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City of Alexandria to Celebrate Torpedo Factory Art Center’s 45th Anniversary
Posted Wednesday, September 11

The City of Alexandria will host a free public reception to celebrate 45 years since the Torpedo Factory Art Center opened in 1974. The 45th Anniversary Salute will take place on Sunday, September 15, from 2:00-5:00p at the Art Center, located at 105 N. Union Street.

Several special guests will honor the sapphire anniversary with remarks starting at 3:30p. Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and U.S. Rep. Donald Beyer will both present proclamations. Marian Van Landingham, the Art Center’s founder, will speak and meet with visitors.

To commemorate the anniversary, guests will be able to create silkscreen prints to take home, visit select studios for artist demonstrations, and craft hands-on projects. Light refreshments will be provided.

Housed in the former U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in Alexandria, the Art Center is one of the nation’s earliest examples of creative reuse of an industrial space and has inspired similar cultural spaces around the world. It is now America’s largest community of publicly accessible working artists’ studios under one roof, with 165 visual artists, 82 studios and seven galleries, including Target Gallery, the Art Center’s contemporary exhibition space.

The Art Center is managed by the City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities through the Office of the Arts.

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