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#5womenartists, after-hours gallery openings, and a Confederate spy during

March’s Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory

Thursday, March 10
6 – 9 pm




Photo © Old Town Post

The Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates the legacy of women in the arts during the March Second Thursday Art Night on Thursday, March 10; 6 – 9 pm. Of the 132 resident artists in the Torpedo Factory, more than 100 of them are women. Throughout the night, visitors are encourage to participate in the broader national conversation on this subject by posting on social media with the hashtag #5womenartists, created by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


The night also features a host of new exhibitions, live music, button making, and a peek into the life of an Alexandria socialite who became a Confederate spy.


  • Target Gallery(Studio 2)
  • The 6thAnnual March150 exhibition fundraiser will be taking place in Target Gallery. Find works by local artists on sale for $150 each, with proceeds benefiting future programs and special exhibitions.
  • Members of the Factory Society, the Torpedo Factory’s young-professionals network, will sell raffle tickets for the March150 Art Partyon Friday, March 18. The winner will receive two tickets to the party. The drawing will take place at 7:45 pm.
  • Visitors are also encouraged to cast votes for the People’s Choice Award, to be announced during the Art Partyon March 18.


  • The Alexandria Archaeology Museum(Studio 327)
  • 7and 8 pm: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will highlight Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Alexandria socialite and Confederate spy. Her coded messages and hand-drawn maps of Northern Virginia will be on view and city archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik shares further insight into her life and mission during the Civil War.


  • The Art League(Studio 21)
  • Two new exhibitions will be on view in The Art League Gallery. Fritz DesRoches: The Caribbean—How Beautiful features DeRoches’ airbrushed work that highlights Caribbean culture, particularly of Haiti. Zoma Wallace juried March’s Open Exhibit, which features work by Art League artists in all media.


  • Torpedo Factory Artists
  • The Associates Gallery (Studio 311):Reception for Julia Dzikiewicz: Contradictions.
  • Multiple Exposures Gallery (Studio 312):  Photographer Timothy Hyde’s exhibition Washington Daybreakexplores early morning in the District.
  • Site 2 and 3 (Hallways near the elevator on 2ndand 3rd floors): Reception for Exploring Abstraction, featuring student work as part of Beverly Ryan’s (Studio 333) painting class with The Art League.
  • Potomac Fiber Arts (Studio 29): Salute to Primary Colors: Red, Yellow and Blue, the gallery’s first show in its new location.
  • Scope Gallery (Studio 19): Global ceramics in Cultural Connectivityincludes a collection of American Indian, Asian, African, Latin, and European styles of clay art.


  • Special After-Hours Programming
  • 6:15 – 7:15 pm; 7:30 – 8:30 pm:Live jazz music with 2nd Independence.
  • All evening, design, create, and wear a custom button at the DIY station on the 3rdfloor landing.
  • Celebrate the contribution of women in the arts by adding names, comments, thoughts, and drawings to the lobby magnet wall.



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, a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 200 Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association resident and associate members in 82 working studios and seven 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 Instagramvia @torpedofactory.

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