Previous Exhibitions

Beautiful But Deadly 

Selections from the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region

 July 30 — September 6, 2020 

This exhibition not only featured excellent examples of botanic illustration and art, but the toxic properties of each plant were spelled out both in the online gallery and in actual gallery. Beautiful But Deadly, was also Beautiful and Fascinating.

Right: Carol Beach, Oleander and Oleander Hawk Moth (Nerium oleander and Daphnis nerii)

acrylic, 16”w x 20”h, 2020,

Elzbieta Sikorska

Everything is Double

June 18 — July 26, 2020 

Elzbieta’s works each start out with paper that she crafts herself. She explores many themes as noted in her Artist Statement below, but classic design elements and a formal art education in Poland meet and diverge in her beautiful and mysterious ghosts, phantoms, memories, and reflections.

Doodles of the Times

March - July, 2020

This online gallery of doodles featured the work of a wide variety of submitters and was intended to reflect the various ways people responded to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Double click image for artist name and information.


exploring the body as subject

February 13 - March 22, 2020
This exhibition features 39 artists in a visual exploration of the human condition. Besides exploring the physical form, these artists were asked to consider how a person’s personality, emotions, challenges, preferences, prejudices, and experiences can be visually represented.

Including: Cathy Abramson, Gulay Berryman, Leslie Blackmon, Daniel Brown, Troy Bunch, Alan Condrey, Christopher Corson, Delna Dastur, Stephanie Firestone, Avis Flemming, Nicole Ida Fossi, Jim Haller, Andy Harris, Catherine Hess, Michal Hunter, Sabiha Iqbal, Yasmine Iskander, George Kochev, Trix Kuijper, Debra LaCroix, Allen Linder, Shelley Lowenstein, Linda Lowery, Lianne Milgrom, Leslie Nolan, Shanti Norris, Gene Provenzo, Beverly Ryan, Leslie Sater, Robert Schultz, Patrick Sieg, Martha Spak, Benjamin Stein, Edward Tepper, Patricia Underwood, Louise Wallendorf, Ellyn Weiss, Cate West Zahl, Sharon Wolpoof

Chris Brandell

Azadeh Sahraeian

January 2 -February 9, 2020

Caught Up, by Chris Brandell, 48” x 48”, mixed media, 2019

Magnetic Growth No. 02, by Azadeh Sahraeian, pen on paper, 14” x 11”, 2018

Bobbi Pratte:

Rescue Me

November 14 - December 29, 2019

Often capturing daily scenes near her home in Lake Barcroft, Virginia, Pratte also reflects on her personal sense that in these challenging times she feels a need to be rescued.

Bobbi Pratte: Rescue Me opening reception was generously sponsored by Ken Trotter with TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty


image: When the Rain Comes, by Bobbi Pratte, oil on panel, 22” x 28”

Athenaeum Invitational

Board Out of Our Minds

September 12 — November 10, 2019
Artists were invited to explore real or imagined board games, an environment where board games are being played, or people playing board games.

Catherine Day, Amelia Hankin, Zofie King:  


July 25 — September 8, 2019

These artists work in different media, but all address memory, perception, and how the passage of time influences perception.

image: Catherine Day, Winter Vines, Ivy Edge,  photograph on fabric, 39” x 38”, 2016 

Lyrical Flight

Barbara Januszkiewicz

April 18 — June 2, 2019

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Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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