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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Fine Arts May 15-21

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The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts announces a “Call to Artists” for the creation of the 2008 Alex Awards. Artists, who either work or live in the City, are asked to submit a proposal for up to five art pieces. All proposals must be submitted to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts’ office (1108 Jefferson St.) by the close of business on Wednesday, June 6. The theme of the 2008 Alex Awards is “The Global Arts in Alexandria,” and the artwork created for the award should evoke this theme. To receive a “Call to Artists” form or request further information call the Commission’s office at 703-838-6348, visit www.alexandriacommissionforthearts.org, or e-mail aca@alexandriava.gov.

New and Upcoming Exhibits

Artists “Think Green” at the Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., from June 5-29. Artists thought about the environment through their artwork. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.

Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents photos by Peggy Fleming and Karen Keating. Free. From June 2 through July 7. Visit torpedofactory.org for more.

The Kiln Club presents “Surface Matters,” featuring a display of work using techniques such as carving or brushwork, from June 2 through July 1 at Scope Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-548-6288.

See “2 Visions,” at Gallery West, 1213 King St., from June 4 through July 6. Features the work of two of the gallery’s newest members, Linda Bankerd and Robinwyn Lewis. Visit www.gallery-west.com or 703-549-6006.

Ongoing Exhibits

Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents “Led by Thread” through June 1. See an exhibit tat incorporates fiber. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Gallery West, 1213 King St., presents “Nature’s Journey” from May 7 through June 1. The exhibit showcases landscapes, lotus and flowers by Darlene Kaplan. Free. Visit www.gallery-west.com or 703-549-6006.

See “Thread by Thread” by Fiberworks Members through June 1 at Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-5807.

Printmakers Studio in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents “Shells and Pears” by Carolyn Witschonke through June 1. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Scope Gallery presents “From Earth to Elegance” through June 1 at Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. See the transformation of clay into functional and decorative pieces of art. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

“Conflict & Contrast” features photography by Scott Mahaskey and Susan Meyers at Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. through June 1. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

“Challenges” will be on display through June 1 at Enamelists Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. See art by members of the gallery. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

The Art League Gallery showcases “Inner Harbor” by Phoebe Twichell Peterson through June 2 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1780.

See Alexandria artist Patrick O’Brien and Arlington artist Barbara Weber exhibit some of their turned wood and basketry at Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan, through June 2. Free. Visit www.theartistsundertaking.com or 703-494-0584.

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association presents “Laurel Hausler: Rackets & Remedies” through June 15 at the Athenaeum. See an interaction between advertising and medicine. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org.

Blueberry Art Gallery, 3112-A Mount Vernon Ave., presents “Delray” by K. Wesley E. Clark from June 1 through June 21.

“Rhapsody In Bloom,” a collection of watercolors and fine art photography by local artists Kathleen and Tom Ball, will be on display at the American Horticultural Society’s River Farm headquarters through June 28. For more information, please contact Sarah Christie, Events Coordinator, at 703-768-5700 ext. 114 or schristie@ahs.org.

See paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road through June 30. Free. Visit potomacvalleywatercolorist.com or 703-642-5173 for more.

“Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists” at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road through June 30. Free. Visit potomacvalleywatercolorist.com or 703-642-5173.

City of Alexandria and Art in Hand present an exhibit by children age 18 months to 5 years at Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St. through June 30. Free.

See the “Living Legends of Alexandria” photo exhibit at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. 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.

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.