King Street Art Festival
Presented by Howard Alan Events
The 11th annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival transforms the city’s historic main street into a world-class outdoor art gallery on September 7 and 8, 2013. Festival booths line King Street between Washington and Union streets - over six blocks of artwork by more than 200 artists from the US and abroad! Plus you’ll find interactive activities and artist demonstrations presented by the local arts community.
Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Sunday, September 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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
Artist Giveaway - Festival patrons can register to win a 24" x 48" limited edition giclee print on canvas of Virginia Landscape by participating artist Kathleen Green. The prize, valued at $595, will be on display at her booth throughout the weekend where registration will also take place until 4 p.m. on Sunday when the winning ticket will be drawn. To learn more about this celebrated artist and explore her work www.kathleengreenart.com. No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway.
Kick-off art activity with Art League instructor Steve Prince at Market Square
Saturday, 10 a.m. - Noon | Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Participants join artist Steve Prince in creating a larger-than-life, mixed media community sculpture representing an icon of the visual art world. Each participant may adorn a puzzle piece from the sculpture using a variety of mixed media materials. Participants of all ages are welcome.
Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser at Market Square
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The Art League's Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser is a delicious way to support the arts. Purchase one of 1,000 hand-made bowls created by the talented artists of The Art League's Ceramics Department and enjoy local artisan ice cream from Artfully Chocolate in Del Ray - all for only $15 per bowl! The proceeds go to benefit The Art League's Ceramics department. Participants in the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser may enter a free drawing to win Ceramic Artwork and an Art League gift certificate.
Art Activated at The Torpedo Factory :: The Traveling Sketchbook Project, community art project and live music
Saturday, Noon - 6 p.m.
Come meet Steven Peterman, co-founder of the Sketchbook Project, and Sara Peterman, director of the Brooklyn Art Library, as they share the stories behind the Sketchbook Project with communities across North America. The husband-and-wife duo will arrive from Brooklyn in the Mobile Library - their custom-built bookmobile - along with a selection of 4,500 sketchbooks from the permanent collection. They will be featuring books from their Memoir Project (http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/memoirproject) and participants will be reading portions of their memoirs live on Sunday, Sept. 8th from 3-5 p.m. (The library will be open Sat. & Sun. from noon - 6 p.m.).
Art Activated at The Torpedo Factory :: Get-A-Head papier mache activity
Saturday, Noon-4 p.m.
Join Art League instructor Lisa Schumaier as she leads budding art adventurers and willing participants through the exciting and entertaining process of creating CAPGROSSOS! Famous in Spain and featured in Latin Festivals, "Capgrossos" or "Cabezudos" are iconic, oversized, papier maché heads made especially for parades and community celebrations, like Art Activated. Participants of all ages are welcome to join Schumaier in the Main Hall of the Torpedo Factory Art Center for this activity.
Photo Credit: Anibal Trejo, dreamstime.com. Example of Capgrossos.
Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory :: Reactivate your ears with live classical music
Saturday, 2 p.m
The U.S. Army String Quartet, a premier ensemble of the U.S. Armed Forces, will perform works by American composers including Barber, Piston, and Harris. The quartet members for this performance are SFC Marlisa Woods, SSG Hannah Eldridge, SSG Nick Hodges, and SSG Grant Parsamian. The U.S. Army String Quartet, a premier ensemble of the U.S. Armed Forces, provides musical support for many of the country's most notable events. Their mission is to serve as musical ambassadors for high level military and government events at home and abroad, as well as in concert for public audiences. The elite musicians that comprise this ensemble have been trained at the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country.
Hands-on art activity with Art League instructor Steve Prince at Market Square
Saturday, 2-4 p.m. | Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art League artist Steve Prince has created a custom t-shirt silkscreen for this year's art festival. Join in the printing and keep a t-shirt as a festival memento.