Sept. 5 Through Oct. 31
<cal2>Melissa Parkinson Photo Exhibit. Opening reception is Sept. 17 from 4-7 p.m. . Melissa resides in Alexandria and is an MFA graduate from University of Wyoming. At BUZZ Coffee House, 901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria.
<cal1>Sept. 8 Through Oct. 3
<cal2>Big World, Small Paintings. A collection of works by Cindi Lewis. Reception on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Located at Gallery West, 1213 King Street in Old Town. Go to www.gallery-west.com or call 703-549-6006.
<cal2>From Our Perspective Exhibit. 7 to 10 p.m. Opening reception. Presented by the Del Ray Artisans, the seventh annual Board Showcase titled "From Our Perspective." Exhibit runs through Sept. 19. At the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or contact Marlin G. Lord at 703-836-2724.
<cal2>Art Activated. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. During the Alexandria Festival of the Arts, the Torpedo Factory presents Art Activated featuring artist demonstrations, hands-on projects, art-inspired treats from SnackShak by Bittersweet and special performances by DCypher, Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident adult hip-hop company. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Visit www.torpedofactory.org; 703-838-4565.
<cal2>Shore Line. 2-6 p.m. Featured by Van Landingham Paintings, Fire Enamels. A show of paintings and fire enamels featuring scenes of beaches and sea by Marian Van Landingham will open in studio 321, Torpedo Factory Art Center. The show will end on Sept. 25.
<cal1>Now Through Sept. 12
<cal2>Shelf Life / Mary "Mimi" Frank. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 703-548-0035 or visit nvfaa.org.
<cal1>Keys From the Crisis
<cal2>The Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Art League, and Multiple Exposures Gallery are partnering with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) to kick off their national campaign "Keys From the Crisis." Through a variety of art related activities, the art center will help the NCRC tell the story of the foreclosure crisis to the public in a very visual way.
* Now Through Sept. 26: Systems Failure exhibition in the Target Gallery
* Sept. 1-30: David H. Wells’ photo-essay, "Foreclosed Dreams," that explores the empty homes littering the American landscape in the wake of the housing crisis on exhibit in the Site 3 Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and a large scale projection at The Art League Gallery/National Harbor Location
"House of String": Large Scale installation located on the main floor of the Torpedo Factory, created by Torpedo Factory Artists serving on the Target Gallery Committee
* Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m.: Second Thursday Art Night. Target Gallery’s Systems Failure "Meet the Artists" Reception – 6-8 p.m.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Special Presentation at 7pm by John Taylor, President and CEO of the NCRC
David H. Wells, artist talk, in the Multiple Exposures Gallery at 8 p.m.
* Sept. 11, 12-4: Art Activated
1:30 p.m. -Target Gallery hosts SPARK: art from writing, writing from art – a spoken word event, along with a hands-on writing activity for the public. Focus is on the Systems Failure exhibit and the Keys from the Crisis campaign
* Sept. 23, 7 p.m.: Target Gallery hosts a Curator Discussion with juror Sarah Tanguy for Systems Failure Exhibition. Sarah Tanguy is an independent curator, arts writer, and critic, as well as a curator for the Art in Embassies Program, based in Washington, D.C.
<cal1>Sept. 10 through Oct. 10
<cal2>Phil Napala’s Digital Photography. Part of the Orphan Works Project. The Opening Reception is Friday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 7:30 p.m. The Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and during performances. At the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
<cal1>Sept. 10 Through Nov. 7
<cal2>Fall Solos 2010. Featuring the artists Johanna Mueller, Tim Portlock, Matt King, John Henry Blatter, Kathleen Shafer and Joanie Turbek. Opening reception is Friday, Sept. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact Jeffry Cudlin, Director of Exhibitions at email@example.com or call 703-248-6800.
<cal1>Sept. 16 Through Oct. 31
<cal2>J.J. Cromer: A Study of Passing Events. Opening reception is Friday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035.
<cal2>Art for Hope. Benefiting Women with LAM, the exhibit will feature 2D and 3D art by Del Ray Artisans. Proceeds benefit The LAM Foundation and DRA. A VIP reception will be held Sept. 25 with a public exhibition on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 9/25. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.
<cal1>Now Through Sept. 26
<cal2>Systems Failure. Reception is Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6-8 p.m. This exhibition examines the current crises facing our country and the world and the plight of the people who must suffer from the failures. At the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the gallery is open daily from 10-6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays; www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal1>Now Through Sept. 26
<cal2>Cultural Clay: East Meets West. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Scope Gallery. Hours are Monday Through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. At 101 North Union St., ground floor Studio 19, Alexandria. Call the Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.htm
<cal1>Sept. 27 Through Oct. 24
<cal2>Out on a Limb: Birds, Branches and Growing Creativity in Clay. Hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.
<cal1>Now Through Sept. 29
<cal2>FEAR Exhibition. At the Gallery at Convergence located at 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-998-6260 x3.
<cal1>Now Through Oct. 3
<cal2>Photography Exhibition. "You Are Who You Are," photographs by Louise Noakes; and "Shadow and Substance," photographs by Grace Taylor. At Multiple Exposures Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street, #312, Alexandria. Call 703-683-2205.
<cal2>Kaleidoscope. Acrylic paintings and collage by Gail Spencer Saour. Reception is Saturday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. The gallery will also be open on Thursday, Oct. 14 until 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Old Town Alexandria Second Thursday Art Walk. At Gallery West, 1213 King Street in Old Town, Alexandria. Visit www.gallery-west.com or call 703-549-6006.
<cal1>Now Through Oct. 25
<cal2>Fall 2010 Art Show and Sale. Reception and awards on Sept. 12 from 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Springfield Art Guild and Friends of Green Spring Gardens Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria.
<cal2>Clearly Color. Artworks by Nancy Varipapa of Mt. Vernon and Jill Finsen of Washington, D.C. Opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 9. At VanderZee Gallery, 105 S. Lee St., Alexandria. Call 703-683-1814.