June brings fantastic new art exhibits to Alexandria

Smile and Soul, Digital Art by Gordon Thomas Frank at the June Afros and Abstract exhibition by Del Ray Artisans. (Photo Gordon Thomas Frank)
Beverly Valdez’s paintings are on display at the Art League’s Solo Gallery. (Photo courtesy of the Art League.)
Free lunch, portrait in mixed media: photography, spray paint, acrylic paint, acrylic markers, frame recycled by Blu Murphy on display at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. (Photo Kelly McConomy)

Alexandria, Virginia – *arts league ~ June 2022 Landscape Exhibition, from June 8 to July 3. Judging by Theisa Way and Sahar Coston Hardy. New works explore the artists’ sense of space. Landscape traditions in the visual arts, from classical to progressive and from pastoral to urban, are represented.

June 2022 Solo exhibition ~ June 9 – July 3. Beverly Valdez exhibits semi-abstract paintings celebrating the exuberant colors and spirit of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival culture focusing on the history, symbolism, myth, magic and iconic themes of the most big party of the year. The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Masks are encouraged.

*Athenaeum ~ 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. This is what freedom looks like to meJune 15 August 15th. In recognition of Juneteenth, the Athenaeum gallery organized an online exhibition of young African American and black artists who were invited to convey their interpretation of freedom: freedom of speech and expression, freedom to dress and comb one’s hair, freedom of oppression, repression and aggression. The exhibition will also explore reflections on the history of the June 19 celebration and its impact on modern cultural movements in the African American community. All visual arts media are presented, including poetic expression and video art. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-548-0035 or visit nvaa.org

Celebrate Juneteenth with historic Carlyle House Park and the Athenaeum on June 19, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. This free community event features live music, hands-on creative activities, art and poetry on the grounds of historic Carlyle House. The event marks the date when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last enslaved people in the United States. – two years after it became law! Carlyle House Historic Park is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria.

*Del Ray Craftsmen ~ Afros and abstract organized by Maria Hart from June 3 to June 25. The iconic afro is explored as a metaphor for African American exaltation and black excellence juxtaposed with abstract examinations of empowerment and freedom through the expressive use of line, form, movement and color. A preview of the exhibition is Thursday, June 2. The gallery stays open late until 9 p.m. on the first Del Ray Thursday when family activities are scheduled. This month, channel your inner superhero with Black Panther mask making and Wakanda wall screen photo ops! The gallery, located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, is open to the public. The activities on the first Thursday are free for everyone. Hours of operation are Thursday 12-6 p.m. (until 9 p.m. for First Thursday events at Del Ray), Friday 12-6 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. for Del Ray openings). exhibition) and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*Galactic Panther ~ 1303 King Street, Alexandria. Fwithout ather Print Posse open May 28. Upcoming events at the über-cool gallery include Panther Party art workshops every Thursday and Sunday. Comedy every Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m. Conscious Gatherings & Open Mic every other Sunday immediately after the Panther Parties at 6:30 p.m. The gallery’s opening hours are Thursday/Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

*Underground gallery ~2100 Crystal Drive (in Crystal City Shops), Arlington. The Arlington Artists Alliance, headquartered in Gallery Underground, is sponsoring an exhibit curated by students at the Arlington Career Center. The June exhibition, Destruction, delves into the psyche of high school students by exposing what the act and consequences of destruction mean to them. Alliance members mentored participating students in curating and all aspects of running a professional gallery exhibition. The title of the exhibition is inspired by Picasso’s famous quote: Any act of creation is first an act of destruction.

The works of art on display are created by first destroying works of art already created by classmates, which are then transformed into something new. The media represented are exclusively photography, painting and collage. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.

*Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery ~ June 7 – July 10. National parks revisited. One of the toughest textile themes comes down to DMV’s first craft group of fiber artists. This unique celebration of our magnificent parks is explored across all fiber media. You will be amazed by the versatile expression of silk, wool, cotton, hemp – even silver and gold spun, sewn, quilted, woven, stitched, knotted or macrame.

*Principles Gallery ~ 208 King St. The Allegorical Art of GC Myers is June’s featured solo exhibition. Depths and Light opens with a reception on June 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Myers’ work draws on Eastern philosophy and aesthetics and American and Modernist painting traditions. Myers is a favorite Principle Gallery artist whose compositions, with expressive line and effusive palette, are like jumping into a beloved storybook or fairy tale.

*Printmakers Inc. Gallery ~ A flagship Torpedo Factory gallery with over 40 years of history in the historic art center is now on the first floor. Working artists are in the studio to allow you to observe their creativity in the engraving process and to meet the artists represented. Personal exhibition of Patrick Sargent local herofeaturing people who have made a social impact, is on display until June.

*Target gallery ~ The Drip: The Uncontrollable Sauce of Black Essence, a solo exhibition by Blu Murphy, continues until July 17. Blu Murphy is a Washington, DC based artist who uses powerful photographic portraits of disenfranchised African Americans to portray profiles of pride, courage, and expansive joy. The Drip refers to the drips of matching color paint covering the artwork, the recycled framing and the industrial white walls of the Target Gallery, which, in the backdrop, are a visual metaphor for the vacancy of privilege dominating the urban communities. The drips, the walls, the frames and the images dialogue: what do you qualify as art? What do you consider valuable? Judging by installation and performance artist Maps Glover, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art curator Heather Hakimzadeh, and Maryland-based curator and collector Thomas James. A show not to be missed! Check the Target Gallery website for upcoming events with the artist, email or call 703-746-4590. The space is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*@Mosaic Torpedo Factory ~ Paintings and works by Hernan Munro from the 2022 Regional Works on Paper Competition. The Torpedo Factory Artists Association (TFAA) satellite gallery space is located in the Mosaic District in the Merrifield section of Fairfax County . Two- and three-dimensional works of art by artists from the Torpedo Factory Art Center are displayed alongside exceptional examples of one-of-a-kind fine jewelry craftsmanship.

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