May 16, 2015

THE TORPEDO FACTORY- OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

From the Industrial Revolution to the Art Revolution...torpedos to paintbrushes.

One of my earliest and fondest memories is of being welcomed into where the magic begins. I was in the 4th grade, when a great art teacher, Mr. Lipiano, took us on a field trip to the "Torpedo Factory" located in Old Towne Alexandria, Virginia. I was introduced to professional artists who made a living on their creativity. Painting studios, sculptures, photography (film) were showered by the wonderful lighting, wide open space, and backdrop of the Potomac River and the Nation's Capitol. The entire scene of a zen like focus and inspiration, not tainted by pretention, served as an educational experience that inspired me to seek out adventures to RISD, and continues to serve as an aspiration for my own OASIS someday. 

It's funny how some memories forever make an impression.