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Pear teapot by Jennifer Dinkelmeyer of Alexandria.

"Flower Power" by the Ceramic Guild

<lst>Vases are budding and pots are flowering this July at the Torpedo Factory's Scope Gallery.

More than a dozen Washington-area artists are presenting "Flower Power," a colorful floral-themed exhibition and sale of stoneware, sculpture, raku and pitfired pieces. Seeds of inspiration have produced platters dotted with delicate dogwood, magnolia and lilies, teapots painted with lively pears and wall plaques handpainted with brilliant blue irises.

The show runs July 27 to Aug. 23, Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. The gallery is Studio 19, 101 North Union Street, Alexandria. Call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope

CMDupré: The Mysterious Other

<lst>Exhibition Dates: now through July 12

Reception to meet the artist: July 9, 6-8 p.m.; awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

The Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery will present the 2009 Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year, CMDupré and her solo exhibition titled "The Mysterious Other" from now through July 12. Along with the honor of having a solo exhibition, the artist will also receive an award check of $1,000. The collection of visually lush oil paintings explores dark areas of human existence including the grasping horror of war. Through her use of a grid pattern, the artist retells historical narratives from different viewpoints while utilizing varied approaches to painting.

The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center named CMDupré Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year in January of 2009. Dupré, who has had a studio at the Torpedo Factory for over eight and a half years, was praised by juror Shauna Lee Lange for creating paintings that "achieve visual ecstasy at its best and the work is far beyond the range of her counterparts. The work goes beyond normal convention of color, composition, context, contrast – it’s work that goes beyond talent." The Friends have been sponsoring the Artist of the Year since 1992.

The Target Gallery is the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery hosts exhibitions that provide artists from all over the country and the world an opportunity to have their work seen in the D.C. area. The gallery has a schedule of challenging exhibitions that have far reaching themes that serve to highlight not just current trends in the art world but also reach out to diverse and neglected art groups. Visit the web site and click on Target Gallery News, www.torpedofactory.org.

The gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10-6 p.m.; Thursday 10-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 12-6 p.m. Located on the ground floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 North Union Street, Old Town Alexandria on the waterfront.

"Greece Abstracted," Betsy Anderson’s Solo Artist Show at The Art League Gallery

July 9 – Aug. 3

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The Art League Gallery (located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center) 105 North Union Street, Alexandria

703-683-1780, www.theartleague.org

"Greece Abstracted" features Betsy Anderson’s latest series of landscapes paintings inspired by the color, light, and architecture found in the Greek landscape. Anderson has been a resident artist in the Torpedo Factory Art Center for 29 years. She has been a member of The Art League for 39 years, and is currently serving as Board President. She is a former Commissioner of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Anderson majored in Fine Arts at Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University and holds a BFA from Wright State University.

"The Fine Art of Jazz," an exhibition highlighting the names and faces synonymous with the Kansas City tradition of American jazz, is at the Alexandria Black History Museum at 902 Wythe Street. The exhibition will run through Saturday, Aug. 8. The Alexandria Black History Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and suggested admission is $2. Go to www.alexblackhistory.org.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, will feature artist Jackie Hoysted’s "Afternoons – Where Drawing Meets Painting," acrylic on paper, from Friday, July 10 through Friday, Aug. 7. The Opening Reception is Friday, July 10 from 7-9 p.m. with Artist’s Talk at 8 p.m. The Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and during performances.

Fifteen Ceramic Guild artists present their handmade critter-inspired designs for table and display in a creative array for the "All Creatures Great and Small"-themed juried show and sale at the Torpedo Factory’s Scope Gallery. Crackled glaze raku polar bears roam the shelves and ravens perch on stoneware stems.

The Scope Gallery show runs now through July 28 - Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. The gallery is Studio 19, 101 North Union Street Alexandria. Call 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, will feature artist Jackie Hoysted’s "Afternoons – Where Drawing Meets Painting," acrylic on paper, from Friday, July 10 through Friday, Aug. 7. The Opening Reception is Friday, July 10 from 7-9pm with Artist’s Talk at 8 p.m. The Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and during performances.

The Artisans United Craft Gallery. Enjoy the free show, "Summer Delights" during July. Come in and find unique hand-made craft items. Located at 4022 Hummer Rd., Annandale. Call 703-941-0202. The Craft Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waiting for the World to Begin. Thomas Drymon will showcase his abstract landscapes from now through Aug. 2 at the Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035.

Mixed Media Multiplied!, a showcase of multiple mixed media works by Del Ray Artisans members, runs through July 19. The exhibition will be on view at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Free. Go to www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or call 703-838-4827.

Open Life Drawing at Del Ray Artisans — Open life drawing continues on selected Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. this summer at the Del Ray Artisans gallery. The fee for each session is $8 for DRA members and $10 for non-members. Contact Katherine Rand at 703-836-1468 or katherine@katherinerand.com. Dates, times and directions can be found at http://www.thedelrayartisans.org/index.htm.

Del Ray Artisans Art Camp: July 27- 31, 2009, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Will include a variety of "green-influenced" projects in different media, including, drawing, painting, sculpture, book making and music. All art supplies are provided. Ages: 8-12. Pricing: $275. Contact: Jen Athanas at 571-332-0181 or jenathanas@hotmail.com. Online registration available at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

The Del Ray Artisans is accepting entries for Revenge of the Sequel, its September 2009 art show. For this show, the artist is creating the concept and image of a sequel to any movie (underground, mainstream, etc.), play, book, opera, television show, a sequel of sequel, or whatever may lend itself to becoming a sequel. Submission deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, July 24. Show dates are Sept. 4-27. Curator is David A. Kosar, 703-836-5483, david.kosar@verizon.net. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org. The Del Ray Artisans gallery is located in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2407 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria; call 703-838-4827.

Gallery West presents "The Power of Color," a juried show of 2- and 3-dimensional fine art celebrating the qualities of hue and color in affordable, original artwork created by regional artists. The exhibit runs from July 8 – Aug. 2 at 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. A reception will take place on Saturday, July 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. Go to www.gallery-west.com. Phone: 703-549-6006.

"Living Legends of Alexandria 2008-09" will be featured in the Coldsmith Gallery at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. It features photographs of all 27 of the nominees with information about their contributions. It runs through Sunday, Sept. 20. The 2008-09 Living Legends are: Engin Artemel, Donna and Mel Bergheim, Bernard M. Fagelson, Thomas "TJ" Fannon, Lillie Finklea and Louise Massoud, Carlton Funn, Arlene Hewitt, Eula and Melvin Miller, George Pera, Elbert Ransom, Jr., Jane Ring, and Charlene Schiff. Call 703-838-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

Mixed Media Multiplied!, a showcase of creative ingenuity in multiple mixed media works by Del Ray Artisans members, runs through July 19. The exhibition will be on view at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. The

gallery and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or call

703-838-4827.

<cal1>Other Items

<lst>Art at the Center, 25 S. Quaker Lane, Room 16, classes are forming now for adults and children from 18 months and up. For details go to www.artatthecenter.org or call 703-581-5598.

<ro>Exhibits

<lst>On Feb. 21, Historic Mount Vernon opens "George Washington & His Generals," a new temporary exhibition. Over 120 paintings, prints, personal artifacts, and manuscripts associated with the generals of the Continental and French armies will be featured. The exhibition will remain on view at the Estate through Jan. 10, 2010. Visit http://Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.