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8th Annual March150 Art Party

#March150

Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns! The March150 Art Party, presented by the Factory Society, is the closing reception for Target Gallery’s March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale, where all remaining artwork is discounted to just $100. All proceeds from artwork sales support future exhibitions and programs at the Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Join us for a lively evening featuring a special menu of hors d’oeuvres provided by Catering by Seasons, a wine bar sponsored by Sonoma Cellar, fun hands-on art activities with the Mobile Art Lab, a green-screen photo station provided by the American Geosciences Insitute, live music set with DJ VicoVibez, and more! We will also be presenting special artists awards at 9pm selected by Factory Society, The Art League, Torpedo Factory Artists Association, the Friends of the Torpedo Factory as well as the People’s Choice Award. We will also be allowing for the first time for your purchased artwork to be picked up the night of the party!

Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Ticket’s will go on sale starting Friday, February 23rd!  You may purchase tickets at the online or at the door. (pre-sale tickets end on Thursday, March 22nd at 11:59pm)

Note: Tickets are transferable, but not refundable. 

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March150: 8th Annual Special Exhibition & Art Sale

Art Party: Friday, March 23 7 – 10 pm | Awards @ 9 pm

Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for the 8th year. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs at Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory.

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory, collected more than $13,000 in 2017 through March150. This yearly all-media exhibition features over 200 works created by artists local to Alexandria and the greater D.C. region. The only requirement to be on view in the exhibition is that artists needed to use the gallery-supplied 10” x 10” panel. All work in the show is priced at $150.

March150 is a perpetual favorite with patrons and local artists alike,” said Leslie Mounaime, director of Target Gallery. “This exhibition is a low-pressure environment. It encourages new collectors to buy original art, exposes seasoned collectors to new local artists, and sets the stage for artists to test new techniques and ideas.”

March150 Art Party

Target Gallery is partnering with the Factory Society, an independent young-patrons group that supports the Torpedo Factory, for the March150 Art Party on Friday, March 23; 7 – 10 p.m. Guests have an opportunity to mingle with other art enthusiasts and meet many of the artists who have artwork on view in the show. All art is priced at $100 exclusively during the Party.

The evening also features music by DJ Vico Vibez, hands-on artmaking with Alexandria Office of the Arts’ Mobile Art Lab, and a green-screen photo booth provided by the American Geosciences Institute. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Catering by Seasons and the wine was hand-selected by Sonoma Cellar. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Artist awards will be given by The Art League, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, Factory Society, and Friends of the Torpedo Factory. Party attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award, with a prize presented by Target Gallery.

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Sneak Peek at Late Shift

 

Sneak a peek and build your wishlist at a special preview of the 2018 March150 Special Exhibition & Art Sale. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs in Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Hear Post-Grad artist Lyric Prince share about her experiences at the Torpedo Factory. In the New Project Studio, welcome Shadé Reneé, the emerging artist selected for Experimentation/Exploration, a partnership with Olly Olly celebrating emerging artists in the region. Join us in the main hall for a special reception honoring GMU students with with zines curated by Christopher Kardambikis and available for sale at the Torpedo Factory Gift Shop.

About The Late Shift: Sneak Peek

 

The Late Shift: Sneak Peek

Sneak a peek and build your wishlist at a special preview of the 2018 March150 Special Exhibition & Art Sale. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs in Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Hear Post-Grad artist Lyric Prince share about her experiences at the Torpedo Factory. In the New Project Studio, welcome Shadé Reneé, the emerging artist selected for Experimentation/Explorationa partnership with Olly Olly celebrating emerging artists in the region. Join us in the main hall for a special reception honoring GMU students with with zines curated by Christopher Kardambikis and available for sale at the Torpedo Factory Gift Shop


Sneak Peek (March150 Preview)

On View: “March150 Preview”– Target Gallery (Studio 2)
Sneak a peek and build your wishlist at a special preview of the 2018 March150 Special Exhibition & Art Sale. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs in Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Gallery Receptions, Open Studios, and Special Activities

Creating Engagement Among Arts Professionals

A talk by Ruth Abrahams and Jennifer Riddell of ArtTable DC

Torpedo Talks @ Second Thursday

 

8pm Talk,  8:45pm Q&A with Audience

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ArtTable is a national organization focused on support and development of professional women in the visual arts. ArtTable DC’s program State of Art/DC: A Conversation explores the impact of contemporary visual art and art-making on the region. Co-Chair Ruth Abrahams and Communications Co-Chair Jennifer Riddell discuss the evolution of the program and the four editions presented to date.

