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Fashion, Art, Ice Cream, and Drawing at The Art League This Week!

Did you see the news this morning? Holly Morris did a live segment for FOX 5 Morning News at the Torpedo Factory highlighting everything going on arts-wise in Alexandria this week, and had her 60-second portrait made by Art League instructor Patrick Kirwin. Watch the video here!

The fascinator Holly wore was made by instructor Jan Wutkowski for the Fashion’s Night Out fashion show Thursday night. Jan made a video explaining how the piece was made, which will be screened at the event. And this weekend, we’ll be holding a 12-hour drawing marathon and selling 1,000 handmade ice cream bowls. Here’s the scoop:


Fashion’s Night Out Alexandria
Thursday, September 6, 6:00–11:00 pm (fashion show at 8:00 pm)
First up is the inaugural Fashion’s Night Out Alexandria, which, among other events, will include a runway show in the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union Street). Milliner and Art League instructor Jan Wutkowski sent a collection of fascinators for the runway show, and there will be a video showing how one was constructed. There will also be complimentary beauty treatments, wine tastings and wonderful bites. Monte Durham, from TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” is emceeing the event.


“30-Something” Drawing Marathon
Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Saturday’s drawing marathon will offer up to 12 hours of drawing from a variety of models and still lifes, as well as appearances by Art League instructors. It’s all happening at the Duke Street Annex, at the corner of Duke and South Union Streets. A $30 donation allows participants to draw (or paint) for as little or as long as they like; all donations go toward the Madison Annex Project. The schedule of events and more details can be found here.


Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser
Saturday and Sunday, September 8 & 9, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
For just $15, get your own handmade bowl, complete with local, artisan ice cream by Artfully Chocolate. The fundraiser benefits The Art League’s ceramics department, which made 1,000 bowls for the event. Come find our tables at Market Square, at the corner of Fairfax and King Streets, to pick out your own! You can see part of the process involved in making the bowls in our Ice Cream Bowl Throwdown video.

The Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser is part of the 10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival. As part of the Alexandria Art Experience, instructor Steve Prince will be offering free, hands-on art activities for kids at the festival. Come check it out!

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