The business community of Alexandria has combined efforts with Virginia artist Todd Healy to produce a collection of 12 pen-and-ink drawings for a calendar that will be sold beginning next month to benefit Senior Citizens Employment & Services, an Alexandria organization that works to help the city's senior citizens.
Last year, Healy's theme was the restaurants of Old Town; this year, it is local businesses. Healy concentrates on the facades of the buildings, all in Old Town. Each month reveals a realistic depiction of a local business in brown pen-and-ink. The style is simple and clear.
The senior citizens group is an organization of 17 men and women from Alexandria, both volunteer and paid, that was started 15 years ago by citizens who believed the elderly needed help finding employment.
It provides a wide range of free services to citizens who are 60 or older: finding part-time and full-time work, providing funds to help alleviate the burden of utility bills, advising on the city's grant program for property and rent tax relief and helping to find housing.
The calendar costs $5 and can be bought at the Elder Craft Shop at J.C. Penney's on King Street and in area Woodward & Lothrop stores on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. It also will be available in Alexandria at the Bicentennial Center, the Torpedo Factory, Gilpin House Bookshops, Fahrney's and the organization's center, 121 Asaph St. To find out more about the organization, call 836-4414.
Printmakers Inc. in the Torpedo Factory, "Polish Visions," opens next Thursday. For more information, call 683-1342.
Arlington Arts Center, "Three Exhibitions/Painting," opens Sept. 9. For more information, call 524-1494.