Art League Helps Kick-Off the Alexandria Festival of the Arts

Art League Helps Kick-Off the Alexandria Festival of the Arts

At Market Square

Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

<bt>The Art League will host a variety of free creative programs on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria (The Art League will be located at the corner of King & North Fairfax Streets).

Fun, hands-on, art activities for all ages will be offered throughout the day along with demonstrations by nationally recognized artists. They will also hold their first artistically delicious fundraiser — The Ice Cream Bowl.

* 10 a.m. – noon: Kick Off with Art League Instructor Steve Prince and Mayor Bill Euille at Market Square. Art League Instructor and artist Steve Prince kick off the festivities with a fun, hands-on activity for kids. Mayor Bill Euille will also participate.

* 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser at Market Square. Support The Art League Ceramics Department while enjoying ice cream.

For $15, select a handmade ceramic bowl created by the artists of The Art League's Ceramics Department and enjoy a bowl of local artisan ice cream by ACKA Cocoa Bar in Del Ray.

Participants in the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser may enter the free drawing to win an Art League Gift Certificate.

The Ice Cream Bowl benefits The Art League's Ceramics Program. Thanks to ACKC Cocoa Bar for generously donating ice cream and supplies; students, associates, and instructors of The Art League's ceramics program for creating and donating the handmade bowls; and Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association for their support.

* 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Art Activated in the Torpedo Factory Art Center with Patrick Kirwin. Art League Instructor and muralist Patrick Kirwin demonstrates his techniques for creating "fool-the-eye" effects. At the main hall of the Torpedo Factory.

* 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Plein Air Painting Demo with Fred Markham at Market Square. Art League Instructor and landscape artist Fred Markham shares his painting tips and techniques for capturing the essence of any scene.