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Art for Shelter’s Sake in Alexandria
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Art for Shelter’s Sake in Alexandria

Patrick Sargent

Patrick Sargent

Carpenter’s Shelter and Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) installed on Jan. 15 the first of multiple artists’ works in its temporary shelter. This installation is the culmination of a months-long collaborative effort involving both organizations and local artists.

Patrick Sargent, local printmaker and president of Printmakers, Inc., used reproductions of Printmakers, Inc. artwork to create a wheatpaste mural for the Carpenter’s Shelter common area. For their next project, TFAA will print and display vinyl reproductions of original works on resident doors at the shelter. The vinyl prints fully cover the doors and the door frames serve as picture frames for the artwork.

Artist Lisa Schumaier will lead youth residents in a children’s art project later this winter. Additional contributing artists include TFAA members Jennifer Allevato, Veronica Barker-Barzel, Rachel Collins, Betty Grisham, Guy Jones, Rachel Kerwin, Francine B. Livaditis, Charlene Nield, Marsha Staiger, and Jo Ann Tooley.

In early June 2018, Carpenter’s Shelter temporarily relocated to the former Macy’s at Landmark Mall to make way for their property redevelopment project in Old Town Alexandria. Carpenter’s Shelter and TFAA are partnering to brighten the temporary shelter by creating site-specific art installations and displaying reproductions of original work.

In August 2018, TFAA hosted a fundraiser during the opening reception for the Dimensions exhibit at Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic. Carpenter’s Shelter promoted their Adopt-A-Door Sponsorship program to generate additional support. The financial success of these endeavors covers costs associated with these projects.

To learn more about Carpenter’s Shelter, visit www.CarpentersShelter.org.