For all our DC area readers, I’m sure you now know that it’s the opening day of the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival. WPG isn’t doing anything official to celebrate, but we do have some great Cherry Blossom/DC themed prints (such as Yolanda Frederikse‘s, to the left). If you are thinking of braving the throngs of tourists, here are some of the events we would like to recommend:
Ikebana International Annual Spring Flower Show–Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. We were introduced to this art form through Joan Krash, a printmaker/Ikebana florist who joined the gallery last year. Joan says many of her prints are inspired by this form of floral arrangment, you can see some of the results by clicking on her name. The Ikebana show runs April 1-17 at the National Arboretum.
Cherry Blast Art + Music Dance Party – Started three years ago by the Pink Line Project and ever-influential Philippa Hughes, this party is the edgy side of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Saturday, April 2, 9 pm. Be sure to buy your tickets early and show up before the start time if you don’t want to wait forever in line, this one always sells out.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade–who doesn’t love a good parade? This one is Saturday, April 9, 10 am – noon. Grandstand seating tickets are available for purchase, but standing room along the parade route (Constitution Ave between 7th and 17th St.) is free. Bonus: it is over early enough for people to grab lunch while waiting for the mass exodus to clear, and then come up to the WPG for the Opening Reception of Impressions from the Press Room that afternoon 2-5 pm. This opening runs in conjunction with Pyramid Atlantic’s 30th Anniversary Open House, so it’s sure to be a good time!