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The Nepenthe Gallery Opens In Hollin Hall

Jim, daughter Ellie, and Carrie Garland at the Nepenthe grand opening. (Photo Kelli Goel)

Alexandria, VA – On March 10, Alexandria natives Jim and Carrie Garland opened Nepenthe Gallery 7918 Fort Hunt Road, bringing art from around the world to the historic Hollin Hall Shopping Center in the Fort Hunt section of Alexandria.

The gallery is named after the Greek term for “a place of no sorrow.” Carrie said, “Our family has treasured this term for decades.” The Garlands hope their gallery will be a retreat for people, as well as a place for the community to gather.

Many varieties of art will be displayed, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, photographs, glass art, sculptures, iconic prints, neon images, and hand-crafted objects. The gallery will feature local artists and art from other parts of the United States and around the world.

The March 10 gallery opening was a big hit with art lovers in our area. (Photo Kelli Goel)

Each month a masterpiece from the owners’ family collection of 19th century American art will be on display, with talks hosted featuring those pieces. Artists include Thomas Sully, Alfred Bircher, John Sloan, and Edward Potthast. An oil painting, Les Regates by Theodore Earl Butler, an American Impressionist painter and protégé and son-in-law of Claude Monet, is the first featured masterpiece from the Owens Foundation.

Master Photographer Renée C. Gage’s photography studio will be in the Nepenthe Gallery. Gage specializes in photographing families, children, expectant mothers, and professionals. Gage has earned many prestigious awards, including “Best Portrait of a Child” from the Virginia Professional Photographers Association. “Ascend” was named one of the Top 50 Portraits of a Child in the United States. The Professional Photographers of America awarded her a Photographic Craftsman Degree in January.

Gage is thrilled to be a part of the Nepenthe Gallery. She will continue offering signature location sessions but is excited to contribute to the energy of emerging and established artists.

“You could scoop this gallery up and drop it in DC, but the point is to have it in our little neighborhood,” she says.

Photographer Renée C. Gage has moved into Nepenthe Gallery. (Photo Kelli Goel)

The gallery also houses a custom frame shop offering a wide choice of custom frames and mirrors. Every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Nepenthe will host an ART+WINE+CHEESE event highlighting different artists, experts, and genres.

Nepenthe Gallery is located at 7918 Fort Hunt Road. Hours are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm is ART+WINE+CHEESE. For more information, visit

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Kelli Goel

Kelli Goel is a food blogger with The Zebra Press and lives with her husband and children in Alexandria, Virginia.

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