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The Art of the Book: Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Second Thursday Art Night: The Art of the Book


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!

September: The Art of the Book

Second Thursday Art Night

Enjoy a 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!

Before the season wraps up, enjoy an Endless Summer evening during the August Second Thursday Art Night. With five exhibition openings, live music and outdoor painting, it will be quite a diverting evening.

  • 6:30, 7:30 pm: Learn about Alexandria’s Civil War hospitals, including the real Mansion House Hospital, made famous by  the PBS series Mercy Street,  in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327).
  • 6:30 pm: Public reception for Magic and Color in Sites 2 & 3 (located on the 2nd and 3rd floor hallway by the elevator) with treats provided by Tango Pastry.
  • 7 pm: Wade Kramm talks about his minimalist installations in Dotted Space in Target Gallery (Studio 2).
  • 7:30 pm: Opening reception for Landschap and Taking Shape in The Art League Gallery (Studio 21).

Attend receptions and meet the artists in Decathect: a verb in The Associates Gallery (Studio 311) and Materialized Magic: Mythical Creatures in a Yarn Artistry Habitat in the New Project Studio (Studio 8).

The Glimpses, an Alexandria folk rock/Americana duo, performs all evening in the main hall. The 8 pm set features video projections of visiting artist Monica Stroik‘s work.

At 7 pm, Hector Munoz play harp at Site 3 and Rowan Clarke plays covers and originals on her ukulele in Studio 7.

Outside, sit side-by-side with some of the Torpedo Factory’s artists to paint plein air by the waterfront.

Second Thursday Art Night: Red, White, and Blue


Enjoy a 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 July, we partner with the Office of Historic Alexandria to celebrate “Red, White, and Blue.”

  • Take part in our DIY activity with artist Andy Yoder as he constructs Highest Honora site-specific, suspended, 25-ft triangular banner for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, created from sheets of handmade paper and made in collaboration with military veterans, the Art League, and Torpedo Factory artists.
  • Check out the Please Touch exhibit in Target Gallery before it closes, as well as opening receptions for Not a Box and Kathleen Best Gillmann: Vision at Water’s Edge in The Art League Gallery.
  • Meet the new Post-Graduate resident Danielle Smith as she begins her three-month residency at the Torpedo Factory in the Post-Graduate Residency Studio (Studio 12).
  • Hear about CRAVE, a community micro-granting initiative developed by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Convergence Arts Initiative, and experience The Silent World, a CRAVE-funded proposal and month-long interactive project in the New Projects Studio (Studio 8).
  • Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to enjoy a hands-on activity and hear updates on Alexandria’s recent discovery of a 300-year-old ship on the waterfront.
  • Stop by Studio 306 for an open house celebrating James Dean and Kara Hammond’s Generations: Space History in Art. A special space-themed cocktail hour will be hosted in Alison Sigethy’s studio (Studio 307).
  • Live music with jazz duo Entre Nous.
  • Enjoy three floors of activities, open studios, refreshments, and more.

Capital Area Photographers presents Copyright, Contracts and Consent with Aaron Arce Stark

Arce Stark Law logoCapital Area Photographers welcomes Aaron Arce Stark to explain how to best handle copyright, contracts and consent as a professional photographer.

Aaron M. Arce Stark is an attorney based in Washington, D.C. His law firm, Arce Stark Law LLC, focuses on meeting the legal needs of creators. The law firm represents clients in intellectual property litigation, registration, licensing, and enforcement, both in the United States and abroad.

Learn more about Aaron and his firm at arcestarklaw.com.

Second Thursday Art Night: Art Pride


Enjoy a 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 June, we partner with AGLA and Go Gay DC to celebrate Art Pride.

  • Bring your own shirt or tote bag and embellish it with a rainbow silkscreen design with the help of Anne Smith, current post-graduate resident in studio 12, and Veronica Barker-Barzel of Printmakers, Inc. in studio 325.
  • Live music with 2nd Independence.
  • Attend receptions for Please Touch in Target Gallery as well as TabletopAlex Tolstoy: Watermarks, and June’s Open Exhibit in The Art League Gallery.
  • Meet Ethiopian artist Daniel Taye and talk to him about his month-long residency in the New Project Studio (studio 8) through St. George Gallery.
  • Stop by Sites 2 and 3 for Caribbean Jubilee to see a showcase of work by 20 Caribbean artists for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
  • Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to enjoy a hands-on activity about Alexandria’s 19th-century salt-glazed stoneware pottery, with docent-in-charge Joanna Gohmann.
  • Enjoy three floors of activities, live music, refreshments, and more.

ASO Sympatico


The Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes back ASO Sympatico for a special night of music. This performance group was developed as a partnership between the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria City Public Schools to provide high-quality music education for local elementary students who are underrepresented minorities or at-risk youth. This performance will feature three of their music ensembles: Singing Eagles, Strings at Sunrise, and JABBA.

ASO Sympatico seeks to create safe spaces where students can take risks and make strong choices, while promoting student ownership of their role in an interdependent ensemble. Ensembles are hosted at John Adams Elementary School, a Title I and minority-majority school that benefits from a longstanding dual-language program and a Kennedy Center arts-integration partnership (Changing Education through the Arts).

This event is co-sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Art Center as part of the Community Partnership Program.

Please RSVP here or via support@torpedofactory.org

Second Thursday Art Night – Pets!


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 May, join us to celebrate Pets!

