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Posted on 08.06.14
August Art Exhibits, Shows, & Events

SEE: August Art Exhibits, Shows, & Events

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Crystal City Art Mural – Photo Credit: Northern Virginia Magazine

If you haven’t already noticed, we are BIG supporters of the arts (especially local art) at The Shelby.  Each month, we will showcase a list of exhibits, gallery shows, events, and classes taking place in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, and Washington, DC.  Check out our picks for August. We hope you enjoy exploring all that our area has to offer and maybe even take a class to explore your inner artist! 


On display at the National Portrait Gallery beginning August 22 is “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” a bilingual exhibit in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center that examines the works of Latino artists across a variety of media, questioning the idea that portraits can represent individuals’ identities. Through April 12. {via Washingtonian}


Chiharu Shiota @ Sackler Gallery – Photo Credit: Washingtonian Magazine

As part of the Freer Sackler Gallery’s Perspectives series, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota constructs a large-scale installation of hundreds of pairs of shoes encased in a multitude of red threads attached to a single point. Visitors will get the chance to see the artist and watch the work being installed during a public viewing period August 18 through 21. The work is on display August 30 through June 7. {via Washingtonian}


At the Torpedo Factory, beginning August 5, is “Dog Days of Summer,” a fine art photography exhibit focused on depictions of sultry late-summer days. The show, juried by Kathleen Ewing, runs through August 31. {via Washingtonian}


Transient States @ Torpedo Factory. Photo Credit: Torpedo Factory Art Center

At the Torpedo Factory – July 19 – August 31, 2014 – Steven Walls’s large-scale figurative paintings depict the states between visual perception, memory, memory, waking life and dreams.  In addition, a reception will be held on August 14 from 6 – 8pm with an Artist Talk with Steven Walls at 7pm.  Details HERE.

The Art League’s ‘Scape’s‘, running August 6 through September 8, exhibits a variety of scenes, from cityscapes to natural landscapes, done in a range of styles.


‘Making Their Mark: Art Brut’ @ Gallery Underground – Photo Credit: Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground presents ‘Making Their Mark: Art Brut’, an exhibition produced in collaboration with the art-therapy program Purple Art, which focuses on wounded veterans and individuals with disabilities. Through August 23.

Del Ray Artisans presents ‘Board and Beyond‘ featuring artwork by four select members of Del Ray Artisans Board of Directors and three incredible volunteers who go “above and beyond”.  August 1–31, 2014


‘Upside Down Noon’ @ Artisphere – Photo Credit: Artisphere

ARTISPHERE presents a visual art exhibit ‘Upside Down Noon‘ by Christine Sun Kim, Artist’s work Interview / Face Opera II will be on view / Bijou Theatre (8 min. run time / digital projection).  Through August 10.


This month’s Phillips After 5 happens on August 7. The theme is “American bounty,” and you’ll find food trucks, a bourbon tasting, and live bluegrass.

The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present our Featured Artists and Studio Exhibitions for the month of August.  An opening reception for all studio shows and featured artists listed HERE will be held campus-wide during our 2nd Saturday Art WalkAugust 9, from 6-9 pm


Alexandria Art Market – Photo Credit: Connection Newspapers

Alexandria Art Market – The second Saturday of the August – Outdoors next to the gallery in the adjoining Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, a variety of original artwork (painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, glasswork and more!) is for sale—rain or shine!

On August 23, Torpedo Factory hosts its second Art Material Market, giving local artists a chance to buy, sell, and trade supplies used to make their crafts.


Del Ray Artisans hosts ‘Life Drawing Open Sessions‘ – Held on most Wednesdays and select Sundays – These sessions operate on a drop-in basis so there is no need to register in advance. Bring your supplies and join us at the gallery to draw or paint our live models. The fee for each 3-hour session is $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. 2-hour sessions are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Contact Katherine Rand at if you have questions.