<cal2>Bag Swap. 7-9 p.m. Bring "gently used" or an "un-favorite" bag and swap it out for something "new-to-you." At the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Check www.TheDelRayArtisans.com. Contact Theresa Kulstad, 703-283-0399 or email@example.com or Karen Schmitz, 703-232-4526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Workshop. Art Theory and Developing the Artistic Identity. 10 a.m. to noon. $10/members, $12/non-members. At the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact Matthew Cuenca at 703-768-1726 or email@example.com. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org.
<cal1>Now Through April 25
<cal2>Kiln Club Annual Juried Show. Scope Gallery hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. At 101 North Union Street, ground floor Studio 19, Alexandria. Call 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.htm
<cal1>April 27 Through June 27
<cal2>Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists -- Green Spring Gardens Show. Free. Opening reception is Sunday, May 2 from 1-3 p.m. at the Horticulture Center. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173.
<cal2>Young Artist Showcase. Featuring work by Alexandria high school students to be held at the Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery. Reception and awards ceremony is Sunday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. At Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria; call 703-838-4565, ext. 4; visit www.torpedofactory.org
<cal1>Now Through April 25
<cal2>Art in the Gardens. Free. Featuring the watercolors of Marni Maree and photographs of Jefferson Evans. Open noon to 4:30 p.m. daily. At Green Spring Gardens Park Horticultural Center, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.GreenSpring.org.
<cal1>Now Through April 25
<cal2>What’s Your Bag? This show explores the "Bag as Art" in all mediums and interpretations — handbags, backpacks, tea bags, suitcases, sacks, paper or plastic. Closing reception Sunday, April 25 from 3-6 p.m. Numerous workshops and events scheduled. At the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org.
<cal1>Now Through April 26
<cal2>Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition. At Marymount University's Barry Art Gallery. The works presented in the juried show have been judged in a number of disciplines including Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, and Interior Design. The Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday. At the Reinsch Library, Main Campus, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Contact Judy Bass, the Barry Gallery curator, at 703-284-1561 or visit http://www.marymount.edu/academic/artandsci/barrygallery/
<cal1>Now Through April 26
<cal2>Works by Anne Marchand. The Luminous Exhibition — where art and the universe merge. Luminous is part of the Crystal City BID’s ARTFUL program. At 2231 Crystal Drive, Arlington.
<cal1>Now Through April 26
<cal2>From Meadow to Marsh. 6:30-8:30 p.m. New works by landscape painters Jill Garity and Mollie Vardell. At the VanderZee Gallery, 105 South Lee Street, Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-683-1814.
<cal1> April 26 to May 23
<cal2>Above the Curves: A ceramic celebration of women through earthy forms. Curves are presented in clay art as Washington Ceramic Guild potters embrace womanly organic forms with delicate and intricate clay detailing. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Scope Gallery. The gallery is located on the ground floor Studio 19, 101 North Union Street Alexandria. Hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. Call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope and www.vamindswideopen.org
<cal1>May 4 to June 10
<cal2>To Point B: New Work by Frank Phillips. Gallery opening Tuesday May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Opening reception will be followed by the National Chamber Players concert. Call 703-933-4135 or www.episcopalhighschoool.org. At Angie Newman Johnson Gallery, Episcopal High School, 3900 W Braddock Road, Alexandria. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
<cal2>"Global Rhythm." Open call for any 2D and 3D art done in any medium — drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, photography, etc. — inspired by a specific locale. A minimum of three pieces must be submitted. At the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or contact Matthew Tito Cuenca, Curator at 703-768-1726 or GlobalRhythm@matthewcuenca.com.
<cal1>Now Through May 2
<cal2>Artist Gail C. Weyant Solo Show, "Storytelling Artwork." Straight Photography, Computer Enhanced Images, and Ceramics. At Gallery West, 1213 Duke Street, Old Town Alexandria. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11-6 p.m.
<cal1>Now Through May 3
<cal2>Fierce Sonia’s Solo Exhibit, "Paper Dolls." Joe Chiocca, Old Town’s favorite band, will play and reunite with special guest singer Kim Kenny. Part of the statewide event, Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts. At the Art League Gallery, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Go to www.theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780.
<cal1>May 6 Through June 7
<cal2>Teresa Oaxaca, "Classical Realism: New Works."
