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Mar
1
Thu
Experimentation/Exploration: Shadé Reneé @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Mar 1 – Apr 30 all-day
Experimentation/Exploration: Shadé Reneé @ Torpedo Factory Art Center | Aurora | Illinois | United States

Experimentation/Exploration is a partnership with Olly Olly to provide support and mentorship for a local emerging artist. Founded by artist Jessica Kallista, Olly Olly is a new alternative artist-driven space located in the historic City of Fairfax.

Shadé Reneé, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, specializes in couture, fashion that is custom and made-to-measure. Her work is treated with opulence, love and fierceness. She’s best known for hand-embroidery and bead work, dedicating more than 3,000 hours to this talent.

To Shadé, fashion is her art form, and fashion is the art of self. She sees her purpose as tailoring more access to creativity and creative living. Her work involves her client’s bodies and those individual nuances to create something that surpasses a simple “clothing” denotation to create “The Art of You.”

Mar
31
Sat
2018 Emerging Artists @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Mar 31 – May 20 all-day
2018 Emerging Artists @ Torpedo Factory Art Center | Wilmington | Delaware | United States

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, introduces a new annual exhibition series featuring the work of emerging artists of the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region. The selected artists for 2018 Emerging Artists are Katie Barrie, Ronald Jackson, Hollis McCracken and Holly Trout. The jury panel that selected them included Ksenia Grishkova, Director of Touchstone Gallery; Blair Murphy, Independent Curator; and Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Reception & Artists’ Talks: Friday, April 13 @ 7:30 pm during The Late Shift: What is Art?
Jury Panel Discussion: Thursday, May 10 @ 8 pm for May’s Torpedo Talks

Apr
19
Thu
Two Solos: Brian Williams / Sophie Blondeau Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ The Athenaeum
Apr 19 – Jun 3 all-day
Two Solos: Brian Williams / Sophie Blondeau Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ The Athenaeum | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

In “Two Solos: Brian Williams / Sophie Blondeau,” Brian Williams’ paintings on metal prompt viewers to consider whether humans can adapt without catastrophe. Meanwhile, Sophie Blondeau’s canvasses explore memory and perception through the lens of her formative years in France.

Apr
21
Sat
Historic Garden Week Tour @ Old Town Alexandria
Apr 21 all-day
Historic Garden Week Tour @ Old Town Alexandria | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Old Town Alexandria will kick off the Garden Club of Virginia’s (GCV) 85th Historic Garden Week public tour of stunning historic homes and gardens which is expected to draw an estimated 1,500 garden enthusiasts and tourists. The tour is part of the GCV’s statewide tour of Virginia’s finest historic homes and gardens during the height of the spring blooming season. Presented by the Hunting Creek Garden Club and the Garden Club of Alexandria, the local Old Town tour encompasses tours of five private homes and gardens with exquisite floral arrangements designed by club members showcased in each home.

Professional Practices for the Visual Artist @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Apr 21 all-day
Professional Practices for the Visual Artist @ Torpedo Factory Art Center | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

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.

Yard Sale @ St Mary School Parking Lot
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, CDs, knicknacks and other treasures. 

All proceeds will go to charities supported by Court Kavanaugh of the Catholic Daughters.

Marketplace at The Athenaeum @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ The Athenaeum
Apr 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Marketplace at The Athenaeum @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ The Athenaeum  | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The Hunting Creek Garden Club has curated a fabulous selection of vendors to display their wares amongst the art in the Athenaeum’s gallery. Tickets for the Historic Garden Week House and Garden Tour are also available for purchase onsite. Pre-sale of tour tickets start (for NVFAA members) at 8:45 a.m.

Balducci’s Food & Wine Event @ Balducci's Food Lovers Market
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a delicious wine and food tasting on Saturday, April 21st.

Whether you’re an expert sommelier or a novice just learning the art, our wine events are not to be missed. Join professional winemakers, importers and aficionados as they sample various wines, trade recommendations and just share stories about their mutual passions. Always guaranteed to be fun and informative.

Food samplings: noon to 5 p.m.
Wine samplings: 2 to 5 p.m.

Our Food and Wine events are FREE and open to the public! We look forward to seeing you!

Apr
22
Sun
Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2018 @ The Birchmere
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of food and fun from 12-3 p.m. at The Birchmere — all in the name of ending homelessness in Alexandria. The afternoon’s events focus on a friendly competition among 20 top-rated local restaurants, each of which provides a tasting-size dish to showcase their culinary skills. Event attendees will sample the dishes and vote for the People’s and Kid’s Choice Awards while a panel of expert judges determines the winners of a Sweet and a Savory Award. Throughout the event, there will be live music performed by the Alpha Dog Blues Band, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes and a special Children’s Corner.

Apr
24
Tue
Poem in Your Pocket @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ The Athenaeum
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Poem in Your Pocket @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ The Athenaeum  | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poem in Your Pocket. Bring poetry and stories that ignite your spirit. Hosted by Poet Laureate Wendi R. Kaplan and the Office of the Arts, City of Alexandria.