ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Art League is welcoming people to a trio of exhibits on display currently through Jan. 8, 2023. The exhibits include “Homestead Elegy,” “Petite December,” and the monthly Open Exhibit.
“Homestead Elegy” is the creation of painter Cindi Lewis. Her work depicts the fate of a late 19th century North Dakota homestead. This structure that housed three generations, was built by her husband’s great grandfather, a German immigrant. Although the last occupants are long deceased, the house and its contents remain. Items consist of a large amount of abandoned furniture, appliances, and personal possessions scattered throughout each room..
“Homestead Elegy” is described by the Art League as “warm gouache renderings of the homes chaos” that became a game seek and find that compelled viewers to identify the many items scattered about.
“Whether the accumulations of belongings were a reaction to Depression-era privation, physical frailty brought on by age, or something else, Lewis’ perspective provides a touching glimpse of a rugged way of life. This is a striking contrast with the spare beauty of the surrounding North Dakota landscape,” according to the press release.
December’s Open Exhibit is juried by Jenn Bratovich, the Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the Print Center New York. This exhibit includes 98 artworks in various mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, ceramic, photography, and printmaking.
The Mini Makers is an upcoming art event for the very young artists out there. This free activity is meant for children five years old and younger, who are accompanied by an adult. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The Art League was founded in 1954 and is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. The Art League is a major component of the culture in Alexandria, with headquarters in The Torpedo Factory, 105 North Union Street.