<cal1>Now through Dec. 31
<cal2>Gallery West Presents: The 30th Anniversary Celebration/Small Works Show
Join the members of Gallery West in a month-long celebration of the gallery’s 30th year. The gallery is located at 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria’s Boutique District, between Payne and Fayette. Shopping and fine dining are nearby.
The gallery is open from 11 – 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Images of work by the members are on view at the gallery’s Web site: www.gallery-west.com. Call 703-549-6006.
<cal1>Now through Nov. 29
<cal2>Scope Gallery — Table Talk. Over a dozen Ceramic Guild potters have been creating cups, plates, bowls and other serveware to complete a table and add originality and color to a holiday spread. The show runs now through Nov. 29, Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. The gallery is located on the ground floor Studio 19, 101 North Union Street Alexandria. Call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.
<cal1>Now through Nov. 29
<cal2>Artist Renee van der Stelt — Projections: Line on Land. Target Gallery’s 2009 Open Exhibition Winner, Renee van der Stelt, will be exhibiting her drawings/sculptures that explore how a drawing can affect and shape space. At Target Gallery, TFAC, on the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria.
<cal1>Now Through Dec. 7
<cal2>Tory Cowles’ Solo Exhibit, "Boing!"
In Tory Cowles’ latest series of abstract paintings she strives to incorporate more interactive three-dimensional elements. Her work has always been light, playful, and joyful, but now the work invites the viewer to participate. Cowles is a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. In The Art League Gallery: Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, 12 noon – 6 p.m.; Open Thursdays until 9 p.m.
<cal1>Now Through Dec. 20
<cal2>Heavenly Dialogue: Photographs of Natural Occurrences. New Work by Lucy Herrman. A portion of the sales from this show will be donated to SHARE of McLean. At 2401 26th Road South, Arlington. Call 703-585-1705. Go to www.DualityContemporaryArt.com
<cal1>Nov. 30 to Jan. 3
<cal2>The Kiln Club Show. Runs Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. Scope Gallery is located at 101 North Union Street, ground floor Studio 19, Alexandria. Call the Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.
<cal1>Dec. 8 to Jan. 3
<cal2>Size Matters: Two Shows-Two Jurors. Juried by Peg Koetsch and Brett John Johnson. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except second Thursdays 2 to 9 p.m. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Street, #312, Alexandria. Call 703-683-2205.
<cal2>Pandora's Box: Reception and Unveiling, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jury talk at 7 p.m. Local youth from the new Charles Houston Recreation Center will create a large group artwork piece in conjunction with the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery national exhibition Pandora’s Box. The piece will be displayed at the Torpedo Factory and celebrated with a reception. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St, Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, ext. 4 or go to www.torpedofactory.org. Open daily 10-6 p.m. and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
<cal1> Dec. 10 to Jan. 4, 2010
<cal2>Pamela H. Viola, "The One Less Traveled."
Photographer Pamela Viola’s solo artist exhibit at The Art League Gallery, "The One Less Traveled," features dreamlike, mysterious landscapes that challenge the viewer to see the world in a new and different way. Opening Reception: Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sundays, 12 noon – 6 p.m. Open Thursdays until 9 p.m. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. The Art League,105 North Union Street, Alexandria.
<cal1>Now Through Nov. 30
<cal2>"New Works." More than 20 Arlington artists will exhibit paintings, prints, and collage in a variety of styles including realism, impressionism, non-representational abstraction, and other traditional and contemporary styles. "New Works" by members of the Arlington Artists Alliance will be on display through Nov. 30 at The Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet the artists at a reception Friday, Nov. 20, 6 - 8:30 p.m. with wine and light refreshments. More information at www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
<cal1>Now through Dec. 3
<cal2>Recycled As Art. At Mary Mount University's Barry Gallery: Art by Heidi Fowler, Ed Gross, Donna McCullough, and Sabyna Sterrett. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery is located in the Reinsch Library on Marymount's Main Campus - 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Contact Judy Bass, the Gallery curator, at 703-284-1561 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
<cal2>Small Works/Holiday Show and Silent Auction at Gallery West. Silent Auction is Saturday, Dec. 5 from 3-6 p.m. The 2nd Thursday Reception is Dec. 10 from 6-9 p.m. Patrons may peruse the show and place their bids on the pieces marked for the auction on or before Saturday, Dec. 5. Winners will be announced at that afternoon’s reception, which runs from 3–6 p.m. At 1213 King Street in Alexandria. Call 703-549-6006 or go to www.gallery-west.com.
"Spirits in a Bottle" — Extended into January 2010
Barbara Hardaway’s exhibition, "Spirits in a Bottle: Decorative Expressions of an Ancient African Tradition," has been extended through Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Alexandria Black History Museum. This show pays homage to the 9th- and 10th-century Congolese tradition of adorning the ends of tree branches with colorful bottles that would catch the sunlight. Hardaway, a Washington, D.C., artist, updated this ritual by decorating more than a hundred Arizona Iced Tea bottles and festooning them with feathers, fabric, beads, netting, ribbons and seashells, bestowing each with character and panache. She also designed bottles featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Marian Anderson, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other luminaries.
The exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested admission is $2. The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street in the Parker-Gray Historic District. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call the museum at 703-838-4356.