Presented in collaboration with ArtTable DC.

About Torpedo Talks

Every Second Thursday of the month, join us at 8 pm for a free discussion in the main hall. Created on the belief that the arts is for everyone, we invite a different contemporary artist, curator, or activist in the creative arts world to stop by and share their knowledge in a short power-packed talk. It’s a chance to get inspired while connecting with other open-minded folks in your area.

Shadé Reneé in the New Project Studio

Experimentation/Exploration in the New Project Studio

Experimentation/Exploration is a partnership with Olly Olly to provide support and mentorship for a local emerging artist. Founded by artist Jessica Kallista, Olly Olly is a new alternative artist-driven space located in the historic City of Fairfax.

Shadé Reneé, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, specializes in couture, fashion that is custom and made-to-measure. Her work is treated with opulence, love, and fierceness. She’s best known for hand-embroidery and bead work, dedicating more than 3,000 hours to this talent.

To Shadé, fashion is her art form, and fashion is the art of self. She sees her purpose as tailoring more access to creativity and creative living. Her work involves her client’s bodies and those individual nuances to create something that surpasses a simple “clothing” denotation to create “The Art of You.”

Shadé Reneé Mission Statement from shade renee on Vimeo.


Meet the Artist: Friday, March 9

Part of our Late Shift Art Night, 7-11 pm.

Stop by the New Project Studio to meet the artist in person.

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The Late Shift: Uncovering the Waterfront

Alexandria’s past comes to life with help from the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327). Artists and innovators team up for a night of unearthed secrets, music, and trivia celebrating our region’s rich history. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Historic Alexandria.


Line up for a mix of basketball and football and hear more about Alexandria native Dr. Charles Jones and other African Americans from Alexandria who have made history.

Who’s the fastest?  Find out as you compete with model ships for a prize.

Get a drink and enjoy early American diversions.

Now it’s easy to get ice, but in the 18th century the frozen river was the source of this coveted resource.  How long would it last?

Think you know Alexandria?  Check out old maps and see how well you could navigate early Alexandria’s streets.

Stop by the Apothecary for a lesson in real plants found in Harry Potter and snap a picture in the photo booth.

  • 18th Century Music and Dance, 7 – 10 p.m.

Listen to the music of early Alexandria and test your skills by joining in with dancers in period dress.

Knot tying, whipping and splicing lines, and sewing sail cloth were all part of the job. Check out the skills needed for sailors in the 19th century.

  • Rope Making – Clare Nicholls

Try your hand at making rope the old fashioned way with fabric artist Clare Nicholls.

  • Trivia – Rounds at 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Think your Alexandria history is on point? Grab a group and test your knowledge.

Stop by to see the rich history and natural beauty of Ivy Hill Cemetery’s 22 acres through historical writings, local art, and information on upcoming events.

Discover the science behind the discovery and conservation of Alexandria’s 18th Century Ship.


Gallery Receptions, Open Studios, and Special Activities

These special gallery and studio receptions take place until 9 pm.

Farm to Fashion: Opening Reception – Site 2

Farm to Fashion is a public art challenge exhibit created by the Loudoun Arts CouncilLoudoun Economic Development, and Franklin Park Arts Center to forge new connections between the agriculture and arts communities in Loudoun County. As part of the Rural Economic Development Council’s “Loudoun VA Grown, Loudoun VA Made” initiative, F2F worked to raise public awareness of the rich resources — both cultural and agricultural — in this part of Virginia.

