Fine Art

Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road, exhibits "Off the Pages of Godey’s: A Guide to the Domestic Sciences" through the end of 2006. Admission is free. Call 703-838-4848.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, presents "Mixed Messages," a mixed media juried exhibition that represents artists from all over the United States and abroad. The exhibition runs Dec. 6 through Jan. 14, 2007. Two of the local artists are from the Torpedo Factory Artists Association, Felicia Belair-Rigdon and Marcia Jaestadt and two are members of the Art League Gallery, Diana Derby and Suzanne Twyford, located in the Torpedo Factory. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

See images by Patricia Palermino on display from Dec. 9-31 at Elizabeth Stone Gallery, 1127 King St., Suite 201, Alexandria. She is the author of "Doggie Tails with Alex and Andria in Alexandria." Visit www.elizabethstonegallery.com for more.

Enjoy “London and Paris in Winter,” watercolors and sketches by Martha D D Brumbaugh of Alexandria, in exhibit at the Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan, from Dec. 5-31. Visit www.loftgallery.org for more.

Jeanne Garant’s solo-artist exhibit, "Recycled," will be featured at The Art League Gallery Dec. 7–Jan. 2, 2007. The exhibit features collage and assemblage works composed of paper, metals, plastics and other found materials from the streets of Old Town Alexandria. The exhibit is located in Torpedo Factory Center in Old Town. Free.

Art in City Hall, a bi-annual juried exhibition, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon through March 23, at Alexandria's City Hall, 301 King St.

Jan Moffat will have art displayed at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Art will be displayed through Dec. 26.

Factory Art Center's Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St. from Dec. 6-Jan. 14, 2007. Opening reception on Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or call 703-838-4565.

"Peace Pieces" opens on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Athenaeum Gallery, located at 201 Prince St., in Old Town Alexandria. This show includes all new works by local artist Marta Sewall, including a variety of mixed media pieces. The works abstractly depict patterns taken from the earth and various global cultures. The show will run through Dec. 17. The gallery will be closed on Nov. 23 and 24 as well as Dec. 2. For more e-mail vriisma@nvfaa.org, visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

"Serving with Distinction: African Americans in Alexandria Public Safety" runs through December at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. This exhibition honors African Americans in Alexandria’s Police Department, Sheriff's Office, and Fire Department. Free. 703-838-4356.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center will be open until 9 p.m. every Thursday in December for special activities and shopping. On Thursdays, Dec. 14, and 21 from 6-9 p.m., experience first-hand the sculpture casting process as Chris Erney produces a mold of his large-scale angel sculpture "Angel of Night." Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or call 703-838-4565.

Springfield Art Guild is holding its annual art show and sale from Nov. 6-Jan. 16, 2007 at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive, Alexandria. The exhibit features original artwork by members of the Springfield Art Guild and juried by Trudi Van Dyke. For more information contact Darlene Kaplan, President, at 703-922-4175.

A Woman’s Story Gallery will open a new exhibition "Reflections" featuring the art and journey of Israeli-American artist Regina Margarita Barker-Barzel at 1307 King St., Alexandria. The exhibition showcases over 25 oil on canvas paintings that will be on display at A Woman’s Story Gallery from Nov. 8-Dec. 16. Free. Visit www.ewint.org for more.

The Alexandria Black History Museum hosts a new exhibit, Serving With Distinction: African Americans in Alexandria Public Safety, at the Museum, 902 Wythe St. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum through Dec. 31. Serving with Distinction honors the "trail blazers," black men and women who integrated Alexandria's public safety departments. The exhibition recalls the adversities African Americans faced and conquered; the personal and professional fellowship that emerged among the Fire, Police, and Sheriff's Departments; and the professional and personal involvement in community outreach they maintained during their careers. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call 703-838-4356.

The Lyceum opened an exhibit "Early Images of Virginia Indians" on view in the Coldsmith Gallery. The exhibit features period engravings produced from 1590 to the 1800s. The exhibit is open now and will be on exhibit until Feb. 11, 2007. The Lyceum is located at 201 S. Washington St. in Old Town Alexandria. The museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association presents "Photography In Motion," an exhibit by photographer Katsuyoshi Tanaka, photographer for the American Ballet Theatre. These works are a display of behind-the-scenes photographs of the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. The pieces include portraits of well-known dancers, including Julie Kent. Many of the pictures were taken during rehearsals and backstage. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 7 from 4-6 p.m. at the Athenaeum Gallery. Call 703-548-0035 or visit www.nvfaa.org for more.

See Empowered Women International's new exhibit "UnFenced Perspectives" by 10 immigrant and American artists and graduates from the EWI business Training for Success. The exhibit runs from Dec. 17-Jan. 14 at 1307 King St., Alexandria. Visit www.ewint.org for more information.

On Jan. 11, the Alexandria Black History Museum will open a new exhibit, "From Morning to Night: Domestic Service in the Gilded Age South." This traveling exhibit, examines the role of African Americans in domestic service in the South. "From Morning to Night: Domestic Service in the Gilded Age South," looks at the lives of the men and women who worked from morning to night, to make a better life for themselves and their families. The free exhibit will be on view from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays, through June 1, 2007. The museum is located at 902 Wythe St. in Alexandria. For more information, call the Museum at 703-838-4356.

Enjoy "Nature's Journey" presented by Friends of Green Spring Gardens Park. This exhibit, by Darlene Kaplan, has a horticultural theme. The exhibit runs from Jan. 7-Feb. 26. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4:30 p.m. Exhibit at Witch Hazel Lane, Annandale. Call 703-642-5175 for more information. Visit www.darlenekaplan.com for information about her art and classes.