Teresa Oaxaca, a 2005 graduate of HB Woodlawn and resident of Arlington, will have her recent paintings featured at The Art League Gallery, inside the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, in her solo exhibit. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 12 noon-6 p.m. Open Thursdays until 9 p.m. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
<cal1>May 14 Through June 13
<cal2>"Piece by Piece Figurative Collage." Collage artist Megan Coyle makes art from recycled magazines. At the age of 23, Coyle has developed a technique where she takes ordinary magazine pages and turns them into works of art. Her first major solo exhibition will be shown at the Fisher Gallery in the Schlesinger Arts Center in Alexandria. The show, titled "Piece by Piece Figurative Collage," opens May 14th, and runs through June 13th. The opening reception is on Saturday, May 22 from 3 to 5 p.m., with an artist talk at 4 p.m. The exhibition includes several 18x24-inch collage works on paper. Each piece is made entirely from recycled magazines and depicts different figures interacting with the environment around them.
By using a technique she calls "painting with paper," Megan creates colorful collages that reflect an influence from her formal training in painting. She recreates the look and feel of a painting through the manipulation of paper and magazine strips, where she cuts and pieces together shapes of paper to mimic brushstrokes. The work challenges traditional ideas of what makes a work of art a painting or a collage.
Megan Coyle grew up in Del Ray in Alexandria, and attended T.C. Williams High School. She received a degree in Painting and Creative Writing from Elon University in 2008, and returned to Northern Virginia to begin her career as a professional artist. Another series of her figurative collages will be on display in July at the Art League in Old Town, Alexandria.
<cal1>Now Through May 9
<cal2>Cedric Williams' Nostalgia and Dereliction. Artist's reception is Sunday, April 18 from 4-6 p.m. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and during performances. At the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery, at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Visit www.schlesingercenter.com.
<cal2>Figure Drawing Workshop: Focus on Line. 2-5 p.m. Cost is $12/members; $16/non-members. Lines from loose to precise, lines that give mass to your figures, lines that give life to your drawings, and minimal lines that make your drawing look finished will be explained and demonstrated in this workshop. At the DRA Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact Katherine Rand at 703-836-1468 or DRA.LifeDrawing@gmail.com.
<cal1>Now Through May 16
<cal2>Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and wall pieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. At Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, in Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street in Old Town Alexandria. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Thursdays when it is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
<cal1>May 21 to May 30
<cal2>Finding Beauty Show. Opening reception Friday, May 21 from 7-10 p.m. This is Virginia Commonwealth University student Amanda R. Wright’s Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Exhibition. Details and hours at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org. At the Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or contact Amanda R Wright, 703-501-6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Outdoor Art Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some 20-plus artists will display original 2D/3D works. Free and open to public. Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact Rob Rudick at 301-270-2323 or DRA.SpringArtSale@gmail.com. Directions at www.thedelrayartisans.org.
<cal1>May 5 to June 6
<cal2>You Are Here by Susan LaMont, contemporary realism artist. The show features four large works that examine the relationship between people and their increasingly complex environments. Reception is Saturday, May 8 from 5-7 p.m. Second Thursday reception is May 13 from 6-9 p.m. At Gallery West, 1213 King Street, Alexandria. Visit www.gallery-west.com or call 703-549-6006.
<cal1>May 28-July 4
<cal2>Bucky-Art Project. A temporary outdoor art exhibit that pays homage to the scientific mind of R. Buckminster Fuller and his creation of the Geodesic Dome. Part of the Crystal City BID's ARTFUL Program.
<cal1>June 2-July 4
<cal2>A Day at the Beach or Accidental Models. Paintings by Linda Bankerd. reception and light refreshments on Saturday, June 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. At Gallery West, 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. The gallery is open 11 – 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, as well as until 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, for the monthly Second Thursday Art Walk. Call 703-549-6006.
<cal1>Now Through June 7
<cal2>Crown Me! Capital Pool Checkers Club. Photos by Peggy Fleming and Musings; new work by Suzanne Quinlan. At Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
<cal1>Now Through June 30
<cal2>Art in Hand. 10 a.m. Free. The art show will feature original artwork by Art in Hand students aged 18 months – 5 years. At the Durant Community Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria.