Don’t Miss Erika Cleveland in TAG!

TAG delves into fantasy!

“Upside Down: Inside Out: The Fanciful in Daily Life” at the Torpedo Factory Associates’ Gallery (TAG) features three- dimensional work byErika Cleveland. Cleveland’s work was recently exhibited at Arlington Arts Center and in the Torpedo Factory New Project Studio 8. This imaginative fiber artist explores the fanciful in daily life with her needle-felted dolls. From life-sized to small, dolls are doing everything from flying a trapeze to hanging from a vine. Cleveland’s playful dolls will appeal to both adults and children. They are both engaging and sophisticated.

Studio 311
Show closes October 23, 2016

Torpedo Factory Artists Offer Management Plan

Proposal Restores Artist-led, Marketplace Approach to Govern Renowned Art Center

The artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center have presented a comprehensive business plan for governing the nationally recognized Center and ensuring its long-term financial viability.  The proposal would restore the marketplace, artist-led framework that guided the Torpedo Factory for most of the 42 years that it has been a landmark destination in Old Town Alexandria.

The plan comes in the wake of the City of Alexandria temporarily taking over the Art Center this summer as it considers how it should be managed in the future.  Developed by the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA), which represents more than 275 artists, the plan is the only detailed proposal presented to the city, which owns the building.

The TFAA artists “believe it’s time for the organizational structure and governance model to reconnect with the original marketplace framework,” the plan says.  “A reinvigorated marketplace, with substantial changes in operations and in partnership with the City of Alexandria, presents the best scenario for the long-term financial viability.”

TFAA calls for the creation of a new, collaborative Torpedo Factory board comprised of representatives of TFAA, the City of Alexandria, and the Art League, the art education organization.  The new board would oversee the Art Center and execute the business plan.

The plan outlines ways to improve the financial strength of the Torpedo Factory and make improvements to the building.  It would increase revenue by marketing the Center beyond its walls, increasing event-space rentals, partnering with local businesses, and expanding galleries.  New sources of revenue would be secured through corporate partnerships, individual memberships, advertising, and fee-based programming.

“We should embrace a vision for the future that recognizes the original successful concept that the Torpedo Factory is an artisan marketplace,” said TFAA President Don Viehman.  “We are a collection of dozens of small businesses working in 82 studios.  At the same time, we must pursue new opportunities to expand our community outreach, revenue, and partnerships.  But that can only be done through a marketplace framework.”

TFAA shared the plan with city officials last month.  It will present it publicly at a September 9 birthday tribute for Marian Van Landingham, the Torpedo Factory’s founder and long-time Virginia Delegate, who still maintains an active artist studio at the Center.

As artists, were thrilled to apply our creativity to a business challenge that affects our livelihoods,” remarked Rachel Kerwin, an artist at the Torpedo Factory.  Its also exciting to demonstrate that were more than just an ‘artist colony.  Were small businesses committed to making the Torpedo Factory a dynamic marketplace. We all win when that happens.”  

In July, the City of Alexandria let a five-year lease to a hybrid board expire and installed city employees in non-artist positions at the Torpedo Factory.  Top city officials have said they do not intend to retain permanent control of the Art Center operations.  It is unclear how soon Alexandria will make decisions about the Torpedo Factory’s future.

“During this transition period, we must protect the original vision that has made the Torpedo Factory the nation’s largest collection of accessible working-artist studios, while rapidly adopting new approaches to meet the financial challenges of the future,” said Viehman.

To view the plan, please visit


Art Materials Market

At the Fourth Annual Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association Art Materials Market vendors and Torpedo Factory Artists will be selling or trading a variety of art supplies for use across all visual media. You can expect to find common items like brushes, paints, easels, and fabric, but also be prepared for more unique finds!

The market will also feature artist demonstrations, a book-swap table, and a school supply donation area for FACE; Alexandria City Schools Family and Community Engagement Centers. The market is free and open to the public.

If you are interested in selling at the Art Materials Market, there are tables available for purchase here. Visual artists and artist organizations from all media are encourage to participate. All spaces must be reserved in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The reservation deadline is Monday, August 15 at 10:00 pm.

For information contact

Fran Livaditis chosen for inaugural season of City of Alexandria’s Community Supported Art

Torpedo Factory Artist Fran Livaditis (Studio 328) was chosen to participate in the first ever City of Alexandria’s Community Supported Art (CSA). Livaditis, a photographer,  was one of six artists chosen from an open call for artists who are residents of Virginia, Maryland, or DC. Each of the six artists will create 50 pieces that will be sold in shares to the community. To purchase a share, please visit the Community Supported Art website.

From the City of Alexandria Press Release:

What is Community Supported Art?  Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. It has been replicated in over 100 cities in North America over the past several years. Interested consumers/collectors can purchase a “share” consisting of six pieces of locally produced artwork (one from each artist). Shares will include photography, glass, pastels, watercolors and ceramics.

Only 50 shares will be available and are expected to sell out fast. Shares cost $250 each and will be distributed at our Pick-Up Party on Wednesday, September 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. You will have a chance to mingle with fellow shareholders as well as the artists that designed your artwork, all while enjoying live music and delicious food and beverages provided by Bittersweet Catering. Each shareholder may bring one guest to the Pick-Up Party (tickets required).


Generations: Space Exploration from Inception to Cultural Memory

It will soon be 47 years since humans first set foot on the moon. To commemorate this momentous accomplishment, realist artists James Dean and Kara Hammond bring together their space related works to celebrate the early days of space travel and exploration, in a small, targeted retrospective.

