In case any of you are looking around at the bland surroundings of our winter leftovers, put some color on your calendar for this weekend: Saturday, March 22 is the annual gala and auction to support the Washington Project for the Arts at Arlington’s Artisphere.
One of the event’s chairs this year is designer Robert Shields, whose own photography exhibit I blogged about last week. I got to know them when I worked at the Washington Design Center, when Robert and other designers used WPA-supported artists for their show-house rooms there.
For more than 30 years, the WPA has supported contemporary artists at all stages of their careers, and it recently moved its headquarters to the fabulous, art-inspired Capitol Skyline Hotel in Southwest DC. Mera Rubell, the famous Miami collector and co-owner of the Capitol Skyline, is one of the auction’s curators this year.
Saturday’s silent auction features more than 150 works by top contemporary artists, most of whom are local. And they’re all currently on display at the Artisphere, right up until the event.
Here’s some more dazzling examples:
- The art is on display this week Wed-Fri, 4-11 pm.
- The gala is Saturday, 7-11 pm.
- Tickets can be purchased here for $325.
- Young collectors 35 and under can purchase a ticket to the party, with admission after 9 pm, for $150 (and if I squint in the mirror, I CAN look 35, I’m pretty sure!)
- Artisphere: 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209
- Questions? Contact Mary Resing at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.234.7103, ext. 5.