Arts Desk

IceBox Gift Shop: A Crafty, Local Alternative to Etsy

Washington Project for the Arts' third annual IceBox Gift Shop, running through Dec. 23 at the organization's Dupont Circle office, is here to make your holiday gift-giving a little easier and a lot more creative.

SnoBunnies by Laurel Lukaszewski

The gift shop is part of WPA's Coup d'Espace series, which provides artists an opportunity to show their work in the WPA office. Program Director Blair Murphy says that they decided to do the gift shop because it was a good outlet for artists who also do craftwork. The setup is less like an exhibition and more like a pop-up shop: Since the space is small, artwork, jewelry, and crafts are displayed on tables and shelves. "It's a nice, fun, December thing to do," says Murphy.

Among the more interesting items for sale is a set of Nativity soaps made by Robin Moore. If you're looking for an edgier gift, Moore is also selling handmade clay vulvae that come with a short essay about the sexuality of Georgia O'Keefe's work. D.C. artist and former WPA program director Kristina Bilonick will be selling screenprinted ties—a suitable gift for artsy men. And Laurel Lukaszewski's porcelain SnoBunnies (shown) seem to serve no purpose, other than to be cute.

The opening reception took place Friday, but there will be two special shopping days 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 18 and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 19.

Washington Project for the Arts' IceBox Gift Shop runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at Washington Project for the Arts, 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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