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Jan. 7-Feb. 1 "Timbuktu." Kathleen Stafford's Solo Artist Exhibit at The Art League Gallery. Stafford spent 18 years immersed in African culture. "Timbuktu," her solo artist exhibit at The Art League Gallery, celebrates the compelling people she met and the brilliant textures and colors of West Africa through her unique artistic process. Opening Reception on Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Printmaking demo on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1 – 3 p.m. The Art League Gallery, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Call 703-683-1780, www.theartleague.org.

Jan. 3-31

<cal2>Art Show and Reception. Reception is Jan. 10 from 2-4 p.m. At St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in Del Ray. For Studio In-Sight, which is based in Bethesda and serves artists with severe chronic disabilities. Call 301-493-4200 ext. 160.

<cal1>Jan. 4-31

<cal2>Ceramic Artistry. With clay artists from Washington's Ceramic Guild showing their wares. At Scope Gallery, 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 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.

<cal1>Jan. 5 to Feb. 20

<cal2>"White Ice." At the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery. Artists interpret in fiber the cool, clear, sparkly, sheer, and smooth nature of Ice. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and wall pieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. Located in Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 North Union Street in Old Town Alexandria. 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. Free admission.

<cal1>Jan. 7-Feb. 1

<cal2>"Timbuktu." Kathleen Stafford's Solo Artist Exhibit at The Art League Gallery. Stafford spent 18 years immersed in African culture. "Timbuktu," her solo artist exhibit at The Art League Gallery, celebrates the compelling people she met and the brilliant textures and colors of West Africa through her unique artistic process. Opening Reception on Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Printmaking demo on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1 – 3 p.m. The Art League Gallery, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Call 703-683-1780, www.theartleague.org.

<cal1>Jan. 8 to Jan. 24

<cal2>New Work for a New Year. The Del Ray Artisans’ (DRA) January show for 2010. This exhibit provides local artists a platform to show recent work that has not been previously exhibited. The show will open on with a reception on Friday, Jan. 8 from 7 – 9:30 p.m., and close Sunday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. At the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Call 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

"Spirits in a Bottle" — Through Jan. 9

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.

<cal1>Now Through Jan. 10

<cal2>Pandora's Box Exhibition. Pandora’s Box is an exhibition that had artists create a visual interpretation of the Greek Myth and express how it relates to modern times. At The Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria at 105 North Union Street; call 703-838-4565, ext. 4; Visit www.torpedofactory.org

<cal1>Jan. 13 to Feb. 5

<cal2>East to West Landscapes. Works by Mary Anne Warner in the Tyler Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Opening Reception is Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tyler Gallery is located at 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Call 703-845-6239.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 14

<cal2>Second Thursday Art Night: Snowy Winter Nights. 6-9 p.m. Free. Walk through an artistic wonderland of open studios and artist-made snowflakes at this free event. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family with opening receptions in Target Gallery and The Art League Gallery and a kids’ scavenger hunt. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Go to www.torpedofactory.org; or call 703-838-4565.

<cal1>Jan. 14 to Feb. 28

<cal2>Kazaan Viveiros at The Anthenaum. Kazaan Viveiros crafts large, richly complex paintings that evoke collage. Opening reception is Sunday, Jan. 17 from 4-6 p.m.

<cal1>Feb. 3-28

<cal2>Gallery West Presents: The 13th Annual National Juried Show

Gallery West invites the public to view works selected for the 13th Annual National Show, juried by Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum. Reception: Saturday, Feb. 6 from 5 – 8 p.m. Second Thursday Reception: Feb. 11, 6 – 9 p.m. Located at 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria’s Boutique District. Visit www.gallery-west.com or call 703-549-6006.