Summertime has a reputation for being a slow time of year for the arts. Not so! This week, we asked WPA staff, friends, volunteers, and members what their favorite summer art destinations and activities are. They gave us some great recommendations!

Lisa Gold

WPA Executive Director

“I love Storm King and Art Omi in upstate New York. Combine them with a visit to Olana and a bed and breakfast stay in's a great trip for a long weekend!”

Jenny Walton

WPA Member Artist and Volunteer

"There are some great things to see both in DC and out of town. Locally, I'm looking forward to Academy at Connersmith and the Drive-In movies that are starting at Union Market. The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has a great collection of impressionist and post-impressionist work. And I definitely plan on hitting the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art!"

Mary Ott

WPA Member Artist

“One local activity is my show at Touchstone Gallery! As you know, openings at local galleries are an excellent way to meet and greet people as well as to see artwork.”

Vian Shamounki

WPA Member Artist

“Just around a week ago while on my Summer vacation, I visited the North Carolina Museum of Art which was so superb - I simply loved it! If anyone is heading that direction, it is a must. The modern and contemporary art they have is excellent. Also, they have many outdoor art gardens and sculpture pieces amongst them. A number of Rodin's sculptures surround a pond of water lilies, it is so beautiful, and the architecture of the building is a wonder of its own.”

Christopher Cunetto

WPA Membership Manager

“I’ve made a tradition of dragging some friends out to Warm Up at MoMA PS1 every summer. It’s a great way to see the work up at PS1 while also cutting loose at a great party with really diverse sounds and music. And great people-watching!”

John Paradiso

WPA Member and Arts Programming Manager at Gateway Arts Center

DIA Beacon in Beacon, NY!”

Helga Thompson

WPA Member Artist

“My favorite outdoors arts activity is to walk along the C&O Canal along the Potomac River here in the region. I take photographs, notes, and make some sketches.”

Eames Armstrong

Performance Artist and Curator of Supernova Performance Art Festival

“I spent last week at the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival. It was amazing! It runs through the end of July and would make a great trip.”

Blair Murphy

WPA Program Director

"Every summer, we joke around the office that we need to do a MASS MoCA road trip. MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary art in the United States, located on 13 acres in North Adams, Massachusetts, in renovated 19th century factory buildings. They do amazing projects. Their massive Building 5 Gallery hosts projects that simply couldn't happen in average sized museum spaces, like Tim Hawkinson's Uberorgan. This summer would be an especially great time to visit, as DC artist and WPA Member Patrick McDonough has work in the exhibition Love to Love You, curated by former Washingtonian Martha Joseph. MassMoCA is a little off the beaten path, tucked away in the Berkshire Mountains in northwestern Massachusetts. But Love to Love You is up through January 5, 2014, so you've got some time to figure out your transportation plan!"

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July 11, 2013