Art exhibitions and events to discover in September

“A Sudden Change in Direction” (detail), acrylic and ink on canvas by Elizabeth Casqueiro. (Photo: Atheneum Gallery website)

Alexandria, Virginia – *20e Annual Alexandria Old Town Arts Festival (Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 300 John Carlyle Street [John Carlyle Square] in the Old Town.) All artwork is juried, which provides a higher level of quality, diversity and creativity in the art on display and exemplifies gifted artists in regions across the country. Alexandria is recognized as one of the main artistic centers of the country. This exhibition is ranked among the top 100 art exhibitions in Sun Artist Magazine. You don’t want to miss it! (

*The Art League at the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union Street at City Wharf)

“September Open Exhibition(September 7-October 2) will showcase works by artists not limited by theme, process or content, but made within the past five years. The exhibition is judged by Aaron Morgan Brown.

“Impact: Reflections of 9/11” is the September solo exhibition (September 8 to October 2) by artist George Robert Overhiser Jr. for more details.

“Art on the Rocks” (Friday, September 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m.) kicks off Old Town Cocktail Week at Waterfront Park. The exhibition presents works of art in all mediums. It’s a festive fundraiser to support The Art League and our local restaurants. See details on

Art League Ice Cream Bowls are a huge hit at the Old Town Arts Festival. (Photo: Jean Frank Stark)

The bowl of ice cream at the Old Town Arts Festival (Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18) The Ice Cream Bowl is one of the best deals in town! Stop by the Art League table at the Alexandria Art Festival at 300 John Carlyle Square and choose from hundreds of handcrafted bowls. Buy a bowl and get a frozen treat for just $15. These bowls make perfect gifts! Proceeds support the League’s ceramics department.

*The Athenaeum Gallery, (201 Prince Street, Old Town Alexandria) “Connected Spaces”, (August 25 – October 2) featuring artists Elizabeth Casqueiro and Jean Sausele-Knodt. Connections are an integral part of the human experience. During a normal day, our joys and challenges are supported by connections near and far, physically present and internalized. In this exhibition, Casqueiro and Sausele-Knodt explore the meaning of connection in different ways as it relates to space and the sense of being.

*Del Ray Craftsmen (2704 Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray)

(Web art photo by Dawn Wyse Hurto)

“The big 3-0!” (September 2 – October 1): Founded in 1992, Del Ray Artisans began celebrating its 30th anniversary with a party and reception on September 3 (sorry if you missed it), but the celebration continues throughout the month with an art exhibition for members and programs that rhyme with THIRTY. The big 3-0 The Members Showcase showcases stunning artwork in a variety of media and themes. Member artists share their favorite works and memories of the nonprofit Del Ray Artisans in this exhibit. Visit for a list of rhymes-with-30 exhibits.

“HalloWEIRD Art Market” (outdoors September 24, 10am-4pm, RAIN or SHINE): Browse spooky, spooky, creepy, and gothic Halloween-inspired creations at Del Ray Artisans’ new outdoor art market . Handcrafted artwork by local artists in many mediums. This outdoor family event takes place in Colasanto Park, next to the Del Ray Artisans Gallery at 2704 Mount Vernon in Del Ray. Get details about

*Underground gallery (2100 Crystal Drive at The Shops in Crystal City, Arlington, VA – “Enjoy the View: A Solo Show of Landscape Paintings”, by Jessica Mickey (August 29 – September 30) Jessica Mickey’s solo exhibition includes 40 of her paintings of landscape and offers us all a brief moment to stop and enjoy the view during our busy lives.Most of her paintings begin with photographs which she turns into moody works of art that make you feel to be able to get in. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

*Principles Gallery (208 King Street, Old Town Alexandria)

“Obbiligato 14-x-16 Oil on linen by Gilbert Gorski. (Photo: Principles Gallery website)

“The Space of Trees”, by Gilbert Gorski (Released on Friday, September 16). Artist and architect Gilbert Gorski is based in Sarver, Pennsylvania; several of his paintings depict areas surrounding his house. He also creates compositions that merge the rural environment of western Pennsylvania with other regions that the artist recalls from memory. said Gorsky. “Historically, photography supplanted painting, but photography became so accessible that it became commonplace. The paintings, on the other hand, remain special because they are singular works. These are communications with the artist. – quote taken from Forestry work.

*by Nina Tisara Serenity Gallery presents “Celebration!” ̶ an exhibition featuring mosaics by Nina Tisara and photographs by Steven Halperson, from September 7 to October 28. The exhibition is organized by the Coldwell Banker Old Town office, 310 King Street, as part of its ongoing support for the community of Alexandria. An artists’ reception will take place on September 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. To RSVP and for more information, contact Gretchen Walzl at [email protected].

*Target gallery from the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union Street to City Dock)

(Closing September 11) “Turning Tides”, a group exhibition that explores the impact of climate change on sight in Target Gallery. This exhibition deals with the question through various works of art represented by different styles and mediums coming together in a dialogue.

(September 17-October 30) “Body language,” an all-media group exhibition on the theme of self-portraiture, figurative work or self-representations at Target Gallery and Studio 9. This exhibition explores themes of identity, culture, gender and mental health through the expression of physical fitness.

For more details on the artists in the Target Gallery exhibitions, visit

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