what we believe to be the truth. In sculptural constructions, from an ongoing series which began in 2016, the Washington, D.C. based artist arranges found and collected objects, images, textiles, plastics, paint and other media to capture frozen moments exploring social, political, economic, cultural, environmental, and other issues in scenes infused with a subversive sense of humor.
In his solo exhibition, Middlemost Daft, Greaves presents selections from three years of work which began as he was preparing to move his studio. Rather than pack up the many objects he had collected, for one reason or another over a period of many years, he started to arrange them in smaller boxes. Greaves was drawn toward the absurd in the creation of this work, likely a response to the changing cultural landscape which made him feel somewhat helpless against the lies, hatred and pettiness coming from those who lead and those who follow. Each piece portrays the turning point in a specific narrative which is meant to challenge our notions of what may or may not be true.

About the Artist: Tom Greaves is a native of Canton, Ohio who graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Visual Communication and completed The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design curriculum for Advanced Figure Sculpture and Advanced Metal Sculpture. His 35-year career as a professional artist has included work in graphic design, illustration, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Greaves lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where he maintains his studio practice, and is currently a member of Sparkplug collective, a 2-year program sponsored by the District of Columbia Arts Center. He has exhibited his work regionally, nationally and internationally. To learn more about the artist, please visit his website:

The Best of the ART LEAGUE OF GERMANTOWN @ Glenview Mansion
Sep 22 – Oct 25 all-day
The Best of the ART LEAGUE OF GERMANTOWN @ Glenview Mansion

The 36-year old Art League of Germantown has curated a fine art display of paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media, and sculpture. On exhibit from September 22 through October 25, these works represent a considerable range of artistic viewpoints from 35 of ALOG’s members. All exhibited pieces are available for sale.
Join us for a free gallery opening reception and meet the artists from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 22.
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery is open Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm, Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Entry is FREE and open to the public. Free parking is available.

Beginning Drawing @ Yellow Barn Studios
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 4:30 pm
Beginning Drawing @ Yellow Barn Studios

Refine your drawing skills. Subjects include still life, landscape, portraits and the figure. Instructor will guide you in close observation. Model fee additional. Supply list emailed. If under 18, you and your parent/guardian must obtain instructor permission prior to enrollment. More info: Minimum age: 16.

Earthly Elements Earth, air, fire, water – and spirit @ Waverly Street Gallery
Oct 9 – Nov 2 all-day
Earthly Elements Earth, air, fire, water - and spirit @ Waverly Street Gallery

Ceramics by Thien Nguyen and paintings by Pat Silbert

Harvest: Tom Kenyon and Ronnie Spiewak @ Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – Nov 17 @ 10:00 am
Harvest: Tom Kenyon and Ronnie Spiewak @ Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Harvest is a collaborative show featuring the paintings and collages of Tom Kenyon and Ronnie Spiewak. The exhibition features a series of paintings with plants as the subject. Experience bright colors and strong graphics. The paintings are mostly acrylic with some collage on board. Kenyon and Spiewak challenge each other as artists as they embark on this joint project. (Opening Reception: October 12, 2019, 6pm-8pm)

Glassworks: A 10 Year Retrospective @ Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm
Glassworks: A 10 Year Retrospective @ Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents Glassworks: A 10 Year Retrospective, celebrating the 10th anniversary of artist collaborations in glass with resident artist Paul Swartwood, director of the Park’s glassblowing studio. The show includes solo works from select series of Swartwood’s work over his 10 years at Glen Echo Park, as well as the work of six additional artists. Glassworks artists’ unique designs and techniques have been admired by many far and wide. Experience this unique artform by seeing the latest works and techniques in person, and meet and speak with the artists at the Opening Reception. Swartwood and his artists demonstrate that blown glass is an active, thriving, marketable art in which people take interest and support. (Opening Reception: October 12, 2019, 6pm-8pm)

In the Night Garden @ Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm

Amy Sabrin’s bravura approach to color is on full display in her new exhibition, In the Night Garden. Inspired by late-autumn plein air painting excursions to fading community gardens, Sabrin returned to her studio to further explore this motif. Her increasingly abstract acrylic and watercolor paintings address themes such as the cycle of life, beauty in death, and all the secret things we cannot see at work just below a garden’s surface or in a garden at night. Sabrin’s vibrant palette is inspired by the radiance of the October sun warming up loamy dirt, zinnias glowing in the dusk, shadows cast by the full moon, and the ochre-tinged stalks of drooping sunflowers. Experience the joyous colors, bold composition, and glowing light of Sabrin’s work. (Opening Reception: October 12, 2019, 6pm-8pm)

Family Halloween Art Spooktacular! @ CREATE Arts Center
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Family Halloween Art Spooktacular! @ CREATE Arts Center

Halloween Fun for the entire FAMILY!
Pumpkin Painting
Face Painting
Haunted Art Studio
Art Projects, Spooky Treats and Games!
Plus a prize drawing! All ages.

Every family gets two pumpkins to decorate and take home.

Get your tickets today! .

Plein Air Workshop with Valerie Craig @ Sandy Spring Museum
Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm

Capture the beauty of autumn light on canvas while painting in the historic village of Sandy Spring. Master plein air artist Valerie Craig will emphasize simplification and organization of shapes, use of color temperature, atmospheric perspective and the benefits of painting on location. Students will learn what to select and what to omit to create a strong design. Participants will receive lots of individual attention and direction. Painters may work in oil, acrylic or pastel and demonstrations will be offered in oil. Come with your plein air supplies, lunch and a drink. This is a two-day workshop, but you can sign up for one day if necessary.

Known for her impressionist approach to color and light, Craig’s subject matter includes urban and rural landscapes as well as intimate still life paintings, and figures within a landscape. Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date, painting in both watercolor and oils. Like most artists, Craig continues to be a student of art, always reaching for a higher level of excellence, while discovering and expressing her own voice.

In order to focus on her own painting, Craig is hosting fewer workshops than in the past. You won’t want to miss this one. Registration is limited to 15 people.

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