Artists were challenged to create a work of “agri-couture” sculpture using products and equipment sourced from Loudoun’s farms and agricultural businesses. Mannequins were created with one of a kind ceramic faces made by Loudoun artist Amy Manson. The scarecrow-like figures included stable apple crate bases so artists could display their creations for this unusual fashion show (some artists created their own mannequins for the challenge).

Meet the Artist: Lyric Prince – Post Grad Studio (Studio 12)

Meet the Winter 2018 Post-Grad artist, Lyric Prince, and hear about her experiences making art in the DC area. View current artworks and take part in art workshops with her throughout the night.

Final Days: Suh Yongsun – New Project Studio (Studio 8)

Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun completes his three-month residency at the Torpedo Factory’s New Project Studio space. View his new works up close and hear about his explorations of public, social, and political issues in current-day Korea and the DC area. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

 

 

Factory Links – Meg Talley (Studio 209)

Stop by Studio 209 and talk to jeweler Meg Talley about the WWII-era memorabilia from her grandfather, who worked here as a machinist when this was the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in the 1940s.  7-9pm.

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

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 monthly lecture series Torpedo Talks at 8pm in the Grand Hall, featuring some of the contemporary art world’s best-known artists, art curators, and art professionals.

This February, join us for a reception in the Target Gallery and Associates Gallery, as well as art demonstrations and open studios. At 8pm, join us in the Main Hall for a conversation with Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell to discuss the effects and influence of diaspora in African-American art, as a part of our monthly Torpedo Talks. FREE

Torpedo Talk

Diaspora in African-American Art
Speaker: Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell
8 pm, Grand Hall

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In collaboration with Target Gallery’s Passages exhibition, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, discusses the effects and influence of diaspora in African-American art.  Torpedo Talks feature some of the region’s best-known artists, curators, and creatives. Find them every month at 8 pm during Second Thursday Art Nights.

 

About Kayleigh-Bryant Greenwell 

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, is a Washington, D.C. native and an award-winning cultural programmer with over 10 years of GLAM experience [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums] , devoted to exploring ways to engage with marginalized audiences through art, museum, and social justice practice.

She is a contributing author to the recently published Museum As Site for Social Action [MASS Action] toolkit produced by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In 2017 she joins the Empathetic Museum initiative in their efforts to increase empathy inside the museum profession. She lends her expertise in equity initiatives and transformational change to these social change programs.

In her new role as Education Specialist with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, she curates participatory public programs focusing on social justice issues, which empower museum audiences to share their own ideas and strategies towards equity.

Before coming to NMAAHC, she contributed to the launch of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as the public programs coordinator. There she advanced feminism advocacy and brokered diverse and creative collaborations between the museum and local activist and arts leaders. Before that she served as an adjunct professor with P.G. College, and as a community organizer with P.G. County Arts and Cultural Heritage. Previously, she served as the visual arts coordinator at Strathmore, where she was responsible for an expansive portfolio of exhibition-based educational programming and a professional residency for emerging artists. Prior to that role, she served as operations manager at the David C. Driskell Center, where she wore many hats in programming, management, and collaborative projects.

As a curator, she has produced several contemporary art exhibitions exploring race, gender, politics, and social issues. She is a frequent juror of national and international art exhibitions and initiatives. She has served in the leadership of the DC Chapter of ArtTable, Inc. since 2014, and currently serves as Chapter Co-Chair.

Her writing has been featured with Americans for the Arts, the American Alliance of Museums, The Washington Times, CBS, and Brightest Young Things, among others. She earned her bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master of arts in museum studies from the George Washington University.

 

Gallery Receptions, Open Studios, and Special Activities

 

7 pm: Passages Opening Reception and Juror Talk – Target Gallery (Studio 2)

Opening reception for Passages, a group exhibition that explores the lasting effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of immigrants and immigrant families from across the global diaspora. This exhibition gives an intimate look in to their individual experiences and how these experiences have shaped who they are today. The juror for this exhibition, Adriana Ospina (Curator of the Permanent Collection and Education at the Art Museum of Americas) will speak at 7 pm.


