Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lunch in Alexandria

Alexandria's Torpedo Factory contains a collection of art studios and galleries in the industrial building built before World War I. The factory was a supplier of torpedoes for both wars.

We looked at some wonderful fiber art, photography, painting, and ceramics. We enjoyed a demonstration of weaving metal wires, and Miriam and Alice made several rows on the loom, whose owner was an expert on historical weaving techniques. We played with interactive art, especially a painting at which you could shoot ping-pong balls from an air gun.

The inventive and wonderfully friendly artist of the interactive works recommended lunch at a restaurant named Mai Thai nearby. It has a beautiful view of the Potomac River and Washington DC on the other shore. After lunch we took a brief walk along the brick sidewalks in the neighborhood (top photos).

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