Art Activities Highlight Weekend Events


ALEXANDRIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTSWHAT: Alexandria Festival of the Arts -FREE EventWHEN: Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: King Street in Old Town from Washington Street to the waterfront INFO: This first-class outdoor art gallery with 200 artists and $15 million in artwork for sale will be in Alexandria on September 12-13, making it the seventh year of this popular event in Alexandria.During the two-day Festival of the Arts, King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery when the festival booths line King Street between S. Washington Street and Union Street – more than six blocks of artwork! ART ACTIVATED WHAT: Art Activated FREE Event In conjunction with the Alexandria Festival of the ArtsWHEN: Saturday, September 12, noon-4 p.m.WHERE: Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St.INFO:; 703-838-4565DESCRIPTION: During the Alexandria Festival of the Arts, the Torpedo Factory presents Art Activated featuring artist demonstrations, hands-on projects and special performances from BosmaDance and a member of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.Artist Demonstrations and Hands-On Projects: Noon-4 p.m.Artists will demonstrate pottery on the wheel, drawing, bubble glass making and much more.Visitors are also invited to try their hand at different art techniques including clay throwing, fiber art and sculpture at special “Try Me” stations. Guests will get creative with hands-on projects including the popular Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop, Bubble Gum Painting, and a Create-Your-Own Button activity.BosmaDance: 2:30-4 p.m.At 2:30 p.m., four dancers from award-winning BosmaDance will present a site-inspired collaboration. Each dancer pairs with a Torpedo Factory artist to create a physical piece inspired by the artwork and performs the dance right in the artist’s studio. Visual and performing arts collide as physicality leaps into painting, sculpture and printmaking. The dancers will present a finale performance inspired by the various studio dances from 3:30-4 p.m.Alexandria Symphony Orchestra: 1-3:30 p.m.From 1-2:15 p.m., guests will enjoy music from Alison Bazala Kim, cellist of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Kim will perform popular songs, various movements from Bach, and works by Tschaikowsky, Mendelssohn and other great composers. From 2:30-3:30 p.m., visitors are invited to join Kim and an Art League instructor for a blind drawing activity inspired by music from the cello.
Indoor Art Festival: Noon-4 p.m.The street fair continues with featured Torpedo Factory non-resident artists offering one-of-a-kind pieces for sale along the main hall of the Torpedo Factory. Art lovers are invited to shop for a variety of artwork on all three floors of the Torpedo Factory, including painting, ceramics, stained glass, sculpture and much more!Visit for more details.

Artist Demonstrations:Noon-1 p.m Making Bubble GlassGlass demonstration by Ruth Gowell 1:30-2:30 p.m. Drawing body partsAudience is asked to model with Jenny DavisNoon-4 p.m. Pottery on the WheelClay demonstration and TRY ME activity with Lisa LettieriNoon-4 p.m. Fiber FunThe art of spinning, weaving, knitting, and more; TRY ME activity with Fluff and NonsenseNoon-4 p.m Carving with ChrisSculpture demonstration and TRY ME activity with Chris Erney1-2 p.m. Lace Beaded BraceletBeading demonstration by Zoya Gutina Hands-on Activities:Noon-4 p.m. Champagne Cork Chairs WorkshopCreate a tiny chair out of a champagne cork, wire, and beads with Lisa SchumaierNoon-4 p.m. Gallery Scavenger HuntLook at art in new ways and win a prize with The Art League GalleryNoon-4 p.m. Create Your Own ButtonCreate a button, pin it on, and wear it at future Torpedo Factory events to win special prizesNoon-4 p.m. Bubble Gum PaintingHelp create a masterpiece using bubble gumwith Lisa Schumaier Noon-4 p.m. Potter’s ArtRecreate patterns inspired by designs on salt-glazed stoneware with the Alexandria Archaeology MuseumNoon-4 p..m Getting Creative with History Dress up in 18th century clothing, explore hands-on objects, and more with the Historic Alexandria History Center and Museum StoreNoon-4 p.m. Screen Printing Hands-on activity with Nancy McIntyre of The Art League School2-4 p.m. Slab Impressions Create impressions on clay tiles with Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo and Joan Ulrich