6 – 9pm: POUR: Reception and Demos – The Associates Gallery (Studio 311) and 3rd Floor Landing

Jennifer Brewer Stone (@sobrightart) will demonstrate poured resin on panels, including a gold leaf application, mixing dyes on the spot, and doing a dirty pour and a striped pour. She also uses molds of resin created in prior pours and layers them into her finished works, and she will show how these are created. A gold leaf demonstration will begin the demo session, starting with applying the gold adhesive, and after adhesive is set, applying the gold leaf and brushing it off at the end of the entire demo session.

Whitney Staiger (@udopjewelry) will showcase how to cast into cuttlefish bones, one of the oldest ways of casting metal.  The demo will include the carving and instant gratification of casting, as she pours the metal directly into the cuttlefish bone, producing the almost finished end result.

Demo times (all demos will take place on the 3rd floor landing):

  • Whitney Staiger’s cuttlefish demo: 6:30 – 6:50 pm 
  • Jennifer Brewer Stone’s poured resin demo: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

 


6 – 9pm: Re-use and Recycle love: Upcycled valentine making – South Hall in front of Studio 16

Create unusual cards and love tokens with Torpedo factory Artist Lisa Schumaier (@lisaschumaier) and Upcycle Creative Reuse Center. Make magical messages using Recycled stuff and cool art supplies. All ages are encouraged to participate. Come and play!

 

 

Passages

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 8th 6 – 9 pm | Gallery Talk 7:00 pm

Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents Passages, a group exhibition that explores the lasting effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of immigrants and immigrant families from across the global diaspora. This exhibition gives an intimate look in to their individual experiences and how these experiences have shaped who they are today. The juror for this exhibition is Adriana Ospina, Curator of the Permanent Collection and Education at the Art Museum of Americas.

Participating Artist Include: 

WonJung Choi, Richmond, VA
Isabella Cruz-Chong, Brooklyn, NY
Anne Dushanko Dobek, New Providence, NJ
Abiodun Eniyandunni, Washington, DC
Nadia Estela, Montclair, NJ
Samar Hussaini, West Orange, NJ
Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, Adelphi, MD
Gail Morrison-Hall, Wyncote, PA
Sherwin Rio, San Francisco, CA
Rafael Rodriguez, Hyattesville, MD
Kanika Sircar, Washington, DC
Marite Vidales, Washington DC
Aaron Wax, Brooklyn, NY
Jenny Wu, Alexandria, VA
Ju Yun, Chantilly, VA
Helen Zughaib, Washington, DC

Image Credit: Helen Zughaib, Syrian Migration Series #1, 2016. 

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The Late Shift: Brand New Day

Welcome 2018 with a spirited celebration of art, music, and dance. Warm up with an indoor art market, live performances, and pop-up activities throughout the building. Dance into the night during the silent disco with the City of Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab.

 

  • Silent Disco in partnership with the city of Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab, featuring three live DC-based DJs over 3 floors of art
  • Artist Demonstrations in the Grand Hall
  • Hands-on DIY Projects
  • Welcome Reception for new Post Grad Resident – Lyric Prince
  • “Brand New Day” Selfie Station
  • A wide variety of delicious donuts brought to you by Sugar Shack Donuts Alexandria@sugarshackalexandria
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The DJs:

DJ VicoVibez

He has a DJ residency at Epicure Café in Fairfax, Virginia, called “Play it Forward” that showcases beat-making. He’s also a local affiliate DJ with D.C.-based Words Beats and Life Inc., where he met and later became the official DJ for muralist duo MASPAZ and CHELOVE, aka CHELPAZ. From there, he became a DJ for the D.C. to Standing Rock Movement, a group of graffiti artists who traveled to Standing Rock in South Dakota, making stops in cities to paint “Water Is Life” murals.

