Since its founding in 1916, the Arts Club of Washington has promoted and celebrated the visual, performing, and literary arts in the nation’s capital. Arts Club members come from a wide range of artistic disciplines and professional backgrounds, joined by their shared enjoyment and appreciation of the arts.LEARN MORE
The Arts Club of Washington has long held a distinctive profile among Washington’s clubs. Founded in 1916 by a group of prominent local artists and modeled on New York’s National Arts Club and the Chelsea Arts Club in London, the Arts Club was the very first in the city to have women in leadership roles and as members from its very start. Its arts-focused, innovative, and bohemian character provided a unique contrast to the city’s more traditional, all-male private clubs.LEARN MORE
The Arts Club is both a private membership organization and a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and public programming spotlighting the full range of the arts is a significant part of the club’s activities. The club welcomes visitors to four gallery spaces; free weekly concerts; events focusing on writing, dance, and theatre; and studio classes in visual arts. Much of the public programming is free.
The club draws much of its character and tradition from its home, the center of which is an historic Federal-era mansion that once served as the residence of James Monroe—and for a time, as his official presidential residence.
The club’s mission also includes promoting the importance of historic preservation through the ongoing restoration and preservation of the club’s headquarters, which encompasses significant 19th-century structures designated as a National Historic Landmark (the James Monroe House) and on the National Register of Historic Places (the General Robert MacFeely House).
The creative and generous spirit of those founders endures in the warm, welcoming, and lively organization that is today’s Arts Club of Washington. We welcome people who engage in the arts (both professionally and for the love of it), or simply enjoy and support the arts, to consider the many benefits of membership and to join us as the Arts Club continues to make Washington history.
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Free and open to the public.
Opening Reception 6:30 - 8:30 pm
September 6 - September 28, 2019
Monroe and MacFeely Galleries
Travels With Lily: England, Italy and Washington D.C.
Kick off the 2019-2020 art season with The Arts Club of Washington in a rare opportunity to see and possibly own an original Lily Spandorf painting, Washington’s own iconic, watercolor painter. Recipients of her estate will attend to share personal insights about Miss Spandorf and her multifaceted career.
At the reception, showing in the Monroe Gallery, Barr Weisman’s documentary film, A View From the Street: The Art of Lily Spandorf.
One lucky visitor will take home a prized copy of the book by Griffin and McCloskey, Washington Nevermore: Cityscapesby Lily Spandorf.
Curator: Dr. Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer, National Gallery of Art
Featured Artist: Tanya Roland
The Spilsbury is a cooperative gallery run by Arts Club members. Participating artists include: Lorna Aldrich, Ken Bachman, Gloria Benedetto-Brazelton, Camilla Bozzoli, Britt Conley, Vicki Doyle, Susie Eisinger, Alessandra Figliuoli, Heida Gramchow, Larry Jarvik, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Eleanor Lally, Peggy McNutt, Laura Patten, C. Pamela Palco, Denise Shamoun Phalen, Tihomir Petrov, Carol Porter, June Sherman, Frances Sniffen, Dick Swartz, Lucretia Tanner, Barbara Wright, and Jonathan Zuck.
Arts Club galleries are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. Galleries are free and open to the public. Hours may vary.
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with Linda Quinlan
September 12, 2019, at 12:00 pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
LUNCH: Member $20 - Public: $25
Linda Quinlan won the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize with her manuscript Chelsea Creek, a series of poems reflecting on her upbringing in a blue collar New England town. The prize is awarded by Brickhouse Books and will be presented by contest judge and club member Rose Solari.
Long time activist and poet Linda Quinlan grew up the daughter of union parents, a factory worker and a carpenter. As PEN Award winner Michelle Tea says of the work, “Linda Whalen Quinlan renders the rough terrain of working class New England with a lush beauty that pulls no punches, letting the brute hardness of a place and its people coexist with longing and love, finding the tenderness hiding inside tragedy. I love these poems.” Quinlan’s spare, evocative language can be seen in this excerpt from the poem “Marie”:
The event consists of a poetry reading followed by a lunch and opportunity for informal discussion with the poet.
For more information (202) 331-7282 ext 3
RSVP MEMBER $20 (due now): $ 0
RSVP PUBLIC $25 (due now): $ 25
RSVP READING ONLY - Free: $ 0
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ANNUAL BRISTOR DINNER
Saturday, September 14, at 6:30 pm
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS
$70 per person - dinner & program
The Arts Club will honor the late William Bristor, friend and benefactor to the Club, with the annual dinner featuring opera.
A reservation is required for dinner by 5 pm the day before.
RSVP online or call (202) 331-7282 ext. 3
Complimentary parking after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave.
6:30 pm Cocktails
7:30 pm Program
8:30 pm Dinner
RSVP COCKTAIL & PROGRAM $20 - due now: $ 0
RSVP DINNER & PROGRAM $70 - due now: $ 0