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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.

Water Works / Lisa Tuback, Suzanne Yurdin, Rhonda Smith Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Feb 28 – Apr 14 all-day
Water Works / Lisa Tuback, Suzanne Yurdin, Rhonda Smith Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum

Water Works features paintings by Lisa Tubach and Suzanne Yurdin, and large prints by Rhonda Smith. Each artist explores varied interpretations of water and aquatic environments.

This exhibit will run simultaneously with “Checks & Balances / Alexandra N. Sherman.”

Mar
1
Fri
“For The Artist” Art Exhibit @ Del Ray Artisans
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day
“For The Artist” Art Exhibit @ Del Ray Artisans

The “For The Artist” exhibit (March 1–31, 2019) features artworks that Del Ray Artisans members have always dreamed of creating. The diversity of expression and creativity in this exhibit is inspiring to artists and art appreciators alike. Two and three-dimensional works, paintings, mixed media, and photography are on exhibit. Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 7-9pm. View exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits

Mar
25
Mon
Women in Tech: Women’s History Month @ KATE WALLER BARRETT BRANCH LIBRARY
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm
Women in Tech: Women's History Month @ KATE WALLER BARRETT BRANCH LIBRARY

Join Amina Elgouacem to learn how she started an award-winning IT and Information Management Company, and about the growing opportunities for women in technology fields.

Amina Elgouacem, President and CEO of NEOSTEK, Inc., an award winning Information Management and IT Compan, will share her personal story of starting her own business in 2010. As a Computer Scientist and a Microsoft Certified Software Engineer she speaks regularly on her story and how women can thrive in technology careers. Ms. Elgouacem has won numerous awards, including the Smart CEO Brava Award for top female entrepreneurs in Washington.

Mar
26
Tue
Pre-K Story Time @ CHARLES E. BEATLEY, JR. CENTRAL LIBRARY
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm
Pre-K Story Time @ CHARLES E. BEATLEY, JR. CENTRAL LIBRARY

Practice sitting and listening while we read fun stories and do an easy craft. For ages 3+ with a caregiver.

Mar
27
Wed
Join AARP in Alexandria for a Lunch and Learn! @ Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join with AARP and Inova Mount Vernon to learn some easy, common sense steps you can take in case you are interested in buying a new TV or just interested in finding out more about the recent huge leaps in TV technology. This presentation will explain the latest features found on TV’s in an easy to grasp way. We will also look at some of the latest trends in TV viewing such as getting TV over the Internet.

For example, learn to determine what TV types and sizes may be best for you and what to look out for when buying a new TV. See how a “Smart TV” can access the Internet and allow “streaming” of (sometimes free) movies and other programming including material from Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon etc. Also, learn about streaming media players/ or devices that can be attached to your TV to allow access to Internet programming. Learn how you can access TV programming remotely from your cable provider.

In addition, see how you can view your local broadcast stations over-the-air for free, the old-fashioned way, using an antenna.

Space is limited to the first 50 respondents; register. Please let us know you are attending by calling 1-877-926-8300 or signing up online here to register

These events are open to the public and all are welcome.
The fee to cover lunch: $5 cash or check only – payable at the door.

Fannie Lou Hamer: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” @ JAMES M. DUNCAN BRANCH LIBRARY
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm
Fannie Lou Hamer: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired" @ JAMES M. DUNCAN BRANCH LIBRARY

Enjoy a special presentation of Fannie Lou Hamer: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,”a character reenactment by Sheila Arnold Jones in honor of Women’s History Month.

Fannie Lou Hamer was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in that capacity. Her plain-spoken manner and fervent belief in the Biblical righteousness of her cause gained her a reputation as an electrifying speaker and constant champion of civil rights. From her days as a sharecropper to her violent entrance into being a full-citizen in the country, her story will charge students and adults to stand and become active in our government and the causes of those neglected and overlooked.

While this program is scheduled with adults and teens in mind, this program is suitable for school age children.

Mar
28
Thu
Art Explorers – Spring Session @ KATE WALLER BARRETT BRANCH LIBRARY
Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm
Art Explorers - Spring Session @ KATE WALLER BARRETT BRANCH LIBRARY

Explore art history with a story time and a process focused project inspired by a famous artist. Ages 3-6. All supplies provided. Registration required. Contact Vanessa at vsalo@alexlibraryva.org

We’re back for a spring session featuring 4 new artists! Art Explorers is a themed story time followed by an art project that allows children to explore the techniques of famous artists. Each session will focus on one artist from history – a story time will introduce children to the artist’s life and works and provide inspiration and context for the project that follows. The art project will be in the style of our weekly artist and will include everything from collage to painting with different mediums to drawing with oil pastels. The focus is early art appreciation and allowing children to explore their creativity. It’s the process, not the product, that matters in Art Explorers!

In person registration required – space is limited to 15 children per session.

Registration will begin on Thursday, February 21, 2018 at the Barrett Branch children’s reference desk. You are registering for a package of 4 sessions (March 28, April 4, April 11 and April 25) – single session registration is not an option for this program. If demand exceeds space limitations, names will be drawn and those who are not selected will be added to a waitlist. This waitlist will close when registration for the program closes (Wednesday, March 13, 2019). If there are any no call/no show participants for two sessions, they will forfeit their registration and their slot will be given to another child off the waitlist.

Art Explorers is an independent experience for ages 3-6. Adults must stay in children’s section. All supplies provided. We will be skipping the week of the 18th in April – have a great spring break!

Women Building Cross-Cultural Friendships @ CHARLES E. BEATLEY, JR. CENTRAL LIBRARY
Mar 28 @ 6:45 pm
Women Building Cross-Cultural Friendships @ CHARLES E. BEATLEY, JR. CENTRAL LIBRARY

Join the Alexandria American Association of University Women and Beatley Central Library in celebrating the power of female friendships.

Meet and begin forging friendships with women – either US or foreign born – from cultures different from your own.

Mar
29
Fri
March150 Art Party @ Target Gallery
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
March150 Art Party @ Target Gallery

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for Torpedo Factory Art Center, is partnering with the Factory Society young-patrons group for the 9th Annual March150 Art Party. Mingle with other art enthusiasts and meet many of the artists on view in the show. All art is priced at $100 exclusively during the Party. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs in Target Gallery and the Art Center.

The evening also features small bites from Chadwicks, a wine bar from Sonoma Cellar, and beer from Port City Brewing. Strike a pose in the photobooth with Mr. Shuttersworth and have fun making art with the Mobile Art Lab and Patrick Sargent of Printmakers, Inc. (Studio 325). Michaela Japec, the current post-grad resident, will be live painting. Andi Benge and her alter-ego Bunni make an appearance for an interactive live performance.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Awards will be given at 9 pm for Best in Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice. Prize packs have been donated by Factory Society, The Art League, Friends of the Torpedo Factory, Port City Brewing, AR Workshop, and more.

For more information about the exhibition and ticket sales, visit torpedofactory.org/march150. Follow #march150 to join the conversation online.