DJ Maga

Sparked by a responsibility to maneuver and understand a crowd, DJ MAGA has begun to emerge into the competitive music scene. From an early age, the young turntable enthusiast learned the significance of world diversity and its influence in music while growing up in the United Kingdom, America and St. Lucia. Being submerged in many cultures, himself a brew of Sri Lankan and St. Lucian heritage, MAGA’s interest in experimenting with various sounds is shaped by life experience. He has opened for internationally acclaimed artists Common, Nas, Beenie Man, Morgan Heritage, Kerwin Du Bois and Kes the Band to name a few.

DJ Kalo

Karl-Eric Lerebours was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As a boy, he used to listen to the local DJs mixing on the radio, he was captivated by their abilities to mash 2-3 songs at the same time. Karl-Eric began his DJ dream as DJ Blaze, he started mixing reggae, hip hop, reggaeton and rap for friends that used to come to his house. He has landed various shows around cities of Port-au-Prince, Washington D.C. & New York City. Aside from DJing at various DC clubs and parties, he also makes bootlegs and launched a monthly podcast on his Soundcloud account.

CC photo by Janusz Kaliszczak

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

The Art of Memory: Looking Beneath the Pictures

Join us for an evening of open studios and artist talks. Every Second Thursday of the month.

 

Ars Memoria in Early Law: Looking Beneath the Picture   
Speaker:
Jolande Goldberg, senior law classification specialist at the Library of Congress and artist in Studio 326

8 pm, Main Hall

 

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Born in Germany, Jolande Goldberg was educated and trained as a lawyer, including the field of legal history/archaeology, and as an artist. Goldberg joined the Library of Congress in 1967, and is today the Library’s Senior Law Classification Specialist. Prepared through her earlier work in Heidelberg/Germany as senior research associate to Law Faculty and as legal editor of the Encyclopedia of German Legal Terminology under the auspices of the Academy of Humanities and Science in Heidelberg, she developed for the Library of Congress (LC) the major part of the LC Law Classification. This system accounts for the laws of all regions of the world, including International, Religious, and Indigenous law. She shares her knowledge of the practice of ars memoria (or the art of memory) in the study of architecture, law, medicine, and the arts, and the Library of Congress’s efforts to preserve this history.

 

 

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Torpedo Factory.

 

 

 

About Torpedo Talks

Every Second Thursday of the month, join us at 8pm for a free discussion in the main hall. Created on the belief that the arts is for everyone, we invite a different contemporary artist, curator, or activist in the creative arts world to stop by and share their knowledge in a short power-packed talk. It’s a chance to get inspired while connecting with other open-minded folks in your area. To confirm your free seat, please register on this page. All are welcome (ie: share with your friends!)

 

 

 

Galleries and Receptions

6 – 9 pm: On View: “Interlude: Unfinished Works” – Target Gallery (Studio 2)
Unfinished artwork gives insight into the artist’s hand and methodology. The unresolved and open ended nature of the art gives the viewer new context of the themes and meanings of the works created. Juried by Curator Betsy Johnson, the exhibition creates a dialogue on what it means for art to be “resolved”. Interlude: Unfinished Works features the work of 21 artists from across the globe. It is on view Saturday, December 9, 2017 through Sunday, January 21, 2018.

 

5 – 7:30pm: Opening Reception: “Encaustic Endeavors – The Associates Gallery (Studio 311)

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.

 

7:30 pm: Opening Reception:  January Open Exhibit and Sally Canzoneri’s “Double Takes – The Art League Gallery (Studio 21). Awards will be presented at 7:30 pm.

 

 

All Evening

 

Meet the Artist: Suh Yongsun in the New Project Studio (Studio 8)
Over the course of three months, Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun will transform the New Project Studio into a workshop and community space for discussions and creativity. He will explore public, social, and political issues in present-day Korea while developing a visual discourse of his time creating in Alexandria. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

On View: Museum Exhibits at The Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327)
Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to learn how the City’s archaeologists, volunteers and students work with residents and developers to study and manage archaeological resources important to the community’s past.

 

 

Upcoming Events


Friday, January 19: Late Shift – Brand New Day, 7 – 11 pm

Thursday, February 8: Second Thursday/Torpedo Talk: Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, 6 – 9 pm