Farida Hughes: A Line Doesn’t End With Me

Exhibition Dates July 1 - August 8, 2021

What connects us? What brings us together as human beings linked to others through family histories and social experiences? Artist Farida Hughes explores these questions in an exhibition comprised of her colorful abstract series of Blend paintings, as well as new Vigil paintings that serve as a reminder of lives lived and lost.

Farida Hughes: A Line Doesn’t End With Me

Artist Reception

Sunday, July 11, 4 - 6pm

Stop by the Athenaeum for an artist reception with Farida Hughes.

RSVP Required. Sign up HERE.

Painting the Masters

Learn How to Paint the Masters Workshop

Saturday, July 10, 10am - 4pm



Bring your art supplies and join us for this day-long workshop with Tanya Roland and learn the ancient practice of copying extant works from master artists. Choosing a favorite masterwork to learn from is only the first step when it comes to copying the masters. In this daylong workshop we'll warm up and get to know our chosen subject/images by first drawing them, then we will dive into the world of color.

Tanya studied art history in college and has been making art her whole life.  She has taught art to small groups and individuals on and off over the years in the US and Asia. As a long time student/practitioner/teacher of yoga and meditation she also teaches art as an integration tool, accessing deeper levels of being, with expression as a method of potential for healing.

Purchase tickets for this engaging workshop HERE! Additional information and artist supplies needed for this workshop will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.

Write Like a Woman Networking Workshop

Saturday, July 17, 1pm - 3pm



Facilitated by poet, author, and Poet Laureate of Alexandria, KaNikki Jakarta, this workshop welcomes amateur to professional women writers ages 18–100. Each workshop centers on uplifting and inspiring through writing and allows participants to enhance their writing styles.

The workshop will be held in the main gallery. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.


Space is limited, please RSVP to KaNikki.


This is a free program; donations are accepted.

A Friendly Game of Slam

Friday, July 23, doors open at 7pm

Tickets $10 in advance, $20 at the door

$15 for Slam Participants


Please join us for a "friendly" poetry competition celebrating the fun of competitive poetry. 10 - 15 poets will compete against one another in a two round poetry slam competition with 3 random judges and 2 pre-selected to be scored 0-10 with the lowest and highest score being dropped so that the highest possible score is 30. 5 - 8 poets (depending on the number of slammers) will go to the second round to determine one winner.


Poets will pay a $15 entry fee with a chance to win $200.

There will be a very limited open mic for poets who wish to present a poem but not be a part of the competition.


You can reserve your slam spot today. Purchase tickets HERE!

Classes on Hold

Ballroom Dance Class  

Hosted by Gary Stephans & Margit Paulding

$30 per person, $55 per couple

Renowned, international ballroom dance instructor, Gary Stephans, promises the most fun you'll ever have learning or improving your Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha and Samba. Discover little techniques that will help you become a relaxed and confident social dancer in these small, personalized dance classes. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed - no partner needed.


Two hours of dance lessons, practice dancing and refreshments from 7pm to 9pm. More information at Art of Ballroom Dance. Email: or call 703-505-5998.