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Art Newz: Exhibits to Check Out This August

From Andrea Cybyk’s solo exhibit Wild Suburbia. (Photo: Andrea Cybyk)

Alexandria, VA- * Art League ~  August 2022 Open Exhibit, juried by Amber Cowan, exhibit dates August 10 to September 4; Solo Gallery Exhibit features Andrea Cybyk, “Wild Suburbia,” August 11-September 4, spotlighting the uncelebrated lowly weed. From cracks in the sidewalk and gravelly roadsides to abandoned fields of gold, the common weed thrives in forgotten spaces and is what lies between, beneath, and beyond the proper, manicured garden landscape. Cybyk is also a gifted abstractionist who interprets the beauty of the uninvited, unforgiven invasiveness of wild suburbia to a masterful, rhythmic  collage-like effect

Freshwater Microverse, digital painting by Alison Sigethy at the Athenaeum. (Photo by the Athenaeum)

* Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street Old Town Alexandria ~ Potomac River Life through August 21. This exhibit is dedicated to artists’ expression in all media, reflecting life along the historic and storied river. There will be a Potomac Watershed Puzzle Project Family Workshop Sunday, July 31, from 1 – 3 pm.

* Del Ray Artisans ~ “A Space Between,” August 5 -27, curated by Brittany Baron, artwork focused upon shadows, negative space, and overlooked components of a scene. After two years plus of calculated separation of space and isolation, this show brings together a shared experience of physical separation and a new perspective of the upside-down world order.

* Gallery Underground, The Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington ~ “Courage in Color,” August 1-26, Gallery Underground’s biannual national juried show depicting individual, bold use of expression via color. Juried by Tara Barr. Artists seek to exceed the parameters of known color theories and modern movements experimenting with the natural and the supernatural effects of light and intensity. There will be an opening reception Friday, August 5, 5-7 pm. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm, closed Saturday & Sunday. 571-483-0652

* Lyceum ~ The Alexandria History Museum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, will host a closing artist reception for “Witnessing Worship: A Photographic Study of Faith” by Nina Tisara on Wednesday, August 24, 5:30-7:30 pm. Meet the artist and enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments. Free, but RSVP by August 23 at AlexandriaVA.gov/Shop.

* Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center ~ MEG shows its 2022 Collaborative Exhibition from July 26 to August 21. One of the most popular exhibits at the principal gallery dedicated to photography in Alexandria, MEG promotes the growth and development of fine art photography and represents some of the most highly recognized photographers in the region.

* Potomac Fiber Arts, a Torpedo Factory Art Center studio ~ “Ancient Writing,”  August 16 – September 18. Dead languages, hieroglyphics, cuneiform, Phoenician, Linear B, and other linguistic forms are expressed via all forms of fiber artwork. “Red” continues through August 14. The theme of red fills the walls with color.

* Principle Gallery ~ 208 King Street, Alexandria, features Trish Coonrod in a Solo Exhibition. There is an opening reception on August 26, 6- 8:30 pm.

* Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center ~ “Summer Colors,” August 1-28. In conjunction with the Kiln Club, the ceramics show explores color in functional and sculptural forms – abstract and realistic – using glazes, underglazes, and stains.

* Studio 9 ~ “Through These Eyes” is a pop-up video exhibition as an extension of the Target Gallery through September 4. It features ten artists from across the country focusing upon the perspectives of underrepresented identities such as BPOC, LGBTQ+, and physical, mental, or emotionally challenged via film shorts, documentaries, and animation. Juried by Naoko Wowsugi, a DC-based artist who works with photography, video, and performance as forms of communication using interdisciplinary media, local research, and community participation.

* Target Gallery ~  “Turning Tides,” July 23-September 11, a group exhibit that explores the impact of climate change in a dialogue of mixed media among artists hailing from Brooklyn to the DMV to Arkansas. A reception will be held Friday, August 12, 7-9 pm.

Art Lovers1 – Picasso – le Gourmet O, by Leni Gurin at the Art League Gallery. (Photo Art League Gallery)

* Workshops on the Waterfront – Every third Saturday of April-September from 1-3 pm, there’s a free workshop or demo with Torpedo Factory artists held at the waterfront entrance of the art center.

* Principle Gallery ~ Newly Juried Artwork by recently-juried artists joining the studios at the Torpedo Factory featuring the work of over 35 artists curated into this first ever collaborative exhibit with the historic art center. Media includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and more. On exhibit through  Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Following this show there will be will be a solo exhibit of the works of super-realist painter Trish Coonrod with an opening reception August 26 from 6-8:30pm. The gallery, at 208 King Street, is open Monday: 12-5pm, Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am – 8pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm.

* Van Landingham Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center ~ Velocity is a new juried membership show featuring the art work of Tom Kelly, Rebecca Mc Neely, Eileen O’!Brian, Beverly Ryan, Samantha Shelton, Jennifer Brewer Stone, Guido Zanni, and Joyce Zipperer. Velocity runs through August 31, 2022. The Gallery is open 10am-6pm daily.

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Kelly MacConomy

Kelly MacConomy is the Arts Editor for The Zebra Press.

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