Recent events at the National Gallery celebrated the closing of the Legacy of Light watercolors exhibition and the opening of the new exhibition, Speak to Me.

At an event held on Sept. 16 organized by committee members from the Butterfield Young Patrons’ Circle, two well-known watercolor painters, Joanne Sibley and Debbie van der Bol, were on hand for a special live-paint and mini auction.

Participants had the opportunity to meet with the artists, watch them paint and bid on the artwork created at the event.

“A little wine, networking and art is proving to be a popular way for people to kick off their Friday night,” said committee member Rich Dyer.

“We were honored to have two extremely talented artists donate their time and talents to help raise funds towards free admission and free public programming at the National Gallery.”

It was a packed house at the gallery a few days later, on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Members’ Preview evening for the Speak to Me exhibition. Many of the featured artists were in attendance and happy to discuss their work with guests.

The new exhibition examines art as a language and the visual dialects we encounter, from paintings of the past to avant-garde artificial intelligence. The artworks used diverse media including video pieces, paintings and even an interactive floor puzzle.