</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.
<b>New and Upcoming Exhibits
</b> 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.
<b>Closing: Last Chance
</b> See Civil War drawings by soldier, artist, and musician William Lydston, Jr. through March 1 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.
Gallery 222 presents "Looking East," paintings by Nellie Chao and Dasher Chagnaa with Pottery by David Norton. This special exhibit is on display through March 1. Chagnaa is a juried member of the Torpedo Factory. Gallery 222 is located at 222 South King St. For more information, contact Gale Waldron at 703-777-5498 or visit www.gallery222.com
See original artwork by Avis Fleming at Gallery two at Gallery 222, 222 S. King St. See etchings, monotypes and watercolors. Exhibit runs through March 1. For more information, visit www.gallery222.com or call 703-777-5498.
Gallery West, 1213 King St., presents its "National Juried Show" through March 2. Features a variety of works by artists from across the United States, juried by Sharon Mason. Free. Visit www.gallery-west.com for more.
Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 312, in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents "Juried Photography Show" through March 2. See a variety of photography juried by Kit and Gary Putnam of Arlington. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.
Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., presents "Creative Challenge—Again!" through March 2. See how artists work with the same components and supplies to create different works. Free. Hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.
</b>2002 T.C. Williams graduate Devon Johnson will exhibit photography at the Richmond Library, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond, through March 4. Free. Visit http://www.richmondpubliclibrary.org/events/firstFriday.htm for more.
"Imaging Blackness" Exhibition Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street through March 7. This new exhibition, "Imaging Blackness, 1915-2002: Film Posters from the Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive," features dozens of movie posters from a variety of black films, including westerns, musicals and dramas. These vintage posters represent the marketing of black entertainers who contradicted or strengthened stereotypes as they built a successful place for African Americans in film. A film series will be held in conjunction with this unique study of commercial art, American cinema and black history. Free! Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 703.838.4356. www.alexblackhistory.org
See "Black/White," painting, collage and installation by Reuben Breslar at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. through March 16. Free. 703-548-0035.
Art Whino presents a double feature "Trip on Memory Lane: The Solo Show of JoKa" and "Art Whino’s Collaboration" from Feb. 22 through March 15. Located at 717 N. Saint Asaph St. Free. Visit www.artwhino.com for more.
River Farm presents "The Wonders of Nature" through March 31. Features a variety of artists from Gallery West including photography, watercolor, oil and more. Call 703-768-5700 ext. 112. All works are for sale.
See "Spirit of Del Ray" from March 7-30 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827. Part of the Centennial of the Town of Potomac.
Annemarie Feld will exhibit "Leather & Glass" at Fiberworks Studio 14 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. from March 4 through March 31. See a variety of wearable art including belts, bags and more. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents Darren Smith’s solo exhibit "Reality Remixed" from March 6-April 7. Features a variety of photo mosaics. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1780 for more.
The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents "La Femme: Celebration of an Icon" juried by Sarah Tanguy from March 4-April 7. Features art dealing with complex roles of women. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1780 for more.
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 from Feb. 26 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.
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.