Torpedo Factory Art Center
While DC boasts some of the choicest art museums and galleries in the metro area, the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is a well-known—but sometimes overlooked—art center that houses the studios of over 165 visual artists, six cooperative galleries and the Alexandria Archeology Museum. The space is modern, inviting, airy—the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon strolling artists’ studios. There is something here for everyone—sculpture, watercolor, oil paint, photography, mixed media, modern abstractions, classic portraits and expansive landscapes. The artists are oftentimes at the studios and welcome questions, observations, and even idle chit chat, which creates a collaborative, educational atmosphere without being intimidating (which art oftentimes can be). If you really fall in love with the place, you can sign up for a class, as the center also offers classes through The Art League.