Paint the Town: Arts Agenda

Soak up some culture with upcoming artistic offerings around town.
By Anne H. Kim

Artomatic returns.

Artomatic
1851 S. Bell Street in Crystal City, Opens May 18
Launched in 1999, this month-long event has quickly grown into an all-encompassing creative extravaganza of video, music and fashion in addition to fine arts, drawing thousands every year. This year brings together more than 1,000 artists who will present their work across 10 floors of an old office building in Crystal City slated for demolition. There are even several workshops for creative souls looking to polish their skills. For hours and directions, click here.  For the full calendar, click here.

Variations on a Theme”
Phillips Collection, Opening June 2
1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, 202-387-2151

The Phillips’ first Jasper Johns exhibit explores the celebrated American artist’s approach to lithography, silkscreen, intaglio and lead relief in more than 100 works from 1960 to today.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Reston Town Center, Opening May 18
11900 Market St., Reston, Va. 20190

Greater Reston Art Center’s 21st annual arts and crafts fair will keep you browsing all day long with over 200 participating artists. More active art enthusiasts can get their hands dirty with several craft activities scheduled throughout the festival, so bring the kids.

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