</b> The City of Alexandria invites design submissions from architects, landscape architects, artists, students, and the general public to memorialize and honor the 1,800 individuals—who escaped slavery by fleeing to Alexandria during the Civil War—that are buried in Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery. The three-acre site is located at the southwest corner of Church and South Washington Streets in Alexandria. Submissions are due Friday, April 25. Information and criteria for the design are available at alexandriava.gov/freedmens. Submissions must be mailed to Lee Center, Attention: Design Competition, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314.
The Del Ray Artisans Spring Art Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Spring Sale is held outside in Colasanto Park, adjacent to the gallery. This is a chance for all Artisans to show and market their work. Each participant gets a 10’ x 10’ space, and most use a tent, though it is not required. The fee is $35 plus a donation of 10 percent of sales; 15 percent with use of DRA credit card processing with a signed DRA contract. Spaces are awarded on a first come-first serve basis, and spaces for some media are limited. For further information contact: Rob Rudick, 301-270-2323, email@example.com.
<b>New and Upcoming Exhibits
</b> An exhibit by Civil War soldier, artist and musician William Lydston, Jr., will remain at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site through Dec. 31, to coincide with a statewide celebration of music in Virginia. William Lydston, Jr., (1813-1881) was a talented professional artist and musician from Boston. Fort Ward Museum is located at 4301 West Braddock Road, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-838-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.
</bt>Artist Kim Stenberg will show her recent work in acrylics in a two-month exhibition at the Horticultural Center at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road through April 27. The opening reception is Sunday, March 30, from 1-3 p.m. Works included in the exhibition are landscape and floral paintings on paper and canvas.
See “Canvas Garden II” by Marni Maree through April 28 at Green Spring Gardens Park Horticultural Center, 4601 Green Spring Road. See watercolors painted on canvas. Visit www.marnimaree.com or 703-642-5173.
Alexandria Commission for the Arts now displays works by local artists at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, at 5005 Duke St. Sculptures by Tatyana Schremko Schriempf are now enjoyed by visitors to the Central Library. For information on the Alexandria arts community or to learn about the Alexandria Commission for the Arts programs and services, call 703-838-6348 or visit www.alexandriaarts.com.
Ruth Baja Willams and Jane Andrle Gillette exhibit “Seasons of Friendship, Poems and Paintings” through April 30 at Cameron Perks Coffeehouse, 4911 Brenman Park. Free. Artist Jane Gillett created the artwork to hang next to poems by Ruth Williams. Free. 703-765-1748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibit of “Authentic Affordable Art” in the Adams-Byrd Gallery inside the Mount Vernon Antique Center, 8101 Richmond Highway, through April. The current exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and original prints from the late 1800s through the late 1900s. Call 703-819-4512.
The Kiln Club at Scope Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., is holding its “Annual Juried Show” through May 4. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-548-6288.
Gallery West, 1213 King St., presents “Painted Places Near and Far” by Helen Dilley Barsalou through May 4. See images from France, Italy, Portugal and US. Free. 703-549-6006.
The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., in Historic Occoquan, presents “Art on the Edge,” an exhibit of works of art by wood turner, Patrick O’Brien of Alexandria. The exhibit runs through May 5. 703-494-0584 or at www.theartistsundertaking.com.
The Art League Gallery presents “Interaction” by Amy Lin through May 5. Located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1780. See wood art by Alexandria resident Patrick O’Brien through May 5 at Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. Visit www.theartistsundertaking.com or 703-494-0584.
Amy Lin’s solo artist exhibit “Interaction” will be on display through May 5 at the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. See how the intermingling of dots symbolize an interaction of generations. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.
See “She Was, Is, Will Be” at the Schlesinger Center Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St. through May 9. Art is by Elissa Farrow-Savos. Free.
“Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists” at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road from April 29 through June 30. Free. Visit potomacvalleywatercolorist.com or 703-642-5173.
See the “Living Legends of Alexandria” photo exhibit at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. from April 25 through Sept. 8. See the 48 nominations including the 12 that were selected as the Living Legend. Free. Visit www.tisaraphoto.com/legend or 703-838-8098.