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Fine Arts

<cal1>Saturday/June 24

<cal2>The artist Hiro of Alexandria will be painting a 24-foot mural on canvas entitled, "Kimono & Barbed Wire: Breaking Barriers," at 11 a.m., and continuing with contemporary Japanese brushpainting/calligraphy and concluding with an artist-talk from 4-5:30 p.m. The mural painting visualizes the experiences of Japanese Americans dealing with issues of race and culture, civil rights, incarceration, justice and identity. At the Smithsonian FolkLife Festival, in the Asian Pacific American section, on the Mall in D.C.

<cal1>July 8 to Aug. 2

<cal2>Megan Coyle’s Solo Exhibit, Stories in Paper. Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, July 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Her images are not paintings, but collages carefully crafted from small pieces of magazine photos. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, Noon-6 p.m. At the Art League Gallery, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Visit www.theartleague.org.

<cal1>July 5-30

<cal2>Reading Silk: A Living Sculpture. Free. The Reading Silk installation is a "living sculpture" consisting of hundreds of small silk leaf-shaped forms spun by live silkworms with the collaborative efforts of local students and teachers, and led by artist Elsabe Dixon. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Visit http://www.readingsilk.com.

<cal1>July 2 Through July 18

<cal2>Global Rhythm Exhibition. Opening reception is July 2 from 7-10 p.m. This juried exhibit features 2D and 3D art inspired by specific locales. At the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Details at www.thedelrayartisans.org or GlobalRhythm@matthewcuenca.com.

<cal1>Aug. 6-22

<cal2>Gathering of the Legends. Meet Alexandria’s Living Legends of 2009-2010 Photo exhibition, many of whom will be in attendance. Opening reception is Aug. 6 from 7-10 p.m. Artist’s Talk/Q&A: The Art of Photojournalism, Aug. 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Call 703-625-2330 or visit alexandrialegends@earthlink.net or www.AlexandriaLegends.com.

<cal1>Bethesda Painting Awards Winner

<cal2>Deborah Ellis of Alexandria won first place and $1,000 in the Bethesda Painting Awards during the exhibition’s opening at the Fraser Gallery. The Fraser Gallery is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, in downtown Bethesda and gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through June 26, 2010.

<cal1>June 28 to July 25

<cal2>"Living Green" Show. The "Living Green" show and sale features earthy, earth-friendly pottery that helps reduce, reuse and recycle while looking artsy and elegant.

Hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m.; closed July 4. The gallery is located on the ground floor Studio 19, 101 North Union Street Alexandria, VA. 22314. Call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope

<cal1>Now Through June 27

<cal2>Put a Lid on It. Artisan pottery add occasion to occasions. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday, with Thursdays until 9 p.m. At the Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 101 North Union Street Alexandria. Call 703-548-6288.

<cal1>Now Through June 27

<cal2>Undecided: A Dialog between Artist and Viewer. This all-member, all-media show gives Del Ray Artisans a chance to observe how viewers respond to their art by asking them to submit titles for the artworks. At the Del Ray Artisans gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

<cal1>Now Through June 27

<cal2>Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists -- Green Spring Gardens Show. Free. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173.

<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.

<cal1>Ongoing

<cal2>The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID). The opening of a new art exhibit at 2011 Crystal Drive. In collaboration with Congressman Jim Moran’s

office, 68 pieces from An Artistic Discovery: The Congressional Art Competition for the 8th District of Virginia are located in Crystal City and available for public viewing.

The 68 pieces hung at 2011 Crystal Drive are a sampling of the 150 submissions received from students throughout the 8th District of Virginia. The remaining 82 submissions are on display at the Arlington Art Center.

<cal1>Now Through July 3

<cal2>The Language of Paper. With Latin American paper artists Luis Acosta and Miriam Londono from the Netherlands. At the Torpedo Factory Art Centers Target Gallery, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria. Open daily 10-6 p.m. and till 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Visit www.torpedofactory.org

<cal1>Now Through 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>Now Through July 4

<cal2>A Day at the Beach or Accidental Models. Paintings by Linda Bankerd. At Gallery West, 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. The gallery is open 11 – 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 703-549-6006.

<cal1>Now Through July 5

<cal2>Ellen Delaney’s Color Fields. Solo exhibit by landscape artist Ellen Delaney. At the Art League Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.

<cal1>July 2-July 18

<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 July 30

<cal2>Art Naturally: Nature Inspired. " Artists Reception Saturday, June 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Convergence's "Art Naturally" provides local artists the opportunity to self-curate their own mini-show within the gallery. The theme is the influence of nature on the artist. Presented as part of Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts. "Art Naturally" will feature original artwork by 14 women artists including: Angela Maray, Caren Quinn, Carrie Schilling, Celia Panagopoulos, Cheryl Leibovitz, Colleen Sabo, Dani Paulson, Eileen O'Brien, Felicia Niemeier, Grace Olson, Isabel Cureux, Relene Schuster, Stephanie Bianco and Sukia. At the Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-998-6260 x3 or visit the website at www.convergenceccf.net.

<cal1>Now Through July 30

<cal2>Capitol Hill Art League’s Reflections. Juried by Clifford Chieffo, Professor Emeritus in Art at Georgetown University, the show represents a body of work created in the last 12 months by D.C. area artists who have been contemplating, considering, manifesting, bending, mirroring and turning their ideas and inspirations. The Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. At the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>July 7 Through Aug. 1

<cal2>Chasing the Tempest. Gallery West’s July show features the extraordinary color and infrared photography of Jefferson Evans, who follows the great storms of the Midwest. Reception: Saturday, July 17 from 5 – 8 p.m. Located at 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria’s Boutique District. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Call 703-549-6006.

<cal1>Now Through Aug. 1

<cal2>Interlacements. In this show, artists explore the geometry of fiber art. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and wall pieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. At the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory art Center, 105 North Union Street, Old Town. Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Thursdays, when it is open 1-9 p.m.

<cal1>Now Through Aug. 1

<cal2>Artists Karen Keating and Janet Matthews. Matthews presents a series of black and white images of carnivals and fairs. Keating explores the concept of Sanctuary. Artist Talk is Thursday, July 8 from 7:30-9 p.m. At the Multiple Exposures Gallery, #312, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Now Through Aug. 21

<cal2>Art Scouts. Six artists with strong presences in the D.C. metro region explain how and why they make their art — by presenting other artists who use the same materials or methods. These six artists all work in different (but related, sometimes overlapping) disciplines: Zoe Charlton (drawing), Mary Early (sculpture), J.J. McCracken (performance and installation), Maggie Michael (painting), Jefferson Pinder (video), and Kerry Skarbakka (photography). Located in the Maury School building, the aac mounts five exhibitions of contemporary art per year, rents studio spaces, and conducts educational programs for students of all ages. Normal public hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 p.m.. Call 703-248-6800 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

<cal1>Now Through Aug. 29

<cal2>McLean Art Society’s Summer Show. Juried by Gwen Bragg, teacher and award-winning artist. At River Farm, home of the American Horticultural Society, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive, South of Old Town. The themes are flower painting and still life as well as landscapes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.