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Old School, New Concept | The Compass Atelier

July 26 – September 9, 2018



Among the programs and classes offered by The Compass Atelier is a Master Artist Program (MAP). This multi-year program is founded on a combination of classical art building blocks and essentials that leads the student to technical mastery along with guidance and inspiration to help them discover their artistic voice and create meaningful work.
This exhibition features the work of a number of painters who are currently in, or have complete the MAP program and paintings by Compass Atelier founder, Glen Kessler.
Old School, New Concept is generously sponsored by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Above: Kathleen Carroll, Resting Eggbeater, oil on linen panel, 16″ x 20″

Children’s Art Workshop

Friday, August 24, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
Join artists on the Athenaeum staff for a hands-on art workshop! Stop by the Athenaeum between 1:30 and 3:00 pm to explore techniques in creating mixed-media collages and then create your own masterpiece.
Recommended for children ages 5 to 12, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Andes to Romances

Sunday, August 26, 2 PM
Join us for an uplifting afternoon of authentic Andean melodies from the Latin-American repertoire and international song book of Joan Cyrampoma and Ernest Bravo, performing as Andes to Romances.
Using an array of traditional Andean and contemporary instruments, they perform music that embodies the soul of the Andes while paying homage to love, hope, romance and their native land.
Get your tickets now!

The Athenaeum Beach Club

Member Appreciation Party

Saturday, September 29, 7 – 9 PM

We are so grateful to the many generous individuals and organizations who support the Athenaeum and allow us to keep the historic building in great condition, open to the public free of charge, and filled with a diverse and robust representation of the wonderful visual and preforming arts being generated in the DC/MD/VA area!
This year’s member appreciation party has an easy, breezy beach theme. Members and their guests are invited to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt and Ray Bans and come enjoy the Athenaeum Beach Club featuring:
  • Signature Cocktails
  • Roving Doo-Wop Singers
  • Luxe Picnic Fare
  • Beach Music
  • Shag Dancing Demos
  • Gourmet Popcorn Bar
  • Much, much more!
Click Here to get your tickets and RSVP!
Members at the Supporter level ($100) and above receive one ticket at no charge. Additional tickets can be purchased for $75 each. Higher membership levels receive additional free tickets.
Paper invitations will not be mailed.
Contact Executive Director, Veronica Szalus at or 703.548.0035 for questions or to confirm your current membership status.
We hope to see you at the Athenaeum Beach Club!


The NVFAA 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. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences.
The NVFAA is partially supported by funding from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.The NVFAA is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format contact us at or call 703.548.0035.
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