Every Second Friday
7 – 10 pm, FREE
Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists’ studios.
For Women’s History Month, hail the accomplishments of women in the arts and culture. Independent curator Amy Lokoff co-curates the evening. Also, sneak a peek and build your wish list for the 9th Annual March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale.
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TARGET GALLERY (#2)
Sneak Peak of March150
Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns for the 9th year. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs. Stop by all night to get a sneak peak of the artworks before they go on sale the following morning, Saturday March 9.
Tickets are on sale for the March150 Art Party on Friday March 29.
POST GRAD STUDIO (#319)
Final Weeks: Winter 2019 Post Grad Resident Michael Japec
Michaela Japec recently graduated from George Mason University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree. She is the first of 4 artists selected for this residency program. Stop by her studio from 7-10 pm to meet the artist and see her work in person.
SCOPE GALLERY (#19)
Throwing Demonstration with Thien Nguyen
Stop by the Scope Gallery for a live demonstration on the art of clay throwing. Thien Nguyen of Washington D.C. will perform the demo. He works out of the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA. He is a member of the Kiln Club, Montgomery Potters, and the Waverly St. Gallery. He specializes in raku vases and high-fire functional pottery.
“STRENGTH IN UNITY” HIGHLIGHTS
8 – 8:45 PM • THE ALEXANDRIA LIBRARY’S TEEN WINTER ART EXHIBITION
Reception and Artist Talk
At 8 PM, join Isaiah West, Teen Services Coordinator, of the Alexandria Library and a dozen student artists and writers to celebrate the reception for the Alexandria Library’s Teen Winter Art Exhibition. Prizes will be announced for both the winning artworks and writings. Exhibition runs in the South Hall from Sunday March 3 – Sunday March 10.
9 PM • MASON ART PROJECT STUDIO (#8)
In Partnership with George Mason University’s School of Art MFA Program
Strange Lens, The Zero
Exhibition opening & artist talk
About Strange Lens
Strange Lens is an experimental mixed media and video artist. She received her BFA in Photography from George Mason University in 2015 and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Painting at Mason. She uses a variety of styles and techniques to create works that are often inspired by dreams and memories.
- 7 – 10 PM • ALEXANDRIA’S MOBILE ART LAB WITH VY VUVY VU: Hands-on Banner Making Art Project
Vy Vu is a multidisciplinary visual artist and organizer based in the DMV area (residing in Alexandria, VA). She uses arts as a tool to raise awareness, start dialogues, and begin healing journeys. Some of her past projects included: creating mobilization arts for 2019 Women’s March (banner, sculptures, screen printed patches as commissioned), creating live arts and engaging global organizers in the art making process at 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, 2018 Reimagining Interfaith Conference and 2017 Prophetic Resistance Summit. Beside these international/national gigs, her work with the local communities included: printmaking workshop with queer women & femmes of color (Feb 2019 in Washington, D.C.), creating large scale worship banners with the community for Foundry United Methodist Church in DC (2018), bookmaking workshop with Asian American youth (in collaboration with Asian American LEAD, 2017), banner making workshop for environmental justice with Muslim youth (in collaboration with Green Muslim, 2017).
7 – 10 PM • STRENGTH IN UNITY ARTIST PROJECTS WITH CO-CURATOR AMY LOKOFF
Amy Lokoff is a creative economy catalyst based in Washington, DC. She uses her work to explore inclusive community building, the power of the arts as a tool for social engagement, the value of resource sharing, and financial sustainability for creatives. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with over 250 visual and performing artists and coordinated exhibitions and arts programming in a variety of venues across the DC metropolitan area including Anacostia Arts Center, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Otis Street Arts Project, and Torpedo Factory Art Center. Her exhibitions have been covered in The Washington Post, DCist, 730DC, and East City Art. Amy currently works as the project manager for WRAPture, temporary public art piece addressing climate change by artist and activist Monica Jahan Bose created in collaboration with DC residents and organizations. She also serves as the Visual Arts Curator for Little Salon, a monthly arts event that takes place in intimate spaces around DC.
MONICA JAHAN BOSE: Interactive Sari Decorating and Pledge Workshop
Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist, and activist whose work spans performance, painting, film, photography, printmaking, and interdisciplinary projects. She often works in collaboration with rural and urban communities to address issues around gender and climate change. Her solo performance/installations and exhibitions have been presented at Art Asia Miami, Twelve Gates Gallery, the Bangladesh National Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the DUMBO Arts Festival, (e)merge art fair, SELECT Art Fair (during Miami Basel), UNESCO, Galerie Deborah Zafman, and many other venues. She studied art at Wesleyan University (USA) and Santiniketan (India) and has a law degree from Columbia University (USA). Monica has received numerous commissions and awards, including an Art Lives Here grant in 2013 and six grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (through the National Endowment for the Arts). She is the creator of “Storytelling with Saris,” a longterm collaborative art and advocacy project with 12 women from her ancestral island village, which is adversely impacted by climate change. Monica lives and works in Washington, D.C. and Bangladesh.
LINDSAY “QUEENLIN” HOWARD: Women’s Healing Workshop
Lindsay “Queenlin” Howard is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC DMT), Certified Kemetic Yoga Teacher (CKYT), Registered with Yoga Alliance RYT200 and a Holistic Health Consultant.
She is currently working in the Department of Behavioral Health and contracted with non profits working with youth in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. She is a community Organizer leading work around around healing justice and holding leadership in The Healers For Liberation Network and Healers group in the Movement For Black Lives DC. In 2018, she was awarded “The Leader of Tomorrow Award” by the American Dance Therapy Association Inc.
The name “Queenlin” developed from her socially conscious work in arts activism and advocacy for the healing arts particularly focused on dismantling the stigma of mental health in black and brown communities.
SIMONA WRIGHT-JAMES: Performance
Simona Wright-James is the founder and producer of Vagina Monologues East River which debuts its 5th year production on Feb 18. She has organized numerous events in connection with VDAYEOTR and has expanded the show to include talk backs, vendors, and fundraisers.
DJ Kryptk is a sonic visionary based in Washington, D.C. Since 2013, she has performed at approximately two hundred venues and cultural gatherings throughout D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia and merges recognizable tunes with obscure and cutting edge soundscapes. An avid lover of Black diasporic music, she has gathered an eclectic following of supporters with her alluring knowledge of contemporary, futuristic and the nostalgia inducing intergalactic vibrations. Past performance venues include the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Hyphen Art Gallery, Black Cat, Howard Theatre, Rock and Roll Hotel and many more.