9th Annual Alexandria King Street Festival of the Arts August 30, 2011

Media Contacts:

Claire Mouledoux, Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
703-746-3309; cmouledoux@visitalexva.com

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


Alexandria Welcomes Back its Signature Top Ranked Art Festival

Eclectic Mix of Artwork - Live Music - Interactive Art Activities
Artwork Commemorating 10th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001

Part of the Alexandria Fall Arts Jubilee

WHAT:          9th Annual Alexandria King Street Festival of the Arts

WHEN:           Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
                    Sunday, September 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE:         Old Town, on Historic 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

Alexandria Visitors Center: 703-746-3301
Howard Alan Events: info@artfestival.com or 561-746-6615

CALENDAR LISTING: September 10-11, 2011, 9th Annual Alexandria's King Street Festival of the Arts. For two days 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. Find paintings, life size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, and more. The "Alexandria Art Experience" features artist-led, hands-on, creative 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.

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


Alexandria, VA - Alexandria welcomes back its popular top ranked juried art festival September 10 - 11, 2011. King Street in the city's historic Old Town will come to life with a wide variety of original fine art by the country's top artists. Bright, bold and even whimsical, the unique works of art on display offer festival goers a vast array of mediums 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.

Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association, Alexandria's King Street Festival of the Arts 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 exhibiting artists from the United States from around the world are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity.

Alexandria, recognized as one of the country's premier artistic hubs and voted Third Best Arts Destination Among Mid-Size Cities by AmericanStyle magazine readers, is a perfect backdrop for this top-notch art affair. The festival attracts locals and tourists from all over the world eager to explore the diverse works on display and for sale. The two-day event appeals to people of all ages including families, art enthusiasts and serious art buyers looking to add to their collections.

"Festival goers return each year to see their favorite artists and to explore the work of new and emerging talent" says festival promoter Howard Alan. "It's a great opportunity to meet and connect with the artist before making a purchase, which makes the investment much more meaningful and personal."

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.
Many of the participating artists will be honoring the memory of the victims and heroes during the 10th anniversary of September 11th by exhibiting artwork inspired by the tragedy. These artists were deeply moved and expressed their outrage, feelings of loss and deep sorrow through their art creating magnificent and moving works of art they will display in their individual booths throughout the weekend.

The King Street Festival of the Arts 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/.

Partial List of Participating Artists from Alexandria, VA:

  • Martha Brumbaugh - Watercolorist
  • David Cochran - Acrylic Paintings - www.davidcochran.com
  • Jane Andrle Gillette - Watercolorist - www.JaneAndrleGillette.com
  • Ed Hirschfield - Photography - www.emhphoto.com
  • Gregory Knott - Photography
  • Patricia Palermino - American Folk Art Painter - www.PatPalermino.com
  • Wendy Wilkerson - Painting - www.wlwilkerson.com


Additional Activities:


Alexandria Art Experience
September 10 & 11, 2011
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Near Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Art League and the Torpedo Factory Art Center present the "Alexandria Art Experience," a local village at the Alexandria Festival of the Arts. Through artist-led, hands-on, creative activities, and a fun ceramics fundraiser these tents share the enriching experience of the arts community in Alexandria. The Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser supporting The Art League Ceramics Department is a delicious way to support the arts. Select and purchase a unique handmade ceramic bowl created by the talented artists of The Art League's Ceramics Department and get a bowl of artisan ice cream, from ACKC Cocoa Bar of Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood, to enjoy at the festival.

Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Saturday ONLY, September 10, 2011
12 noon to 4 p.m.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.TorpedoFactory.org; 703-838-4565

Visual art comes alive at the Torpedo Factory during the Alexandria Festival of the Arts! At this 5th annual event, stop by our Art Lounge to cool off from the street fair and rejuvenate with refreshments. Artist demonstrations will include pottery on the wheel, fiber art, sculpture, and much more! Get creative with hands-on projects including the popular Bubble Gum Art, a Create Your Own Button Project, and a large-scale collaborative Mystery Sculpture. Win big with a Q-ART Code Scavenger Hunt! The scavenger hunt will begin at the Alexandria Art Experience booth at Market Square.

Autumn Serenade on Market Square
Saturday ONLY, September 10, 2011
5 to 7 p.m.
Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Presented by the Alexandria Singers, the Washington area's "Premier Pops Chorus," this concert features exciting selections of American popular music, including Broadway, film, jazz and pop; from Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" to Toto's "Africa!" Engaging choreography and great accompanying instrumentalists are hallmarks of the Singers. The Singers welcome featured guests in this performance, including ensembles from the Alexandria Harmonizers and DC's Singing Capital Chorus, two of the area's top a cappella organizations, as well as Karen Reedy Dance. The show is part of Kaleidoscope, a celebration of visual and performing arts from Labor Day to Halloween presented by the Alexandria Arts Forum and Access through the Arts.

Children in the Churchyard
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 & 11, 2011
1 to 4 p.m.
Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St. Alexandria, VA 22314
www.visitalexandriava.com/; 703-549-1450

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

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 the 9th Annual Alexandria's King Street Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

About Alexandria, Virginia:
Consistently listed 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 eclectic shopping. With five Metro stations and a range of hotels to suit every taste, Alexandria is the perfect gateway to all that Greater Washington, D.C. has to offer. For a complete listing of annual events in Alexandria, go to VisitAlexandriaVa.com/calendar-of-events.


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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 703-746-3309.