Arts & Entertainment

Northern Virginia Art Beat

Concerts and Art in Cherry Hill Park (Next to City Hall on Park Ave., Falls Church). Start time is 7 p.m. Two more Thursday evening concerts remain in this summer series. Event is also free. Remember that the rain location is inside the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.).822artbeat1_color.jpg

This Thursday, July 31, Bana Ndule plays African music, while Kathleen Buschow and Eileen Levy show their paintings. Next Thursday, Aug. 7, Tom Principato’s band plays rock and blues tunes, and Jill Saxton Smith displays her excellent woodblock prints, which can also be seen online at

First Friday in Falls Church, at Shreve McGonegal Reception Gallery (212 N. West St.). This Friday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dede Haas shows off her black and white photos of Falls Church, and Grethchen Thompson shows her black and white watercolors. Atmospheric sounds are provided by jazz band, Might as Well. There is plenty of parking on-site, too.
Call 703-532-4440.

Note: Regular hours for the show, which runs through the summer, are Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and till 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Parisian photos and more, at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park. Ave). Both exhibits hang throughout August. The Parisian photographs on display are by Bob Morrison and his daughter Elizabeth. Students of Jennifer Schoechle show their work in the Falls Church Arts space at the same address. Note well the free ice cream offered at the First Friday opening; sounds like a reason to go this Friday. Ice Cream lasts as long as it can on a warm summer’s evening… or till 8 p.m. Call 703-534-4202.

Slick, in the Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 North Union St., Alexandria). Two-week installation construction continues through Aug. 6. Gallery hours are Wed. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m.

This installation by Julie Camarata is open for viewing during the piece’s construction. You can find a daily video progress report online at

Slick deals with the love/hate relationship we have with oil in the industrial age. Something we’re all aware of these days.
It’s interesting to see this sort of thing documented like this, as well as on view during construction. Many art viewers are not artists themselves, and as such, don’t quite grasp how much time, effort and energy go into these shows. No doubt, this particular show will represent at least a month’s worth of the artist’s effort. Keep in mind that despite what you are allowed to see, there’s always an enormous amount of preparation, procuring and planning that precedes the actual construction phase.
Opening reception with a talk with Camarata is Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. This is a part of Old Town Alexandria art venues’ “Second Thursday” openings. Slick will remain up through August 24.

For more information, call 703-838-4565 (ext. 4) or see

Architecture and Nature; watercolors by Anna Stein, in the lobby of the Arlington County Education Center (1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington). Runs through September 10.

We’re all aware of the big art venues around town or can find them without too much hassle, but there are a plethora of other small exhibition spaces around town. (Of course, in the strictest sense every wall with a decent blank spot is a potential exhibition space.) The newest off-beat spaces on my radar screen is the curving lobby of the Education Center.

The current work on display is a series of Washington landscapes and landscape-based abstractions. I found the four panel series based on Key Bridge to be the best.

The Center is reasonably large, but the building’s curvature makes far ends disappear, and thus it seems even larger. It’s a great space to show work; too bad it doesn’t see more foot traffic, but it sees a fair number of folks, as is.

For information on the exhibit call (703) 228-6170.

Artist Opportunities

38th Annual Labor Day Art Show, at Glen Echo Park (address, in the Spanish Ballroom) The event runs from Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. Submissions must be received by August 15 or until capacity is reached. Entry fee is $25 for up to two framed 2-D pieces no bigger than 24″ x 36″. Artists with 3-D pieces may submit up to four pieces. If you wish to submit both 2-D and 3-D works, you are limited to one 2-D and two 3-D works. For complete details and an entry form, see or call 301-634-2222.

Two Day Benefit Art Show, at Vienna Presbyterian Church (124 Park Street NE, Vienna). Stifel and Capra of Falls Church is organizing the two day event on Aug. 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Aug. 23, 12 – 4 p.m. The show goes up on Aug. 21. 30-percent commission goes to the charitable causes. Artists wishing to submit work for consideration should email up to 6 JPEG files, with title and price information, to All art works must be wall-hangable, no free standing sculptural work. This is a church, too, so keep that in mind when selecting work for submission. Deadline is this Saturday, Aug. 2. For additional information, call 703-407-0770 or see