Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Biketstic - Saturday, July 31st!

Our buddies at The Soundry are always coming up with new and fun ways to celebrate art. Like this way--Biketastic!

Biketastic is an art show for all mediums inspired by bicycles! This show will feature art that represents the many nuances of bike culture; from bikes for commuting, racing and pleasure rides to those who ride them for economic and environmental reasons.

Biketastic is unjuried. The submission fee is $20 and the artists may submit up to 5 pieces. Submissions are due by July 21st.

Opening celebration and benefit will be Saturday, July 31st from 7pm - 11pm. There will be a silent auction, vendors, raffle, bike fashion show and drinks.

For more info, visit The Soundry!

Friday, June 25, 2010

July 10th Arts & Crafts Market

I'm so psyched for the July 10th Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. I want you to be, too, so here's a little sampling of the artists we have lined up for July's upcoming market. Bring your credit cards, folks, and plan to do some serious summertime shopping.



Herban Lifestyles

FSall Selection

Moonlight Bindery

See you at the Market!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mystery Diagnosis Tonight!

If you guys get a chance, check out Mystery Diagnosis on the Discovery Health Channel tonight (Wednesday) at 9:00pm.

You may recognize certain Market Manager making her national TV debut. :)

St. Coletta of Greater Washington

In July, the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market will have a special guest joining us for the day: St. Coletta of Greater Washington! The mission of St. Coletta is to serve childrenand adults with cognitive disabilities and to support their families.
St. Coletta Shops offer a variety of crafts by artisans with intellectual disabilities. Won't you stop by and help us support this wonderful organization?

Find St. Coletta in Booth #25 at the July 10th Ballston Arts & Crafts Market!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Welcome Back Bette's Bags

After a loooooong wait, the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market is happy to announce the return of Market regular, Bette's Bags!

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind handbag, purse, tote, yoga bag, diaper bag (or any other kind of bag!) look no further than Bette's Bags! Each of their bags are made individually from start to finish. They make one bag at a time so you can be assured that they put quality and care into every stitch.

Welcome back Betty, Maggie & family. The Market is not the same without you!

Find Bette's Bags in their regular spot, Booth #30 at the July 10th Ballston Arts & Crafts Market.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thanks to The Arlington Weekly News

I just wanted to thank Rich Massabny for giving our Arts & Crafts Market (and Farmers Market!) a great shout out on his TV show, Arlington Weekly News.

Check it out on YouTube!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Q&A with Tuesday Tauchen

1). Your paintings are so colorful and happy. What inspires you when painting?

Thank you! For me, painting is a time when I can relax and let my thoughts and energy flow freely. Music is sooo important too … sometimes I find myself thoughtlessly dancing my brush around on the canvas to the sounds of some of my new favorite tunes.

I have always loved bright, bold colors and whimsical free-flowing designs, so these seem to sneak their way infectiously into my paintings until they dominate the entire idea!

Life can be demanding, and for me, art provides a sense of relief from that. I find inspiration in knowing that seeing my art might lift someone else’s spirits in the same way that painting it lifted mine.

2). I see from your website, you’re from Mississippi. How does the DC art scene compare to the scene down South?

The art scene is definitely different! You know, it seems with any larger city more opportunities, not only to display art, but to see a wide variety of art exist. The art museums in DC are AMAZING. I remember when I first moved here I just sat in the portrait gallery for about 30 minutes staring in awe at Peter Hurd’s Evening in the Sierra Buttes. Talk about breathtaking! So yeah, we don’t really have as many works like that in Jackson.

But in the South, we artists pride ourselves in having museums that honor the likes of George E. Ohr and Walter Inglis Anderson! In my opinion, we might not have the same amount of exposure to diverse art forms, but for the native area artists that we do have, a much deeper rooted and more personal appreciation seems to exist.

3). What three words describe your art?

Light. Free. Vivid.

4). What other interests do you have (besides painting!)?

Well, I moved to the VA/DC area to pursue my doctorate in clinical psychology. I have one more year of coursework for that! I also love to run (leisurely jogs to full-on marathons) and I’ve also taken up white water kayaking.

5). Where can we find your craft outside the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market?

