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Morrison House Presents


"Morrison House Presents"
Cultural Discussion Series

First Tuesday of every month
6 to 8pm – Free Admission

Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 / 703-838-8000

Join us for a salon-style discussion series exploring Alexandria's heritage and culture with talks in the stylish yet comfortable salon of the Morrison House. This charming setting provides an ideal backdrop for members of the public to participate in an open and lively conversation with artists, authors, and archaeologists from Alexandria and the nationally acclaimed Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The series is sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association, the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, and the Morrison House Hotel. Cocktails will be available for purchase through The Grille at Morrison House Hotel, and dinner reservations can be made for guests who would like to continue their experience following the event.


Tuesday, April 1

Ceramicist Jamie Fine

Fooling Around with Clay


Tuesday, March 4

Sculptor Joanna Blake
The Story of the Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial Bas-Reliefs

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Catherine B. Hollan
Growing the American Silver Market: Philadelphia Silversmiths at Work


December 3, 2013

Artist Don Viehman

November 5, 2013

 Artist Jessica Beels

Oct. 1, 2013

The U.S. Entered World War II in Iceland, Not Pearl Harbor

Author Solveig Eggerz

July 2, 2013
Alexandria's First Family of Beer – Then and Now
Catherine and Margaret Portner, Co-Founders of Portner Brewhouse

June 4, 2013
The June lecture has been rescheduled for July.

May 7, 2013
Kathy DeZarn Beynette, Artist and Author

April 2, 2013
Carrying Grace to Santiago
 Maureen Lauran, Author and Artist

March 5, 2013
Lincoln and Booth: One Mad Act and Its Expiation
Dr. Terry Alford

February 5, 2013
The Insightful Image: Scientific Understanding You Can See
Dr. Peter Matic

January 1, 2013
No presentation (New Year's Day)


December 4, 2012
Researching George Washington's Religious Convictions
Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian

November 6, 2012
No presentation (Election Day)

October 2, 2012
Literary Light from Cuba: The enduring creativity of Ediciones Vigía
Jeanne Drewes, Chief of Binding and Collections at the Library of Congress

September 4, 2012
From History to Myth and Back Again – The Strange Case of the Swift Silver Mine Legend
Robert A. Prather, Author

August 7, 2012
Let's Talk About Leonardo, a genius of immense originality and modernity
Mirella Monti Belshé, Torpedo Factory Multi-Media Artist

July 3, 2012
The Age of Light
 Dr. J. Thomas Schriempf, Physicist

June 5, 2012
What the Heck is a Sesquicentennial?
William S. Connery, Author

May 1, 2012
The story behind the "100 Artists of Washington, DC" book
F. Lennox Campello, Author

April 3, 2012
The Crystalline World of Ice and Snow in Harbin, China
Tatyana Schremko Schriempf, Torpedo Factory Sculptor

March 6, 2012
The Peculiar Insurrection
Michael Lee Pope, Author of "Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C."

February 7, 2012
Poetry and Creative Play: Writing as an Expressive Coping Strategy
Mary Azoy, Licensed Professional Counselor & Poetry Therapist

January 3, 2012
Back to the Drawing Board
Carolyn Dutky Romano, Torpedo Factory Artist


December 6, 2011
How Did the Middle East Conflict Begin?
Rosemarie M. Esber, Local Author

November 1, 2011
Passion for Fire
Jack Heimerman, Ceramicist and Art League Teacher

October 4, 2011
Drawing with Debris
Jackie Ehle, Torpedo Factory Artist

September 6, 2011
Bringing the Past Alive: Writing Alexandria History
Ted Pulliam, Local Author

August 2, 2011
Photography, Physics, and Complexity: Strange Bedfellows or a New Aesthetic?
Andy Ilachinski, Photographer and Physicist

July 5, 2011
Material Innovation from Artistic Experimentation
Rebecca Lasky, Artist and Inventor of "Goo"

June 7 , 2011
How Trash in Massachusetts Turned Into Treasure in Alexandria, Virginia
Barb Winters, Local Author

May 3 , 2011
New Modes of Consciousness: Time and the Work of Art
CMDupré, Torpedo Factory Artist

April 5, 2011
From Social Work to Sculpture
Carol Gellner Levin, Torpedo Factory Artist

March 1, 2011
Who Owns the Past?
Michael Lee Pope, Journalist


April 1, 2014


Morrison House Presents:



Jamie Fine

Fooling Around with Clay

6 to 8pm – FREE

Torpedo Factory artist Jamie Fine has been working with clay since her high school days. She pursued her love of ceramics at the University of Chicago, studying with renowned sculptor Ruth Duckworth, whose modernist ceramic sculpture was the subject of a solo show at the Renwick Museum in 2006. Her work is owned by collectors and museums around the United States and abroad.

Jamie will share her unique hand building  techniques and perhaps let her audience fool around, too.

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