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Art Fest

November 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Find something authentically Alexandrian to bring home. Bragging rights at no extra cost.

Have you been eyeing that one artwork in your favorite gallery, but haven’t bought it yet?

Do you want to support Alexandria’s small businesses and creative economy?

Do not miss Torpedo Factory Art Center’s first Art Fest! It’s a great time to support local artists and go home with original art.

Visit all three floors to find special offers across the galleries and studios for Art Fest buyers. Plus, enjoy an artist reception for Target Gallery’s Fall Salon starting at 4 p.m, an after-hours Art Talk at 6pm by the Factory Society with Kelly Towles (founder of the DC Walls Festival), Sarah Jamison and Julia Chon (aka Kimchi Juice) (silver and gold ticketholders only), and a 3rd floor Art Lounge with music by DJ One Luv and beers by Port City Brewing Company.

Ticket Options

Select from a variety of ticket levels, providing you with different options for your Art Fest visit. Choose from drink tickets, studio/gallery discounts, a special after-hours Art Talk, raffle prizes from a wide variety of Art Center artists, and more! Make a whole day of your Art Fest experience.


Tier 1: Bronze Tickets – $15

  • 2 Drink tickets for the 3rd Floor Lounge with Potomac views

Tier 2: Silver Tickets – $30

  • 2 Drink tickets for the 3rd Floor Art Lounge with Potomac views
  • Gift bag
  • Invitation to after hours Art Talk at 6 p.m. featuring muralist and DC Walls Fest founder Kelly Towles, artist Sarah Jamison, and artist Julia Chon (Kimchi Juice)
  • Discounts at participating studios and galleries (including 5% off “Fall Salon” artwork in Target Gallery)

Tier 3: Gold Tickets – $50

  • 3 Drink tickets for the 3rd Floor Art Lounge with Potomac views
  • Gift bag
  • Invitation to after hours Art Talk at 6 p.m. featuring muralist and DC Walls Fest founder Kelly Towles, artist Sarah Jamison, and artist Julia Chon (Kimchi Juice)
  • Discounts at participating studios and galleries (including 10% off “Fall Salon” artwork Target Gallery)
  • 2 raffle tickets for select donated artworks from participating studios/galleries ($300+ value)


Separate tickets are available for:

  • Raffle Tickets ONLY 2 for $20 
  • 6 PM After-Hours Art Talk ONLY (with Kelly Towles, Sarah Jamison, and Julia Chon) +1 Free Drink

Art Raffle Participants (Gold Ticket and separate Raffle Ticket holders ONLY)

Art Discount Participants (Silver and Gold Ticket holders)


Demonstrations throughout the Art Center


After Hours Art Talk (6pm – Silver and Gold Ticket holders and Separate After-Hours Tickets)

Silver and Gold Ticket holders will unlock access to an exclusive after-hours Art Talk at 6pm in the 3rd floor Art Lounge. Hosted by the Factory Society this talk will focus on collecting for today’s art patron. Whether starting out or looking for a way to level up your collection, you do not want to miss this conversation.

Featuring artists Kelly Towles (founder of the DC Walls Festival), Sarah Jamison and Julia Chon (aka Kimchi Juice).

PLUS: Come early to watch Kelly and Sarah create a community mural in the 3rd floor Art Lounge from 12-4 and even take part in the art making yourself!


Kelly Towles

Kelly Towles, a leading Washington, D.C. artist, has literally painted the town since moving to the Nation’s Capital in the late 1990s. His murals, showcased on area buildings and garage doors, and paintings, displayed in local galleries and businesses, are electrically playful. From partnerships with DC Brau Brewing Company, Graffiato, Toki Underground, and D.C. United, to working with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Greater Washington Creative Community Initiative to revitalize neighborhoods using his creative energy, he is focused on sharing his passion for street art while making an impact on the local community.

