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Northern Virginia Art Beat

"Art Conservation Today: Research/Treatments" Thursday, March 1, 2007 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Arlington Art Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Call (703) 248-6800, or see www.arlingtonartscenter.org .

‘Presented in partnership with the Washington Conservation Guild, ‘Art Conservation Today’ presents Rachel Penniman from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore; Samantha Sheesley from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Amy Creech of the Alexandria Conservation Services (an archaeological conservation lab), each of whom will speak briefly about their recent research and discoveries, and then open the conversation to the audience.’
This is one of the great things about living in the D.C. area. Not only do we have free access to world class art, we have access to the folks who spend their lives studying and caring for these priceless objects. Wether you’re an artist trying to find the best ways to make your art last the ravages of time, an art collector trying to protect your collection, or simply an art lover, this event should offer up some rather tasty tid-bits difficult to find elsewhere. You can find books on just about any subject on earth, but some of this info is just about impossible to find in print. Even if you can, it’s a whole lot easier to just ask the pros when you can get access to them. Here we have three of them in one place at one time, and all you have to do is show up. Admission price – Free.

‘Mentorship Program Exhibition’ February 28 through March 4; Reception: Sunday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St., Alexandria Gallery hours Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. (703) 838-4565 (extension 4), or see www.torpedofactory.org
"Each year the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center sponsor a mentorship program between Torpedo Factory artists and local high school students. Under the direction of Susan Lightsey, high school students pair up with TFAC artists, who serve as their mentors. This exhibition is a compilation of this mentorship."

  ‘Emerging Visions’ Student art work from the Herndon District school system. March 2 through 30 at Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St, Suite 103, Reston, VA . Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information call (703) 471-9242 or see www.restonarts.org.  

  ‘Southern Surge: Hurricane Force Art from Hancock County, Mississippi’ March 2 through April 1. Opening reception Friday March 2, from 7-10 p.m. The Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA. Gallery Hours are Fridays 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m. Call (703) 838-4827, or see www.thedelrayartisans.org
  ‘Southern Surge’ features the art of artists caught in the path of Katrina. Of special note: Screenings of the 55 minute documentary film "The Art of The Storm" will be shown on Saturday and Sundays through April 1, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 from 7-9 p.m. will feature an art presentation, acoustic Delta Blues, and southern sweet tea (more sugar than tea if you do it the way my aunt does) and cake.

Ready or not, here it is, " Erotic Art 2007" March 2 to 31. Opening reception is Friday March 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. Body painting demonstration is among the wackiness scheduled. Although rarely done these days, body painting has been around since the dawn of time, and was all the rage in the 60’s. This is one of those shows that has something to offend just about everyone. Definitely not for the kids, at least not after they’re born. MOCA D.C. is located across from Sea Catch Restaurant, in Canal Square, Georgetown at 1054 31st St. NW, Washington, DC. See www.mocadc.org  or call (202) 342-6230.

Artist Opportunities ———

‘ Sense of Place’ Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 7.
"The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be celebrating the AIA’s 150th Anniversary through a juried exhibition titled, Sense of Place. This exhibition is open to all artists nationally and internationally. An all media exhibition that embraces and expresses the notion of community, environment and our place in it from the perspective of artists and architects."
Juror: Catherine Armour is the Principal for Catherine Armour and Associates. Her most recent project is designing the upcoming Corcoran exhibition ‘Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939’. Currently, she serves as the Chair of Design overseeing the Design departments including Digital Media, Graphic Design and Interior Design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
Thirty dollar entry fee, covers up to three entries. Call (703) 838-4565 (extension 4), or see www.torpedofactory.org for details and downloadable entry form.

What do you know, even artists get snow days. Falls Church Arts juried show at Goodwin House has a new deadline due to the snow last week. Drop-off up to three ready to hang 2-D works for judging on Sunday, March 4, between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m..
Falls Church Arts’ Park Avenue Gallery at 111 Park Avenue, Falls Church. See www.fallschurcharts.org/  for details, and entry forms.

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