The Alexandria King Street Art Festival returns September 7 - 8, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with more than 200 of the finest artists in the country, an eclectic array of original artwork, live music, interactive art activities, and two free art giveaways. This highly anticipated two-day celebration of the arts is produced by national festival promoter Howard Alan Events and hosted by the City of Alexandria. Admission is free and open to the public.
This festival draws leading national artists and appeals to locals and tourists alike including art enthusiasts and collectors looking for new investments and emerging talent. The artistic media include paintings, life-size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics. Patrons return each year and look forward to the vast array of original artwork on display. The prices are set to suit all budgets and range from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures.
Festival patrons can register to win artwork by two participating artists. The first, a 24” x 48” limited edition Giclée print on canvas of Virginia Landscape by Kathleen Green (www.kathleengreenart.com), valued at $595. The second, a custom framed 18" x 26" print of Magical Horizon I by Cheryl Summers (www.artistcherylsummers.com), valued at $300. The prizes will be on display at each artist’s booth throughout the weekend where registration will also take place until 4:00 pm on Sunday when the winning tickets will be drawn. No purchase is necessary to participate in the giveaways.
Alexandria, named one of America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013, is a perfect backdrop for this top-notch art affair. Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria King Street Art Festival is ranked the 17th top art fair 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 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.
A variety of activities will be offered throughout the weekend. The Art League will host a fundraising sale of ceramic ice cream bowls made by local artists that will include a scoop of ice cream to enjoy at the festival. The Torpedo Factory Art Center will present Art Activated, an afternoon of demonstrations, performances and art making on Saturday, September 7. This free event offers visitors an opportunity to explore their creativity, with artist demonstrations and hands-on projects including screen-printing, the popular Bubble Gum Art, Create-Your-Own Button station, and more. In addition, the Torpedo Factory will host the NYC-based Sketchbook Project on Sept. 7th & 8th. This global, crowd-sourced art project and traveling exhibition encourages participants from all walks of life to fill the pages of a blank sketchbook.
The King Street Art Festival is the premier event of the city’s fall arts season, which spans September to November. Find more information on www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com.
Festival Information At – A - Glance:
11th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival
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
First-Rate Juried Festival – Ranked 17th in the Country by Sunshine Artist, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft shows
More than 200 Leading Local & National Artists
Vast array of original art on display and for sale
Wide range of prices to suit all budgets
Suitable for all ages – Families, Art Enthusiasts & Collectors
All Artists on Site, Available to Discuss Their Work, Inspiration & Techniques
Alexandria Art Experience - Interactive Art Activities
The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser
Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Art Activated - Saturday, September 7, an afternoon of demonstrations, performances and art making.
NYC-based Sketchbook Project on Sept. 7th & 8th
Two Artist Giveaways – prizes will be on display at each artist’s booth throughout the weekend where registration will also take place until 4:00 pm on Sunday when the winning ticket will be drawn. No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway.
Prize 1: 24” x 48” limited edition giclee print on canvas of Virginia Landscape by participating artist Kathleen Green, valued at $595
Prize 2: custom framed 18" x 26" print of Magical Horizon I by Cheryl Summers, valued at $300
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:
Named one of America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013, Alexandria is nationally recognized for its vibrant arts scene and creative culture. Its historic sites, authentic architecture, award-winning restaurants, and unique galleries, shops and boutiques make it a popular weekend getaway located just minutes from downtown Washington, DC. www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com
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