Over the course of three months, Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun will transform the New Project Studio into a workshop and community space for discussions and creativity. He will explore public, social and political issues in present-day Korea while developing a visual discourse of his time creating in Alexandria. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator offers short-term space for creatives to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance visitor engagement.
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6 to 9 p.m. | Gallery Talk 7 p.m.
Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents Passages, a group exhibition that explores the lasting effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of immigrants and immigrant families from across the global diaspora. This exhibition gives an intimate look into their individual experiences and how these experiences have shaped who they are today. The juror for this exhibition is Adriana Ospina, Curator of the Permanent Collection and Education at the Art Museum of Americas.
Participating artists include:
WonJung Choi, Richmond, Virginia
Isabella Cruz-Chong, Brooklyn, New York
Anne Dushanko Dobek, New Providence, New Jersey
Abiodun Eniyandunni, Washington, D.C.
Nadia Estela, Montclair, New Jersey
Samar Hussaini, West Orange, New Jersey
Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, Adelphi, Maryland
Gail Morrison-Hall, Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Sherwin Rio, San Francisco, California
Rafael Rodriguez, Hyattesville, Maryland
Kanika Sircar, Washington, D.C.
Marite Vidales, Washington D.C.
Aaron Wax, Brooklyn, New York
Jenny Wu, Alexandria, Virginia
Ju Yun, Chantilly, Virginia
Helen Zughaib, Washington, D.C.
Alexandria’s past comes to life with help from the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Artists and innovators team up for a night of unearthed secrets, music and trivia celebrating our region’s rich history. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Historic Alexandria.
Admission is free, but – to be sure there are enough seats – RSVP required at Brown Paper Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/BethEl-TheFinishers-2-25-18.
“The Finishers” tells the story of Julien, a wheelchair-bound teenager whose family is falling apart under the strain of his disability. Julien yearns for the approval of his bitter father, Paul, a former athlete. When Julien suggests that father and son join forces to compete in a triathlon in Nice, France, an incredible journey of persistence and determination begins.
Inspired by a true story, this film presents one family’s extraordinary journey and a portrait of the bond between father and son. Discussion after the film with special guests, Doug Powell, a Triathlon athlete and Ironman competitor who has a vision disability, and Jamie Watts, a marathon runner and local hero who has cerebral palsy.
The Del Ray Community Partnership has taken on a major improvement project that will be a wonderful additional to the Del Ray community. The organization, in PARKnership with the city, will be transforming the corner at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenue into a beautiful new Gateway which will include the Nancy Dunning Memorial Garden and a community Spray Park. A Colasanto pool and a corner pocket park are currently located on the site.
The Community Partnership was able to apply for and obtain a matching grant for $48,000 from the city to assist with Phase I development and construction of the current site, and while it has raised some money, the partnership still needs to raise just over $42,000 by June 2018. The Del Ray Citizens Association will be donating all of their proceeds from their Home & Garden Tour this year, but the partnership still needs to raise a lot more and this is where you come in.
The partnership will be having a Del Ray Gateway Night of Giving on Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pork Barrel where it will be selling raffle tickets for the opportunity to win one of three to five amazing gift baskets. For example, the partnership plans to have a basket of “Dining in Del Ray”, “Wellness in Del Ray” and “Dogs in Del Ray”.
*Proceeds from this great community activity will benefit The Del Ray Gateway, a collaboration of community members, business owners and the City of Alexandria as the groups redevelop the triangle park at the corners of Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. The development will include the Nancy Dunning Garden (NDG), in honor of Nancy Dunning and honoring all that she gave to her community. In addition to the NDG, the Colasanto Pool (which has been closed since 2010), will be reconstructed into a wonderful and artistic splash park for the community to enjoy.
Woodlawn Estate was the first family home of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis, the granddaughter of George and Martha Washington and one of America’s foremost needle workers. This annual Needlework Show & Sale, now in its 55th year, honors her legacy as an American crafter by showcasing hundreds of amazing needlework creations from artists across the country and maintaining the long tradition of the needle arts today. Along with the Woodlawn mansion, our property hosts the iconic Pope-Leighey House, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This year, the group is highlighting Wright’s passion for Japanese design elements with an exhibit on traditional Japanese embroidery, specialty tours of Pope-Leighey House and its Japanese influences, and much, much more! There will be lots of needlework-related workshops for guests of all ages held throughout the month, a chance to work on finishing your own needlework masterpiece here alongside Nelly’s Needlers or to purchase one of the beautiful pieces displayed in the show, as well as delicious locally sourced lunches and desserts available on site after you’ve checked out the show. So come join us for the perfect March outing to beat those Winter blues and see what the fuzz is all about.
Hours: March 1st-31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every day except for Tuesdays
Admission: Tickets for the show sold on site and online. Adults $15.00, Students K-12 $6.00, Children 5 and under free.
Tickets and Information on our website at: www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow
Exhibition: March 10 to 25
Art Party: Friday, March 23; 7 to 10 p.m.
Target Gallery’s annual special exhibition and art sale returns for the 8th year.
An enduring favorite, March150 includes about 200 original works on 10-inch square panels. Each panel is $150 each – until the night of the Art Party when the work is $100. Proceeds fund future exhibitions and programming at Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
A limited number of panels are still available for in-person purchases in Target Gallery. Panels are $15, or $10 for Torpedo Factory artists. Art submitted on the official panels is guaranteed acceptance into the exhibition.
Panel sales end on Monday, Feb. 5, so don’t delay.
Please join us at the 2018 CAC Gala, a Starry Starry Night, to benefit the Center for Alexandria’s Children, the city’s primary resource for the prevention, investigation and treatment of child abuse whose programs serve more than 1,000 children and families a year in Alexandria.
2018 Gala Co-Chairs
Mr. Kerry Donley and Mr. Bryan Porter
2018 Gala Honorary Chair
Mrs. Megan Beyer
This workshop, presented by Jeffery Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), is devoted to the needs of the individual artist. Topics include photographing artwork, funding opportunities, developing professional relationships with galleries and publications, copyright issues, and marketing on the web. Register online at torpedofactory.org/artseminar. Space is limited. This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory.
About Jeffery Allison
Jeffrey Allison is the Paul Mellon Collection educator at VMFA and a professional photographer. He holds a BA in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in photography from VCU.
About the Friends of the Torpedo Factory
The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation which promotes, enhances and preserves the unique assets of the Torpedo Factory Art Center and its value to the community by cooperating with the factory and artists to provide education and awareness of the arts through programs, exhibits and events.
The Friends present workshops for artists, art lectures and demonstrations for the established art lover and young audiences alike, as well as mentorship programs for students in the Alexandria area.
Spring2ACTion is Alexandria’s 24-hour online giving day and is one of the most widely recognized community events touching every part of the city. Since 2011, Spring2ACTion has raised more than $6.3 million for Alexandria nonprofits. All funds raised during Spring2ACTion directly benefit Alexandria’s nonprofits, which support a wide range of projects in Alexandria including animal welfare, arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services, youth, volunteerism and more.