Cost: Admission is always free
October 20, 2017 – July 14, 2019
This exhibition will highlight the variety of flowering plants commemorated on US postage stamps during the past 50 years and will explore artistic themes that emerged during this period. For example, the artwork will portray a variety of flowering plants found in gardens and public spaces throughout the United States and explore the symbiotic relationship between flowering plants, bees, birds and butterflies. The exhibit will display at least 30 pieces of developmental and final artwork used to produce at least 28 flora stamps. The use of stamp art in various phases of development will enable visitors to understand the role design artwork plays in the production of postage stamps. The artwork is borrowed from the renowned Postmaster General’s Art Collection which is on a long-term loan to the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.
Open every day (except December 25)
10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Time: 10:30am to 8:00pm
From: Smithsonian Craft Show
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee presents the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, featuring 120 premier American artists chosen from a pool of approximately 1,000 applicants. For the first time, the show will highlight Asian cultural influence on American crafts. Many of today’s top U.S. artists creating cutting-edge art are reconnecting American modernism to its roots in Asian culture. The show seeks to engage the public through educational and artistic components that complement the theme “Asian Influence/American Design.”
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friends Night Out
Fun, shopping and signature drinks by notable DC mixologists.
$20 Daily Admission, including program
$17 Advance online tickets
Date: April 26, 2018
This early morning run is a great workout through the neighborhood in the Kemp Mill area of Silver Spring. The runs are usually between 3 – 5 miles but people are welcome to add on as fits their training schedule. This is a hilly area, so runs are for strength not speed. All paces are welcome. A headlamp and reflective gear are recommended during the winter months.
We park near the Sligo trailhead in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center lot. You’ll drive all the way down the entry road, and park in view of the grocery store.
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
From: Holy Cross Hospital
Time: 7:00am to 7:00pm
Venue: Eastern Market
225 7th Street South East
Washington, DC 20001
From: Eastern Market
Website: Click to visit the site
Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Venue: Laurel Dutch Country Farmers Market
9701 Fort Meade Road
Laurel, MD 20707
From: Laurel Dutch Country Farmers Market
Website: Click to visit the site
From its critical position on the ancient Silk Road that stretches from Europe to China, Afghanistan absorbed traditions from India, Persia, and Central Asia and blended them into a distinct artistic culture. Decades of civil unrest that began in the 1970s nearly destroyed this vital heritage. Many of Afghanistan’s artisans were forced to leave their country or give up their craft. The old city of Kabul, once a bustling center of craft and commerce, fell into ruin.
The British non-governmental organization Turquoise Mountain, founded in 2006 at the request of HRH The Prince of Wales and the President of Afghanistan, has transformed the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural and economic center. The organization has renovated historic buildings, opened a primary school and a medical clinic, and rebuilt necessary infrastructure. It has founded Afghanistan’s premier institution for vocational training in the arts. Dedicated to teaching a new generation of Afghan artisans in woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry design, and other crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving the nation’s proud cultural legacy.
To tell this transformative story of culture and heritage in Murad Khani, Afghan woodworkers have created magnificent wood arcades, screens, and a pavilion, all carved by hand from Himalayan cedar. Wander among these arcades and explore spectacular contemporary carpets, jewelry, and calligraphy, all complemented by videos and large-scale photographs of the Afghan artisans who made them. Artisans from Murad Khani are bringing the exhibition to life by demonstrating their art, sharing their experiences, and allowing visitors to encounter Afghanistan’s art and culture firsthand.
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
This fall, the Museum challenges the notion that wood is an antiquated building material when it opens Timber City. The exhibition demonstrates the many advantages offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty. Drawing attention to the recent boom in timber construction worldwide, Timber City further highlights several U.S. based projects, including two winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council.
Curated and designed by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura, founding partners of the Boston-based architectural design firm ikd, the exhibition’s immersive installation will feature numerous architectural models, dramatic prefabricated wood walls, and large-scale samples of mass timber. Stories will highlight recent innovations of timber technology, especially cross-laminated timber, known as CLT, and explore how U.S. based timber manufacturing can help revitalize rural manufacturing communities and benefit urban centers.
Strong and versatile, timber is the only building material can reduce carbon emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere, moving us towards more sustainable, healthy, and beautiful buildings and cities.