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The Torpedo Factory’s Holiday Festival is Around the Corner| News Release | Old Town Post

Artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center Encourage Shoppers to Buy Locally Made Art for the Holidays!

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2015 Holiday Festival: Take a Walk in the Woods
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Saturday, December 5, 4 – 9 pm

November 23, 2015 – Alexandria, Va. – The Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend by transforming into a magical winter woodland for the 2015 Holiday Festival: Take a Walk in the Woods on Saturday, December 5, from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

The Holiday Festival will be a destination for visitors before and after the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac. More than 150 artists from the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association will keep 80 studios open late to accommodate shoppers who want to buy handmade jewelry, ceramics, photography, paintings, and other original works to give the gift of art this year.

The evening will feature a children’s scavenger hunt, live music, snacks, and a visit from Santa. Several giveaways will occur during the festival, including a raffle and door prizes. Door prizes include gift certificates and coupons from a number of artists, holiday décor items, art books, and smaller art pieces. Raffle prizes include one-of-a-kind art pieces including enamel jewelry, mosaic work, and more.

Admission to the Holiday Festival is free. More information can be found at torpedofactory.org/holidayfestival2015.

Schedule of events:

  • 4:00 – 7 pm:Children’s scavenger hunt across three floors of artists’ studios.
  • 4:15 pm:Santa Claus arrives by boat from the Boat Parade of Lights, led to the 3rd floor by Braddock Brass Quintet playing Here Comes Santa Claus.
  • 4:30 – 7 pm:Santa is available for visits and photos with visitors of all ages on the 3rd floor landing.
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm:Braddock Brass Quintet performance.
  • 5:45 – 6:30 pm; 7 – 7:45 pm:Alexandria Choral Society performances from the second floor balcony.
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Mingle with the artists while enjoying in studio snacks and two central wine bars.
  • 8:45 pm:Raffle drawing of Torpedo Factory Artists’ work.

This event is supported in part by John Farr Lighting, CSI Printing & Graphics, and the participating Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association member artists and galleries.

Shop Small, Shop Local, Support Working Artists

In 2014, Alexandria was estimated to be home to nearly five times the national average for creative business (Americans for the Arts), thanks in large part to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which features the largest community of working artists’ studios in the U.S. All of the artists in the Torpedo Factory Art Center are also small independent business owners. Not only do they help to shape the distinctive creative personality of Old Town Alexandria, but on average, dollars spent at local businesses return three times more money to the local economy compared to a chain. (Civic Economics)

About the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association
The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association is a juried membership organization of working artists dedicated to opening their workspaces at the Torpedo Factory Art Center to public visits. The TFAA also represent member artists’ interests, and manages the artist population in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. More information can be found at torpedofactoryartists.com.

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 torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.

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