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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Fine Arts Oct. 18-25

<b>New and Upcoming Exhibits

</b> Thirteen muralist painters from Denmark will join master Trompe l’oeil painter and Art League School instructor, Patrick Kirwin, where they will transform one of the walls in The Art League’s Duke Street Annex into one of Kirwin’s masterful artistic illusions. The new Trompe l’oeil mural at the Duke Street Annex will feature aspects of local Alexandria and Washington, D.C. architecture. Art League students will also join Kirwin and the students from Svendvorg on this one-week project, which begins Oct. 16.For more information about this unique project and collaboration, contact Erica Fortwengler, Director of Communications, ericaf@theartleague.org, 703-683-1780 x27.

Convergence presents the exhibit "Body of Christ" from Oct. 21-Dec. 14 at 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Free. Visit www.convergenceccf.net for more.

The Art League, in Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents "Hidden Sky" by Cristy West. Her works will be on display from Nov. 8-Dec. 3. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts will sponsor a new gallery exhibition at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., through Monday, Dec. 31. The exhibition features work by painter Marian Van Landingham and sculptor Mirella Monti Belshé. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Anne Colton at 703-838-6348 (TTY 703.838.4902) or e-mail at cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov.

Principle Gallery presents "New Works" by Martin Poole through Nov. 2 at the gallery, 208 King St. See landscapes, still life and more. Free. Visit www.principlegallery.com or 703-739-9326.

See "Musical Notes" through Nov. 18 at Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery Studio 18, in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., presents "Sweet Struggle" by Andrea Reed from Oct. 27-Dec. 2. She was the winner of the Open Exhibition spot. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Scope Gallery presents "Festive Entertaining" from Oct. 29-Nov. 25 in Studio 19 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Features work by the Ceramic Guild. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

<b>Closing: Last Chance

</b> Tyler Teaching Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., is hosting "Honoring Tom Suzuki: A Retrospective Exhibition" through Oct. 24. Free. Suzuki was a pioneer of computer design and founded Tom Suzuki, Inc. in Falls Church. 703-845-6239.

Del Ray Artisans is hosting "Tribute to All Things Magical: the Light and the Dark." The show seeks to capture perceptions of the magical among contemporary artists in the DC and Northern Virginia areas, featuring magical beasts, beings, places, and symbols. The show runs through Oct. 28. For directions and more information, visit www.thedelrayartisans.org.

"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.

Oerth Gallery has its first show with painter Ross Merrill through Oct. 28 at the gallery, 420 S. Washington St. Free. The exhibit showcases oil paintings of area landscapes. Visit www.oerthgallery.com or 703-836-3784.

The Del Ray Artisans is holding "Tribute to All Things Magical: The Light and the Dark" through Oct. 28. The exhibit brings to life the relationship between light and dark. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org for more.

<b>Ongoing Exhibits

</b>Art Whino will open a gallery at 717 N. Saint Asaph St. Derrick Wolbaum will be the solo artist. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30. Free. 703-462-4135.

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

A Show of Hands, 2204 Mount Vernon Ave., is hosting local glass artist Brian Costner, exhibiting his kilnformed glass platters and bowls through October. A Show of Hands features locally made gifts, jewelry and art. All items are unique and handcrafted. 703-683-2905 or visit www.ashowofhands.biz for more.

Printmakers Studio presents "MIXT" through Oct. 31 at Printmakers Studio 325 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Isabel Field demonstrates how using old ideas and images in a new way can bring freshness to the subject. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1342.

The Elizabeth Stone Gallery presents artwork by Mercer Mayer, illustrator of "A Boy, A Dog and A Frog," through Oct. 31 at the gallery, 1127 King St. Free. Visit www.elizabethstonegallery.com or 703-706-0025.

The Springfield Art Guild is holding an art show through Oct. 31 at Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road. Features 20 works of art are displayed and for sale. 703-971-6262.

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.

Fiberworks in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents Candace Edgerley's exhibit "Trace Elements" through Nov. 4. Browse hand-dyed silks, cottons and linens turned into wall pieces, art quilts and clothing. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

See "Going Places," oil paintings by Marcia Toepfer through Nov. 4 at The Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. She has had exhibits at the Art League Gallery and Green Springs Park. 703-490-1117.

Arlington Artists Alliance presents "Down that Road—Landscapes" by Amber Kelley through Nov. 4. Located at Cassatt’s Kiwi Café & Gallery, 4536 Lee Highway. Features meteorological events, stretches of road and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org or 703-527-3330.

The Art League presents Raka Bose Saha's Solo Exhibit, "The Brilliance of Mother Earth," at The Art League Gallery, located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Runs through Nov. 5. Free. Her paintings portray the American Landscape. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

Gallery Indigo will present the first solo exhibition of "Elder Fairy illustrations" by Sheryl Robin Gordon through Nov. 5. Gallery Indigo is located at street level, 1607 King St. For information about the exhibition contact Nina Tisara, 703-838-8098.

The von Breahler ltd/Gallery presents the works of Yuri Kokoyanin. The Gallery has special interest n Russian-born artist. Kokoyanin paints the mundane in a new light. The exhibit will open Saturday and Sunday Sept. 15 and 16 and it will run until Nov. 11. The Gallery is located at 1437 Powhatan St. Contact Bob Murray at 703-798-8686 for more information.

The Alexandria Black History Museum presents "God Has Made a Way in Leesburg" photography exhibit through Dec. 31 at the museum, 902 Wythe St. See images by Big Al Carter, which showcases his family members and their community in Leesburg during the 1970s. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-836-4356.

"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, through 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.

New exhibitions showcasing the works of two artists are on display in the galleries at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St., and the City Manager’s Gallery, 301 King St. Acrylic and oil paintings by Nihal Kececi will be on exhibit at the Durant Center through Oct. 31; monotypes and oil on paper by Betsy Anderson will be featured at the City Manager’s Gallery through Jan. 6, 2008. Appointments to view these works can be made during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., by calling 703-838-6348. For more information about the artists and about other programs of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, visit www.alexandriacommissionforthearts.org.

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.