  • 6 – 9 pm
    • We welcome Animal Welfare League of Alexandria all evening. Stop by the table for information about pet adoptions and on how to care for cherished pets.
    • By the riverfront entrance, four-legged visitors help us create a paw-print mural using pup-friendly paint for the “Dog-I-Y” activity.
  • 6 – 7; 8 – 8:45 pm
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • 7 pm
    • See the new public mural near the corner of Union and Cameron Streets. Get to know artist Erin Curtis during a community meet & greet. When posting photos and selfies, please use hashtag #beadedcurtain.
  • 7:30 pm

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Second Thursday Art Night: Recycling & Reuse

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!

It’s all about reuse and recycling during the April Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Thursday, April 14; 6 – 9 pm. Artists will be creating a chandelier from plastic water bottles.  The evening also features a host of new exhibitions, live music, and a look at a newly uncovered 300 year old ship.


  • Target Gallery (Studio 2)
    • Lisa Kellner will be installing her site-responsive painting in space, Always into Now. Though there is not a reception, visitors are welcome to meet the artist and observe her process as she progresses throughout the evening.


  • The Art League (Studio 21)
    • Modern master Teresa Oaxaca blends together portraiture and still life in her daring compositions. Misfits explores the themes of clowns and dolls, human effigies, and painted faces, integrating human emotions and passions with allegorical storytelling.
    • Orbit, juried by Melissa Staiger, showcases artwork that explores the themes of movements, cycles, revolutions, or the cycles of life.


  • The Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327)
    • 7 and 8 pm: City archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik presents on the history and archaeology of the recently excavated 18th-century ship hull discovered at 220 South Union Street. He will give a first-hand account of the excavation and stabilization of the ship’s hull.


  • Torpedo Factory Artists
    • Sheep Jones (Studio 7) and Cindy Richmond (Studio 3) host an opening reception for Fish Stories.
    • Scope Gallery (Studio 19): Flowery Language: Flowers & Blossoms.
    • Potomac Fiber Arts (Studio 29): Singing in the Rain: Inspirations from Movie Songs.
    • The Associates Gallery (Studio 311): It’s Black & White: JoAnn Tooley and Bev Andrews Raku + Photography.
    • Multiple Exposures Gallery (Studio 312): Michael Borek’s Treachery of Images: The White House.
    • Site 3 (Hallway near the elevator on 3rd floor): Reception for Negative Painting: Work from Marsha Staiger’s Art League Workshop.


  • Special After-Hours Programming
    • Artists Alison Sigethy (Studio 307), Karen Fitzgerald (Studio 203), and Jen Athanas (Studio 320) create a chandelier from recycled plastic water bottles with elements like eyeglass lenses contributed by Upcycle Creative Reuse Center.
    • 6:15 – 7:15 pm; 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Live music with Hearts & Spades.


About The Alexandria Archaeology Museum
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum opened in 1984 in the newly renovated Torpedo Factory Art Center.  The museum serves as the hub of the City’s archaeology program where visitors interact with archaeologists and volunteers working in the public laboratory; experience Alexandria’s 13,000 year-old-history through exhibits, self-guided tours, and hands-on activities; and view the latest finds from current excavations.  For more information, go to www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.

About The Art League
Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community. The Art League is headquartered in the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center.

About Target Gallery
Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10-6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 200 Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association resident and associate members in 82 working studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org  or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.

About the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association
The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) is a thriving artist community dedicated to opening our active workplaces to public visits: Working artists, open studios.

About Upcycle Creative Reuse Center
UpCycle Creative Reuse Center is an Alexandria-based non-profit that connects creativity and conservation by providing an arts materials resource center and a creative making space for our community. At UpCycle, we rethink our notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from our community to serve as creative art materials. Our programs and activities encourage creativity, critical thinking, innovation and environmentally sustainable behavior.

UpCycle’s Spring2ACTion fundraising focus is to expand UpCycle’s outreach to serve over 2,500 students in Alexandria schools during the 2016-17 school year. By participating in UpCycle’s creative reuse programs, students innovate and create with reuse materials and learn to make better decisions about how to manage waste at school and at home. Science and Visual Arts Standards of Learning are reinforced in an instructional environment that is hands-on and fun!

For more information about UpCycle and its Spring2ACTion fundraising plans, please visit www.UpCycleCRC.org



Capital Area Photographers presents Impact with Ken Pak

imageCapital Area Photographers welcomes Ken Pak to talk about how you can provide impact to your images by embracing and collaborating your personality, passion, subject, spontaneity, and essential photographic elements.

Ken Pak is a Washington, D.C based, South Korea born photographer who has been around the wedding industry for 11 years. Ken’s style of photography is largely rooted in photojournalism, impacted by elements in lifestyle & visual storytelling. His responsiveness and attention to those nature yield unique, dynamic and expressive wedding photography that are romantic, quirky, fun, and emotional with combination of his personality and passion.

The past 2 years have been the most exciting for Ken’s photography career. He has been awarded in Rangefinder 2015 Wedding Photo Contest, JungBug Weddings 2015 Best of the Best Engagement & Best of the Best Destinations, Mywed/Nikon ‘I Am Storyteller’ Competition Top 35, and Top 5 & Top 10 placements in the ISPWP Contest. Ken is also recognized as Top Fearless photographers of 2014 & 2015, Judge for 2015 MyWed Russia Wedding Contest, and SLR Lounge Top 100 Wedding Photographer in North America of 2015.

Art + Architecture Panel Discussion

AIA NOVA Logo 2015For Virginia Architecture Week, the Torpedo Factory Art Center will co-host a special reception and panel discussion with AIA Northern Virginia. The program focuses on the relationships between art and architecture. Rebecca Cross, owner of Cross MacKenzie Gallery, moderates the panel:

Please RSVP for the reception and talk here.

This event is a special community partnership with AIA Northern Virginia, the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association.

Special thanks to our event sponsor: