Arts & Entertainment

Northern Virginia Art Beat

A listing of new openings, exhibitions and opportunities to show art.


Bethesda “Trawick Prize” exhibition through Sept. 29. Reception for the winners will be Friday, Sept. 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Md. Regular Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, Noon – 6 p.m.  Entrance and parking are on Waverly St. Directions, map and other info at, or call 301-951-9441.

You may recall I last reported the Bethesda Painting Awards and the Trawick Prize as being one and the same…my bad. In actuality Bethesda now sports not one, but TWO $14,000 art prize competitions each year. Coupled with the fact that the principals involved are virtually identical, and you can see how easy that mistake was to make.

Along with the other assorted art competitions, the total annual prize money available in Bethesda now exceeds $30,000. Bethesda has a great mix of restaurants and art galleries, however the art has generally tended towards the less serious ‘decorative’ variety. Seems Carol Trawick and the Bethesda Business district have loftier goals. If they keep this up, they’ll be giving the art hubs on 14th St., and Dupont Circle fits in years to come.

And of course there is the “Bethesda Artist Market” Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held at the intersection of Old Georgetown Rd. and Woodmont Ave. See for directions and further details.

Don’t call Saturday, I’ll be at the “Art and the Brain” lecture at the Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art, Sept. 9. The symposium runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is included in the entrance fee to the museum….which is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors over 62, and free to those 18 and under.

“This symposium will explore new theories on what the intersection of neuroscience and aesthetics may explain about the creation and interpretation of visual art. A panel of scientists and philosophers will present research and discuss whether such studies can improve our understanding of a wide range of topics, from art history to learning disabilities.” … sounds like like good stuff to me. For more information see

The above event is loosely attached to the exhibits “Klee And America” and “When We Were Young” both through Sunday, Sept. 10. Phillips Collection (1600 21st Street NW, D.C.)  Museum Hours Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. This is the first major U.S. show of Paul Klee’s work in nearly two decades. “When We Were Young” features 30 contemporary children’s drawings, along with the childhood art of Klee and Picasso. This one should be a rare treat, and bring some sort of resolution to that old stab at modern artists — “My kid could do that…”

And now for Rosslyn’s second big free concert event in as many weeks… “The 16th Annual Rossyln Jazz Festival” Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 – 7 p.m. Free. “New jazz pianist Hiromi (1 – 2:10 p.m.), jazz fusion from The Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey and Lenny White Trio (2:35 – 3:45 p.m.), sultry jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin (4:10 – 5:20 p.m.), and New Orleans’ Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton (5:45 – 7 p.m.). The event will be broadcast live by jazz station WPFW 89.3 FM.” Gateway Park located at Lynn Street and Lee Hwy (the park above I-66), two blocks from the Rossyln Metro station. Food from Rossyln restaurants will be available for purchase. For more information see or call (703) 228-1850.

“Art Market at Ballston “ Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Welburn Square, between Stuart and Taylor Streets, across from the Ballston Metro, and behind the Quest building. For further information call Novie Trump at (703) 228-0560 , or see for complete information including applications for artists interested in future Art Market events

“Second Annual Metamorphosis Art Show” Sunday, September 10. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Willow Restaurant, 4301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA.  Features the work of 29 artists and music from the greater metro area. For more information see or call (571) 283-3144. Venue information and directions can be found at .

  Call for Artists

Leesburg’s “Fall Into the Arts” festival. Deadline for entry forms, $20 fee, and photos of art work for judging is Thursday, Sept. 14. Purchase award up to $600. The form implies they’ll also have free space for tents, and display of additional art, but get the full details on that from them. Call 703-737-7084, or see Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 14.