Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area.
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Happy Valentine's Day! Did you know that the Athenaeum is a great place to visit on a date? Swing on by today and enjoy ...
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's Day! Did you know that the Athenaeum is a great place to visit on a date? Swing on by today and enjoy this beautiful exhibit by Michael Spears! We're open from noon - 4pm.

Don't forget to join us on Monday, Feb 15 @ 12 noon for a live performance by Jane Franklin Dance at the Athenaeum with art by Michael Spears and music by Luna Music and Future Prospect. FREE

Register today! www.janefranklin.com/sense-of-place

Artwork featured in this post:
Opus #3
Mixed media, 57" x 42", 2017
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Michael Spears
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The vibrant energy can be felt in this captivating artwork by Michael Spears. Spears embodies the energy of jazz, blues,...
02/13/2021

The vibrant energy can be felt in this captivating artwork by Michael Spears. Spears embodies the energy of jazz, blues, or gospel as he allows his mark-making to translates these frequencies straight to his canvas. Can you sense the energy as it flows?

Visit the gallery to see this artwork or other artworks created by Michael Spears!

Artwork featured in this post:
Opus #18
Mixed media, 44" x 43", 2018
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Join us virtually as Jane Franklin Dance presents an encore performance of "Sense of Place" one more time at the Athenae...
02/12/2021

Join us virtually as Jane Franklin Dance presents an encore performance of "Sense of Place" one more time at the Athenaeum, Monday, Feb 15 at 12 noon (President's Day.)

Registration is required. Please follow this link:
http://bit.ly/3ajIhiF

We hope to see you there!

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After Michael Spears' Artist Talk, it is understandable if you find yourself looking deeper into his paintings. More mea...
02/11/2021

After Michael Spears' Artist Talk, it is understandable if you find yourself looking deeper into his paintings. More meanings, figures, icons, architecture, responsive mark making, all key elements that Michael Spears includes in each piece, while at the same time, he wants his viewers to find the meanings in themselves. What do you see when you look at Red Tempo?

Visit the gallery to see this artwork or other artworks created by Michael Spears!

Artwork featured in this post:
Red Tempo
Mixed media, 23" x 33", 2013
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Influenced by Marvin Gaye, Untitled #2 reflects the social, political, religious aspects of the 60s. In Michael Spears' ...
02/07/2021

Influenced by Marvin Gaye, Untitled #2 reflects the social, political, religious aspects of the 60s. In Michael Spears' Artist Talk, he described the connectivity between gospel, blues, and jazz. He would absorb the music into his being and transfer that energy into the visual representation by letting his "arm do the talking."

Visit the gallery to see more of Michael Spears' artwork!

Artwork featured in this post:
Untitled #2
Oil on canvas, 48" x 48", 2019
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Join us today, February 6, at 2pm for an Artist Talk with Michael Spears. Learn about his philosophy and artistic proces...
02/06/2021

Join us today, February 6, at 2pm for an Artist Talk with Michael Spears. Learn about his philosophy and artistic process. RSVP is required by emailing [email protected].

Artwork featured in this post:
Loose Moves
Mixed media, 21" x 21", 2013
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02/05/2021
Jane Franklin Dance

In case you missed the performance, Monday, February 8 at noon! See post for more details!

RESCHEDULED! JOIN US ON MONDAY FEB 15 @ 12 NOON
for the daytime version Sense of Place Rhythm and Sound. See you then! www.janefranklin.com/sense-of-place Arlington Arts Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum

Michael Spears’ solo show, “Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody” is in the Washington Post. Thank you for the review Mark Je...
02/05/2021

Michael Spears’ solo show, “Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody” is in the Washington Post. Thank you for the review Mark Jenkins!

Join us for an Artist Talk with Michael Spears on Saturday, February 6 @ 2pm. Learn about his philosophy and artistic process. RSVP is required by emailing [email protected].

Read the full review https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/art-gallery-shows-washington-region/2021/02/04/337a6b6a-64ad-11eb-886d-5264d4ceb46d_story.html

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Michael Spears evokes an environmental impression in his artwork "Rainbow Sitters." The application of color amongst the...
02/04/2021

Michael Spears evokes an environmental impression in his artwork "Rainbow Sitters." The application of color amongst the black markings is suggestive of a storm that has just passed, leaving a beautiful rainbow emerging much like a tense composition progressing through the apex of an intense melody.

Join us for an Artist Talk with Michael Spears on Saturday, February 6 @ 2pm. Learn about his philosophy and artistic process. RSVP is required by emailing [email protected].

Artwork featured in this post:
Rainbow sitters
Mixed media, 26" x 21", 2010
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The Athenaeum is so grateful to be part of a rich, diverse artistic city. Did you know that the City of Alexandria is a ...
02/02/2021

The Athenaeum is so grateful to be part of a rich, diverse artistic city. Did you know that the City of Alexandria is a proud supporter of the arts?

