10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival June 1, 2012

10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival

Alexandria Among Top 10 Arts Destinations in the US

Eclectic Mix of Artwork - Interactive Art Activities - 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 with prizes, plus artist-led interactive activities and an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser presented by The Art League and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 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.

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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 since 2010, packing the party with extra 10-themed fun including a smart phone scavenger hunt with 10 stops for a chance to win prizes at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
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. The Art League presents interactive artist-led activities plus a fundraising sale of ceramic ice cream bowls made by local artists which comes with a scoop of ice cream to enjoy at the festival.
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. 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 King Street Art Festival is the premier event of the Alexandria Fall Arts Jubilee, a spectacular season of arts events throughout the city from September to November. Find information about the Fall Arts Jubilee on www.visitalexandriava.com/.


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:
Consistently ranked among the Top 25 Arts Destinations by AmericanStyle magazine, Alexandria is nationally recognized for its abundant art scene alongside 18th- and 19th-century architecture, historic attractions, award-winning restaurants and boutique shopping. www.visitalexandriava.com/

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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.