Friday, October 26, 2007

Where are they now? - November edition

Now that the market season has ended, I've decided to post a monthly listing of places you can find our vendors during our off-season.

Below is a list of shows and markets that some of our regular vendors are participating in during the month of Nov. After thanksgiving I'll post the December list.. happy shopping!!

You can find Boxboy at Eastern Market on Sundays and at these shows in Nov:

Nov. 3: Dominion Hills Community Center Fall Craft Show; 6000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Nov. 17: Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Holiday Market; 1909 Windmill Lane (off Ft. Hunt Road), Alexandria, VA; 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Nov. 17: Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Holiday Market; 1909 Windmill Lane (off Ft. Hunt Road), Alexandria, VA; 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Nov. 29: Patton Boggs Holiday Bazaar; Patton Boggs LLP, 2550 M Street NW, Washington DC; 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Two of our vendors, Cherie Lester and Chantal Lebreton of Birdtree Philosphy will be at Eastern Market on Saturdays in November.

DC Craft Mafia is hosting:
The UNusual Suspects Arts & Crafts Festival
The Anastasi Room
5020 Battery LaneBethesda, MD 20814
Saturday, November 3, 2007 12pm to 8pm
for info visit:

Melania Ferrara of Jewelry Link will be at these shows:
The Design Center- November 8
Fairfax Holiday Show at Fairfax High School- Nov. 17 & 18
McLean Holiday Show at the McLean Community Center- Nov. 30, Dec. 1&2

Glass On The Square will be at
Northern Virginia Christmas Market at the Dulles Expo center
November 9, 10 and 11

For info visit:

Jill Johnson of Jillory will be at these shows:

Nov. 3 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. Annandale United Methodist Church Christmas Craft Fair, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Va. 22003

Nov. 10 10 4 P.M. Holiday Happening Craft Show, Robert Frost Middle School, 4101 Pickett Rd., Faairfax, Va. (formerly held at Woodson High School)

Nov.17 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. A Holiday Extravaganza Craft Show, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria, Va.

Photographer Christopher Rok has an exhibition of his photography up at The Shenandoah Valley Art Center (SVAC), 126 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA. The show, titled Mandika's Marks on Earth is up until December 5th.

His work can also be found on a regular basis at WalkerHome, 409 William Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, (540) 899-3683


Along with some of our other vendors, Erika of Hadmatter Art will also be at Eastern Market most Saturdays and Sundays.

She'll also be at: Bazaart, November 24, 2007, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore MD.
So if you need your fix of your favorite Ballston Arts+Crafts Market vendors, come find them at these upcoming shows!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

pictures from our October market:

Thanks to all of our awesome vendors, and those who visited our market during our 'Discover Arts: Ballston' day of festivities! It was a crisp fall day full of music, food, arts and craftiness.. here are some photos for your viewing pleasure!

a shopper picks out fun pins at Just Plain Jane's booth

Beth of Magpie DC and Tina of I Like Seamonsters offer up awesome tees, plush creatures, cute totes and more in their booth.

children dancing to the musical stylings by Dan 'the Man' Cunningham

shoppers peruse the racks at painter, Mark Cottman's booth

vendors all around the circle...
stained glass panels by Glass on the Square

the day wrapped up with a lovely concert by bluegrass band, Dead Men's Hollow

Thanks to everyone who made this year's market season a success!.. and for those of you who haven't made it out yet, get ready for May 10th, 2008- opening day for our '08 season!

ps-I'll be updating the blog throughout the winter with stories, tidbits, opportunities and more

Vendors: stay tuned to the blog after the new year for info on applying for the '08 markets

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Last Hurrah- Final Market of the Season 10/13!

Saturday, October 13th will be the final market of the 2007 season...So we decided to do it up right!! This next market will be our most fun-filled yet!

We've joined forces with nearby hot-spots, the Ellipse Arts Center and Grand Cru Wine Store and Vineria to Create an all day arts extravaganza called Discover Arts: Ballston

It's a jam-packed celebration of visual arts, arts and crafts, wine and culinary arts, all centrally located around the arts+ crafts market which will be going on from 10am-4pm. Here's the rundown:

10am-4pm: Ballston Arts + Crafts Market in Welburn Square with over 30 local artists and indie designers (see vendor list to the right), live music and swag bags for the first 100 visitors! Local musician Dan 'the man' Cunningham performs between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

12-2pm: Just Steps away, Ellipse Arts Center hosts an Artist Talk and Reception: featuring YOU ARE HERE artists Dawn Gavin, Julie Jankowski, Renee Van Der Stelt and Karey Kessler. Reception to follow with refreshments including veggies from the Ballston Farmer’s Market and sweets kindly donated by Willow Restaurant. Gallery opens at 11am and it is the last day to see You Are Here: Maps Re-Defined by Mid Atlantic Contemporary Artists. (4350 N. Fairfax Drive )

1-3pm: Across the courtyard, Grand Cru Wine Store and Vineria holds an in-store wine tasting event. Sample their finest wines and discuss wine with the experts! The café opens at 11am and features small plates to accompany their extensive menu of wines by the glass. Shop their collection in their attached wine store. (4401 Wilson Boulevard, across the courtyard from the Ellipse Arts Center)

2-4pm: Local Bluegrass band, Dead Men’s Hollow, performs a free concert at the Arts + Crafts Market at Welburn Square. Sit on the grass and enjoy the music from a band the Washington Post calls One of our area's most talented traditional acts".

We'll be pasting colorful footprints to connect all three connect the dots and find your way around to all of the fun and festivities.
If you haven't been out to the market yet this year, you won't want to miss our grand finale!!
see you there!

Another Opportunity for Crafters:

Taste of the Pike is an international food festival and street fair in Columbia Pike taking place on Sunday Oct. 21st from noon-7pm.

There will be food vendors, beer+wine, music and dance performances, arts+crafts, community health fair and activities for kids.

The call for arts+crafts vendors is still open and 10'x10' spaces are available for $75 ($100 if reserved after 10/15). Vendors should bring their own tent, tables, display, etc.

This is the first annual Taste of the Pike, and my friends over at the Columba Pike Revitalization Organization are doing an awesome job of organizing and promoting the event.

If you're looking for one last fall festival sign up for a booth! For a vendor application contact Pamela Holcomb at or 703-892-2776

visit their site here for more info on the event: