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Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory – Learn about People who Inspired PBS’s Mercy Street

The past and present of Alexandria meet at the Torpedo Factory Art Center for February’s Second Thursday Art Night. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum will have a display of Civil War artifacts inspired by PBS’s Mercy Street. The night also features new work in Target Gallery, The Art League, and The Associates Gallery; live-music, and more after-hours programming.

 

The Alexandria Archaeology Museummansionhouse

·        The new PBS series Mercy Street is centered in Alexandria during the Civil War. One of the main characters is based on the real Emma Green. See her photo and learn about her relationship with Frank Stringfellow in The Real Emma & Frank: Alexandria’s Civil War Sweethearts.

·        The Mansion House Hospital was one of many military hospitals in town. In Old Town Alexandria’s Civil War Hospitals, learn about buildings you walk by every day and probably had no idea of their importance during the Civil War.

 

Target Gallery

·        Trending: Contemporary Art Now is new this month. Target Gallery partnered with the Women’s Caucus for Art to present the exhibition as part of WCA’s 2016 national conference in Washington, D.C. It features work by 12 self-identified women who are driving the direction of contemporary art and offers a cross-section of media to reflect the leading edge of contemporary art, including video, collage, 3D photography, found objects, installation, and more. The exhibition also includes an online gallery and catalog featuring additional works.

 

The Art League

·         In advance of The Art League’s upcoming Patron’s Show fundraiser on Sunday, February 14, The Art League Gallery features a preview exhibition with the work that will be available. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to build a wishlist.

 

The Associates Gallery (TAG)

·        Color and Shape opens in The Associates Gallery (studio 311) and features work by painters Jill Finsen and Barbara Muth.

 

Special After-Hours Programming

·        The artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center are inviting the community to share their love for art with a community collage on the magnet wall by the Union Street entrance. Create a mini collage on the 3rd floor, then take a portrait of your work before adding it to the wall. At the end of the evening, see the collage grow and review the online photo album to see everyone’s individual contributions.

·        Classical guitarist David Toves provides the soundtrack for the evening with sets at 6:15 – 7:15 pm and 7:30 – 8:30 pm.


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