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Patterns Abound

Potomac Fiber Arts

August 29 - October 1

Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery announces the opening of the juried show "Patterns Abound" on August 29, 2017. The show closes on October 1. We perceive, create, and use patterns every day. Patterns in nature, in industry, and those created by chance; repeating decorative elements; guides to making—all serve as inspiration for this show’s theme. In their statement, jurors Carol Brobst and Annalisa Leonessa commented on the abundance of wonderful themed pieces. They selected for special recognition Eileen Doughty’s wall hanging,…

Table for Two

Scope Gallery

September 4 - October 1

Artists take themselves out to lunch as they craft work made for two. Intimate and paired work does a pas de deux with pottery, fashioning sets of shakers, sugar and creamers and tea ware for two. Romantic patterns, cozy bowls and compact servers make it a date. With the Ceramic Guild

M. Alexander Gray’s “Aqueducts: Stone Ruins in Maryland & Virginia”

The Art League

September 7 - October 1

Printmaker M. Alexander (Alex) Gray illuminates forgotten local history with his exhibit “Aqueduct: Stone Ruins in Maryland & Virginia,” on view September 7­­–October 1, 2017 at The Art League gallery. Gray’s exhibit is as meditative and serene as the structures he depicts – aqueducts, stone passageways leftover from canals built in Maryland and Virginia in the 1830s. Gray, a lifelong Virginian, wants to bring these lesser-known, historic sites back into the public eye. Gray takes pride in the meticulous detail of his…

Culture Shock

Target Gallery

September 9 - October 22

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14th 6 - 8 pm | Gallery Talk 7 pm Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents Culture Shock, an exhibition exploring pop, graffiti, and street styles in contemporary art. Culture Shock addresses topical socio-political issues and pokes fun at pop culture, illustrating the influential role visual art and creative expression plays into building cultural identity. The juror for this exhibition is Mojdeh Rezaeipour, a storyteller, artist, The Moth's Washington DC StorySlam…

“Duality and Wholeness: Flip Dolls and other Healing Dolls” by Erika Cleveland & “Simple Still Life” by Mary Beth Gaiarin

Torpedo Factory Artist Association

September 12 - October 5

“Duality and Wholeness: Flip Dolls and other Healing Dolls” by Erika Cleveland & “Simple Still Life” by Mary Beth Gaiarin Open in TAG; The Associates Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, September 14 – October 5, 2017 Two featured artist shows, “Duality and Wholeness: Flip Dolls and other Healing Dolls” by artist Erika Cleveland, and “Simple Still Life” by artist Mary Beth Gaiarin will open in TAG (The Associates Gallery) on September 14, 2017. This exhibition by Torpedo Factory…

Hip to be Square

Scope Gallery

October 2 @ 10:00 am - October 29 @ 6:00 pm

Clay artists review geometry and show crisp edges as they consider a different angle to art. Thinking beyond the circle, artistry turns obtuse, acute or charmingly cubist. Consider cornered clay work in dishware, decorative forms and sculpture. With the Kiln Club

Communication Happens

Potomac Fiber Arts

October 3 - November 5

Inspiration: Words, and symbols, hieroglyphics, sign language, and so on

Culture Shock Artist Demo with Michael Fischerkeller

Target Gallery

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Culture Shock (and Torpedo Factory artist) Michael Fischerkeller illustrates spray paint and stenciling techniques during this special demonstration sponsored by Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, as a part of October's Second Thursday Art Night. He will be working on pieces for his ‘Children of War’ series (the piece Grace is featured in the Culture Shock exhibition) on the incredible resiliency we witness in children who live on war zones. In spite of facing death, famine,…

Supersized: Dish Up

Scope Gallery

October 30 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 6:00 pm

American eating does it big, and Thanksgiving is the empress of excess. Artists stuff the Gallery with pottery big and tall. Platters are fatter, gravy boats grow and everything is more ambitious. In conjunction with Art League's Tabletop show. With the Ceramic Guild


Potomac Fiber Arts

November 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018

We celebrate the winter holidays

Naughty & Nice

Scope Gallery

November 27 @ 10:00 am - December 31 @ 6:00 pm

Both rebels and goody two-shoes will find something gifty at the Gallery as Kris Kringle goes crazy with clay. Elves are filling shelves with edgy and traditional work, translating Feliz Navidad into funky and fun surprises. With the Kiln Club

Déjà Vu

January 9, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Déjà Vu: Out with the old, in with the new Inspiration: The incorporation and transformation of upcycled and repurposed materials to create fresh, new work.

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