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The Nest Project
. . .What Does Home Mean To You?


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What Is The Nest Project?
The Torpedo Factory’s exhibition space, Target Gallery, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, is excited to share with you, The Nest Project. The Nest Project is in conjunction with the Target Gallery's juried exhibition Nest.

This is a four-part collaborative project that includes:
*A Juried Exhibition in the Target Gallery with a special reception, April 14, 6-9pm
*10 Outdoor Installations along the waterfront
*Community built nest in the main hall of the Torpedo Factory
*In-Studio nests created by Torpedo Factory Artists


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Nest Exhibit - April 2 -May 15, 2011
Reception: April 14, 6-9pm with gallery talk at 7pm

Nest is a juried exhibition which examines the nest as a symbol for home and refuge, both literally and conceptually. The juror for this exhibition is Gretchen Shermerhorn, Artistic Director for the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. As part of this exhibition the gallery will host additional programming that includes both indoor and outdoor community nest installations. A reception on Second Thursday, April 14th from 6-9pm includes a gallery talk with juror Gretchen Shermerhorn at 7pm, a nest scavenger hunt, community nest building with Habitat for Humanity and more.

Outdoor Installations – April 10 – May 15, 2011

These nests will be installed along the waterfront of the Potomac River near the Torpedo Factory. Nest sites will include docks, decks, tree stumps, outcroppings of rock, and selected trees. Our goal is to inspire people to look more closely at their own habitat. Free maps will guide visitors on a nest spotting walking tour, along the waterfront, through a park, into the Torpedo Factory and ending at Target Gallery, where the exhibition Nest can be seen.

Participating Art Groups:
*Torpedo Factory Art Center featuring Alison Sigethy & Lisa Schumaier
*The Art League
*ArtDC featuring Michael Winger
*Art Whino featuring James Walker
*Flux Studios featuring Novie Trump, Jessica Beels, and Laurel Lukaszewski
*Hamiltonian Artists
*microWave project featuring Pam Rogers
*Convergence
*Pyramid Atlantic Art Center featuringf Sabeth Jackson & Gretchen Schermerhorn
*Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) featuring Virginia Tech's Master of Landscape Architecture Graduate Students led by Laurel McSherry, program director
*Art Outlet featuring the work of Roy Utley & Heather Schmaedeke
*Albus Cavus featuring the work of Rosina Terri Memolo, Decoy, Tim Rogers, & Kevin Hunt

Indoor Community Nest – April 2 – May 15, 2011

The public will be invited to participate in the building of a large community nest installed on the main floor of the Torpedo Factory. Long strips of paper will be available for $1 for the public to answer the question “What does home mean to you?” They will then be invited to weave their paper into the nest structure. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of NoVA.

Sunday April 10th from 11am-1pm, Habitiat for Humanity volunteers will lead a kids nest building workshop made out of found objects. This event will be right outside of the Torpedo Factory on the dock and is open and free to the pulic. Click here to learn more!

In-Studio Nests – April 2nd – May 15, 2011

Torpedo Factory artists have been asked to participate by making their version of the “nest” in their studios – to be on display during the length of the Nest exhibition. Maps will be available to lead visitors around the building to find all of these Nests.



The Target Gallery, national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

 
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