Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

The Wonderful World of Pat Palermino Contemporary Folk Art

Friday, January 18, 2013



No matter the season, the decor, the color scheme, or the favorite hobby, there's a Pat Palermino creation that's perfect for you! From historical prints of George Washington's home, to holiday prints of Rockefeller Center, to beach prints and mermaids playing cards in Nantucket, Pat Palermino contemporary folk art is enjoyed by one and all.
We have original paintings, prints, note cards, ornaments, puzzles, children's books and more! See it all at

Handcrafted Alexandria

December Featured Artist: L. Gendron

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gossypia is happy to present L. Gendron as December's featured artist.

Hailing from Cajun Country, Gendron is a self-taught folk artist who takes her inspiration from the land, people and animals of South Louisiana. She handcrafts and paints wooden figurines representing the diversity of this unique and colorful part of the country. Her work has been featured in the collections of many prominent Louisianians, including past Governors.

In time for the holidays, Gossypia is carrying one of her special creches which includes figures of Cajun people, Native Americans, jazz musicians and animals. Stop by the store to see what a Cajun Christmas looks like and view a handmade collection of nativities from other interesting places around the world.

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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

Holiday Gifts Under $30 – American Folk Art Ornaments by Patricia Palermino

Friday, November 30, 2012


Where can you find a hand-painted Christmas ornament by one of America’s premier folk artists for less than $30? Right here at Patricia Palermino Studio! These ornaments are not only beautiful to display but are of heirloom quality that will be enjoyed for generations. Whether it’s the classic Christmas in New York scene of skaters and the tree at Rockefeller Center, or the majestic beauty of Christmas days gone by in Colonial Williamsburg or the Presidential splendor of Christmas at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, there’s a perfect ornament for everyone on your holiday shopping list and each is less than $30! This is a savings that cannot be beat!

Imagine Artwear

Imagine Artwear

Meet Jewelry Designer Anne Whittle

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Designs Inspired by Virginia's Northern Neck

Imagine Artwear is proud to present jewelry designer Anne Whittle as this month’s Handcrafted Alexandria featured artist.

Anne WhittleA former photo editor, Anne started designing jewelry seven years ago and in 2007, opened her business, Candy Point Collection, which was named for a picturesque area on Virginia’s Northern Neck. With its natural beauty and spectacular views, Candy Point not only inspired the name of the business, but also the jewelry itself. Taking in the extraordinary sunrises and sunsets, and the play of light on the water daily sparks the creative use of colors, materials and designs in Anne’s work.

Anne Whittle design

From iridescent blue pearls to glittering gold to multi-tonal quartz, Anne enjoys the challenge of organizing precious metals, glass and stones to craft her beautiful necklaces, earrings and accents. While you may feel that you are walking the Red Carpet at the Oscars with some of her eye-catching pieces, they are all always comfortable to wear, never fussy. She usually finishes her necklaces with simple hook clasps easy for any hands to attach while also allowing for length flexibility. Come meet Anne and see her work at Imagine Artwear on Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

Meet Local Artist Pat Palermino

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Pat PalerminoPat Palermino has lived in Alexandria for over 30 years and has painted and exhibited her works since 1990. Alexandria is a favorite subject of her paintings with its charming streets, 18th century houses and unique shops. “It is the sense of America that makes me so happy when walking in Alexandria. History and beauty are everywhere.”  A self-taught artist, Pat uses vibrant colors and often-playful characters in scenes that combine whimsy, humor and pride in the American landscape. Pat is a member of Handcrafted Alexandria.

King Street BluesOn Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th, Pat will be exhibiting her work at the 10th anniversary of the Alexandria King Street Art Festival. Pat has donated a framed limited edition lithograph of "King Street Blues" as part of the Festival Arts Giveway. To enter the giveaway, click here.

Ghost Tour

You can also meet Pat and view her paintings every Saturday at Alexandria's Farmers Market from March through October.


