Tropical flora and fauna leap from Jennifer Brewer Stone’s canvases, engaging the viewer with vibrant color and layered compositions. These oil paintings move beyond botanical illustration and explore the physical connections between plant and animal life. “Fantasy of the Real” will be on view in The Art League Gallery Friday, July 5-Monday, Aug. 5. Stone holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Maryland College Park. She is an exhibiting member at The Art League, and she paints in her studios at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Opening Reception will be held Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8 p.m. The Art League is located at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria at 105 N Union St. Call 703-683-1780 or visit www.theartleague.org.