Kick off the start of Capital Pride with a special evening mix and mingle for Alexandria. Get to know others from the local LGBTQIA community. Stop by for music in the Grand Hall, drinks and snacks, and open artist studios and projects.RSVP Now
Participating Artists and Activities in the Grand Hall
EXHIBITION: ALX Pride Artist Row
Curated by Michaela Japec
- Miki Beyer @yourgayerdad
- Zipporah Norton @zipporah_norton
- Leigh Palmer @l.t.palart
- Michaela Japec @michaelajapec
Michaela Japec is from Alexandria, Virginia. She recently completed her bachelor’s of fine arts in 2018 from George Mason University. Through her art, she works through conflicting thoughts she has about her sexuality, body insecurities, and feelings of oppression. She recently completed her Winter 2019 Post Grad Residency at Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Though Michaela was born in Alexandria, she grew up in Forssjö, Sweden, and lived there until 2008. She has been active in the Alexandria visual arts community for many years, exhibiting work at The Art League Gallery and Delray Artisan Gallery, as well as other locations in Northern Virginia including Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale and Epicure Café in Fairfax.
PERFORMANCE: Nava Levenson: Practice Preserves: Studio Dirt
Practice Preserves: Studio Dirt is an ongoing participatory investigation into art making scrap and material waste. Operating at the intersection of curating and art making, this project aims to archive practices of a group of artists through cast offs and material waste similar to the way we understand american culture through junk and thrift stores. Post Grad Studio Resident Nava Levenson invites participating artists to fill a quart size canning jar with scraps and studio trash to be later archived at a jar opening.
8 pm – 9 pm: Jar Opening of Tyler Stoll
Nava Levenson is an artist, organizer and collaborator based in Richmond, VA. Rooted in ritual and collection, her practice investigates domesticity, objecthood and the human condition. Trained in sculpture and fibers, she utilizes these mediums as tools in performance and process. Her work is comprised of installations, performances, gatherings, and her own a brand of food. Nava has been a resident at Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC) and Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA). Recent exhibitions/performances/workshops include Heavily Processed at VALET Gallery in Richmond, VA and “A Jar Opening” at Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Nava is the recipient of a CVPA Research Grant and the 2017 David Diller Outstanding Student in Studio Art Award at James Madison University where she received her BFA in Sculpture. Currently her work deals in curating, material reuse and gendered labor as it relates to construction and homesteading.
ALX Pride Bar
Stop by the Grand Hall for a glass of beer or wine, courtesy of our friends at Port City, NOVA Pride, and Safe Space NOVA! Support LGBTQIA efforts in the DMV area while unwinding with friends.
About our Collaborators
Port City Brewing Company
Port City is an award-winning brewery — brewing, serving and shipping beers to the DC and Mid Atlantic market. They brew an exciting lineup of year round brews, as well as an innovative slate of seasonal and occasional beers. Find them on tap all over the DMV or stop into their Tasting Room, which is open 7 days a week.
NOVA Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to cultivate and grow a coalition to educate, advocate and celebrate in service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community of Northern Virginians and our straight Allies. A young, grassroots, 100% volunteer-run organization, NOVA Pride provides a unified voice for, and a local base to, LGBTQ+ Northern Virginians – enhancing our visibility and relevance in the DMV region. NOVA Pride brings a sense of community to families, youth, and people of all scenes and sexualities through its year-round activity, including an annual festival every fall.
Safe Space NOVA
Safe Space NOVA is dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBT+ youth.