The Washington Winter Show– the annual Antiques and Fine Arts Show - will take place January 13-14 at the Katzen Arts Center at American University. The theme of the show will be The Art of Style, a celebration of “the timeless elegance and sophistication of good design, and will feature more than 40 dealers from across the U.S. and Europe. The featured exhibit on loan will be a new portrait of Coco Chanel by Marion Pike, Paris1967–1971. The Show was founded in 1955 to raise funds for local charities serving the needs of at-risk children and families. There will be guided walks, dealer talks and special events. The Honorary Diplomatic Chair will be His Excellency Gerard Araud, French Ambassador to the U.S. The show chairs will be Liz Holleman Brown & Susan Dowhower Burke.
St. Albans School in Northwest DC will present their 2016 Christmas House Touron December 2 & 3. An annual tradition since 1983, the Tour is the primary fundraiser of the Parents’ Association. The setting for the Tour this year is the historic Kalorama neighborhood and will feature the diplomatic residences of the Ambassador of Ecuador, the Ambassador of Ireland, the Ambassador of the Netherlands, the Russian Cultural Center, and the home of Gloria Story Dittus. There will be a shopping boutique featuring a wide variety of vendors at the St. Albans Close. A luncheon will be served in the Cafritz Refectory.
The Landon School Greens Sale & Holiday Boutique will take place on Thursday & Friday, December 1 & 2. The event features wreaths and other greens, unique gifts from dozens of boutiques, specialty chocolates, gingerbread houses and children’s toys — all for sale in time for the holiday season. The Greens Sale is a volunteer-led even, and proceeds benefit student financial aid and faculty enrichment.
Tudor Place, the historic home in Georgetown, will offer Candlelight Tourson December 6, 8, 20 & 21. The “historical Christmas celebrations” will offer the experience of seeing the elegant mansion, set as it might have been in Christmas 1945, on a holiday tour lit by candlelight. Visitors can pause for warm cider and home front refreshments inspired by 1945 war rationing, then don vintage fashions in a photo booth. The event is best enjoyed by adults and history buffs 16+.
Image below: A previous celebration at Tudor Place
Mount Vernon opened a new exhibition titled Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernonon October 1. The exhibition “shares the personal stories of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon and explores the first president’s evolving views on slavery.”
Image below: The Mount Vernon greenhouse, reconstructed between 1950 and 1953 based on Washington's original structure. The wings of the brick structure contained slave quarters. Photo by John Henley – Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Mount Vernon opened The Chintz Room, formerly known as the Nelly Custis Bedchamber, after two years of research and restoration work, on May 7. Mount Vernon senior vice president Carol B. Cadou has commented that “The careful research carried out by Historic Preservation and Collections staff is breathing new life into this space. This room will give visitors a real taste of the vibrancy of the late 18th century.” An original crib, given to Nelly Custis Lewis by Martha Washington in 1799, will be returned to the room.
Photo below: The Chintz Room – Photo by Rob Shenk – courtesy of The Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Four Seasons, the first-ever installation of art in the gardens, thru March 31. Contemporary American artist & filmmaker Philip Haas’s sculptures create "a monumental interpretation of Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s famous botanical paintings.” “Lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons are spectacularly transformed into four larger than life, three-dimensional portrait busts.”
Images below: Views of Philip Haas’s "Four Seasons”
The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) is exhibiting the annual Season's Greeningsthru January 2. Thousands of flowers are in bloom throughout the Conservatory, including exotic orchids and new varieties of poinsettia. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and features one of the DC area's largest indoor trees decked out with ornaments from national parks. Model trains “chug around, below, through, and above plant-based re-creations of iconic national parks and historic places, including the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful Inn, the Gateway Arch, Mount Vernon, the Statue of Liberty, and many more.” The USBG’s collection of D.C. landmarks, all made from natural materials, fill the Garden Court, and visitors can “immerse themselves in the sights, smells, and sounds of the season.
PLEASE NOTE: The USBG advises that “The best times to visit Season's Greenings are weekdays early in December or on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December when the Conservatory is open until 8 p.m. - with live seasonal music.”
Image below: A view of a previous Model Train Display at the USBG.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland is exhibiting The Garden of Lights now thru January 1 (except December 24 & 25). More than one million dazzling colorful lights are shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Visitors can stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Inside the Conservatory, G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape in the Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit. There's hot cocoa and nightly musical performances in the Visitors Center.
Image below: A view of a previous Brookside Garden of Lights.