Thursday, January 20: The Art League will be proceeding with the Theresa Oaxaca and George Tkabladze workshops today. Please watch for updates.

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Patrons’ Show Through the Years

This year is our 51st Patrons’ Show and we sure have come a long way when we look at photos from 2004 where many of you CAMPED outside the Torpedo Factory in sub-freezing temperatures!

These days we have all of the amenities of tech (and heating) available to us, but Patrons’ show is JUST as fun. Take a stroll with us down memory lane as we remember back to the by-gone days of Patrons’ Show!


In 2004 eager Patrons’ Show goers used to actually camp in tents outside or line up early to get access to the building! Do any of you remember this frigid way to enjoy the Patrons’ Show?


The Art Thief Patrons’ Show app hadn’t launched yet in 2013, but Patrons’ Show goers had their favorites tracked via pen and paper. Do you still use pen and paper to track on drawing day or has the ease and convenience of Art Thief won you over?


2014 featured our littlest Patrons’ getting ready to select their artwork!


Fish eye lenses capture the a packed Torpedo Factory Art Center at 2015’s Patrons’ Show! Patrons’ Pack the house ready to take home their favorite work of art.


The Art Thief app debuted in 2016 and forever changed the way we organize ourselves for the drawing at Patrons’ Show!


Patron’s got behind The Art Thief app…but also printed out their lists to accommodate the limited wifi in the packed Torpedo Factory space!


The 50th Anniversary Patrons’ Show was a hit (and even had its own t-shirt design)! 2018 also featured a “mouth” chair by Art League instructor Ryan Rakhshan.

The 51st Patrons’ Show will be this Sunday starting at 5 pm in the Torpedo Factory Art Center as well as The Art League Gallery. If you haven’t already, First Choice Raffle tickets are still available. Make sure to visit the gallery ahead of time on Saturday or Sunday morning to view all of the artwork on your list (or to make your list, if you’re more of a procrastinator). If you’ve never been to the Patrons’ Show, this post is a great guide for first-timers! See you Sunday!

Have any photos you’d like to share with us of Patrons’ Shows past? Send photos and a short description to our Social Media Manager, Kelly-Lynne Russell at 

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