Bitter weather, beautiful art: November news from Torpedo Factory artists

In the 1840s, when comic poet Thomas Hood pointed out all the “no’s” in November—“no warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease”—he accurately captured the feeling of mid-month gloom, but blustery weather and cold winds didn’t chill his creativity, nor do they stifle ours.

Torpedo Factory artists are enjoying a busy autumn! We’re pleased to share their news with you—and we invite you to visit their exhibitions and sales shows and delight in their many accomplishments.

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Influenced by the landscape and hues of New Mexico, where she’s lived since 2006, Dominique Samyn-Werbrouck scrapes, layers, and reworks acrylics and plaster to portray and dramatize horses in vivid and unexpected ways.

Through November 30, 2013, see a gorgeous exhibition of her work at Miranda Fine Art Gallery in Indian Hills, Colorado, just minutes from Denver.

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If you attend the VisArts 50th Anniversary Craft + Design Show at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond on November 23 and 24, keep an eye out for ceramic artist Lori Katz.

On December 7, Katz will also be showing off her art at JRA Day, a wonderful craft artist exhibition and sale in Chevy Chase, Maryland, sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance, “an independent national nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists.”

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Congrats to Felicia Belair-Ridgon, who was recently accepted into the International Society of Collage and Assemblage Artists.

Earlier this year, her work was also recognized by the National Collage Society’s 29th annual juried exhibition, and at the Rehoboth Art League’s 40th Members Craft Exhibition, she received an Award of Excellence for Centerpiece No. 30 and second place for another creation, Padre.

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Tracie Griffith Tso employs painting techniques that are 6,000 years old, but her imagination frequently pushes her beyond traditional ink and rice paper to experimental techniques and materials: iridescent hues, mixed media, and special fabric backgrounds.

“This is my weekend work, when I get to stretch my skills and test the traditional media with elegant experimentation of plants and animals,” says the artist, whose newest creations—alongside the work of her students—will be highlighted in the show “Bamboo and Beyond” at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery in the Reston Community Arts Center through December 1, 2013.

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Plein air painting never takes a holiday: Margaret Huddy tells us she has works in two shows in December: one at the Loudoun Sketch Club annual exhibition at Hillsborough Vineyards in Hillsborough, Virginia, and the other at a Washington Society of Landscape Painters exhibition at the American Painting Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Both shows offer a wonderful opportunity to escape the cold. Just pop indoors—and enjoy the art!

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