City Galleries Program

Page updated on Mar 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM

City Hall, 301 King St.

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.   

Vola Lawson Lobby, First Floor

2016 Living Legends of Alexandria

Photographs by Nina Tisara, through March 2016   

The following City Hall Exhibitions by appointment only, 703.746.5588. 


Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.


A retrospective exhibit of how the arts organizations in the City of Alexandria grew and developed an emerging artist.

Works by Karen Laurie Thomas

February 1 - March 15, 2017

Karen Thomas Exhibition 2017-Lotus Flower !

About the Artist

Being outside is a sanctuary and a place of healing for Karen.  Her paintings capture the spirit of nature, so you can honor your journey through life.  

Karen was introduced to the field of sketching while in graduate school.  She sketched plants and their environment while conducting field studies in graduate school.  This is when the healing spirit of nature became a blessing on her journey. 

It was natural for Karen to spend time in the woods, wetlands and rivers in the Potomac River in Alexandria, VA area to unwind from her job.  During these trips, she continued to carry her sketchbook to record what she saw.  Karen also sketched while on the DC Metro and around town.  Her sketches became reminders of the beauty of the outside world while at her desk job. 

Karen began taking classes at the Art League of Alexandria in 2006 to improve her sketching.  Karen completed her art education through the Art League at night over the next 7 years. 

Karen's teachers suggested she begin exhibiting her work professionally in 2013 through the Del Ray Artisans Gallery.  Her membership in the Del Ray Artisans Gallery provided invaluable mentoring and support to her as a new artist. 

Karen Laurie considers her art successful if it helps you to relax, develop a quiet mind and cultivate a spirit of gratitude. 

To view more of Karen's work, visit her website.