Featured Artist: Clothing Designer Selma Karaca Brings Her Artistic Line to Vintage Mirage

Friday, March 15, 2013


Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage is pleased to present Selma Karaca as this month’s Featured Artist. An award-winning Turkish designer currently based in New York City, Ms. Karaca is best known for creating multi level constructed garments that are artistic, elegant and comfortable. Using banded fabrics such as rope, opaque, shimmer, transparent and see through lace that are combined and stitched diagonally and horizontally, her pieces are reminiscent of a topographical view of countryside terrain. This signature style of clothing includes dresses, tunics, skirts and vests. In 2011, jazz artist Esperanza Spalding wore one of Ms. Karaca’s oufits to accept the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.


On Saturday, March 23, from noon to 6 p.m., Selma Karaca will be at Vintage Mirage to meet customers and present her Spring 2013 Trunk Show. Vintage Mirage is the exclusive Northern Virginia representative offering Ms. Karaca’s handmade, one of a kind fashions.


Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage offers the finest in designer consignment and vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry, much of it handcrafted. The full spectrum of designer fashions is available from Today’s Contemporary era designers to the Victorian era (1860) in the Old Town Alexandria store and on the website.

Valentines Day and George Washington’s birthday!

Monday, January 28, 2013


Valentines Day is for lovers and friends of all kinds and I have two images of our doggie friends and human ones. The painting of "Dolly and Friends" is a 5 x 7 acrylic on board and shows a playful cannine hugging a kitty and a mouse. Probably unlikely but it shows us that perhaps we can all get along! Call me for details 703-360-4757. The "person" version of Valentines Day is available as a 5 x 7 matted picture, ready for framing.

To celebrate George Washington's birthday I am discounting by 15% the prints and notecards of "Gadsby's Tavern" and "George Washington's Townhouse". Both images have historical significance and our first president loved Gadsby's Tavern! You can find the images and discounts on my website:

It’s 2013 and do you have your Patricia Palermino Calendar?

Saturday, January 19, 2013



$10 per calendar - buy one for everyone you know because it truly is the gift that keeps giving every month of the year!

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!

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.


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.


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.”

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.

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.

Students and Faculty Shine at The Art League’s Student/Faculty Show

Monday, February 27, 2012


For a brief period of time following the epic Patrons’ Show fundraiser each year, The Art League Gallery walls belong to the students and faculty of The Art League School. The walls and pedestals are filled with pieces created over the past year by current students, with a special section of the gallery reserved for faculty works. Paintings, drawings, printmaking, stained glass, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, fiber, mosaics, sculpture, and more are placed throughout the gallery, giving viewers a glimpse into the creativity that takes place throughout their many classrooms. The exhibit is up through this Sunday, March 4.

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