* Museum-goers enamored of the eye-tricking pictures in the National Gallery of Art's comprehensive trompe l'oeil exhibition, which closed last month, can get a second dose of illusionary painting at Alexandria's Century Gallery right now. Work by nearly three dozen skilled contemporary artists updating this centuries-old genre are on view. Some turn out old-school scenes of grapes or musical instruments. More interesting are those who paint 21st-century subject matter -- a child's crayon drawing taped to a wall, a bottle of Bombay gin with a martini recipe tacked on, or a refrigerator door complete with tacky tourist magnets -- in a hyper-realistic style. One of the show's more versatile practitioners, Anthony Curanaj, goes both ways. One of his canvases depicts 1930s-era two-cent stamps; another represents a modern, if macabre, topic: Curanaj painted a gas mask dangling from a nail that, in earlier times, might have held a violin or a hare.
"Trompe l'Oeil Interpretations" at Century Gallery, 919 King St., Alexandria, Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 703-684-6967, to April 2.