As you may have seen, the OTBD recently put out a call for artists to help us with a unique and eye catching piece of art to go along with our Shop Local initiative. We were looking for art that visually represented Old Town and all the amazing small businesses that call it home and we wanted to engage with the amazing artistic community here to make that vision a reality.
Old Town is definitely not lacking in creative people and we were so happy to have received so many wonderful submissions. We had a great time reading through their statements and looking over their work as we made our decision.
In the end we decided to award two winners and work with the artists to combine their concepts. We received so many great submissions that in addition to the two winners, we wanted to feature some of the other artists who took the time to send us such thoughtful entries.
Look out for the unveiling of the winning design in shop windows soon, a combination of works by local artists Brittany Gabel & Cindy Wallace. Until then, take a look at some of the honorable mentions from the contest.
Bidkart Malespin – “My art piece is based on the experience I have had in Old Town Alexandria. I wanted to show and portray the fun, lively and great atmosphere I always feel when I go there. I also wanted to display the wonderful architecture and historical beauty the town has, mixed in with the modern great little stores that exist there. I also wanted to incorporate all this in to the OTBD logo to support all the store owners that have made the town more wonderful. As I freelance artist I know how important it is to support and network with each other.”
Check out more of Bidkart’s work on Instagram, here!
Carolyn Belefski – “To create this design, gift tags and the fun storefront colors of Old Town Alexandria inspired me. Shopping in Old Town is an intimate experience that you cannot get at a typical mall. Every door you open has a new discovery inside.”
Tracie Griffith Tso – “I am inspired by the process of giving back to a community by shopping local. Buying and contributing to the economic health of a neighborhood is strengthened by investing purchases, adding to the arts, culture, diversity and growth. As an artist at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center, I see customer dollars directly promote the creative process. I thank my customers, letting them know if it weren’t for them, I would not be able to create as I do; they are part of the creative cycle, making Alexandria is rich in textures and flavors, unique in its own right. As a 13-year-old. touring the DC area from California, I can clearly recall the amazing artistry of the Torpedo Factory and the brick sidewalks!”