Fine Arts Scene

Fine Arts Scene

View Animals by Antonios Perros in mixed media; birds, color photographs by Robert Chatten, and stone and shell necklaces by Sophia Schall. At Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St., Arlington throughout May.

The deadline for submissions to the Arlington Open Studio Art Tour has been extended to Thursday, June 1. See for more information and application and guidelines, or call Sally Harvey at 703-228-1854.

Love, Loss and Longing: The Impact of U.S. Travel Policy on Cuban-American Families. The exhibit reveals the human impact of the Bush Administration’s rules that impede contact between Cuban Americans and their relatives in Cuba. The photos and accompanying text showcase the situations of 20 Cuban Americans who can no longer visit relatives on the island. Four of the 20 subjects are from the Washington area. The show is at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington and runs through June 3.

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 True Story About the Medieval Love Gossip and Other Little Secrets Never Said Before." Recent Works by Alfredo Ratinoff from May 10 – June 7 at the Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Call 703-228-0560, e-mail or visit

From the Junkyard to the Frontyard runs from now through Saturday, June 24 at the Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive in Arlington (at the corner of Fairfax Dr. and N. Taylor Streets, one block from the Ballston Metro stop on the orange line). Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 703-228-7710.

Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists at the Manor House and Horticultural Center, Green Spring Garden, from now through June 25. Reception on Sunday, May 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Manor House. Exhibit on view at the Manor House Wednesday - Sunday 12-4 p.m. and at the Horticultural Center Monday – Saturday, 9-4:30 p.m., Sunday, 12 - 4:30 p.m. Manor House call 703-941-7987, Horticultural Center call 703-642-5173.

The Scrolls, a traveling international arts project that asks the question, "Why?" will be at the Museum of Modern ARF, 1116 N. Hudson St., Arlington through July 14. The Scrolls is an international discourse and “rolling” conversation amongst artists regarding the war in Iraq, including works by eight Iraqi artists currently living in Baghdad. The exhibition also contains a scroll created by artists from Washington, D.C., and Arlington. Visit

Dogs and Cats Living Together: Uncommon Household Pets is an exhibition of large oils and watercolors by John Aaron at The Clarendon Grill, 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington, from now through July 22. The opening reception will be May 31 from 6-9 p.m. Call 703-524-7455.

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.