April @ the Athenaeum: Art, Poetry, Music, and Dance | News Release | Athenaeum

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Now Through April 2

The Hand Print Workshop: Twenty Years of Partnership in Print.

Dennis O’Neil’s Hand Print Workshop has fostered the work of printmakers across America and internationally, many of them leading artists from the former Soviet Union.  This exhibit features a wide representation of the prints created by these artists in his Alexandria studio, including some by William Christenberry and Renee Stout – as well as works by O’Neil himself.

Click here to read a review of this show in the Washington Post.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Heather Corey and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Nightingale, Pavel Makov, Ukrainian, 1998, acrylic ink, wax medium, oil paint/ Arches 88 paper, edition of 7, 21 x 54″,

Thursday, March 30, 7:00, $15
NVFAA Members: Free

Mercy Street

and the African- American Experience During the Civil War
Audrey Davis, the Executive Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, will lead a conversation on the African-American experience during the Civil War.  As the only native Alexandrian that is consulting in the hit PBS mini-series Mercy Street, she will lend insight into the making of the show.
RSVP at admin@nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.

Wednesday, April 5
The Athenaeum is the only historic building in Old Town open to the public free of charge not owned by the government. Please help us maintain this historic treasure and keep it filled with wonderful arts programming. In addition to receiving your donations, Spring2Action rewards us based sheer number of givers – so please take a moment and make a contribution right now.

Mondays, April 3 & 17
7 – 7:45 PM  & 7:45 – 8:30 PM, $15 per class
Ballroom Dance Classes
Led by Gary Stephans
Learn the foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, salsa, meringue, rumba, cha-cha, and samba. For all skill levels. Email Gary Stephans or call 703.505.5998.
April 6 through May 14
Opening Reception on Sunday, April 9 at 4:00, Free
Natural Attraction: Virginia Plants and Pollinators
To celebrate Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the Gallery will be filled with native plants and their pollinators. Members of the Botanic Art Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), as selected by juror Susan Frei Nathan, will depict horticulture native to this region.  Deana Marion provides an intimate, almost microscopic look at Virginia bees.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Nancy Perkins and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Above left: Portrait Pose, Deana Marion, high definition metal photographic image,2012
Above right: Common White Turtlehead (detail), Jonathan Paul, watercolor, 2016

Second Thursday Live
Architecture Week Special
April 13, 6:30 Reception, 7:00 Discussion, Free

Discussion with Frank Harmon, AIA

In celebration of Architecture Week and presented in conjunction with American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter, come to the Athenaeum for a wine and cheese reception followed by a discussion with Frank Harmon, architect, educator, and author of the blog Native Places. He has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. He currently teaches at the College of Design at North Carolina State University.
This event is generously sponsored by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00, Free

Tara Campbell

TreeVolution Reading
Tara Campbell is a Washington, DC-based writer. Her latest work TreeVolution is a speculative fiction adventure featuring secret experiments, corporate machinations, and a little eco-payback. Reports of peculiar tree assaults are trickling into the governor’s office in Olympia, Washington: a maple kicked a dog about to relieve itself, a ficus spanked a leaf-yanking child, a yew slapped a woman locking up her bike to its trunk. Young staffer Tamia Bennett prepares to watch her career fizzle when she’s put in charge of tracking these urban legends. But as documented arbor assaults become violent and widespread, Tamia and retired botanist Dr. Barbara Block discover that acres of genetically modified trees are developing deadly plans.

Thursday, April 20, 7:00
$15 for one ticket.  $10 for NVFAA Members

Tom Teasley and Seth Kibel

Teasley is a globe-trotting percussionist whose approach as performer, educator, and cultural envoy  is heralded worldwide. Kibel is a woodwind specialist in jazz, swing, and klezmer. Together, their improvisatory blend includes Jewish klezmer, Arabic rhythms, and American jazz.

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 – 4:00
Historic Garden Tour Day in Old Town
Open to the Public 

Hunting Creek Garden Club Marketplace

Stop by the Athenaeum as part of a great day touring wonderful gardens and homes in Alexandria. The Hunting Creek Garden Club has curated a fabulous selection of vendors who will display their wares among the beautiful botanic art and bee photography in the gallery.
Click here to learn more about the Old Town Garden Tour and to purchase  tickets.

Monday, April 24, 7:00 
$15 per person.  $10 for NVFAA Members

Georgetown Saxatones

The Georgetown University Saxatones were created in 2003 as a co-ed a cappella group on Georgetown’s campus. Originally founded as an oldies group, the Saxatones have expanded their repertoire to include everything from alternative to pop to soul. As Georgetown’s only community service a cappella group, they are passionate about sharing their music with the National Capital Region and getting involved with area nonprofits and schools.

Thursday, April 27, 7:30, Free

Poem in a Pocket Day with Wendi Kaplan

In celebration of National Poetry Month and Poem In Your Pocket Day, Wendi R. Kaplan, Alexandria’s Poet Laureate, invites you to a community gathering called GENERATING HOPE! Please bring poetry and stories that spark your creative spirit and inspire hope! All are welcome.

Sunday, April 30, 4:00, Free

Book Talk with Fred Knops

Alexandria, Virginia: Walk the Path of America’s Founding Fathers
Alexandria resident Fred Knops has written a tour book of Old Town Alexandria focusing on its colonial heritage. Sales from the books at this event will benefit ACT, the Alexandria Library Special Collection at the Barrett Branch, the Christ Church Foundation, and the Boy Scouts Troop 1515.
RSVP at admin@nvfaa.org.

Athenaeum Gallery  | 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314  |  703.548.0035 / nvfaa.org

The Athenaeum Gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm.  It is closed on holidays. Admission is free.

The NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences.

The NVFAA is partially supported by funding from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.The NVFAA is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format contact us at nvfaa@nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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