Torpedo Factory Celebrates King Street Art Festival | News Release | Torpedo Factory Art Center


Pop-up makerspace, performance art, live music and more at the Torpedo Factory Art Center during
the 13th Annual King Street Art Festival 

Saturday, September 19, 2015
12 – 5 pm


September 10, 2015 – Alexandria, Va. – The 13th Annual King Street Art Festival on Saturday, September 19, continues across Union Street with live music, special programming, and more than 100 artists’ work available for purchase at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Make something in the makerspace

Brad Halsey, CEO and founder of Building Momentum, will be showcasing a variety of new technology for creating original art including 3-D printing, robotics/electronics, soldering, laser cutting, among others. Participants will have an opportunity to decorate a souvenir to take home. This program is in partnership with The Art LeagueAt 2 pm, Resident artist and jeweler Susan Sanders (studio 206) will demonstrate her design process for creating earrings and other jewelry via 3-D printing.

See the Torpedo Bike in action
Kids of all ages can follow the trail of bubbles and spot the Torpedo Bike­—created by Chris Erney (studio 33)—riding along the waterfront. Constructed from plywood, stainless steel, fiberglass, and aircraft-grade aluminum, the Torpedo Bike debuted at the 2014 King Street Art Festival and has quickly become a visitor favorite. This year, the Torpedo Bike is supported, in part, by Zink Shirts.


Dance, dance, dance

Flashback party band will liven up the afternoon with favorite classic-rock hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Be a Very Important Person

Everyone is a VIP, an interactive performance by Arlington-based artist Heloisa Escudero, allows everyone to walk the red carpet and enter the roped-section of the waterfront. Participants can mingle with the host and guest artist, flash a smile at the paparazzo, and be pampered with a special gift bag just for VIPs. The performance, which is free and open to the public, invites people to celebrate their unique qualities that mark them as individuals. By letting everyone into the VIP section, Escudero removes all rejections and exclusions in order to concentrate on self-worth as an essential part of life. The performance is funded through a grant from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Office of the Arts.

Outside on King Street, three Torpedo Factory resident artists—David Cochran (studio 317), Matthew Johnston (studio 310), and Greg Knott (studio 317)—will have booths as part of the King Street Art Festival.


About the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit  or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.

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