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“Artiller and Dennis in the Garden” and “Jesus Praying at the Table” by Allen “Big Al” Carter


1 Creative Homage

By Faye Hadley

Photos courtesy of the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art


Fred Schnider Gallery of Art puts on its Big Al Carter: A Retrospective exhibit beginning Jan. 25.

Talk about a must-see: The work of late DC artist Allen “Big Al” Carter goes on display Jan. 25 at the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, paying homage to the multitalented icon’s life and work. Dubbed Big Al Carter: A Retrospective, the exhibit marks the first in the DC area since his death in 2008 and showcases rare pieces from the private collections of his daughters, Flora O. Stone and Cecilia Carter. A number of the pieces will be available for sale, should you choose to add to your own curated collection. (His work is also on permanent view at the Smithsonian and Corcoran.)

Carter’s range seemed to know no bounds; he dabbled in painting, printmaking, sculpting and creating murals. His subjects were inspired by his personal experiences, society’s problems and challenges on a global scale, art history and the mundane. His ultimate goal, however, was to use his work to heal.

A reception will be held Jan. 25, from 6 to 8PM, to launch the exhibit, which runs through March 3. Various special events will be held to commemorate the program. Free, 888 N. Quincy St., Ste. 102, Arlington, 703.841.9404