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Fine Arts Aug. 16-22

<b>New and Upcoming Exhibits

</b> Alexandria artist Betsy Anderson is the judge of Vienna Arts Society's "Themed" judged show running from Aug. 28-Sept. 29 at the Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant St., N.W., Vienna. The theme of the show "Mix It Up!" features a variety of art from around the area. 703-319-3971.

Scope Gallery Studio 19 presents "Decorative Techniques" from Aug. 27-Sept. 30. The exhibit, presented by the Ceramic Guild, includes a pictorial and educational presentation of a variety of decorative techniques used to enhance clay surfaces, accompanied by examples of work that demonstrate the techniques. Free. Located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org <http://www.torpedofactory.org/> or 703-548-6288.

<b>Ongoing Exhibits

</b>Del Ray Artisan’s new exhibit "Mashup! Solos and Collaborations" runs through Aug. 26 at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. The exhibit features pottery, jewelry, monoprints and more. There will also be a raffle of some of the artwork. 703-838-4827.

The Ceramic Guild presents "Up in Smoke" featuring pit fire, raku and saggar fired pottery. Runs through Aug. 26 at Scope Gallery, Studio 19 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Pauline Davis Lorfano will have a "Summer Exhibit" on display at Green Spring Garden Park, 4603 Green Spring Road, through Aug. 27. It is a mixed media exhibit. Visit www.greenspring.org or 703-642-5173.

See "Artists Choose Artists" at Printmakers Inc., Studio 325 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., through Aug. 31. Each member of Printmakers gallery has invited a Torpedo Factory artist to exhibit a piece of work. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1342.

The Alexandria Black History Museum has a new exhibit titled "Portraits of Black Music: Photographs by Jonathan B. French and Edward C. Keith III." The show features photographs and drawings of contemporary African American musicians. The exhibition is free and will be open through Aug. 31. Located at 902 Wythe St., and open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 703-838-4356 or visit www.alexblackhistory.org.

Enamelists Gallery Studio 28 presents Dorothea Stover's mini show "Explorations" through Sept. 2. The exhibit showcases pendants and broaches using the cloisonné technique, and wall pieces using a variety of techniques. Free. Located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-836-1561.

Opening Aug. 6, "Personal Visions" at Gallery West, 1213 King St., runs through Sept. 3. This three member show reflects three distinct views that capture a sense of time and place as seen through the eyes of local artists Gwen Bragg, Roger Frey and Deborah Reeve. Visit www.gallery-west.com or 703-549-6006.

Through Sept. 3, oil paintings by Sara Linda Poly, an instructor at the Art League School in Alexandria, and her students, will be on display in the main house at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive. The exhibit will feature plein air pieces done at River Farm and the surrounding area. For more information, contact Trish Gibson, AHS Events Manager and Curator of Buildings, at 703-768-5700 ext. 114, www.ahs.org or tgibson@ahs.org.

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, the exhibition "Jamestown, Establishing English America" is now open at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. Many rare books are featured, including a copy of "Lucilentissima" by Johann Schöner. Museum visitors will also see a first edition of Captain John Smith’s account "The History of Virginia," published in 1624 and featuring the first map showing the name and location of the Jamestown Colony. It will be open through Labor Day. For more information, contact The Lyceum at 703-838-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

See "Near and Beyond: The International Landscape Show" through Sept. 3 at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. This exhibit will feature works broadly depicting the global landscape. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.

Fiberworks studio in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., is hosting "Neckpiece Narratives" by Kathleen Betty Williams. The exhibit runs through Sept. 3. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-836-5807.

Target Gallery in Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., is holding "Visual Rhythms/Ritmos Visuales" through Sept. 3. Latin American art and culture influenced the 22 artists from around the world. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Lillian Elkey presents "East Meets West" through Sept. 3 at the Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St. in Occoquan. Elkey, an Alexandria resident, showcases Oriental and Western watercolors. Free. Visit www.loftgallery.org for more.

Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery Studio 14 presents "Exotic Places" through Sept. 4. The exhibit showcases fiber arts from other locations and the artists' interpretations of them. Free. Located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-548-0935.

Come see The Bi-Annual Art in City Hall Juried Exhibition through Sept. 14. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon. Located in City Hall, 301 King St., Alexandria. Presented by The Art League, The Del Ray Artisans, The Torpedo Factory Artisans Association, and Springwater Fiber Workshop with the City of Alexandria.

Minnie Howard School students will have "A Thousand Words" photography exhibit on display through September at City Hall, 301 King St. Visit www.acps.k12.va.us/mhs/a1000words to view images on line.

"R" Place, 8136 Old Keene Mill Road, A-209 in Springfield will host an exhibition of pastel works by Carol Fogelsong, of Alexandria, through Oct. 25. These works depict landscapes of New Mexico, Tennessee, and Virginia using the plein air painting technique. Free. 703-644-2361 or visit www.rplace.us for more.

See 18th century items on loan from local resident Loring G. Starnes through October at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. The pieces selected include maps, paintings, prints ivory and silver. Contact Carlyle House Historic Park at 703-549-2997 or e-mail CARLYLE@nvrpa.org

The Art League in the Torpedo Factory is holding an off-site sculpture exhibition "The Art League Sculptors at Washington Square" in Washington Square's atrium, 1050 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., through Nov. 2. The exhibit showcases an array of works by Art League artists, including Art League School instructors, and members of the Torpedo Factory Artists Association. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.

>"Salon Eight Presents: an Exhibition of Painting," a new art exhibit featuring landscapes, still life's and an array of botanical subjects will be on display at the American Horticultural Society's River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, from Sept. 6–Jan. 4. The show includes work by eight locally-known artists, working in different media, who share in common the artist's passion for interpreting personal perceptions through expressive choice of color, line, form, composition, and perspective. For information, contact Trish Gibson, Events Manager at River Farm 703-768-5700, ext 1114.

See Civil War drawings by soldier, artist, and musician William Lydston, Jr. through March 1, 2008 at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road . William Lydston, Jr. was a professional artist who lied about his age to join the Union army. For more information, call 703-838-4848.

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Del Ray Artisans seeks submissions from all art media for the September All-Member Art Show. The theme is "Unusual Combinations" that can be a play on words, color reversals, using found objects in unique ways, whatever you are inspired to create. Artists may submit up to three works in any medium that have not previously been exhibited at the Gallery. Every participating member will have at least one piece of art displayed. The show runs from Sept. 7-Oct. 7. Visit http://thedelrayartisans.org/.