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60 Reasons to Come to Artfête on Friday

Artfête is this weekend!

It all starts Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 with our annual free Open House and Holiday Party, which is back and better than ever with music, food, and (of course) all kinds of art. If your friends aren’t convinced of why they should come, here are 60 reasons to consider …

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#1: Redline Graffiti

We’re very excited about our band this year, and you should be too! Redline Graffiti will be playing Friday night in the sculpture room, fresh off a gig at the 9:30 Club and a profile in DCist. The DC-based quartet has a sound that’s difficult to categorize, so listen to their music on their website.

#2#3 & #4: 3 days of holiday shopping

Holiday Ceramics and Jewelry Sales
The annual Holiday Ceramics Sale and Holiday Jewelry Sale are always great places to find one-of-a-kind gifts or something special for your own home. Here’s the schedule:

  • Jewelry sale hours: Friday, 12:00 noon–9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Ceramics sale hours: Friday, 12:00 noon–9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 noon–5:00 pm

#5: a surprise sculpture event

Sculpture by Michael Verdon
Sculpture by Michael Verdon

We have a special guest artist this year: sculptor Michael Verdon.

“Michael Verdon uses the tools of interaction, reflection, and experience to explore social, political, and personal issues. He works with any medium on any scale. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and active participant in the Burning Man community.”

Verdon’s work was featured in last month’s Year of the Veteran Art Exhibit (his was the sculpture made from the remains of burned sculptures). He’ll be creating, and then destroying, a sculpture during the course of the party Friday night. Find it in classroom 11, in the back of the annex.

#6 to #18: 13 artist demos

Friday night, artist instructors will be demonstrating the techniques they teach in our classes. Come watch and ask questions! Priscilla Treacy will be demonstrating our new printing press that arrived at the Madison Annex this summer, and be sure to see our stained glass, fiber arts, and jewelry studios, too! For an exhibit of artwork by our instructors, visit room 8.

Artist demos

  • forensic sculpture with Joe Mullins
  • spinning thread from paper with Saaraliisa Ylitalo
  • wheel-thrown pottery with Blair Meerfeld
  • calligraphy with Hermineh Miller
  • welding with Donna Reinsel
  • silk screen printing with Nancy McIntyre
  • weaving with Linda Hurt
  • mosaics with Anita Damron
  • printmaking with Priscilla Treacy
  • stained glass with Jimmy Powers
  • spinning with Sylvia DeMar
  • silk painting with Denise Vauthier
  • textile surface design with Julie Booth

#19: it’s free!

Did we mention that admission is free? Cupcakes, wine, live music, fashion show, and artwork in action are all included!

#20 to #58: 39 ceramics vendors

All weekend long, find the mugs, teapots, sculptures, and dishes you’ll be giving to friends (or yourself) in the sale in our ceramics studio. There are 39 different artist vendors this year, so you’re sure to find something you like! It starts Friday at noon — see the schedule above.

#59: wearable art runway show

Artfête Runway Show
Art isn’t just for the wall. It can go on your dining table — as the ceramics sale demonstrates — or on you! Our fiber arts and jewelry students will once again be showing off their work in a runway fashion show. Come watch it in the SOHO room in the center of Madison (just follow the signs).

#60: the 60th anniversary community canvas revealed

Remember the Community Canvas we debuted in January? We’ve been adding to it all year, and we’re installing the completed piece with all of your artwork. Come see it for the first time at Artfête!

Bonus reason: Make your donation count twice!

Bring your Annual Fund donation on Friday night and Montgomery Center (home to the Madison Street Annex) has pledged to match donations received at Artfête up to $5,000! If you bring your donation — Friday only — that means your impact will be doubled.

We’ll see you this weekend!

All events take place at our Madison Street Annex, located at 305 Madison Street in Alexandria (view on Google Maps). For all your Artfête Weekend information, click here.


Looking for more fabulous holiday cultural events to attend? Check out the nearly 100 events on Holiday Cheer at CultureCapital.com!

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