Torpedo Factory Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Meet Sculptor Matthew Harwood

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Moving Water by Matthew HarwoodBased at the Torpedo Factory, Matthew Harwood is inspired by the production and presentation skills he learned as an architect. His use of pre-AutoCAD design and hand skills is combined in surprising new ways, resulting in innovative multi-dimensional paintings and drawings.

His most recent work, “Moving Water,” is a public art project on view at Oronoco Bay Park from July to December, 2012.  Harwood proposed this work to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts as a way to celebrate the Potomac River. 
This kinetic sculpture consists of more than forty 10-foot high, ½-inch diameter fiberglass rods braced within the structure of a cedar bench.  The fiberglass rods are brightly painted, so when viewed together resemble waves from the Potomac and when blown by the wind will give the impression of the river in motion.  As Harwood describes it, “the sculpture can be seen as a quirky little art piece, appreciated for its artistic and architectural design, or experienced as a shady oasis where people sit and ponder the Potomac River, and are inspired by the movement of water.”

The Art League

The Art League

Meet Marian Van Landingham, Nancy Reinke and Pat Barron

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Renown Art League Artists Provide Legacy for Future Artists

Through the sale of their work and their many artistic and non-artistic contributions to the Art League, these three artists provide a rich legacy for future generations of Art League artists. The following is re-published from The Art League's website, with its permission.

Marian Van Landingham
In 1974, Art League president Van Landingham proposed a project that would renovate the City-owned, former U.S. Naval Torpedo Station into working studio spaces for artists. With the lease on its Cameron Street space expiring, The Art League was looking for a new location. After the renovation of the new art center, the League rented one-fifth of the space for its gallery and school. The success of the Torpedo Factory helped to launch Van Landingham’s political career as representative to the Virginia House of Delegates. After a 25-year career in the Virginia House of Delegates, Van Landingham returned to her studio in the Torpedo Factory where she continues to work on her large-scale oils and enamels. The Art League was the recipient of her large body of silkscreen prints from early in her career. Van Landingham is still active in The Art League and Torpedo Factory community.

Nancy Reinke
Nancy Reinke, Art League member and Torpedo Factory artist from the very beginning, displayed her prints and paintings in studio 5 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, known for its homey and eclectic decor. The subject matter of her artwork included thoughtful portraits and unique etchings and woodblocks. She was famous for her complex woodblock prints of oriental carpets that required multiple intricately carved blocks of wood. Her great sense of humor was evident in many of her works. Reinke exhibited extensively in many public buildings, including the Library of Congress and the State of Virginia Legislative Building. Her work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections including the Hilton Corporation and the Marriott Corporation. Commissions include the American Institute of Architects and the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Art League was the recipient of her work after she passed away in 2009.

Pat Barron
Pat Barron, beloved Art League instructor, long-term Torpedo Factory artist, and Membership Chair of The Colored Pencil Society of America Inc is well-known for her colorful, engaging, and thought-provoking artwork. Barron received her training at the University of Missouri, Hochschule fur Bildenende Kunste, Corcoran School of Art and American University. She is currently retired and living with her family in California. The Art League was the recipient of much of her work.

Mindful Hands

Mindful Hands

Handcrafted Bopa Dolls: Fair Trade Project in India

Friday, July 06, 2012


The Bopa Dolls Workshop is an innovative women’s handicraft cooperative staffed primarily by Tibetan women in exile from their homeland. It’s located in Dharamsala, India - home to H.H. the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet. 

The Workshop enables these women to develop new skills and opportunities for employment, and increase their confidence.  The doll-crafters are all paid a living wage and work reasonable hours in a healthy and safe work environment, thus allowing them to support their families and ensure their children can attend school.

Bopa Doll

Bopa dolls are individually handcrafted, with natural materials (cotton, silk and brocade clothing), and filled and shaped with pure Himalayan sheep wool.  They are clothed in authentic Tibetan dress and decorated with traditional hairstyles as a way of raising awareness of the plight of the Tibetan people and culture.  Each doll is individually dressed and named by the woman who made it. It takes three days to complete each unique creation.
The Workshop started with three doll-making women and two tailors stitching the clothes from home.  In the last year, they have grown to seven full-time and two part-time doll-making women, one full time tailor in the workshop, and four tailors working from their homes!