The City of Alexandria, through the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities' Arts division, hosts a nationally recognized public-art series, "Site See: New Views in Old Town." This series highlights Waterfront Park as a civic space, fostering community engagement and interactions with temporary installations. The artwork, which rotates annually, is informed by the historic waterfront and neighboring community. The compelling, unique art attracts repeat visits from the metropolitan area and beyond.

For more information about the "Site See 2021" installation: https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/arts/info/default.aspx?id=119604

#alexandriaVA #sculpture #recreation #virginia #cityofalexandria #dmv #nova #northenvirginia #dashingwords #literary #alexandriaart AlexandriaVA.gov @alexandriavagov

A big shoutout and heartfelt thank you to everyone at Jane Franklin Dance for bringing Saturday’s unique performance to ...
02/01/2021

A big shoutout and heartfelt thank you to everyone at Jane Franklin Dance for bringing Saturday’s unique performance to you live from the Athenaeum!

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Artist Talk with Michael Spears on Saturday, February 6 @ 2pm. Join us for a live stream artist talk with Michael Spears...
01/31/2021

Artist Talk with Michael Spears on Saturday, February 6 @ 2pm.

Join us for a live stream artist talk with Michael Spears and learn about his philosophy and artistic process. RSVP is required by emailing [email protected].

Artwork featured in this post:
Listen
Mixed media, 33" x 33", 2012
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@MichaelSpearsArt46
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Tonight at 7 pm, in a live stream performance, Jane Franklin Dance in-conjunction with the Athenaeum Exhibition, Michael...
01/30/2021

Tonight at 7 pm, in a live stream performance, Jane Franklin Dance in-conjunction with the Athenaeum Exhibition, Michael Spears | Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody, will explore the physical connection to space and the emotions shaded by light, surroundings, and song.

FREE with donations accepted.

To view this event: https://www.janefranklin.com/sense-of-place

#AlexandriaVA #virginia #washingtondc #oldtownalexandria #dmvevents #northernvirginia #maryland #Art #artsALX #dccreatives #artdc #mydccool #acreativedc #dmvartist #dmvartshows #exhibits #localaritsts #dmvaretists #dance #contemporarydance #dancemetrodc #dancing #performance Michael Spears @janefranklindance @michaelspears46

Before the snow hits on Sunday evening, swing by the Athenaeum this weekend and let Michael Spears' Visual Music: Rhythm...
01/29/2021

Before the snow hits on Sunday evening, swing by the Athenaeum this weekend and let Michael Spears' Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody keep you warm!

The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon to four each day.

Featured artwork in this post:
Bring in the Beat
Mixed media, 43" x 41", 2013
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This Saturday, January 30, at 7 pm, join the Athenaeum as we host Jane Franklin Dance who will generate hope and a posit...
01/28/2021

This Saturday, January 30, at 7 pm, join the Athenaeum as we host Jane Franklin Dance who will generate hope and a positive message for a better tomorrow. Infused with Michael Spears spoken words, describing the process, intent, and small details are woven into the sound score. The music by, Future Prospect, a Richmond-based band featuring their 2016 debut album “The Climb” and saxophonist Trey Sorrells.

This live stream performance is in conjunction with the Athenaeum Exhibition, Michael Spears | Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody. Jane Franklin Dance explores the physical connection to space, and the emotions shaded by light, surroundings, and song. FREE with donations accepted.

To view this event: https://www.janefranklin.com/sense-of-place

#AlexandriaVA #virginia #washingtondc #oldtownalexandria #dmvevents #northernvirginia #maryland #Art #artsALX #dccreatives #artdc #mydccool #acreativedc #dmvartist #dmvartshows #exhibits #localaritsts #dmvaretists #dance #contemporarydance #dancemetrodc #dancing #performance facebook.com/michaelspearsart46

Michael Spears' most recent work that intertwines reflections on both the Black Lives Matter movement and jazz. "Untitle...
01/26/2021

Michael Spears' most recent work that intertwines reflections on both the Black Lives Matter movement and jazz. "Untitled #5" is a perfect visualization of his intended compilation. View "Untitled #5" and other compilation artworks this weekend at the Athenaeum!

Featured artwork in this post:
Untitled #5
Mixed media, 48" x 48", 2020
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Like a swift storm of duality, Michael Spears embraces the oppositional movement of lines and curves to emphasize the fl...
01/25/2021

Like a swift storm of duality, Michael Spears embraces the oppositional movement of lines and curves to emphasize the flow of rhythm. As we look upon Opus #19, we can sense this movement and elope into this mode.

See this artwork and many more by Michael Spears at the Athenaeum!

