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Dog Days of Summer during Second Thursday Art Night at

the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Thursday, August 13

6 – 9 pm



Alexandria, Va. – Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Thursday, August 13, will put the dogs in Dog Days of Summer.

  • 6 – 8 pm:

o   The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (alexandriaanimals.org) will be on hand with some adoptable pets who are looking for forever homes. Your Dog’s Best Friend (yourdogsbestfriends.com) will share information about its daycare, boarding, grooming, walking, training, and socialization services.

With a special map in hand, visitors can find artwork throughout the building featuring dogs (and cats). They may even encounter a few of the artists’ own dogs keeping cool in studios along the way.

o   Alexandria Archaeology Museum: Excavated bones of a dog tell the story of a pet’s life in Alexandria about a hundred years ago. More information can be found at alexandriava.gov/archaeology.

  • 6– 7 pm; 8 – 9 pm: Annandale-based Alex W. Young brings his powerful vocals and poetic lyrics to the Torpedo Factory. Playing foot tambourine, harmonica, acoustic electric guitar, and singing, Alex is truly a one-man band. His set list mixes favorites in country, pop, classic rock, and oldies with Young’s own original compositions. Learn more about him atwww.alexwyoungmusic.net.
  • 7 pm:

o   Target Gallery: In Cloud Seeding, Texas-based Leigh Merrill takes thousands of photographs, videos, and audio recordings while exploring a city or neighborhood, then digitally assembles them to create her imaginary composite spaces. The result is a beautiful lie—reality that is slightly askew, familiar but emotionally detached. Meet the artist and jurors at 7 pm during the public reception. Leigh Merrill: Cloud Seeding is on view through Sunday, August 30.

  • 7:30 pm:

o   The Art League Gallery: Opening reception for two exhibitions in The Art League Gallery. Taking Shape, features juried 3D work by Art League artists. Visitor favorite ‘Scapes returns with landscapes, cityscapes, skyscapes, and more. Both are on view until Monday, September 7. More information is available via www.theartleague.org.

The August Second Thursday Art Night is generously supported by Your Dog’s Best Friend.

About The Alexandria Archaeology Museum
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum opened in 1984 in the newly renovated Torpedo Factory Art Center.  The museum serves as the hub of the City’s archaeology program where visitors interact with archaeologists and volunteers working in the public laboratory; experience Alexandria’s 13,000 year-old-history through exhibits, self-guided tours, and hands-on activities; and view the latest finds from current excavations.  For more information, go to www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.

About The Art League
Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community. The Art League is headquartered in the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center.

About Target Gallery

Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10-6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org  or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.

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