Beyond Showers and Flowers: April Art in Alexandria Unmasked
Alexandria, VA – * Art League of the Torpedo Factory ~ Screen Dream juried by Xander Berkeley, April 6 – May 1. Artwork inspired by film or TV narratives, imagery, actors, directors, and musical scores. The April 2022 Solo Exhibit is Life Is Fragile/ Handle with Care by mixed-media artist Amy Browning, April 7 – May 1. An exploration of the fragile interplay between human beings and ecology, a timely subject for the upcoming April 22nd Earth Day.
* Athenaeum ~ 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Forces Fleeting continues through April 17. There will be an Artist Talk on April 16 at 2 pm with longtime friends and collaborators, mixed-media artists Nikki Brugnoli and Anne C. Smith. Their visual meditations on the abstracted landscape evoke stillness, memories, transitions, and loss, provocatively contemplative and beguiling zen.
* Del Ray Artisans ~ Second Life curated by Tracy Wilkerson and Esperanza Barajas, sponsored by 6 Mijos, Hand-Me-Downs, and UpCycle, is on exhibit April 1 – 30. Second Life spotlights artists‘ creative incorporation in all media of at least 50% recycled, reused, and repurposed materials fashioned into provocative new artwork. There are workshops and community events scheduled throughout the month. Earth Day is April 22! What better way to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the environmental movement’s birth?!? For more information, go to DelRayArtisans.org/calendar.
* Galactic Panther ~ 1303 King Street, Alexandria. The contemporary and visionary art gallery in Old Town where a portion of all sales go towards feeding those in need. The ongoing current exhibit is Juxtapose featuring emerging and established artists who mash up, arrange, compose, and juxtapose!
* Gallery Underground ~ Art Unmasked: Hernan Murno leads a mixed-media group show joining Torpedo Factory Artists Lesley Clark, Beverly Ryan, and Marsha Staiger. Described as four artists that approach art-making in very different ways but are at the same time all fueled by a desire to express themselves across varied mediums, finding relationships that transcend the individual styles and themes. Art Unmasked is on exhibit April 1 – 29. Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm at 2100 Crystal Drive in Arlington’s Crystal City Shops.
* Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery ~ Studio 29 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Art for the Wall, Fiber Sculpture, Fine Wearables, Fashion Accessories, Jewelry in all fibers from silk to silver! Merging the Incompatible is the new theme on exhibit April 26 – June 5. Fiber artists interpret the theme by exploring incompatible materials or ideas and visual oxymorons in two and three dimensions.
* Principle Gallery ~ 208 King Street Alexandria. Plein-air abstract landscape painter Lynn Boggess’s 2022 Solo Exhibition opens Friday, April 22, with an artist reception 6:00-8:30 pm. His minimalist abstraction and post-modern layered style manifest a transformative, metaphysical, almost spiritual expression. Just what the world needs now.
* River Farm ~ 7931 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria. The annual Spring Garden Market returns to historic River Farm after a two-year hiatus due to COVID on April 8 and 9 from 10 am-4 pm. Artisans, artists, craftsmen, and designers will be exhibiting alongside local plant growers. There will also be art on display in the ballroom of the manor house featuring local and regional artists depicting works with a horticultural theme. Artists are available to discuss their work for purchase or simply to appreciate.
You won’t want to miss the beautiful grounds, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, with its unparalleled (save for George Washington’s Mount Vernon) view of the Potomac River. River Farm was once part of our First President’s expansive estate property.
* Target Gallery ~ The contemporary gallery of the Torpedo Factory. The annual special exhibition March 150 closes Sunday, April 10, with the Cherry Blossom Jubilee when all remaining unsold artwork is $100.
LE DRIP: Uncontainable Sauce of Black Essence, April 23 – July 7. Reception Friday, May 13 from 7 – 10 pm. Washington, DC-based artist Blu Murphy is the solo exhibition recipient for 2022. Her work is a fusion of high contrast forced-perspective photography and abstract graffiti in color-encased custom-painted vintage frames. The artist portrays the disenfranchised and undervalued in a new light. The graffiti will spill off the frames and onto the gallery walls, representing breaking through and beyond barriers to inclusion, equality, and excellence. Jurors are artist and innovator Maps Glover, Heather Hakimzadeh, the Virginia Museum Contemporary Art curator, and Maryland-based visual arts curator and arts facilitator Thomas James.
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