It's no secret that Arlington is a great place to experience the arts, but did you know that it's also a great place for the kids to explore their creative side? This itinerary shows you how to experience the best of Arlington's dynamic art scene with the whole family this winter.
Start off at the Arlington Art Center in Clarendon. From January 18-March 24 the Interwoven exhibit here will feature video, murals, fiber work, photography, books, mixed media sculpture and painting from artists nationwide.
Next, embark on a public art driving tour. From the Arlington Arts Center, head down Clarendon Blvd toward the urban village of Rosslyn. Where Clarendon, Nash, and Oak St.'s meet, you'll see Cupid's Garden, a statue that resembles a tangle of metallic arrows.
From here, make a slight right onto Wilson Boulevard, then a left at N. Lynn St. On your right you'll see Liquid Pixels, a creation of stainless steel disks and pins that responds to wind and light to mimic a waterfall. This was named one of the top public art projects in the nation by the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network
Make a left onto Lee Highway, then turn left at the first light onto N. Fort Myer drive. Make a right onto Wilson Boulevard. Drive three blocks and you'll spot Piola on your left. Piola is known for its simple yet authentic Italian cuisine, and is a great family restaurant. The walls of Piola are lined with local artwork produced as a part of the Art Inside Piola program. For each new exhibition, Piola throws an opening reception free of charge to showcase the artists work.
Finish the evening at either Artisphere or Encore Stage and Studio. Artisphere, located at 1101 Wilson Blvd, offers an array of family programs including films on the big screen in their Dome Theater, literary art events, craft programs and hands on art exhibits. Encore Stage & Studio, located at 3700 Four Mile Run Drive, is a children's theater whose shows are "by kids, for kids." Tickets are on sale now for the 2013 season, featuring adaptations of classic children's stories like The Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty.