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Brookland Artist Rachel Kerwin Unveils New Mural at Torpedo Factory

 

Outlines of new mural by Rachel Kerwin.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

Outlines of new mural by Rachel Kerwin. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Unveiling: Thursday, June 12 at 6 pm

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As part of its 40th anniversary year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va., commissioned artist Rachel Kerwin to create a new mural by the waterfront entrance. By the time of the unveiling, the 436 square foot mural will have taken 200 hours to complete.

“The mural connects visitors to this place and the kind of work that’s happening at the Torpedo Factory every day,” said Kerwin. “Both children and adults come here to learn the basics of art making, while artists are constantly exploring new ways of seeing the world around them.”

The mural, which features visuals of the waterfront and the interior of the Factory, suggests a large scale paint-by-numbers image. It progresses from the detailed black outlines to dynamic colors that break from the lines and form their own unique aesthetic.

June’s Second Thursday Art Night also includes the opening reception for the Target Gallery’s Alexandria Community Art Library, a community-based art project celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. There will be a curator’s talk at 7 pm following the unveiling.

About Rachel Kerwin
Rachel Kerwin grew up in Chicago and now lives in Washington, DC. She graduated with a BFA in painting from Cornell University and her work has been featured in numerous shows in New York, Chicago, and the greater DC area. Find more of her work at rachelkerwin.com.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org .

The Torpedo Factory Art Center Riverfront Entrance is located at 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 

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