Holiday Show Schedule

We may be biased, but we have to say, this year we have a really incredible holiday show schedule. Can you believe this is our 5th year participating in Richmond holiday shows? Neither can we! We look forward to these shows all year as a great way to connect with folks in real life as well as stock up on personal, handmade gifts. This year we have a nice round-up of our classic favorites, as well as some exciting additions to the places you can shop for our work in person, including our first-ever Holiday Studio Sale.

First up, we have two ongoing gallery shows opening the first weekend in December.

>> Gallery Flux 6th Annual Miniature Show

Johannah has several mosaic pieces accepted into this annual show featuring a variety of art from paintings to mixed media to sculpture. This show offers clients a chance to invest in Fine Art at affordable prices from compelling local and regional artists. All artwork featured in this show will be priced $400 or less and 8" x 8" or smaller.

WHEN: Opening reception Friday Nov. 30, 5:30 to 8 pm // Stop by the gallery in person or online through December 30.
WHERE: Gallery Flux, 307B England St., Ashland, VA 23005

>>Art 180's Atlas Holiday Market

We're excited to return to the Atlas Holiday Market. Art and handmade crafts made by local artists will be on display and for sale just in time for the holidays, along with products developed by ART 180. All art will be sold for under $500 and will go as low as $5!!! Sale proceeds will be split between the artists and ART 180.

WHEN: Opening reception Friday Dec. 1, 6-9 pm // Show is open weekdays 10 am - 5 pm Dec. 4 through 14.
WHERE: Art 180 at Atlas, 114 W Marshall St., RVA 23220

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Throughout the month you can find us at several weekend craft shows, and we'll wind it all up with our first-ever Holiday Studio Sale where you can pick up those last-minute gifts straight from our Scott's Addition studios.

>>Richmond Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday
WHEN: Saturday Dec. 2 (10-6) and Sunday Dec. 3 (11-6)
WHERE: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Ln., RVA  23220

>>Carytown Artisan Market
WHEN: Sunday Dec. 10 (10-5)
WHERE: 3201 W. Cary St., RVA 23221

>>Holiday Studio Sale

Join Phoenix Handcraft and Sweet Cheeks for last-minute holiday shopping in our Scott's Addition studios! We'll have all our customer favorites to pamper yourself or a friend. Our doors are open all day! Stop by and pick up a handmade gift while you run those last-minute holiday errands.

WHEN: Saturday Dec. 23 (10-5)
WHERE: 1607 Altamont Ave, RVA 23230

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Hope you can join us at one or more of these events. We'd love to see you!

Nature Therapy: new mosaic series

Nature Therapy is the second mosaic series Johannah completed over the summer. If you haven't read about the first set, Domestica, you can catch up here. Next month you can find both series at Gallery Flux in Ashland, VA for their 6th Annual Miniature Show, opening November 30.

Nature Therapy started with what is, for me, the ever-present siren call of art subjects, nature. Whether it's to remind myself of the everyday beauty that surrounds us, or to connect with others so they might more strongly feel the call to protect our environment, nature is a subject that is at the heart of who I am and what I do.

Like Domestica, this series was an unplanned, spontaneous journey. "Leaves" was the first piece to arise, driven by a need to create something green and lush, and inspired by my talented friend Emily Herr's Thrive series, especially some of the leaf shapes in this piece and the colors in this one.

"Trees" and "Mountain" came next, designed with the simple, graphic shapes and similar color scheme of the first piece. As with all unplanned journeys, this one took me to unexpected places. When I got to the end of this series, I realized that the point-of-view moved further out with each consecutive piece, from leaf to tree to forest.

As I worked on this series, I thought about the idea that time spent in nature heals and nurtures us, even nature viewed through a window. And like Domestica, the political climate had me thinking of the inequities of this idea, the fact that access to nature has become a privilege for some rather than a right of all, that the lives of some populations are unduly burdened by their lack of access to clean nature. So a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this series will go to Green for All, whose mission is to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

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Domestica: new mosaic series

Johannah completed two mosaic series over the summer, one about domestic objects and one about the natural world around us. Next month you can find them at Gallery Flux in Ashland, VA for their 6th Annual Miniature Show, opening November 30.

Read the story behind Domestica below, and stay tuned for the second series, Nature Therapy.

It all started with a teapot.

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Looking back over some older work, I came across the teapot and thought, "Hmmm. That was fun. Where could this go?" (The most satisfying series are always unplanned journeys.) Remembering a photography project I did a few years ago, I thought a return to the topic of mundane domestic objects might be interesting.

At the time of the earlier project, I was forced by the circumstances of being the primary care-giving parent to two very young children to mostly shoot items around the house. But as the project went on, I found it piqued my feminist interest in domestic objects. Many of these items are kitchenware, associated with the traditional work of women. True, they are mundane, everyday objects. But might it be their very everyday-ness that gives them their power? We need these items, we keep them close to us because of their necessity or utility in our lives. Many of them we come to love, because they were passed down from a great grandmother or because they bake the perfect batch of ginger snap cookies.

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So I devoted this series to portraits of individual pieces of kitchenware. Set alone in silhouette, we can admire the shape of the objects, consider their use, appreciate their utility in our lives and yes, even their beauty.

And while I worked, I thought further of other domestic items or happenings we might take for granted. Eventually I couldn't help but associate "taking for granted" and "domestic" with the idea of domestic abuse. I suppose it doesn't hurt that with the political temperature of the nation this year, I'm more aware than ever of the changes I want to see, and striving always to do more toward that end. The result in this case is that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the pieces in this series will go to a group like the Virginia Anti-Violence Project for survivors of domestic abuse, especially those in the LGTBQ+ community