10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival August 14, 2012

Media Contacts:
Claire Mouledoux, Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
703-652-5367; cmouledoux@visitalexva.com

AnaBelle Dweck, Howard Alan Events
954-592-8500; anabelle@artfestival.com

 

Alexandria Among Top 10 Arts Destinations in the U.S.

Eclectic Mix of Artwork - Drawing Marathon - Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt

 

WHAT:          10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival

WHEN:          Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
                   Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE:        Old Town Alexandria on King Street from Washington Street to the Potomac River waterfront
                   Navigational address: 480 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

WEBSITES:   www.visitalexandriava.com/ or www.ArtFestival.com

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Alexandria Visitors Center: 703-746-3301
Howard Alan Events: Info@ArtFestival.com or 561-746-6615

CALENDAR LISTING: September 8-9, 2012, 10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival. Historic King Street from Washington Street to the waterfront is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by over 200 artists from the US and abroad. Celebrate 10 years of the festival with a smart phone scavenger hunt presented by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and a Saturday Drawing Marathon presented by The Art League, plus artist-led interactive activities and sale of artist-made ice cream bowls. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. VisitAlexandriaVA.com - 703-746-3301 or www.ArtFestival.com - 561-746-6615. Free.

Direct Link to Festival Page:
http://www.visitalexandriava.com/calendar-of-events/alexandria-festival-of-the-arts/

High Res Images:
http://www.visitalexandriava.com/media-gallery/album/king-street-art-festival/5570e91c4b2478e19a9c76a7/
 

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Alexandria, VA - In a burst of vibrant color and activity, the 10th anniversary of the Alexandria King Street Art Festival transforms the city's historic main street into a world-class outdoor art gallery on September 8 and 9, 2012. Alexandria is celebrating its place as a top 10 arts destination among mid-size cities in the nation, packing the party with extra 10-themed fun, including a Q-ART Code smart phone scavenger hunt with 10 stops for a chance to win a prize at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and a 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Drawing Marathon presented by The Art League.

The popular, top-ranked juried art festival features a wide variety of original fine art by more than 200 artists from the US and abroad. Bright, bold and even whimsical, the unique works of art on display offer festival goers a vast array of media that appeal to a variety of tastes and include paintings, life-size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics. The prices are set to suit all budgets and range from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. Admission is free and open to the public.

The artists will line King Street in Alexandria's Old Town from Washington Street to the Potomac River and will be present for the duration of the show, available to discuss their art and inspiration. Six Alexandria artists including three Torpedo Factory Art Center artists are presenting work as part of the street festival. Alexandria artist Martha Brumbaugh is among nine festival artists who have participated in the festival since its inception ten years ago.

Alexandria Artists:
David Cochran, Torpedo Factory artist, Acrylic - www.davidcochran.com
Mathew Johnston, Torpedo Factory artist, Acrylic - www.torpedofactory.org/artists/johnston_m
Gregory Knott, Torpedo Factory artist, Photography - www.gregknott.com
Martha Brumbaugh, Watercolor (No website)
Patricia Palermino, Paintings - www.patpalermino.com
Wendy Wilkerson, Paintings - www.wlwilkerson.com

Local art organizations present the Alexandria Art Experience at a collection of tents next to Market Square at the corner of King and North Fairfax streets. Through artist-led, hands-on, creative activities and a fun ceramics fundraiser, these tents share the enriching experience of the Alexandria arts community. Activities presented by The Art League include hands-on kids' art projects with artist and instructor Steve Prince and the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. Purchase an artist-made ceramic bowl for $15 and get a scoop of ice cream from Artfully Chocolate to enjoy at the festival. Access through the Arts presents puppet making for kids plus prize drawings for kaleidoscopes and tickets to the new Kaleidoscope for Kids event which takes place on September 29 and 30. Additional hands-on activities will be presented by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Alexandria Arts Forum and the Office of the Arts.

Festival goers can take part in 10th anniversary fun by starting at the Alexandria Art Experience tents, where they can begin the Q-ART Code Scavenger Hunt. Smart phone users can scan QR codes for clues at 10 points throughout the festival and be eligible to enter to with a $150 gift certificate to the Torpedo Factory Art Center. A Saturday Drawing Marathon presented by The Art League will take place at One Duke Street from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stroll by and see some artist demos. Artists may donate $30 to participate in the 12-hour intensive drawing event. Alexandria is a top 10 arts destination, voted Fourth Best Arts Destination Among Mid-Size Cities by AmericanStyle magazine readers in 2012.

Additional events on art festival weekend include Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Autumn Serenade, a pops chorus concert on Market Square presented by the award-winning Alexandria Singers, and Children in the Church Yard, a respite area for families presented by historic Christ Church.

Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association, the Alexandria King Street Art Festival is ranked one of the top art fairs in the United States by Sunshine Artist, the nation's leading publication for art and craft shows. It is also included on the Harris List as one of the nation's best art shows. The festival is the premier event of the Alexandria Fall Arts Jubilee, a spectacular season of arts events throughout the city from September to November.

