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Art Walk - Capturing a Sunset

Our next Art Walk will explore the sunset against the backdrop of some of DC's landmarks and memorials as we stroll along the water at the Tidal Basin, taking in the amazing reflection in the water of the Jefferson Memorial and the colorful sky.

Sunset in DC
Sunset in DC
Art Walk is our regular event series, where we walk through the different parts of DC, Maryland and Virginia, taking photos, as we explore art, architecture, culture and history while having a fun time outdoors.

Capturing a Sunset at the Tidal Basin

We will start our Art Walk at the Washington Monument and walk towards the Tidal Basin where we will take pictures from different locations while exploring the memorials at sunset, as shades of red, pink and orange ripple across the evening sky.

We've all photographed a sunset at some point, with each experience having its own vivid warmth and palette of colors and landscape.

Memorials around the Tidal Basin

The Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the George Mason Memorial are situated adjacent to the Tidal Basin.

Sunset at the Jefferson Memorial
Sunset at the Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial dedicated to America's 3rd president and author of the Declaration of Independence is located on the south bank of the Tidal Basin.

The white, circular-shaped, domed memorial built in classical architecture, a reference to ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy, pays homage to the principals of liberty and freedom in which Jefferson so fervently believed.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at night
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at night
The Martin Luther King Memorial is the most recent among the memorials and is located on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 32nd President of the United States, and to the era he represents.

The George Mason Memorial is a national memorial to Founding Father George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights that inspired the United States Bill of Rights.

Light Snacks and Drinks

We will stop along the way for a short break, so you can bring some light snacks and drinks for yourself.

After the event, we can break into smaller groups and get coffee, drinks or food depending on individual preferences.

Competition Rules

Take as many pictures as you would like but only upload two of your best photos for the Art Walk contest. Both the photos must be uploaded after completion of the Art Walk.

  • Our judges, some who will be nominated from among our members will then judge the best photos and the overall winner. We will feature the best photos on our website and the winner will receive our award.
  • The criteria for judging will be based on the artistic creativity, uniqueness of the photo composition and picture framing besides having a stimulating effect. The photo, must also capture the theme specified in the contest.
  • A winner for the best photo will be announced three days after the Art Walk by our judges. The winner can pick the prize at any of our future Art Walk events.
  • The winner will be invited as our guest, for our next Art Walk event.

During the event we will allocate a time frame for stopping at different locations before we continue with our walk.

Photography is more importantly an art of composing the story of an interesting moment and sharing your artistic creation with others.

The most important thing is to have fun enjoying the outdoors and the interesting company of our diverse group of participants.

Getting There

The easiest way to reach our meeting point which is the Washington Monument is by taking either the Smithsonian Metro or Federal Triangle, both on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines.

While the Federal Triangle stop is technically closer, at 12th and Pennsylvania Ave NW, the Smithsonian stop is the easiest – it’s a straight walk down the Mall.

We will meet at the base of the Monument, on the side facing the Lincoln memorial.

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Event Details


Description: Explore the sunset at the Tidal Basin as we compete for the best photo for our Art walk contest.

Date/Time: Saturday August 25th, 2018 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Admission: $2 for covering the cost

Meeting Place

6:30 pm - Washington Monument
2 15th St. NW Washington, DC 20024

There is no contest fee for veterans, firefighters and teachers who are an important part of our community. Grapes & Grains will cover the cost of your participation.

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