What to See in Arlington December 1 - 15

art news update

December 1 - 15, 2018

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GRUMP Rosslyn 2018

GRUMP is excited to be coming to SPACES (the former Artisphere) on December 1, 2018.  GRUMP Rosslyn 2018 will feature 45 unique vendors, free arts workshops, and many opportunities to meet a Yeti! GRUMP is a fantastic way to shop handmade and local this holiday season, meet your creative neighbors, all while hanging out in the beautiful SPACES buildingMore

Saturday, December 1 @ 12 - 6PM | SPACES, 1101 Wilson Blvd.





First Fridays Groovin' on the Pike ft Funky Miracle!

New Orleans-style funk and blues are what's up when Funky Miracle is in the house! Formed in 1996 after drummer Steve Francis played bassist Dr Bob a recording of The Meters funk classic ‘Tippy Toes’. Taking the lead from this early funk, they play it loose and dirty. Featuring a diverse line up of musical groups from near and far, guests can dance in the stacks and enjoy a brew at the cash bar every first Friday of the month! More

Friday, Dec. 7 @ 7pm - 9pm | Columbia Pike Branch Library, Columbia Pike


Lee Highway Winter Festival of Lights 

The fun-filled Winter Festival of Lights is coming to Lee Highway on Saturday, December 1! See the Lee Corridor transformed into a winter wonderland of 10,000 lights. This free event will feature activities including performners, food, photos with Santa, and a Holiday Market. Lee Arts Center will have greeting card printing, button-making and ceramic demos. The ceramic demos are part of our Empty Bowl Throw-A-Thon supporting AFAC’s Empty Bowl event in February 2019. More

Saturday, Dec. 1 @ 11:30am - 2:30pm | Lee Arts Center & Other Locations, Lee Hwy.



During the Lee Highway Winter Festival of Lights, Arlington Public Art in partnership with Historical Preservation are bringing book artist and papermaker Amos Kennedy to honor and commemorate the civil rights movement in Arlington. Amos Kennedy will be conducting a letterpress demo remembering the words of John M. Langston. The demo will take place at the Langston-Brown Community Center located at 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington, VA, 22207.


Winter Wonderland at Penrose Square

Penrose Square Winter Wonderland is a free event that welcomes all Arlington County residents to celebrate the holiday season together as a community. Join the fun during the Yeti parade and even decorate your own Yeti crowns and pennants. Santa and Mrs. Claus love to make an appearance each year and hear all about your holiday wish list! More

Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 2 - 5PM | Penrose Square, Columbia Pike



Windows to the Past: Arlington, Then and Now

Arlington Arts Commission FY18 grantee Tom Dickinson's new exhibit is a comparative photo compilation showing dozens of homes and buildings in Arlington that have been demolished over the last 40 years and the structures that replaced them in the exact same location. Dickinson sourced original wood window frames salvaged from the homes demolished to mount the photos.

Artist Reception Dec. 10 @ 7 - 8PM | Westover Branch Library, Westover


SigWorks: The Reapers on Woodbook Avenue

Baltimore, 1976: matriarch Loretta Reaper is forced to consider how far she’ll go to protect her property. Charleston, 2008: Corey, Loretta’s great-grandson, must reclaim the land that was promised to – and stolen from – his ancestors. The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue is presented as part of SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings at Ali’s Bar, an initiative that highlights and supports the work of DMV and regional playwrights. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. More

Monday, Dec. 10 @ 7pm | Signature Theatre, Shirlington


The Arts Meet! at Cody Gallery 

The Arts Meet! is partnering with Marymount University for December’s meetup at the Cody Gallery, on Tuesday, December 4th, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. The Cody Gallery’s current exhibit “The Taking”, a solo exhibition by Negar Ahkami, will be on display. Negar will be joining us for an Artist talk about her work. Marymount University will generously provide light fare. Please RSVP! More

Tuesday, Dec. 4 @ 5:30PM | Cody Gallery, Ballston



Arts Enterprise Institute Artist Questionnaire 

The Arts Enterprise Institute wants to know what workshops and programming you would like to see next year to help artists make a living from their craft. Complete the Artist Questionnaire here! For more information on the Arts Enterprise Institute past workshops please visit our website.


Made In Arlington

Made in Arlington returns just in time for the holiday season! Visit the Plaza Branch Library for this pop-up retail market dedicated to unique things beautiful, wearable and edible from innovators and artisans in Arlington! More

Every Thursday thru Dec. 20 (excluding Thanksgiving) @ 11am - 2pm | Plaza Branch Library, Courthouse


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Winter Wonderland Art Exhibit

Start the winter season at Gallery Underground with a fun, festive “Winter Wonderland,” a seasonally-themed show of new work by Gallery members during December. Also featured are works by multiple award-winning painter George Bowels, known for his beautiful and highly-refined traditional still life paintings in alkyd resin. George has shown his work at numerous regional galleries and was a finalist in the prestigious Artists Magazine annual art competition, twice for portraits and once for still life. More

Opening Reception Friday, Dec. 7 @ 5 - 8PM; exhibit thru Dec. 28 | Gallery Underground, Crystal City



Media Production Workshops All Month at AIM

Four great classes are starting this month at Arlington Independent Media including: Camera Grip, Premiere Pro Editing, Video Production for Smartphones, and Digital Cinema Production! Sign up for in-depth, practical instruction to take your films to the next level. More

Various Dates | Arlington Independent Media, Clarendon