An exploration of things to do in Arlington

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

An Event Not to Miss - Artomatic through May 20

I'm not an artist; nor do I have a great appreciation and understanding of art. But I like it. One of my favorite things to do is to pick an art exhibit, and go mill around it for a while; just taking it in.

I can't tell you the technical details of what makes great art. For me, I enjoy art based on any of the following criteria:

  • I just like the way it looks

  • I have an emotional reaction to it - happy, angry, sad, whatever

  • I can keep looking at it, or go back and look at it again and still enjoy it

  • It makes me thing

Artomatic is a simply fantastic event that will satisfy the art lover, hater, indifferent in all of us. It's got something for everyone. My untrained art critique would say that most of the art in the show tends towards the modern side, but by no means all of it. I even ran across a room of paintings by a classically trained artist - think Rembrandt look alikes. There's paintings, sculpture, PostSecret, and more.

And of course to top it all, you have a constant array of live performance. So when your brain needs a break from the art, check out a live performance.

If I have a complaint about Artomatic it is that is is so large it can be overwhelming. But for me, that means I a)move quickly past the things that don't immediately strike me and b)will go back multiple times.

Oh, and it also has late hours - so you can make an evening out of it, rather than trying to squeeze it in to normal museum type hours.

Below is the basic 411. For more info, including a performance schedule visit the Artomatic website. To see samples of the work in Artomatic visit the Flickr photo pool.


April 13–May 20, 2007

2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.

Metro stop: Crystal City

Free admission.


Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Noon–10 p.m.Thursday: Noon–11 p.m.Friday, Saturday: Noon–1 a.m.Closed Mondays

Photo by Flickr User: Daquella Manera



Blogger Sprite said...

Okay, I'm sticking up for this one! First of all, I too am no expert, BUT, there is one thing I do know... I know what I like! If I like it, it's art. For me. Things are only worth what you'll pay for them and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'm an expert in art I appreciate! LOL! I also have to say that it's nice to be able to go at night when you have to work during the day. A definite place to visit! Do they have these all the time?

8:05 PM

Blogger Eric said...

I believe Artomatic tries to "happen" every two years. It's normally in D.C., but Arlington pulled the coup this year.

8:26 PM


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