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Thursday through Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 PM

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Old School, New Concept | The Compass Atelier

July 26-September 9, 2018Free

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.


Glen Kessler, CircuitScape 59: Power Coupling, oil on canvas, 24″ x 48″
Artist Talk with Glen KesslerSunday, September 9th, 3:00 PM
Glen Kessler founded The Compass Atelier in 2014 as a response to the need for an art program that taught both high-level realist techniques as well as contemporary art theory. The resulting 3-year Master Artist Program has been transforming students into professional artists ever since at a higher success rate, in half the time, and a fraction of the cost of most universities. At the Gallery Talk on Sunday, September 9th , Glen will speak about art education and the art world today, explain what makes The Compass Atelier unique, and show some incredible examples of the artists exhibited in Old School, New Concept.
The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational | The Cabinet of CuriositiesSeptember 13 – November 11, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 16, 4 – 6 PM
The Athenaeum Invitational is an annual celebration of the visual arts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. It is a theme-based exhibition featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited at the Athenaeum in the past, as well as works selected through an open call for submissions.  This year’s invitational asked artists to explore any aspect of Cabinets of Curiosities both literal and abstract.
Thanks to the charitable commitment of TTR | Sotheby’s international Realty, a $1,500 prize will be awarded to an invited artist, and a $1000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call. Phil Hutinet, publisher of East City Art, DC’s visual arts publication, will determine which works are awarded the prizes.
The Athenaeum Invitational is generously sponsored by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
Jefferson’s Treasure: How Albert Gallatin Saved the New Nation from DebtThursday, September 13th, 7:00 PM
Gregory May’s deeply researched and engagingly written book is much more than a biography. Via the long life of Gallatin, May gives us an insightful account of the major political, economic, and financial problems the young United States faced from the Washington administration through the Mexican War.
Check out the Wall Street Journal’s review for Jefferson’s Treasure: How Albert Gallatin Saved the New Nation from Debt
Please RSVP to admin@nvfaa.org
Ballroom Dance Classes
Led by Gary Stephans

Monday, September 10th and 17th, 7:00 PM

$30 per-person or $55 per couple
Renowned international ballroom dance instructor, Gary Stephans, promises the most fun you’ll ever have learning or improving your Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha and Samba. Discover little techniques that will help you become a relaxed and confident social dancer in these small, personalized dance classes. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed-no partner needed.
Two hours of dance lessons, practice dancing and refreshments from 7pm to 9 pm. More information at  Art of Ballroom Dance. Call or email: garystephans@me.comor 703-505-5998.
Write Like a Woman Workshop
Saturday, September 22, 1:30 PM
Facilitated by Poet and Author KaNikki Jakarta, Write Like A Woman Networking Workshop welcomes women writers ages 18-100. Meeting periodically, the workshop centers on uplifting and inspiring through writing. Each workshop focuses on different writing styles and allows the participants to enhance their own writing skills and share their work for listening or critiques. The meetings are for amateur and professional writers. Every session includes writing exercises and networking.
This event is free and open to the public and accommodates between 15 and 25 attendees. The regulars chip in to have cookies and tea during the sessions.
Please RSVP at admin@nvfaa.org
Banned Books Read Out!
With Honorary Host Mayor Allison Silberberg
Monday, September 24, 7:00 PM
Did you know that To Kill A Mockingbird, Beloved, and the Harry Potter series have all been banned books? The Alexandria Library, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, is hosting a Banned Books Read-Out at the Athenaeum. You are invited to join Honorary Host, Mayor of Alexandria Allison Silberberg, Library Director Rose Dawson and others who will read from banned books to celebrate the freedom to read. You may read 3-5 minute selections from a banned or challenged book or just come to listen. If you would like to read please RSVP with your selection to veronica@nvfaa.org.

To learn more about Banned Books Week and which books have been banned go to the American Library Association website.

The United States Navy Concert Band
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM
The United States Navy Band Chamber Group from Washington, DC, is the Navy’s premier musical organization. This chamber music recital series will feature a diverse array of traditional and contemporary music including works by Kerry Turner, Lowell Shaw, and Katharina Thomsen.
Please RSVP at admin@nvfaa.org
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Enjoy a Last Sip of Summer at
The Athenaeum Beach Club

Member Appreciation Party
Saturday, September 29, 7:00 – 9:00 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. We hope to see you there!

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, and much more!
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.

Contact Executive Director, Veronica Szalus at members@nvfaa.org or 703.548.0035 to confirm your current membership status.
RSVPs can be made and tickets can be purchased at:
To join or renew, or to see the membership benefits, visit:
This is a ticketless event.  The guest list will be at the door under the member’s name.
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 admin@nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.

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