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ArtFest 2017

artfestThe Arlington Artists Alliance is proud to present a week full of art at Fort C.F. Smith. In conjunction with an on-going art show and sale in the Historic Hendry House, there will be FREE workshops.


Opening Reception:

Friday, March 31, 2017, 6-8PM

Meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments.


Location: Historic Hendry Houselocated on the grounds of Fort C.F. Smith
2411 N. 24th Street Arlington, VA 22207



Saturday, April 1 ART SHOW OPEN: 10AM-5PM
Sunday, April 2 ART SHOW OPEN: 12-5PM
Tuesday?Thursday, April 4-6 ART SHOW OPEN: 12-4PM
Last Day!-Friday, April 7 ART SHOW


Saturday, April 1

10am-12pm: The Art of Comedy (No Foolin'!)
Have you ever thought of comedy as another form of art creation?  Mary Jennings will teach you the art of writing and performing stand-up comedy.
With use of writing exercises and some collaborative work, you will not only get to laugh and have fun on a Saturday morning, but you might just catch the bug to perform yourself. Ages: 12 and up. To register email: FREE!


1-2pm: Dance on the Terrace

Sultanas Dance Troupe presents a fascinating al fresco dance performance of Ancient Art Movement Dance on the front terrace at the Hendry House (weather permitting). FREE!


Sunday, April 2

12-1pm: Paint Your Favorite Animal
Artist Gerda Lane will lead this hands-on activity where kids trace and paint their favorite animal in watercolor or crayons. Kids will create artwork to take home and share with families. All materials provided. Ages: All, Families Welcomed. FREE!


2-3pm: Gilding Techniques in Iconography
Join noted iconographer Laura Clerici as she demonstrates the gilding of backgrounds and the use of paint made from gold (gold shell) and the use of acrylic assist for line work. (All non-toxic materials). FREE!


Tuesday, April 4

12:15-1:15pm: Ways to Play with Oil Markers

Join artist Jackie Afram as she plays with oil markers from France. They are fun to use by themselves or combined with other oil mediums. Draw and paint at the same time! Ages: 18 and up. Min: 3, Max: 12. To register email: FREE!


Wednesday, April 5

12:15-1:15pm: Rembrandt and Poetry: Drawn To the Light
Join Rusty Lynn and spend an hour looking at the religious paintings of Rembrandt and hearing poems written by Marilyn McEntyre and several local poets. Rembrandt used paint to illuminate and to hide the details of a story, or of a person. Poetry helps us to stop and take a fresh look into stories we think we already know. Min: 5,
Max: 12. Registration required, but last minute attendance welcome. To register email: FREE!


1:30-3:30pm: Watercolor Portraits, looking at the work of Emile Nolde
Instructor Chic Kelly will conduct a hands-on workshop exploring the bold and beautiful color of Emile Nolde's work. He will seek to apply Nolde?s style to portraiture. You may find many examples of Nolde?s style on Pinterest. Max: 7. To register email: FREE!


Thursday, April 6

1- 3pm: Contemporary Acrylic Painting
Artist and instructor Jane Coonce will demonstrate how to use acrylics in a watercolor-like fashion, starting with treated paper, creating an abstract underpainting, and continuing with a work that is representational but contemporary. Ages: 12 and up. Min: 3, Max:12. To register email: FREE!


Friday, April 7

10am-12pm: I Bought Some Art. Now What? Learn About Art Display
Owning art is a wonderful adventure. Mary Jennings will give you tips on how to curate, display, and enjoy your art in creative ways with some simple tips for placement (think Pinterest board in real life). Learn ways to make your home a place of constant culture and beauty for your family and friends. Ages: 18 and up. Min: 2, Max: 8. To register email: FREE!


Historic Hendry Houselocated on the grounds of Fort C.F. Smith
2411 N. 24th Street Arlington, VA 22207


This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts and in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the Arlington Artists Alliance members, exhibits, and programs, visit


See current shows hanging.