Marching Into the Spring Art Scene

Spring brings about rain showers, fresh flowers and new art exhibits for art fans to enjoy! Read more about the Alexandria art scene here!

Photos: Kelly MacConomy)

Alexandria, VA – * The Art League ~ “Line by Line: Artists Interpret Poetry” juried by Jordann Wine is on exhibit at this longtime Torpedo Factory gallery from March 10 – April 4, 2021. Artists choose a poem or part of a poem, then visually express their interpretation of the words. D.C.-based artist Jordann Wine explores concepts inspired by her fascination with “sacred geometry,” but her utilization of glitter has become a notable artistic trademark. This show proves that all that glitters oftentimes is indeed gold!

* The Athenaeum ~ 201 Prince Street in Old Town features Chicago-based artist Phillip Livingston’s works through April 4, 2021. His new exhibit online and in the gallery is “Family Ghosts and Other Strangers.” An admirer of Haiku poetry, Livingston’s seemingly simplistic images derive from photos of friends and family, represented as real or unreal, fictional or historical, living or ghostly, or sometimes as silhouettes in mixed media portraits on birch wood panels.

* Del Ray Artisans ~ “Give Me Shelter” is the March show on exhibit at the gallery from March 5 – 27, 2021. Curators Pam Day and Theresa Kulstad have incorporated a fundraising aspect benefitting Alexandria’s Carpenter’s Shelter for this exhibit, spotlighting home and shelter insecurity made especially dire due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The gallery at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray is open Thursday and Friday, 12-6 pm and Saturday, 12-4 pm. Free opening day half-hour appointments on March 5 can be made by going to www.delrayartisans.org/event/shelter.

* Principle Gallery ~ 208 King Street, Alexandria. “Journeys,” a group exhibition opening March 19, follows “Inspired,” which opened February 19. Both are group shows featuring works of Jill Basham, Christine Lashley, Kim VanDerHoek, Mark Boedges, Kevin Fitzgerald, and Anna Wypych.

* River Farm ~ Robert Murray, artist and director of the Von Brahler, Ltd. Gallery, presents “Looking Forward to Spring,” an exhibit of his own works and selections from several Russian ex-pat artists he represents. The exhibit is in the ballroom of the estate, which is open by appointment. The final reception takes place on March 20, 11 am to 1 pm. The show closes on April 6.

* Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory celebrates its 11th Annual March150 exhibition and fundraising art sale March 13 – April 3, 2021. This open exhibit consists of 10-inch square wooden panels purchased by the artists for a $15 entry-fee donation, with a maximum three panels per artist. The finished art panels are then donated to the gallery, and all are on sale at $150 each.

On the night of the Virtual Art Party, March 27 at 7 pm, all unsold art will be priced at $100 for the evening. The exhibition preview is Friday, March 12, with VIP timed-ticket entry on Saturday, March 13. There will be featured artist talks. Check the website for details. For more information, contact Leslie Mounaime at 703-746-4584 or leslie.mounaime@alexandria.gov.

March150 is back at the Target Gallery for its 11th year. Art panels donated by Torpedo Factory studio and local artists sell for $150 but are reduced to $100 at the Virtual Art Party on March 20. The early bird gets the best selection so consider purchasing a VIP access for first dibs on whatever catches your eye the day before at the public reception preview on March 12.

* Torpedo Factory @ Mosaic ~ The satellite gallery managed by the TFAA features “Hold Me Close” until March 14, 2021. In this exhibit, artists express the challenges of being within and without togetherness during these politically divergent times and throughout an unrelenting pandemic engendering a year of isolation and alienation. At 105 District Avenue in the Mosaic shopping area in Fairfax, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm.

* The Gallery Underground presents “Ambient Light: Real and Imagined” work by five Arlington artists on exhibit from March 1-26, 2021. The five artists represented are Elizabeth Hudgins, Kat Jamieson, Linda Maldonado, Elise Ritter, and Deborah Taylor ~ all members of Studio 10, a group of collaborative artists who spotlight, create, and celebrate community-based art. The Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington is open Monday-Friday from 10 am – 6 pm.

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