More details about the Alexandria King Street Art Festival and the Fall Arts Jubilee at www.visitalexandriava.com/.

Direct Link to Festival Page:
http://www.visitalexandriava.com/calendar-of-events/alexandria-festival-of-the-arts/

 

 

DETAILS ON SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

10th Anniversary Fun:

Q-ART Code Scavenger Hunt
Presented by the Torpedo Factory Art Center
September 8 & 9, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Begin at the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser booth at the Alexandria Art Experience tents next to Market Square at King and North Fairfax streets
Admission: Free

Celebrate 10 years of the festival with a 10 point scavenger hunt - bring your smart phone to play! Begin at the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser booth at the Alexandria Art Experience tents at Market Square. From there, clues will lead participants through the art festival and end at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Those that complete the scavenger hunt will be able to enter to win a $150 certificate to the Torpedo Factory.

Drawing Marathon
Presented by The Art League
Saturday ONLY, September 8, 2012
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: The Art League's Duke Street Annex, One Duke Street, just off the corner of Duke and South Union streets
Admission: $30 donation to participate in up to 12 hours of drawing; 703-683-1780 or theartleague.org to register; drop-ins welcome though space is limited

This draw-a-thon offers artists a variety of models and still life setups from which to sketch, as well as great demos from our faculty of artists. A $30 donation at the door gives creative participants the opportunity to draw for 12 hours. This fundraising effort is part of the"30-something" summer series of events to support the build-out of new replacement classrooms at The Art League's Madison Annex in north Old Town Alexandria.
 

Alexandria Art Experience


September 8 & 9, 2012
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Tents near Market Square, 301 King St., at the corner of King and North Fairfax streets
Admission: Free activities; Donation for Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser

Through artist-led, hands-on, creative activities, and a fun ceramics fundraiser, these tents at the King Street Art Festival share the enriching experience of the local arts community. Activities include:

Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser supporting The Art League Ceramics Department presents a delicious way to support the arts. Select a unique artist-made ceramic bowl and get a scoop of ice cream from Artfully Chocolate to enjoy at the festival, all for $15 per bowl.

Hands-On Arts Activity with Artist Steve Prince. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. The Art League presents a dynamic hands-on activity for kids led by instructor and acclaimed artist Steve Prince.

Puppet Making and Kaleidoscope Prize Drawing. The Kaleidoscope collection of events presents a tent with prize drawings for kaleidoscopes and for tickets to the new Kaleidoscope for Kids event taking place September 29 and 30 at the Durant Center for the Arts. Kids can also take part in puppet making and learn about the puppet show and puppet parade that will take place at the Kaleidoscope for Kids event. Kaleidoscope is produced by Access through the Arts.

Additional hands-on activities will be presented by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Alexandria Arts Forum and the Office of the Arts.

 

Additional Art Festival Events:

Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Saturday, September 8, 2012
12 noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St.
www.TorpedoFactory.org/artactivated; 703-838-4565
Admission: Free

Visual art comes alive at the Torpedo Factory during the Alexandria King Street Art Festival! At this 6th annual event, get creative with artist demonstrations and hands-on projects including screen-printing, the popular Bubble Gum Art, and Create-Your-Own Button station. Stop in the Café by Bread & Chocolate to cool off from the street fair and rejuvenate with refreshments. A Q-ART Code Scavenger Hunt will offer a chance to win big with a $150 gift certificate to the Torpedo Factory; bring your smart phone to play! The scavenger hunt will begin at the Alexandria Art Experience booth at Market Square where visitors can also chill out with an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser supporting The Art League.

Autumn Serenade on Market Square
Saturday, September 8, 2012
5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Market Square, 301 King Street
Admission: Free

Presented by the Alexandria Singers, the Washington area's "Premier Pops Chorus." Engaging choreography and great accompanying instrumentalists are hallmarks of the Singers. The Singers welcome featured guests in this performance.

Children in the Church Yard
Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, 2012
1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St.
Admission: Free

Historic Christ Church presents family friendly activities, rest area and moon bounce.

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About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:
Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation's finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. For additional information on Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

About Alexandria, Virginia:
Alexandria, recognized as one of the country's premier artistic hubs and voted Fourth Best Arts Destination Among Mid-Size Cities by AmericanStyle magazine readers in 2012, is a perfect backdrop for this top-notch art affair. Alexandria offers a variety of critically acclaimed restaurants; a boutique collection featuring designer clothes, shoes, antiques and home decor; a thriving art scene; a variety of hotels; and hundreds of years of American history among 18th- and 19th-century architecture. www.visitalexandriava.com/


Media Notes:

• Festival promoter Howard Alan and various artists are available for advance interviews.

• To request interviews with participating artists and/or images of their work contact AnaBelle Dweck at anabelle@artfestival.com or 954-592-8500.
• Information about art festival weekend activities and as well as the Alexandria Fall Arts Jubilee can be obtained by contacting Claire Mouledoux of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association at cmouledoux@visitalexva.com or 703-652-5367.