“From Start to Finish” in TAG

From Start to Finish, a new show at ​TAG: ​The Associates Gallery, opened March 23, 2017.

T​AG: ​ is proud to feature the work of artists Greenway, Erika Cleveland, and Paulette Warwick in an exhibit entitled From Start to Finish.

Erika Cleveland, a fiber artist, and Greenway (Bada Studios), an oil painter, exhibit recently completed work, alongside images of sketches and the work in progress. Both frequently create work with strong narratives. The pieces in From Start to Finish explore the expanse of humanity‒‒ its habits and origins, as well as our relationship to nature and the planet.

Jewelry by Warwick is centrally displayed in the gallery, along with trays showing her base components and materials.

The show will be open until April 7, 2017. Join us for a reception on Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

TAG is also currently featuring Square Two; a group show with the work seven member artists.

Being Bold for Change

Studio 5 presents three bold female artists who stand with all women to be bold for change. Painter Barbara Muth and mixed-media artist Fierce Sonia are no strangers to being bold in their work. Photographer Julie Patrick joins as a studio guest.

On March 8, International Women’s Day asked each of us to #BeBoldForChange. The campaign’s 2017 theme asks each of us to play a role challenging bias, inequality, and violence, while also celebrating, honoring and uplifting the achievements of women and support their continued advancement. Studio 5 is proud to live these values and celebrate strong female artists in their new show.

Meet the artists for a reception on Sunday, March 26 from 3-5pm.

For more information, contact Julie Patrick: juliepatrickphotography@gmail.com

Fuller Study Findings

In Fall 2016, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) commissioned the Stephen S. Fuller Institute to conduct the attached study to better understand the effect of our unique organization on the City of Alexandria. The resulting Economic Impact Study confirms the Torpedo Factory Art Center is critical to Alexandria’s economy, and offers a broad perspective on what needs to happen in order to capitalize on the Art Center’s history and grow it’s success.

Facing increased competition from neighboring tourism industry attractions and the prospect of dwindling federal spending, the Art Center needs a management structure that is flexible, forward-looking, and, crucially, versed in what makes us unique.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is an economic powerhouse; it is Alexandria’s strongest catalytic force in generating tourism year-round. The Fuller Study finds that $35.2 million in direct spending is generated annually from non-resident Torpedo Factory visitors, and the City benefits from $47 million in transactions associated with the total spending.

What is driving that traffic? A one-of-a-kind experience:

  • Working artists engaging with the public
  • High quality artwork with standards set by a blind jury process
  • Something new to see on every visit

The Art Center’s uniqueness lies in the ability of visitors to engage with artists during the creative process. With dozens of the world’s finest museums and galleries within a few miles, the 43-year legacy of the Torpedo Factory continues to succeed because of the dedication from an ever-changing group of artists and the one-of-a-kind immersive experience. This experience is found not only in our artist studios, but also in the Arts League classrooms, the Archeology Museum, and the special events and projects artists create with the public.

The Fuller Study illustrates how we can succeed in a rapidly changing economic environment. The artists (all small business owners) have the greatest motivation to manage this resource effectively: their economic success is intertwined with that of the Art Center. Allowing artists to be creative, flexible, and collaborative is essential to the Art Center’s continued success.
The City of Alexandria will always be a stakeholder in the Art Center, but without the constant constraint of cumbersome bureaucratic decision-making, the TFAA can more easily create partnerships with retail enterprises, neighboring arts organizations, corporate sponsors, and private giving sources. Artist governance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center will provide the City of Alexandria with more visitation, increased tax revenue, and expanded community programming without increasing City spending.  We encourage you to read our plan for governance at www.torpedofactoryartists.com/plan.

To read the full report, click here: The Impact of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center.

To watch a video of Dr. Fuller’s presentation, please click here.