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Second Thursday Art Night

October 12, 2017 @ 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!

In October, we launch a new monthly speaker series, Torpedo Talks. Join us each month for a new speaker every 2nd Thursday and visit studios and galleries throughout the building for receptions and opening celebrations.

 Torpedo Talk

The State of Clay: Why Ceramics Matter in 2017
8 pm: Main Hall

A panel discussion featuring regional ceramists and potters discussing their work and experiences at the 2017 NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference in Portland, Oregon, and what is being prepared for the 2018 conference in Pittsburgh. Before the discussion, visit the interactive ceramics touchable display where you can find out more about the art and science of pottery.  Presented by the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association.

Gallery and Studio Receptions

6–9 pm: Post-Grad Residency – Studio 12
Welcome Fumi Amano, the Fall 2017 Post-Grad Resident.

7:30 pm: The Art League – Studio 21
Opening reception for both Jane Johnson’s Splendid Fortitude and Open exhibit juried by Timothy Doud from 6:30-8:00pm. Johnson’s work celebrates the incomparable beauty of the geisha – evoking their presence in large multi-media paintings.

6:30–8 pm: The Associate Gallery – Studio 311
Reception: Jo Ann Tooley and Greenway

See and Do

  • Target Gallery – Studio 2
    Culture Shock explore socio-political issues through the lens of pop culture and street art. Half of the artists on view are local to the greater DC region.
  • Artist Demo with Michael Fischerkeller – Waterfront Entrance
    Torpedo Factory artist Michael Fischerkeller is one of the artists on view in Culture Shock. Throughout the night, he will demonstrate spray-paint and stenciling techniques. He will be working on his Children of War series, featuring portraits of children that showcase the grace, determination, and defiance that these children are able to carry.
  • Interactive Ceramics Station with Torpedo Factory Artists Association – South Hall
    Find out more about the art and science of pottery. Learn about processes such as raku, handbuilding, wood firing, wheel throwing, slip casting, and more.
  • The Late Shift Lounge in the New Project Studio – Studio 8
    See a retrospective about this summer’s three late night events, featuring photos, videos, mermaids, skateboards, street art. Live demonstrations provided by artist Constantino Bastidas.


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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Building Hours

Daily10 am - 6 pm*
Thursdays10 am - 9 pm
*The Torpedo Factory sometimes closes at 5 pm for private events. Check Today’s Hours to see if this could affect your visit. *Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit. *The Torpedo Factory is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Target Gallery has limited availability during City holidays.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.