Calendar

Jan
10
Thu
“Fax Ayres / Photography” Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Jan 10 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm

In Fax Ayres’ exhibition “Fax Ayres / Photography,” Ayres’ employs a ‘lightpainting’ technique to embue his subjects with an almost surreal quality. He sets up still life vignettes in the dark and then carefully paints individual components with light, assembling multiple images together to create the final photograph.

Jan
18
Fri
Ritualisms @ Target Gallery
Jan 18 – Mar 3 all-day
Ritualisms @ Target Gallery

The newest group exhibition in Target Gallery explores how rituals are an intrinsic part of the human experience. It juxtaposes different artists’ interpretations of rituals through their work, daily routines, habits, or personal quirks. It also brings in broader cultural formalities and religious ceremonies.

Juror Katy Scarlett, a Philadelphia-based independent curator, selected 24 artworks by 12 local, national and international artists.

Ritualisms is on view Saturday, January 19, through Sunday, March 3, 2019 with a reception on Friday, February 8, starting at 7 pm, during The Late Shift: Love and Ritual.

Feb
1
Fri
New Beginnings Art Exhibit @ Del Ray Artisans
Feb 1 – Feb 24 all-day
New Beginnings Art Exhibit @ Del Ray Artisans

“New Beginnings” art exhibit (February 1-24, 2019) – The EPA estimates 75 percent of waste is recyclable, but only 30 percent is. Artists are often the most conscientious recyclers who reuse others’ discards to create unique art. Visit Del Ray Artisans gallery Feb. 1 through 24 to see artwork created by reuse. These creations incorporate found objects, recycled materials or older works of art.

Feb
21
Thu
The African-American Experience during the Civil War with Audrey Davis @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Second Annual Athenaeum Civil War Authors Series*
Three local Civil War authors. Three winter dates.

In celebration of Black History Month, Audrey Davis, the Executive Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, will lead a conversation on the African-American experience during the Civil War.  The lives of Contrabands in occupied Alexandria, how they worked, survived and succeeded in moving towards freedom will be discovered.  As the only Alexandrian that consulted in the hit PBS mini-series Mercy Street, she will lend insight into the making of the show.

Tickets are $15.00 per person.

The African-American Experience During the Civil War with Audrey Davis Talk @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The African-American Experience During the Civil War with Audrey Davis Talk @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum

In celebration of Black History Month, Audrey Davis, the Executive Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, will lead a conversation on the African-American experience during the Civil War. The lives of Contabrands in occupied Alexandria, how they worked, survived and succeeded in moving towards freedom will be discovered. As the only Alexandrian that consulted in the hit PBS mini-series Mercy Street, she will lend insight into the making of the show.

Feb
23
Sat
Black History Screen Printing @ Alexandria Black History Museum
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Mobile Art Lab partners with Alexandria’s Black History Museum, to offer free tote and t-shirt screen printing*; with special designs from artist Sardar Aziz and others. *While supplies last.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact tia.bural@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5517, Virginia
Relay 711.

Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow @ Building Momentum Co-Op Space ("The Garden")
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow @ Building Momentum Co-Op Space ("The Garden")

Calling all lovers of local spirits! Come join us for the Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow at Building Momentum “Co-Op” Space (aka “The Garden”) in Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, February 23rd from 12-5pm. Tickets will include all samples of artisan spirits as well as craft cocktails from numerous Virginia distilleries! Purchase any bottles you enjoy to take home (we’ll store them at our concierge station while you enjoy the event).

Guests can sip on spirits neat and also enjoy those same spirits as craft cocktails while engaging with Virginia distillers firsthand.

21+ only

Thor: Dark World @ JAMES M. DUNCAN BRANCH LIBRARY
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

Come along for a completionist’s watch-through of the known Marvel Cinematic Universe in anticipation of the final installment this April. This week’s feature film is Thor: Dark World. Rated PG-13.

Feb
24
Sun
Artist Talk About His Process: Fax Ayres and his “Fax Ayres / Photography” Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Feb 24 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Please join us for an artist talk with Fax Ayres about his exhibition “Fax Ayres / Photography.”

Feb
28
Thu
Checks & Balances / Alexandra N. Sherman Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Feb 28 – Apr 14 all-day
Checks & Balances / Alexandra N. Sherman Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum

In “Checks & Balances / Alexandra N. Sherman,” the artist stumbled onto a cache of 1930’s checks in an antique writing box and was inspired to make use of the printed engraving, beautiful handwriting from a bygone era, and stamps that marked their passage through the banking system in a series of collages. The “Checks & Balances” series is a reference to the foundation upon which our democratic society is built but also a response to our current political situation. The series explores the anxieties of living in an age of incredible political and environmental uncertainty, and the need to escape through flights of fancy and humor. Additionally, Alexandra Sherman’s collages on vintage cancelled checks are charming and will be hung so both sides of the check can be seen.