Art League Celebrates 60-Year Anniversary with Pop Art in April

Save the date for 'Art on the Rocks' Thursday, April 30; the League has challenged seven local mixologists to create artistic cocktails using artwork from the exhibit as inspiration.

"Lifesaver" a digital photograph by Claire Carroll won the Juror's Choice Award. Photo courtesy of The Art League
"Lifesaver" a digital photograph by Claire Carroll won the Juror's Choice Award. Photo courtesy of The Art League

In celebration of The Art League's 60th anniversary in 2014, the Gallery is revisiting and reflecting upon the major art movements from the last six decades. During April, The Gallery is celebrating the Pop Art movement with an exhibition in the Gallery through May 5 and a special themed Art on the Rocks cocktail event. 

There's an opening reception tonight (Thursday) from 6:30-8 p.m. at the gallery, 105 N. Union St., Studio 21.

Juried by Robin Nicholson, the deputy director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, the April Pop Art exhibit will feature works by Art League members celebrating the iconic movement. 

Like the Pop Artists of the 1960s, Art League artists are encouraged to use everyday items, consumer goods, and mass media in their work, coupled with cultural references and heavy doses of irony and wit.

Save the Date: Art on the Rocks

On Thursday, April 30, from 7-10 p.m. the Art League will hold Art on the Rocks, an event where patrons can enjoy the show plus a little friendly competition between local mixologists.

The League has challenged seven bartenders from Bastille, Chadwick’s, Columbia Firehouse, The Light Horse Restaurant, RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro, Union Street Public Houseand Virtue Feed & Grain to each select a piece of artwork from the April Pop Art exhibit as inspiration to create the most artistic cocktail and then compete for the title of Art on the Rocks champion. 

Ticket holders sample all seven Pop Art inspired cocktails (plus appetizers) and vote for their favorite at the event. A panel of experts including a representative from Catoctin Creek DistilleryJenn Larsen, the editor-in-chief of WeLoveDC.com who writes about art, theater, and cocktails; and Morgan Hungerford West, artist, creative consultant, and lifestyle blogger at PandaHeadBlog.com will crown the winner of the most creative cocktail, appetizer, and artwork pairing.

Drawings for prizes and live jazz music by the Gassmann Duo will complete the evening.

Tickets ($35 each) are on sale here via Eventbrite.com. 
Must be 21+ to attend with valid ID. Limited tickets available at the door.

105 North Union Street
Studio 21
(located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center)
Alexandria, VA 22314

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Open Thursdays until 9 p.m.
Sunday, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.


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