Spring into art: Torpedo Factory news for May 2014

May is in full bloom in Alexandria, and on any given day, the Torpedo Factory is packed with students, tourists, and people who simply love art—but you’ll also find our artists showing their work in places far and wide. Keep an eye out for them wherever the weeks ahead happen to take you, from Capitol Hill in D.C. to the art galleries of Shanghai.

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Through June 22, 2014, landscape painter Margaret Huddy will join five other artists in an exhibition at Hill Center Galleries at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Built in the 1860s, the hospital has been a community center since 2007, with educational and cultural programs modeled after the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Massachusetts. The building’s fence and exterior have been restored to their 19th-century appearance, linking present and past in a particularly artful way.

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Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy,
Blue Peristone, 2013
(ceramic, 8″ x13″)

Alison Sigethy has been particularly busy this spring. In March, she exhibited at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City, and in April she spoke at the new School of Art, Design, and Art History at James Madison University.

Taking the plunge into a fascinating imaginative world, Sigethy will again team up with sculptor Liz Lescault for “Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper,” a sequel to their May 2013 “Fathom” exhibition that featured beguiling forms, abstract but undeniably organic, started by one artist and completed by the other—with the promise, this time, of two large-scale installations.

Check out “Fathom Full Five” at the Gibbs Street Gallery at the VisArts Center in Rockville, Maryland, through June 1, 2014.

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“Ra, Giver of Light” by Marcia Jestaedt

Congratulations to raku artist Marcia Jestaedt, who recently caught the attention of Mind, a Chinese magazine that focuses on aesthetics. After conducting an lengthy email interview, the magazine translated Jestaedt’s thoughts on art into Chinese and featured seven full pages of her work.

Jestaedt’s Mind interview came shortly after a gallery in Shanghai approached her about bringing her work to China. In late August, she’ll travel to Shanghai as the gallery’s guest in preparation for a show for 2015, a development the artist called “pretty heady stuff, and hard to believe!”

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