2020 Artful Gift Guide

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Support Local Creative Businesses

In a year of physical distancing, the City of Alexandria created an Artful Gift Guide to help sustain the local creative economy.

Get to know these 20 local artists and makers from across the tri-state area. Find a juried selection of jewelry, wearables, home goods, prints, and original works of art at every price point.

The guide will be active through January 9, 2021. 

The participating artists responded to a national open call and were selected by a panel of local arts professionals. Artists keep 100% of their sales.

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-AbramsNatalieNatalie Abrams

Alexandria, VA

Find modern jewelry and accessories from noted sculptor Natalie Abrams. Wear your confidence like jewelry.

Shop Abrams Wearable

2020ArtfulGiftGude-AllevatoJenniferJennifer Allevato

Alexandria, VA

With a modern take on traditional subjects, artist Jennifer Allevato creates colorful post-impressionist-inspired landscapes, florals, and still life paintings. Fine art prints and gifts are also available in her shop.

Shop Jennifer Allevato Fine Art

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-BeerBletzingerRuthRuth Beer Bletzinger

Silver Spring, MD

RuthieLine Jewelry Designs is all about stylish, yet unexpected jewelry in sterling silver, stones, copper and other materials. The purpose is to delight, lift the spirit, and make the wearer feel special.

Shop RuthieLine Jewelry Designs

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-CarlsonKayKay Carlson

Annandale, VA

Kristin's unique art uses real pressed flowers. These flowers are individually pressed and carefully shaped into colorful, exquisite designs.

Shop Meaningful Monograms


Bethesda, MD

CASIMIRA: woman | mother | artist
HERstory through art. Her abstract paintings and sculptures are meditations, inviting viewers to go within.


2020ArtfulGiftGuide-GaiarinMaryBethMary Beth Gaiarin

Alexandria, VA

Mary Beth's small original oil paintings in an impressionistic style are elegant and ready to hang in silver colored frames. They can also be purchased unframed. Find subjects like North American birds, assorted animals, and still lifes.

Shop Mary Beth Gaiarin Fine Art

Stephanie Darlene Greenwald2020ArtfulGiftGuide-GreenwaldStephanieDarlene

Arlington, VA

Stephanie Darlene offers high quality art prints and blank notecards faithfully reproduced from her original drawings of flowers, animals, and plants. Her illustrations capture the essence of living things, encouraging others to notice the beauty in their everyday surroundings.

Shop Stephanie Darlene

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-HendyMeghanMeghan Hendy

Alexandria, VA

Visit Meghan Hendy Art to find unique holiday gifts of original art. Available pieces include holiday watercolor paintings and acrylic paintings in various sizes and price points.

Shop Meghan Hendy Art

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-KinsellaMeierKaylaKayla Kinsella Meier

Annandale, VA

Among Kayla's many bright prints, find this favorite featuring Old Town Alexandria's historic homes, with a bit of Windmill Park and the Potomac. It's a little homage for the city we all love.

Shop Bright Pop Shop

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-LevanduskiMeganMegan Levanduski

Alexandria, VA

Megan Elaine Designs makes one-of-a-kind statement jewelry from upcycled, vintage materials. The bright colors and unique style of each piece make them perfect for the holiday season.

Shop Megan Elaine Design

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-MarinoMaryLouiseMarY Louise Marino

Alexandria, VA

Artist Mary Louise Marino weaves connections with Laos through discovery and expression in her handcrafted work. She combines Lao textile materials, simple designs, hand stitched elements, and natural found objects to create unique accessories, home accents, and one-of-a-kind works of art.

Shop the Artist Collection

Shop the Siho Collection

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-PhornirunlitSuponSupon Phornirunlit

Washington, DC

At Naked Decor, find modern home accessories for animal and pet lovers with a distinctly D.C. and pop-art feel. Choose from vases, coasters, tea towels, pillows, and more.

Shop Naked Decor

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-SandaraKimKim Sandara

Brooklyn, NY

Originally from Falls Church, Va., Kim is a painter, illustrator, and animator. Find cards, prints, postcards, posters, stickers and more from her celebrated Music Paintings series and other original illustrations.

Shop Kim Sandara

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-SchellhaseAbbiAbbi Schellhase

Silver Spring, MD

Inspired by her love of art nouveau, fairy books, and her cottage garden, Abbi makes art for the gentle in a ruthless world. She is currently creating a series of art called Obscure Powers, which exists to honor those of a quieter nature.

Shop Abbi Schellhase Art + Illustration

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-SestakovaMartinaMartina Sestakova

Kensington, MD

RADOST is the Czech word for joy. A textile designer and watercolorist, Martina uses original artworks to capture life moments that inspire the stories she tells in fabrics. Find scarves, pillowcases, paintings, and more.

Shop RADOST by Martina Sestakova

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-TalleyMegMeg Talley

Alexandria, VA

Meg creates an array of post earrings in minimal and organic styles. Sculpted silver leaves, tiny dogwood blossoms, and barely-there gold lines are all handcrafted in recycled fine metals.

Shop Meg by Hand

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-Yonehrio,NancyThompsonNancy Thompson-Yonehiro

Alexandria, VA

Nancy offers one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry and hand-forged copper plates. She creates all of her work in her local studio, including silver, copper, and kiln-fired enamel.

Shop Angst and Attitude

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-VeachSallySally Veach

Woodstock, VA

Browse expressive paintings inspired by the natural landscape of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Potomac Valley of West Virginia. Works range from small and affordable pieces to investments that will make a statement in your home or office.

Shop Sally Veach

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-VinhChristineChristine Vinh

Arlington, VA

Find small art quilts and mixed-media art, as well as hand-knit scarves and cowls for those who appreciates a handmade decorative piece or wearable item. Vinh sources from independent fiber artists for quality fabrics, yarns, and threads to create her vibrant work.

Shop Stitches 'n Quilts

2020ArtfulGiftGuide-ViolaPamelaPamela Viola

Alexandria, VA

With an eye toward eco-consciousness and sustainability, Pamela creatively reworks cast-off fabric into art, home decor and accessories from vintage and reclaimed textiles. 

Shop Pamela Viola: Art for Design