Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Cummings Warehouse has a summer lessee.
The Cummings Warehouse has a new tenant—a tenant returning home to roost for the summer. The Art League, which was required to vacate its Duke Street Annex while its owners vetted a tentative proposal to place a hotel there, is returning. "The Art League is thrilled to announce that they will occupy their former Duke Street Annex space from June-August 2013, and run adult summer classes and workshops in the waterfront facility," said League Executive Director Suzanne Bethel. "The use of the Duke Street space will enable The Art League to offer expanded children’s programming at their Madison Annex throughout the summer." She said when the Art League was presented with the opportunity to activate the Duke Street Annex at an attractive rate …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The artist, who turns found objects into art, has an opening at the Art League in May.
The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has many meanings, but in Noah Williams’ case it’s literal. Williams is set to have an art show at The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory from May 9 through June 3, drawing on his talents and his experience garnered as a trash collector. Williams grew up in the Bucknell area of Fairfax County, just south of Alexandria City, and he graduated from West Potomac High School. “I love art. It’s part of my life…I love colors. I love folk art. I love artists who are trying to step out of the box,” he told Patch. Williams uses recycled materials with a focus on recycled metal. “Sometimes I am driving down the street with my kids (ages 15, 11 and five) in the car and I will yell ‘Stop …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The exhibit of photographs is a special project for 5th grade girls.
The Art League is featuring a special exhibit of photographs taken by this year’s SOHO, or a Space of Her Own, class. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 3 in The Art League Gallery. The "SOHO Photography Project" features two works by each of the participants in the SOHO mentorship program for at-risk Alexandria girls. For the project, each of the 12 girls in the 2012–2013 SOHO class used a camera and a roll of black-and-white film to take and develop their own photos. After a lesson from Art League photography instructor Alison Duvall, the girls and their mentors let their imaginations go, putting together costumes, snapping photographs, and creating stories and personas to go along with the photos. They took their cameras …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Carr Hospitality says it's sticking with its plans to build a hotel there.
A "for lease" sign at 220 S. Union St. set off a flurry of community speculation about the site that could one day house a hotel on the Old Town waterfront. Carr Hospitality has suggested to the city it would like to demolish the building and construct a hotel there. That proposal has proponents but also has been met with opposition from Alexandrians who say a hotel would cause additional parking problems and generate unwanted trash, among many other concerns. The opponents of waterfront hotels say they are not asking for preservation of the current building at 220 S. Union, but “would like to preserve and enhance the landscapes, settings, neighborhoods, and places and features of historic significance.” Carr Hospitality President Austin …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sale kicks off with the league's Artfete, a free open house with music, food and live steamroller printing.
The Art League is once again offering its holiday ceramic sale at its Madison Annex in Old Town Alexandria. The sale runs the weekend of Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. Hours are from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 305 Madison St. In concert with the sale, the league's Artfete kicks off at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 with a free open house featuring an instructor gallery exhibit, artist demonstrations, live music from Orquestra Tropiklimba, steamroller printing and food and drinks.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Old Town's art festival on Sept. 8 and 9 this year is offering plenty of fun for kids - and adults too.
The King Street Arts Festival is going all out to make it fun for adults and kids this year. The overall event will be held Sept. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with many separate, break-out hands-on, fun activities. Here are some kid-friendly highlights: Hands-On Arts Activity with Artist Steve Prince. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. The Art League presents a hands-on activity for kids led by instructor and artist Steve Prince. Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser supporting The Art League Ceramics Department presents a delicious way to support the arts. Select a unique artist-made ceramic bowl and get a scoop of ice cream from …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Proceeds from the online event will go toward construction of the school's build-out of its Madison Annex.
The Art League is offering an online silent auction of faculty work to benefit the school’s build-out at its Madison Annex. The auction begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 and closes at 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. The artworks can be viewed online where interested buyers can also see the starting bid and the piece’s fair market value. The school recently was required to vacate its Duke Street annex where there are currently tentative plans to build a hotel there. In turn, the institution decided to build out its Madison Annex to accommodate the needs of its growing student ranks.