MPA: Artist Talk

Visit Our Two Winter Exhibitions and Don’t Miss Our Artist Talk—Saturday, Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m.

Emerson Gallery: Moving Beyond Beauty: Reverence and Reclamation

Atrium Gallery: To March is to Love: Weavings by Janel Leppin

Open through February 17, 2024

Artist Talk

Saturday, Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m., including music by artist & musician Janel Leppin.

Moving Beyond Beauty

Join us to see our two Winter Exhibitions – and meet and hear from the six artists at our Saturday, January 20, Artist Talk.

In the Emerson Gallery, Moving Beyond Beauty: Reverence and Reclamation,brings together five artists—Adjoa Jackson Burrowes, Jacqui Crocetta, Maggie Gourlay, June Linowitz and Elzbieta Sikorska—who make work that is at once aesthetically pleasing and philosophically compelling. Visual attractiveness and the expression of deep and sometimes unsettling ideas live together, as each artist feels an urgency to address love, concern and reverence for the natural world. Beauty, created through skillful and inventive use of materials, becomes the doorway through which the viewer enters into a sincere dialogue about our fundamental need to experience and learn from nature and our ever more pressing responsibility to honor and care for it.

In the Atrium Gallery, To March is to Love: Weavings by Janel Leppin, features whimsical and moving fiber art represents the dichotomy of a wondrous and fragile world, weaving textiles and used clothing to create unexpected textures and patterns. Her work mirrors the struggle between action and complacency, inviting us to engage with and contemplate our humanity. Learn more at

Visiting Our Galleries

The MPA Emerson Gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Atrium Gallery is available during McLean Community Center operating hours. Our galleries will also be open on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 1-4 p.m. as a special opportunity for Sunday visitors, including those attending the chamber music concert that afternoon in The Alden Theater.

Spring Solos Call for Submissions Closes this Saturday at Midnight!

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) currently seeks submissions for our 2024 Spring Solo Exhibitions. Contemporary living artists working in the Mid-Atlantic Region are invited to submit exhibition or project proposals to be on display in the Emerson and Atrium Galleries. There is a $500 honorarium for selected artists. The dates for the exhibitions will be April 11 – June 15, 2024. Learn more and apply at before the January 13, midnight, deadline.

Winter Art Classes Begin Soon . . . Register Today!

This winter, come in from the cold and join MPA for an exciting lineup of Winter art classes. Registration is now open and classes begin the week of January 22.

MPA’s winter lineup includes some of our longtime favorites, as well as exciting new options, including pottery classes for both youth and adults. And if a class seems like too long of a commitment, check out our one day workshop options! Classes will take place in our DuVal Studio and online. Register and learn more at



Jan 20 2024


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Community Event