Seasonal shopping: finding Torpedo Factory artists during the holidays

No matter where you live, there’s a possibility that a Torpedo Factory artist is hard at work nearby—especially during the holidays.

Below are just some of the holiday markets where you’ll find our artists during the month of December. Mark your calendars to take advantage of these opportunities to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts! You’ll meet working artists who put everything they’ve got into their creations; they’ll be delighted by your support.


Torpedo Factory artists will be among 150 artists, artisans, crafters, and boutique businesses at the bustling and ever-growing Downtown Holiday Market! The market runs all month until December 23 near the Chinatown/Penn Quarter Metro station on F Street in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Jennifer Athanas,
Grey Skies skirt
with accessories

Jennifer Athanas will be selling her versatile fiber art at the market from December 6 through December 12. Fiber artist Tamara Embrey will show off her one-of-a-kind clothing creations on December 12, 13, and 14, and Dawn Benedetto will be selling her delightful jewelry there from December 9 through December 17. 

Elsewhere in the District, Ceramic artist Rebecca Ravenal will participate in a holiday show along with several local artists at Studio 4903, located at 4903 Wisconsin Avenue NW, on Sunday, December 8, from 12 to 6. The show will feature jewelry, prints, pottery, fiber art—and baked goods!


On December 7, 2013, several Torpedo Factory artists will be showing off their work at JRA Day, a wonderful craft exhibition and sale at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase in Maryland.

Estelle Vernon, “Oxidizes Yellowstone
Wood Texture Shield 2 Pin Pendant”

The event is sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance, “an independent national nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists.” Participants will include ceramic artist Lori Katz, jewelry-maker Estelle Vernon, and ceramicist Tracie Griffith Tso.

Textile artist Janet Barnard will offer a selection of hand-woven scarves, hand-painted silk scarves, napkins, and cuffs, while Floris Flam will exhibit and sell art quilts. (To sample the work of all of the artists who will be at this event, check out the JRA Day website!)


Karin Abromatis,
teapot with bamboo handle

Ceramic and mixed-media artist Karin Abromatis is participating in the Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, December 14, at the Takoma Park Community Center. Featuring the work of more than 30 local artists, the sale will include paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, accessories, textiles, and much more.


Floris Flam, “Skyline”

Take a drive through familiar places—and see them anew!

On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout December, members of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, including Joanne Bast, Floris Flam, Carol Bodin, and Masha Kosmos, will show their work at the Countryside Artisans’ 2013 Holiday Studio Tour, which includes art, wine, and even fine furniture! Our artists will be at Tiewyan Artisans, an artists’ collective overseen by fiber artist Ben Thoms located at 21700 Big Woods Road in Dickerson, Maryland, in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve. (Additional events take place at various studios throughout Maryland; check the website for dates, and download a brochure and map here!)


Charlene Cross, “Waves”

Tour scenic Carroll County, visiting art spaces along the way! Beadwork artist Joanne Bast will be participating in the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour on December 7 and 8, 2013. The route is drivable, and Bast will be at a studio in Westminster. See a list of all artists and studios and a map of all locations on the tour. 


throughout the season, Felicia Belair-Rigdon will show ornaments and theme-box assemblages at the Rehoboth Art League (which has its Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7) and at Nectar in Lewes, Delaware.


From Thanksgiving week until the end of December, Charlene Cross will show and sell her gorgeous enamel and metal work in the annual holiday group show at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Joyce Inderbitzin, “Making Waves Spirit Jar”


From December 6 through December 21, 2013, ceramicist Joyce Inderbitzin will show her fanciful work at the “Sauce the Goose” holiday sale, an event hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton to showcase local and regional artists, artisans, and crafters.

She’ll also be at the wonderful Holiday Boutique at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion from December 6 through December 8, 2013.


Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery member Eileen Doughty is known for her landscape art quilts and her three-dimensional thread sculptures—like the incredible “Tent Rocks Hoodoo,” a tribute to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument shown to the left.

From December 3 through December 24, 2013, she’ll take part in the fourth annual “Handmade Holidays,” a flurry of sales, demonstrations, and weekend entertainment at Some Things Looming, a community for fiber artists in Reading, Pennsylvania. (See their Facebook page for dates and times!)


Ceramic artist Diana Chamberlain has a busy month ahead of her: She’ll be participating in the Brookfield Craft Center Holiday Sale, the weekend Holiday Artisan Marketplace at the Flanders Nature Center, and the Washington Art Association’s Holiday Gift Show in Washington, Connecticut.

(Throughout the holidays, you’ll also spot her work at Domus Unaffected Living at 413 West 44th Street in New York City.)


From December 6-8, jewelry maker Susan Sanders will be at Craft Boston at the Hynes Convention Center.

This annual celebration, which consists of 200 exhibitors, is “a highly regarded, must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts,” and offers the perfect opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts.


Painter and mixed-media artist Roberta Glick will show and sell her work at the annual holiday market at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe.

The market, which runs from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of the year, provides a fine opportunity for locals and tourists alike to explore a museum dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the culture and traditions of northern New Mexico—and to discover art and crafts they won’t find anywhere else. 

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