April Events at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

By East City Art Editorial Team on March 30, 2016
​Pursuit, by Teresa Oaxaca, ​oil on canvas with artist-made frame, ​28"x28". Courtesy of The Art League.
Pursuit, by Teresa Oaxaca, ​oil on canvas with artist-made frame, ​28″x28″. Courtesy of The Art League.


In the Galleries:

  • March 26 – April 10: The Target Gallery Presents: Newly Juried Artists of the TFAA
    The Target Gallery presents the work of the newest artists in the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association. All were accepted during the 2016 annual competitive jury process.

    • April 10; 3 – 5 pm: Artist Reception. Comments begin at 4 pm.
  • April 16 – May 29: The Target Gallery Presents Lisa Kellner: Always into Now
    Lisa Kellner’s site-responsive Paintings in Space use the room as a canvas. She creates organic, ethereal forms from silk. Viewers experience the intimacy of being absorbed with a room-sized painting. This is the first exhibition as part of the Target Gallery’s New Media Invitational and is funded, in part, by March150 participants.

    • April 16; 3 – 5 pm: Artist Reception. Talk at 4 pm.
  • March 29 – April 24: The Associates Gallery (Studio 311) Presents It’s Black & White: JoAnn Tooley and Bev Andrews Raku + Photography
  • March 29 – May 8: Multiple Exposures Gallery (Studio 312) Presents Michael Borek’s Treachery of Images: The White House
  • April 4 – May 1: Scope Gallery (Studio 19) Presents Flowery Language: Flowers & Blossoms
  • April 5 – May 1: Enamelists (Studio 28) Presents The Birds and the Bees are Back
  • April 5 – May 1: The Art League Gallery (Studio 21) Presents Orbit
  • April 6 – May 1: The Art League Gallery (Studio 21) Presents Teresa Oaxaca: Misfits
    • April 7; 6:30–8 pm: Artist Reception
      Modern master Teresa Oaxaca blends together portraiture and still life in her daring compositions. Misfits explores the themes of clowns and dolls, human effigies, and painted faces, integrating human emotions and passions with allegorical storytelling. Orbit, juried by Melissa Staiger, showcases artwork that explores the themes of movements, cycles, revolutions, or the cycles of life.
  • April 12 – May 15: Potomac Fiber Arts (Studio 29) Presents Singing in the Rain: Inspirations from Movie Songs


  • March 30; Reception 5 pm; Talk 6 pm: Post-Graduate Talk – Paulette Palacios
    Paulette Palacios completes her three-month post-MFA residency at the end of March. Hear about the work she created during her time at the Torpedo Factory. She will touch on her work as a printmaker in relation to her heritage and her experiences as a young woman in the arts. Reception is at 5 pm with a talk starting at 6 pm, moderated by Elizabeth Klimek, adjunct professor of printmaking at the Corcoran School of Art & Design at George Washington University.
  • April 2: New Post-MFA Resident – Anne Smith
    Anne Smith begins her time in Studio 12 as the spring Post-MFA resident. During her time at the Torpedo Factory, she will focus on the Potomac River as it flows beyond the building’s walls and create regular screen prints based on her observations and research. Each print will be displayed on the walls of Studio 12 so that during the course of her residency, it becomes full of interpretations about this singular spot on the riverside. Smith will be in residency until July 1.
  • April 3; 1 pm: Eyewitness to Space
    Resident artist James Dean (Studio 306) leads a free public conversation on how he began the NASA Art Program. Artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Jamie Wyeth, and Mitchell Jamieson accepted invitations to participate. Space is limited and an RSVP is requested. This program is presented by the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association Community Outreach Committee.
  • April 5 – 9: Mentor’s Program Student Exhibition
    An exhibition of student work will be on view in Studio 8 and the main hall for the culminating exhibition for the 2016 Mentor’s Program, organized and hosted by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Each of the participating students spent this school year partnered with one of the Torpedo Factory’s resident artists to develop their skills and techniques.

    • April 9; 12 – 2 pm: Closing Reception
  • April 7; 6 – 9 pm: Materialized Magic
    Target Gallery hosts Ericka Cleveland and Stacy Cantrell’s CRAVE-sponsored “Materialized Magic” community art project. The meet-up provides free lessons in crocheting, knitting, and felting. Participants help create a magical Yarn Bomb habitat and also have a chance to be featured with the key artists in a culminating display.
  • April 10 – 16: Intersection of Art and Architecture
    For National Architecture Week, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will have a display in the main hall featuring architectural designs created by AIA members. This is part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Community Partnership Program.

    • April 10; 6 – 8 pm: Art + Architecture Panel Discussion
      For Virginia Architecture Week the Torpedo Factory Art Center will co-host a special reception and panel discussion with AIA Northern Virginia. The program focuses on the relationships between art and architecture. Rebecca Cross, owner of Cross MacKenzie Gallery, moderates the panel:

      • John Gosling (Studio 325): Printmaker at the Torpedo Factory; Architect and Urban Planner
      • Matthew Harwood (Studio 222): Three-dimensional painter at the Torpedo Factory; B.Arch., Alexandria Public Art Manager
      • Carolyn Rickard-Brideau: Partner and Office President at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, AIA Member, LEED AP, WELL AP
      • Robert M. Gurney: Owner and Principal at Robert M. Gurney, AIA Fellow
  • April 11: Artist Erin Curtis begins painting her mural on the exterior of the loading dock door, facing Union Street.
  • April 14; 6 – 9 pm: Second Thursday Art Night: Recycling & Reuse
    Resident artists Alison Sigethy (Studio 307), Karen Fitzgerald (Studio 203), and Jen Athanas (Studio 320) create a chandelier from recycled plastic water bottles with elements like eyeglass lenses contributed by Upcycle. Watch Lisa Kellner as she works with colored silk to install Always into Now in The Target Gallery. See Orbit and Teresa Oaxaca: Misfits in The Art League. Enjoy refreshments and a DIY activity on the 3rd floor.
  • April 20: The Torpedo Factory Art Center, along with The Art League and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will be raising money to support arts and cultural programs and projects through Spring2Action.
  • April 29; 7 – 10 pm: The Art League’s Art on the Rocks
    Art on the Rocks challenges mixologists from local restaurants to each select a piece of art from The Art League Gallery as inspiration to create the most artistic cocktail and appetizer pairing. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 after April 16.
  • April 30; 1 – 4 pm: Modern Luxury DC Spring Preview
    Spring is here and it’s time to refresh the home and wardrobe. Modern Luxury DC hosts an afternoon at the Torpedo Factory Art Center to highlight the new handmade, original work created by the hundreds of artists in the community. Enjoy refreshments while perusing three floors of studios. Dress to impress because guests may appear in “On the Scene” in the upcoming June 2016 issue.

About The Alexandria Archaeology Museum
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum opened in 1984 in the newly renovated Torpedo Factory Art Center. The museum serves as the hub of the City’s archaeology program where visitors interact with archaeologists and volunteers working in the public laboratory; experience Alexandria’s 13,000 year-old-history through exhibits, self-guided tours, and hands-on activities; and view the latest finds from current excavations. For more information, go to www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.

About The Art League
Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community. The Art League is headquartered in the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center.

About Target Gallery
Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10-6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 200 Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association resident and associate members in 82 working studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.