Featured artwork in this post:
Opus #19
Mixed media, 40" x 40", 2018
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Jane Franklin Dance returns to the Athenaeum for a live stream performance on Saturday, January 30, 7pm. In conjunction ...
01/24/2021

Jane Franklin Dance returns to the Athenaeum for a live stream performance on Saturday, January 30, 7pm. In conjunction with the Athenaeum Exhibition, Michael Spears | Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody. Jane Franklin Dance explores the physical connection to space, and the emotions shaded by light, surroundings, and song. FREE with donations accepted

To view this event: https://www.janefranklin.com/sense-of-place

#AlexandriaVA #virginia #washingtondc #oldtownalexandria #dmvevents #northernvirginia #maryland #Art #artsALX #dccreatives #artdc #mydccool #acreativedc #dmvartist #dmvartshows #exhibits #localaritsts #dmvaretists #dance #contemporarydance #dancemetrodc #dancing #performance facebook.com/michaelspearsart46

Continuing the melody of Opus #1, Michael Spears takes viewers further along the expressive lyrical journey. View this p...
01/23/2021

Continuing the melody of Opus #1, Michael Spears takes viewers further along the expressive lyrical journey. View this painting and more at the Athenaeum this weekend!

Featured artwork in this post:
Opus #2
Oil on canvas, 40" x 40", 2017
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Michael Spears visually captures a musical pitch and an artistic tone in Opus #1. In music, a pitch is the degree of hig...
01/23/2021

Michael Spears visually captures a musical pitch and an artistic tone in Opus #1. In music, a pitch is the degree of highness or lowness of a tone. Likewise, with painting, tone refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a color. Michael Spears captures this low but vibrant tone in this incredible artwork.

See this painting and more at the Athenaeum this weekend!

Featured artwork in this post:
Opus #1
Oil on canvas, 40" x 40", 2017
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01/22/2021

Please enjoy this video walk-through of Michael Spear’s solo show, “Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody”, on view at the Athenaeum through February 21st.

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We are happy to pass along that the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria TRANSIT Company are joining forces for the 202...
01/19/2021

We are happy to pass along that the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria TRANSIT Company are joining forces for the 2021 DASHing Words in Motion poetry contest.

Now in its eighth year, DASHing Words in Motion brings literary arts and poetry into everyday life.

Applications are open to writers and poets ages 16 years or older who live, work, or study in Alexandria. Winning poems will be displayed on DASH buses and trolleys during National Poetry Month in April 2021.

For more information: https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/arts/info/default.aspx?id=75886

#alexandriaVA #poetry #nationalpoetrymonth #virginia #cityofalexandria #dmv #nova #northenvirginia #dashingwords #literary #alexandriatransit @alexandriavagov

The Athenaeum has been selected as a top wedding vendor by Virginia Living Magazine! Thank you Virginia Living and every...
01/18/2021

The Athenaeum has been selected as a top wedding vendor by Virginia Living Magazine! Thank you Virginia Living and everyone who voted for us!

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Michael Spears illustrates the connectivity of music and the soul through his vibrant, expressive use of color, techniqu...
01/17/2021

Michael Spears illustrates the connectivity of music and the soul through his vibrant, expressive use of color, technique, and style. Swing on by the gallery today to see this incredible artwork by Michael Spears!

Featured art in this post:
Untitled # 4
Oil on canvas, 48" x 48", 2019
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While observing this rhythmically abstract painting by Michael Spears, I can't help but see two people intertwined. Danc...
01/16/2021

While observing this rhythmically abstract painting by Michael Spears, I can't help but see two people intertwined. Dancing closely, face-to-face, embracing the moment, and setting a course towards hope and love.

Michael believes that "the mesmerizing rhythms and melodies, marvels in their own right, are intertwined with lyrics that satisfy the universal appeal of hope and a better tomorrow."

Can you also feel the hope for a better tomorrow?

Featured art in this post:
Opus # 20
Oil on canvas, 32" x 50", 2018
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Take the Free King Street Trolley from the King Street Metro station to the Lee St stop. Walk south one block on S. Lee St. to the top of Captain's Row. Park at Market Square Lot, walk south one block on S. Fairfax St, past the Burke and Herbert Bank and Trust. Turn left on Prince St and walk one block. Alexandria-National Harbor Water Taxi docks at the foot of Cameron St, stroll along the Waterfront Walk to King St, turn right, walk on King Street for two blocks, turn left on S. Lee St. and walk one block to Prince St. The Athenaeum is on the corner of Prince and S. Lee Streets.

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Join me for Yoga at the Athenaeum! Monday evenings from 5-6pm starting January 22-March 26, $10.00 a class. All levels welcome, bring yoga mat, water and wear comfortable clothing. Contact Barbara Douglass [email protected] for more information
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I would like to request a brochure on The Athenaeum. My address is : 308 W. Elm St, Warren, Arkansas 71671. I hope to hear from you real soon! John Huerta 308 W. Elm St. Warren, Arkansas 71671