He has shown locally in Washington at the Adamson Gallery and the Hierarchy Gallery. His large-scale installations include exhibitions in Manifest Hope, Manifest Equality, Re:form School, and Submerge. Recently, he worked with Sweetgreen to provide artwork for their Sweetlife music and food festival and the Georgetown Business Improvement District as a contributor to GLOW. Towles is also a curator, bringing together shows for the Art Yards Project at Navy Yards and exhibitions at Adamson Gallery, Curated Gallery, Transformer Gallery, and Washington Project for the Arts. Additionally, he is the co-owner of DC Meet Market, a community market that supports the District’s small businesses and creative community. Most recently, he organized DC Walls Festival, an international art movement that celebrates culture, music, and art in cities around the world.

Sarah Jamison

Sarah Jamison received her BFA in 2010 from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. In 2017, her work was featured on the Smithsonian’s

Folklife website as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Sarah’s solo exhibitions include IA&A at Hillyer and Latela Curatorial, both in Washington, DC. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in and outside the metro area and was voted 2018 Best Visual Artist in the Washington City Paper. Sarah continues to live and create in the Nation’s Capital.



Julia Chon (aka Kimchi Juice)

Julia Chon, also known as Kimchi Juice, is a painter, muralist, and entrepreneur. At the age of 16, Chon started her art career creating watercolors of animals “flipping the bird” for global chefs including Rene Redzepi, Jacques Pepin, and Kwame Onwuachi. She explores the world of fine art with paintings that are heavily influenced by her Korean heritage. As a young Asian-American female raised by a mother who is one of seven girls, Chon felt impressed to portray strong, powerful Asian women like the ones she knows. Depicted in traditional Korean dress, these modern women redefine what it means to be a “good Asian girl”. She has transformed some of these paintings into murals in Baltimore, MD; Austin, TX; and Richmond, VA.Chon’s works have been exhibited in group and solo shows in Worcester, MA; Richmond, VA; and Washington DC. She has collaborated with the Korean Cultural Center, DC United, ‘47, and Apple.


The Factory Society

The Factory Society began as a young patrons committee of the Torpedo Factory and was launched as a separate and distinct nonprofit in 2017.  Since then we have expanded our mission to include collectors of all ages.

We want to open collectors’ eyes to avenues of discovering affordable, original and local art. We hope this will empower them to feel more confident while buying it, and break down the barriers that prevent them from engaging with artists at galleries or shows.

Our vision is a more down to earth art world!

Music all day by DJ One Luv (3rd Floor Art Lounge and throughout the Art Center)

Jamal “DJ One Luv” Muhammad was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He has resided in the Washington, D.C. area since 1994. He is an established full time DJ, a talk show host, a visual artist and dedicated community activist in the Washington area. As a DJ he is renowned for his classic Old School parties and events celebrating and paying tribute to the history and greatness of music and artists from years past. He is in high demand for various events from parties, festivals, corporate & community events, political events and major conferences. Since 2018 he has been the host of his weekly online show “The Old School Lunch Bag Mix”. Since 2016, Jamal has been the resident DJ for the National Education Association’s Annual Race and Social Justice Conference block parties held in different cities across the country. He takes great pride in giving back and giving his all in everything he does.

3rd Floor Art Lounge Bar provided by Port City Brewing Company


Founded in February 2011 by Bill and Karen Butcher, Port City Brewing Company is an award-winning brewery serving and shipping beer to D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic market. Port City brews a lineup of year-round beers, as well as an exciting slate of seasonal, occasional, and specialty beers, each with a unique twist. The brewery’s mission is to be a reliable and innovative brewer of delicious, well-balanced beers that celebrate their raw ingredients.

The longest operating brewery in metropolitan Washington, D.C., Port City offers regular tastings, tours, and events at the state-of-the-art facility, located in the historic PORT CITY of Alexandria, Virginia.


November 14, 2021
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Visit Daily10 a.m. - 6 p.m.*

Masks are optional for visitors, artists, and staff, though may be required in some studios and galleries. Check Today’s Hours for expanded information.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

* Periodic 5 p.m. closure for private events. See dates on Today’s Hours.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.