Bopa dolls are available locally for purchase at Mindful Hands, 211 King St, Alexandria, VA.  A portion of all proceeds are contributed to the International Campaign for Tibet and other Tibetan aid charitable organizations.

Mindful Hands

Mindful Hands

Your Declaration of Independence

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


(the following is a re-post from Gary Goodwin's blog, The Stuck Creative.  Come to Gary's creativity coaching class at Mindful Hands on Saturday, July 21, at 1:30).


Sure, we have New Year’s resolutions but what about mid-year declarations? Try making these and others of your own devising, your declaration of independence:

I declare that I will begin again, this coming week, in small ways to more fully develop my commitment to myself to bring my creativity into the world. I will start small because I enjoy discovering how my creative work can expand, piece-by-piece, in my life.

I declare that I have something to offer to the world, may that be an idea, a product, a reason to go on, help to my fellow creatives, a smile of support, or acting as a role model.

I declare that I have the unalienable right to explore, to experiment, to grow, to be puzzled, and to chase after what I consider important.

I declare that I can bounce back from no’s and from distractions, dips, and dives.

I declare that I can seek others as role models but I do not confuse their lives as my own, nor will I unduly admonish, berate, or in other manner, criticize myself for not being like those other creatives. I have my own path, my own life, my own obstacles, my own strengths,  my own potentials to deal with. Role models provide information, they are not meant to provide me the ground for self-recriminations.

I declare that I have the right to take some time to be creative. While I may face actual or imagined criticism about taking time to be creative, I know that this can be done without harm to others. In fact, as I become more creative, great benefits accrue to those around me as I at last gather my life’s meaning and potential around me, sparking great happiness for me that I pass onto others in countless ways.

I declare that I am free to have many, many what others will call “false starts.”  These are not false starts but are inquiries and experiments that feed my learning about myself and the world of creativity. I can’t grow without them.

I declare that I can follow my own voice.

I declare that I believe in myself.

I declare my independence from guilt associated with not meeting previous deadlines, missing opportunities, or not following through. When the time is right, I can look back at these experiences and learn from them. As of today, I release the burden of carrying this guilt. I face the now and the future.

I declare that I can spend money on the tools of my trade without undue guilt.

I declare a greater allegiance to my inner calling to be creative. While I will maintain my standing obligations, I will let my inner calling flourish.

I declare that, without hesitation, I will step forward to be in the community of my fellow creatives, sharing what I can and learning where I can. Regardless of where I am in my creative endeavors, I have a right to be part of this community.

It is self-evident that I have been called to be a creative and I declare to follow that calling, to the best of my abilities, to whatever, to where ever it calls me.

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages

Meet Peruvian Artisans Allpa Crafts: Handcrafting Fair Trade Jewelry

Monday, May 21, 2012


Meet the artists of Allpa Crafts, an artisan cooperative located in Peru and specializing in hand-crafted fine Peruvian silver jewelry.  The cooperative is named for a Quechua Indian word that means “earth,” and was created to improve the living standards of handcraft artisans in poor rural areas.

As a  member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Allpa works with families located in Cuzco, Ayacucho, Chulucanas, Cajamarca and Huancavelica as well as Shipibo people living in the Amazon rainforest area of Pucalepa. Allpa includes approximately 2,000 families from 100 artisan groups and family workshops Handcrafted jewelry by Allpa Craftsthroughout Peru. For most of these people, craft production is their sole source of income. Allpa designs are classic and elegant, and often incorporate brilliantly colored gems such as serpentine, turquoise, and spondylus shell.

Stop by Ten Thousand Villages to check out the beautiful artistry of Allpa Crafts.  In fact, this Mother’s Day weekend (May 11 through 13) buy one piece of jewelry, get the second of equal or lesser value for half off.


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