Arts Club of Washington Tour

AAFSW will start the year with a wonderful and unique guided tour to one of the historical and beautiful National Landmarks, the Arts Club of Washington on Friday, January 29 at 11:30 am. The Monroe House is located at 2017 I Street N.W., Washington D.C., 20006, near the intersection of 21st Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Inspired by London’s Chelsea Arts Club and the National Arts Club in Manhattan, Washington artists created their own club in May 1916 and purchased the Monroe House as its home. With a focus on painting, sculpture, music, and drama, the Arts Club provided a contrast to Washington’s more traditional clubs. It was also the first club in the city to admit women as charter members. The MacFeely House, a Victorian structure, was joined to the Monroe House in 1929.

In addition to visiting this historic building, we will have the opportunity to admire the special exhibit that celebrates the Centennial of the Arts Club. The tour will be followed by a delicious luncheon at the club. The cost for the visit is $28 per person.

“A Creative Century: The Beginnings” is an exhibition designed to celebrate the Arts Club’s history as it begins its centennial year the exhibition’s focus on the early history of the Club this exhibition will stimulate interest in viewers to delve further into the many extraordinary aspects of the Club’s history in all of the arts.  In addition to displaying archival photographs and other Club memorabilia as part of the exhibition, at least one hundred paintings, drawings, and prints from the Club’s permanent collection will be on display, with a particular emphasis on works by early members of the Club

Please RSVP to AAFSW and mail your check for $28.00 made out to: AAFSW Reservations.  4001 North Ninth Street, Suite 214, Arlington, Virginia 22203 before January 25.  

We look forward to seeing you.

Sheila Switzer

AAFSW Program Chair