As NASA Art Director, James Dean escorted the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Jamie Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and Paul Calle to witness history in the making as they created original works for the NASA Art collection. As the former Curator of Art at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Dean shows his own considerable artistic prowess at capturing the early heady times of space exploration through original on-site sketches and personal photographs of the artists working at Cape Canaveral in the early 1960’s – 70’s.

Established artist Kara Hammond will show her immaculately rendered paintings and drawings from the 1990’s, of early space technology, including many Soviet era craft virtually unknown to the American public until decades later. Her work investigates the implicit beauty of machines built to withstand the most extreme extraterrestrial forces.

Show Opens July 1 and runs through July 31, 2016

Studio 306
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA, 22314

The Splashdown Reception will be Sun. July 24 from 1pm to 4pm, to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the return of the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Marcia Jestaedt at the Shanghai Ceramic Art Expo 2016

Torpedo Factory Artist Marcia Jestaedt, a leaseholder in Studio 13, had several pieces exhibited at the Shanghai Ceramic Art Expo 2016. The works were presented by Mr. Heliang Tsi of the Suixuan Art Center and exhibited in the International section of the show.

Mr. Tsi previously invited Jestaedt to Shanghai during the summer of 2014. She she spent five day touring museums and galleries, in addition to her time at the Suixuan Art Center, and Tsi’s ceramic facility, located at the Shanghai Institute.

To read more on her 2014 trip, please click here.
You can view more of Marcia Jestaedt’s work on her website:

Out and About: Environs of DC


Out and About: Environs of DC, a new show at The Associates Gallery opens June 21, 2016. 

TAG member artist and oil painter Ellen Kolansky presents a grouping of her landscape paintings in Studio 311 from Monday, June 20th, through Sunday, July 17th, 2016.

Ellen is happiest when painting what she sees – whether landscape, still life, or the human figure. Her style is loose, noted for its rhythm, color, and grace. In the current show scenes depict the C & O Canal, Potomac river, Frederick Maryland train station and Great Falls among other locations.

Her work has been shown at The Art League Gallery, The Target Gallery and at The Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo.

Meet the artist at a reception on Thursday, ​July  7th between 6-8pm.

The Associates Gallery is in Studio 311 at The Torpedo Factory Art Center, located at 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA. Open 7 days a week, TAG also features the work of its 12 member artists, including painters, photographers and ceramic and fiber artists.

For more information:

Julie Patrick, Press Contact


“Pour Your Art Out” at TC Williams High School

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association partners with TC Williams High School and The Art League for “Pour Your Art Out!” Iron Pour Initiative

Alexandria, VA- The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) will launch Pour Your Art Out!, a project designed to give students a memorable hands-on art experience. Teaming with experienced ironworker Philip Harrison, the Torpedo Factory Artists will work with 40 art students and staff at TC Williams High School. The project, which will take place during class over the course of three days, involves students designing and creating iron castings.

From May 19 – 20, 2016, students will be instructed how to design, carve, and prepare molds for castings. On May 23, 2016, students will each pour two tiles out of iron— one to keep, and one that will be saved for a future community-based public art project on the Alexandria Waterfront.

Pour Your Art Out! will educate students on the basics of iron and foundry work, as well as teach Alexandria City Public School students that the arts and crafts trades are viable careers. Students will be taught the history and significance of blacksmithing and the iron trades— in addition to chemistry, design, and mold-making. The project requires collaboration and teamwork, and offers the involved teachers an interesting way to teach local history, materials science, and engineering.

The May 2016 partnership with TC Williams High School will serve as a pilot program. With support from Torpedo Factory’s educational partner, The Art League, and the greater Alexandria community, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association has a goal of offering the Pour Your Art Out! program to students at all Alexandria City Public Schools. If you are interested in more information or would like to make a donation to Pour Your Art Out! please contact Abbey Alison McClain at or 703-539-2596.

“Perspective” by Val Proudkii in TAG

Perspective, a new show at The Associates Gallery opens Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

The Associates Gallery (Gallery 311) will feature the photography of member artist Val Proudkii in Perspective opening May 24.

Val Proudkii is a photographer of the “aha”—the moment in which the visually striking is discovered within the visually common. Having traveled widely around the world, Val’s street images showcase the triumph of the extraordinary unlocked from within the mundane. You are inextricably drawn in to find out more and ask questions.

Come meet the artist at a reception on Thursday, June 2 from 6-8pm!

The exhibition will be on display from May 24 – June 19. TAG also features the work of its 12 member artists, including painters, photographers and ceramic and fiber artists.

For more information: Julie Patrick, Press Contact;

“Out on a Limb” in Printmakers

Prinkmakers Inc (Studio 325) presents “Out on a Limb,” an exhibition featuring new work by Printmakers members Judith Coady and Priscilla Young.

Coady and Young have created monotypes inspired by experiences of the natural world. Siberian Elm tree silhouettes viewed from a hot tub on a frigid night are the inspiration for Coady’s trees.  Young’s insects are from childhood memories of life in Indonesia. Her close observation of each insect results in beautiful and striking monotypes.  These monotypes are enhanced with pastel, watercolor and collage, creating each fresh and unique hand-pulled print.

Print by Priscilla Young
Print by Priscilla Young

“Out on a Limb” is on display from May 1 to June 30, 2016.

Printmakers Inc. is open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information, visit or call 703-683-1342