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October 2017

Featured Artists: Jo Ann Tooley & Greenway

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

October 6, 2017 - October 31, 2017

A new show in TAG (The Associates Gallery), pairs the serene and thoughtful black & white photographs of Jo Ann Tooley with the dramatic and complicated work of Greenway, an oil painter. The show will be on display from October 6 until October 31. An opening reception will be held during the Second Thursday Art Night on October 12 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

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Second Thursday Art Night

Torpedo Factory Art Center

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…

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Culture Shock Artist Demo with Michael Fischerkeller

Target Gallery

October 12, 2017 @ 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,…

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November 2017

Views of The Connection Between Nature & The Urban Environment in Woodblock Print

Printmakers Inc

November 1, 2017 - November 21, 2017

Views of the Connection between Nature & the Urban Environment in Woodblock Print by Kristina Hagman will be on display in Printmakers Inc (Studio 325) at the Torpedo Factory Art Center from November 1 to November 21, 2017. An opening reception will be held on November 4 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and there will be an artist talk on November 9 at 7:30 pm. Printmakers Inc, a member of the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, is a studio and…

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Second Thursday & Torpedo Talks: Sheldon Scott

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This November, join us for receptions in the Target Gallery, New Project Studio, Art League Gallery, and the Associates Gallery. At 8pm, join us in the Main Hall for a conversation with the DC-based artist Sheldon Scott as a part of our monthly Torpedo Talks. FREE

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Opening Reception: 2017 Post-Graduate Residents

Target Gallery

November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Target Gallery presents the 2017 Torpedo Factory Post-Graduate Residents: Jay Hendrick, Samantha Sethi, Lindsay Hall, and Fumi Amano. This group of artists has spent three months over the past year each developing new work in our residency Studio 12. At the reception, each artist will give a short talk about their work on display, which they created during their residency. We will also be introducing the selected 2018 Post-Graduate Residents, who will be in attendance that night!

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December 2017

Made in Alexandria Holiday Pop-Up

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

December 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - December 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

The Torpedo Factory Made in Alexandria Holiday Pop-Up shop is back! All items for sale during the holiday pop-up are priced $100 and under, making it a perfect one-stop-shop for finding something for everyone on your list. Join us for an opening party during Second Thursday on December 14 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) to create your own DIY ornament.

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Torpedo Talks: Desiree Venn Frederic @ Second Thursday Art Night

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a special Thursday after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Check out our December Torpedo Talk at 8pm in the Main Hall, featuring Sierra Leonean born immigrant, writer, and installation artist Desiree Venn Frederic.

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Encaustic Endeavors

The Associates Gallery

December 28, 2017 @ 11:00 am - January 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Lesley Clarke and Jamie Fine exhibit an exploration of their encaustic creations from 2017. Clarke, who typically works in acrylic and mixed media, and Fine, who is a ceramist, have been working on creating encaustic work every Thursday for several months. Their year-end show in TAG highlights their individual and collaborative work thus far. A reception for the exhibition will be on Thursday, January 11 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

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January 2018

Torpedo Talks: The Art of Memory @ Second Thursday Art Night

Torpedo Factory Art Center

January 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ars memoria, or the art of memory, associates emotionally striking and memorable images within a body of text. They have often be used in the study of architecture, law, medicine, and the arts. Jolande Goldberg shares an overview of the law book illustrations and the Law Library of Congress’s efforts to preserve this history.

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February 2018

Torpedo Talks: Diaspora in African-American Art @ Second Thursday Art Night

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A talk by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, independent curator, public programmer, and activist. In collaboration with Target Gallery’s Passages exhibition, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, discusses the effects and influence of diaspora in African-American art. 

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Second Thursday Reception with Artist Demos

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the reception of pour on Second Thursday! Both featured artists will be demonstrating their unique processes on this night. Painter Jennifer Brewer Stone demonstrates her poured resin paintings. Brewer Stone’s pieces combine honey-like resin, sometimes in multiple layers, acrylic paint, and metallic pigment. The resin flows over the surface like water and cannot be controlled entirely–similar to nature. Certain colors bloom within the resin or create cells, replicating natural elements. Jeweler Whitney Staiger demonstrates cuttlefish casting. Cuttlefish casting…

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