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In "Flight of The Chicken Wire" (2006-2008), artist Amber Robles-Gordon uses chicken wire and mixed media to create a bold, sculptural wall hanging.
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In "Flight of The Chicken Wire" (2006-2008), artist Amber Robles-Gordon uses chicken wire and mixed media to create a bold, sculptural wall hanging.

May 13-June 22: Words and Letters

When text is included in art work, it can become the focus of the piece or simply add to its message. In Words and Letters, regional artists explore the various uses of language in visual art. This Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association exhibit is on view at the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria through June 22.

May 13-Aug. 29: Real Beauty

Color and abstraction are the connecting threads in Real Beauty, an exhibit featuring work by Mariella Bisson, Ashlynn Browning, Amber Robles-Gordon and Deborah Zlotsky. The four artists present a diverse body of work that includes bright oil paintings, mixed media collages, and 3D hanging pieces made from fabric, yarn and recycled materials. You can check it out at Carroll Square Gallery in Northwest through August 29.

Music: “Words (instrumental)” by Dwight Yoakam

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