Address: 8519 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 495-3425
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12-6 Friday 12-8 Saturday 10-8 Sunday 1-4:00
A new location, greater selection and more locally handmade items than ever make the ArtSpring Community Arts Store in Silver Spring, MD, the perfect place for holiday gift shopping. The gallery store is brimming with fine art, jewelry, accessories, pottery and children's items to meet gift giving needs.
Now located in a new space at 8519 Georgia Ave., at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, ArtSpring is stocked with the work of more than 140 artists and craftspeople, 80 percent of whom are local or regional.
On December 5, 2009, in conjunction with the Downtown Silver Spring holiday events, ArtSpring will host an around the world ornament making workshop from 1:00-3:00 pm for children of all ages. Ornaments will be hung on a community tree on Ellsworth Drive Plaza. Live music and seasonal refreshments will be offered from 12-4 pm., featuring music by Icarus -- a lively, spirited, and melodic quintet based in Silver Spring from 2-4 p.m. Icarus will perform their own compositions along with selected pieces by Miles Davis, Sting and Chick Corea. Tori Heller, an up and coming Takoma Park folk musician, will perform from 12-1:30 pm.
During the holiday season ArtSpring will host other events including "Meet the Artists" afternoons November 28 and December 12 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Selected ArtSpring artists will be showcased, giving the public an opportunity to meet with and discover their creative processes and an expanded selection of their work. Craft workshops for children will be held Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. More information will available at ArtSpring's website: artspringsilverspring.com.
ArtSpring's artists range from represented professionals to self-taught craftspeople working out of their homes. They embody great diversity in age, physical abilities, race, ethnicity, countries of origin, gender and mediums of art.
"When you shop at ArtSpring, you are giving three gifts for the price of one," says Chris DerDerian, one of the five founders of the gallery store. "You are giving to a recipient, an artist and to the local arts community."
Sales of work in the gallery store, operated by artists and volunteers who support the arts, support the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, a 501 C 3, also dedicated to promoting art in the community.