By Sheila M. Byrnes

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Art All Night visitors at the Pen Arts Gallery in September. Photography by Sheila M. Byrnes

Art All Night was celebrated in 16 neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., over two nights on Sept. 25. Pen Arts Gallery was one of 14 venues that took part in the event in Dupont Circle from 7 p.m. to midnight. Local galleries, embassies, and Dupont Circle Park celebrated with visual and performing arts.

COVID-19 protocols were strictly enforced as 333 people visited the Pen Arts Gallery. The exhibit showcased “Fellin’ His Music” watercolor by Susan Lynn Cotton, the first-place Vinnie Ream art competition award winner. Several other paintings entered in the Vinnie Ream contest were on display.

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Paintings from the NLAPW Vinnie Ream contest on display during the recent Art All Night event. Photography by Timoteo Murphy

Pen Arts Gallery was one of four national venues selected to exhibit the winning work of the National Alliance for Young Artists and Writers 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Now in its 98th year, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for young artists and writers in grades 7–12. The Scholastic Art & Writing exhibit will be on display throughout the month of October.

Oil painter Olga O’Hagan also had several paintings on display.

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Oil paintings by Olga O’Hagan displayed at Pen Arts Gallery. Photography by Timoteo Murphy