We’re thrilled to announce a solution to this problem: the first-ever Torpedo Factory ART MATERIAL MARKET—a place for artists, art students, and curious newcomers to buy, sell, make new contacts, and become part of our community.
If you have excess materials, then rent a space (for a small fee) and find happy homes for your stuff! Paint, pencils, tools, those extra beads, that canvas you know you'll never use—it's sure to be useful to someone.
…or simply browse for supplies and meet fellow artists—for free.
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The main floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Old Town Alexandria
(Vendor spaces in the first-floor main hall; bargain-hunting in studios on all three floors!)
Who: Not just Torpedo Factory artists, but any artist of any experience level with an interest in materials and supplies
Setting up a table: $30
We're offering 26 artist-vendor spaces (4' x 6' each) with a chair. No electricity; maximum two space reservations per artist. Additional $15 fee if we provide the table.
Browsing, buying, chatting: FREE
How to register as a vendor:
Sign up through Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7129188595
Enticements and incentives: FREE raffle for great prizes
- an Art League easel, custom-designed in partnership with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation
- a one-year Art League Gallery membership
- a voucher to waive the entry fee in the TFAA's 2014 membership jury
Donations accepted! Have art supplies you'd like to donate? We're accepting materials for T.C. Williams and West Potomac High School art programs. Drop them off in studio 32.
How it came about: The Art Material Market is a joint venture by the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association, and the Art League—but as TFAA President Tanya Davis explains, it was specifically inspired by an Art League student.
"She had changed her palette, bought a completely new set of colors, and wanted to sell some perfectly good tubes of unused paint," Davis says. "Every artist's studio attracts the clutter of extra supplies—but we realized that this might just be a wonderful way for local artists to get to know each other.
"We're the nucleus of an arts colony with porous borders, and many of the half-million people who come here each year are artists themselves. As we approach our 40th anniversary, we're excited to welcome new friends—and find some awesome bargains."
Questions? We're happy to hear from you! Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!