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Fine Arts Sept. 27-Oct. 3

<b>Other Art Activities

</b> The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts has scheduled grant workshops on Monday, Sept. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Recreation Center, located at 1605 Cameron St. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Anne Colton, Cultural Arts Administrator at 703-838-5041, ext. 438 (TTY 703-838-4902) or e-mail cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov.

<b>New and Upcoming Exhibits

</b> 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.

<b>Closing: Last Chance

</b> Eleven artists have been selected as finalists for the "The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards," a juried art competition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The work of the 11 finalists will be on display through Sept. 28 in downtown Bethesda at Creative Partners Gallery located at 4600 East-West Highway. Linda Hesh of Alexandria is one of the finalists. Visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

Alexandria artist Betsy Anderson is the judge of Vienna Arts Society's "Themed" judged show running through 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" through 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 or 703-548-6288.

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.

Multiple Exposure Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents "Stone Portraits" by Grace Taylor and "A Second Look" by Colleen Henderson through Sept. 30. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

The Lyceum's exclusive exhibit "Jamestown, Establishing English America" has been extended through Sept. 30. The exhibition of more than 100 artifacts from the 16th and 17th centuries puts the Jamestown settlement within the context of European exploration and colonization of the New World. The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, is located at 201 South Washington St. in Old Town. Free. For more information, contact The Lyceum at 703-838-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

Arts Afire Glass Gallery, 1117 King St., is having its 10th annual Kaleidoscope show through Sept. 30. Visit www.artsafire.com or 703-838-9785.

Virginia Irby-Maxwell will be the featured artist at Fiberworks studio in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Virginia Irby-Maxwell transforms fabric and yarns into unusual garments and textured accessories by means of crochet, machine embroidery, collaged surface design and sewing. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

See "Symphony in Color" through Sept. 30 at Enamelists Gallery Studio 28 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. The exhibit explores how light strikes a piece and the various colors and nuances that appear as a result. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-836-1561.

Linda Lawler hosts a solo exhibit at The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., through Oct. 1. The exhibit "Virginia Vineyards," showcases paintings depicting the Virginia landscape. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.

<b>Ongoing Exhibits

</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.

See "Unusual Combinations" through Oct. 7 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. An element of uncommon is injected into each creation. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-360-1265.

Mary Trent Scott, formerly of Arlington, has a solo exhibit "Collage" at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St., Washington, D.C. through Oct. 7. Mary creates collages using layers of pattern, tissue, birch bark and handmade paper. Visit www.touchstonegallery.com or 202-347-2787.

Gallery Indigo, 1607 King St. in Old Town, Alexandria, will exhibit the works of award-winning mixed media artist Ann Elder Hess through Oct. 9. Several of Hess' pieces will be available for sale at the gallery and orders will be taken for custom pieces like "Time In A Bottle" which incorporates family photographs. Gallery hours are weekdays,10 a.m.-6 p.m., except Thursdays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and by appointment through Tisara Photography at 703-838-8098.

See "Transformation" in the Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery Studio 18 at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. through Oct. 14. The exhibit takes trash and turns it into art. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-548-0935.

See "In the Flesh" through Oct. 14 at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Focuses on the trends in contemporary figurative art. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Principle Gallery presents "Hale Allen/Andrei Petrov Exhibition" through Oct. 15 at Principle Gallery, 208 King St. The exhibit explores the contrast in beauty between the concrete urban industrial structure and organic nature-based abstraction. Free. E-mail info@principlegallery.com or 703-739-9326.

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 from Oct. 12-28. 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.

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

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" from Oct. 2-Nov. 4. Browse hand-dyed silks, cottons and linens turned into wall pieces, art quilts and clothing. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

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 from Oct. 4-Nov. 5. Free. Her paintings portray the American Landscape. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

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.

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.