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Second Thursday Art Night: Recycling & Reuse

April 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy an special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

It’s all about reuse and recycling during the April Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Thursday, April 14; 6 – 9 pm. Artists will be creating a chandelier from plastic water bottles.  The evening also features a host of new exhibitions, live music, and a look at a newly uncovered 300 year old ship.


  • Target Gallery (Studio 2)
    • Lisa Kellner will be installing her site-responsive painting in space, Always into Now. Though there is not a reception, visitors are welcome to meet the artist and observe her process as she progresses throughout the evening.


  • The Art League (Studio 21)
    • 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.


  • The Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327)
    • 7 and 8 pm: City archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik presents on the history and archaeology of the recently excavated 18th-century ship hull discovered at 220 South Union Street. He will give a first-hand account of the excavation and stabilization of the ship’s hull.


  • Torpedo Factory Artists
    • Sheep Jones (Studio 7) and Cindy Richmond (Studio 3) host an opening reception for Fish Stories.
    • Scope Gallery (Studio 19): Flowery Language: Flowers & Blossoms.
    • Potomac Fiber Arts (Studio 29): Singing in the Rain: Inspirations from Movie Songs.
    • The Associates Gallery (Studio 311): It’s Black & White: JoAnn Tooley and Bev Andrews Raku + Photography.
    • Multiple Exposures Gallery (Studio 312): Michael Borek’s Treachery of Images: The White House.
    • Site 3 (Hallway near the elevator on 3rd floor): Reception for Negative Painting: Work from Marsha Staiger’s Art League Workshop.


  • Special After-Hours Programming
    • 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 Creative Reuse Center.
    • 6:15 – 7:15 pm; 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Live music with Hearts & Spades.


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

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  or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.

About the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association
The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) is a thriving artist community dedicated to opening our active workplaces to public visits: Working artists, open studios.

About Upcycle Creative Reuse Center
UpCycle Creative Reuse Center is an Alexandria-based non-profit that connects creativity and conservation by providing an arts materials resource center and a creative making space for our community. At UpCycle, we rethink our notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from our community to serve as creative art materials. Our programs and activities encourage creativity, critical thinking, innovation and environmentally sustainable behavior.

UpCycle’s Spring2ACTion fundraising focus is to expand UpCycle’s outreach to serve over 2,500 students in Alexandria schools during the 2016-17 school year. By participating in UpCycle’s creative reuse programs, students innovate and create with reuse materials and learn to make better decisions about how to manage waste at school and at home. Science and Visual Arts Standards of Learning are reinforced in an instructional environment that is hands-on and fun!

For more information about UpCycle and its Spring2ACTion fundraising plans, please visit




April 14, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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