I do have a two-piece showing at Mitre Corporation in Tyson’s Corner throughout the summer ... and at my house! Maybe when my ship comes in I'll have a spot at the Torpedo factory. ;)

Bonus question: Quick! What’s in your pockets right now?

Haha! A zip drive, a bottle cap and the inevitable FUZZ!!!

Find Tuesday Tauchen and her wonderful acrylic masterpieces at the Ballston A&C Market July 10, September 11 & October 9.

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 12th Arts & Crafts Market!

The World Cup may have kept a lot of folks inside, but we kept the Square happening with tons of wonderful artwork from the area's most talented artisans. Thank you to all of the wonderful artists and visitors who made the June 12th Ballston Arts & Crafts Market so much fun! It was a hot day, but it was still beautiful and breezy in Welburn Square. Check out some photos of the show below.

Holland Cox wowwed us with her faboo fabric designs just in time for summer.

Grumpy Haters' version of The Who.

The picture doesn't do Purple Skirt Press' style of bookbinding any justice. The stitching is gorgeous!

Space Moderne's wine cozies.

Nikdapooh's booth display is stunning, as is her artwork.

Clean Slates pottery belongs in a gallery all her own!

Tuesday Tauchen colorful acrylic painting brightened up an already sunny day.

Sweet and Light makes the most adorable pins!

Phil Barbato's Whiskerbear madness!

Moonlight Bindery's famous LEGO notebooks!

Pocketful of Posy delighted everyone with sweet and bright bags of all shapes and sizes
Marissa Molinaro's handcrafted glassware was a huge hit!

The Craft Mafia Table. Hey, those piggies look familiar. ;)

Penelope Designs has a little bit of of everything, but her antique button designs were my favorite.

Well, hello there Liz from Fast Snail. Love your greeting cards!

Contemporary Fabric Designs' pretty fabric bowls

See you July 10th!

Friday, June 11, 2010

The June Market is TOMORROW!

Holy Craft--The June Market is tomorrow! Awesome. Swing by Welburn Square from 10:00am - 4:00pm to meet brand-new artists, like Moonlight Bindery, Glynt Pottery, Holland Cox, Yinibini, Space Moderne and popidiot.

And say, "hi," to your favorite returners, Melissa Lew, Steven L. Miller Words & Images, Phil Barbato, BoxBoy Demented Decoupage and many more.

The talent's off the charts. And that's just a taste who's joining us in Ballston tomorrow. It's gonna be a gorgeous day, so stroll through the Square. We'll have tons of crafts, demos, and froyo (Sweetflow Mobile!). A good time is practically guaranteed.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 12th Vendor Map!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to post the Vendor Map for June 12th for all to see. If you have any questions about where your favorite artist will be setting up, just email me, Jess, at

Or, simply just take a relaxing stroll through Welburn Square this Saturday. That way, you'll be sure to find the artist your looking for plus new favorites.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Well, this is just cool. Drawing most of her inspiration from her collection of old Sears catalogs and toy catalogs, artist Lisa Dietrich, from FatDog Jewelry, hand illustrates and designs all of her unique pendants and earrings.

Reminiscent of the images from the early 1900s, get your own FatDog work of art at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market, THIS Saturday, June 12th. FatDog will be in Booth #16 with fellow Baltimore artist, Purple Skirt Press.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Crochet in the Summer!

Now that is June (!) and the warm weather has descended upon the District, tees & shorts are in full effect! It made me think about where the area's most talented crocheters fit in during the hotter summer months. Well, if you ask me, they fit in perfectly.

Modern crochet isn't all about scarves, socks and gloves--although there's nothing wrong with that at all! In fact, I have the cutest crocheted hat & scarf set. Anyway, modern crocheters know that the 85-degree+ days mean it's time to break out the hand-crocheted accessories.

Just ask crochet artist, Ninnycat. Not only does she crochet beautiful lightweight hats, she also creates crocheted earrings, umbrella cozies, tissue holders, and yoga bags. So, as you see, the heat will never knock a good crocheter out of a Market. They come prepared.

We have two wonderful crochet artists at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market on June 12th. Check out Ninnycat Crochet in her usual spot, Booth #1 and YarnChef Creations in Booth #16.