</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> Target Gallery presents "The Five Senses" through April 6 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. The artwork in the exhibit incorporates two or more senses. 703-838-4565 ext. 4, email@example.com or visit www.torpedofactory.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 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 April 8 through May 5. 703-494-0584 or at www.theartistsundertaking.com.
<b>Closing: Last Chance
</b> "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
</b>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" 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" through March 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. 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" through 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 through 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 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.