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Art Activated at The Torpedo factory

Modern dance and the visual arts intertwine at Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. as part of the City's fifth annual Festival of the Arts. It will feature both artist demonstrations and engaging dance performances by the award winning BosmaDance.

This all-female dance company presents ATELIER from noon until 2 p.m. Collaborating with seven Torpedo Factory artists, the troupe will take visitors on an artistic journey throughout the historic art center to experience in-studio dance vignettes, closing with a group finale performance on the first floor of the Center. A preview performance is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Torpedo Factory arcade, King and Union streets.

A special schedule of artistic methodologies is designed to draw visitors into the artistic process throughout the afternoon. Demonstrations will include wheel-throwing clay, printmaking, jewelry metalworking, painting, and much more, according to Claire Mouledoux, director, Torpedo Factory Art Center Communications.

"Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory Art Center" is a new local component of Alexandria's Festival of the Arts. BosmaDance is a contemporary dance company "dedicated to the creation of artistic work that makes people feel and think."

Founded and directed by award-winning artist Meisha Bosma, the group was featured in the January 2007 edition of Dance Magazine as one of the premier up-and-coming companies in the nation. Additional information about BosmaDance can be found by visiting www.bosmadance.com.

As one of the most prominent art centers in the nation, that has severed as a model for other local centers, the Torpedo Factory Art Center houses more than 160 visual artists in 82 studios and six galleries who produce art in the total range of mediums. They invite visitors to join them in their studios and welcome dialogues on their creative processes. Visitations also present the perfect opportunity to purchase original works from the artists themselves.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, located at 105 N. Union St., on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It also houses The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeological Museum. Additional information is available by calling 703-838-4565 or by visiting www.torpedofactory.org.