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by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 15, 2017 at 11:45 am 0

This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Networking is an essential tool in any industry, including the creative sector. Each month, The Arts Meet! (TAM) gatherings provide a platform for Arlington creatives and artists to network, discuss trends, projects and opportunities, and to… well, meet! To accommodate the busy holiday season, the November/December meeting will take place on Monday (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.), December 4, at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive in Arlington.

The monthly TAM events are Sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs, along with various partners from the cultural and business community. This month’s hosts, Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA) and Gallery Underground, invite attendees to view AAA’s juried show, This is America, in the Focus Gallery, and talk with Alliance members about their work. Light fare will be provided, sponsored by the Crystal City BID.

Taking place in all parts of the County, past TAM activities have occurred at a range of restaurants and cultural venues. Piola (Rosslyn), Copperwood Tavern (Shirlington), Arlington Arts Center (Virginia Square), Westover Beer Garden, McCormick & Schmick’s (Crystal City), Liberty Tavern (Clarendon) have all hosted the group, which typically draws between 20 and 50 participants.

Your RSVP is requested for The Arts Meet on December 4. Parking in the public garages is free after 4:00 p.m. If you’re coming by Metro, use the Crystal City station. Gallery Underground is located next to Au Bon Pain in the Crystal City Shops.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

The MADE IN ARLINGTON pop-up retail market is dedicated to beautiful, wearable and edible wares from entrepreneurs and artisans in Arlington, VA. You’ll find them in a new home this fall at the Library Plaza Shop in Courthouse.

In a partnership with Arlington Public Library, the retail mini market will be part of the Plaza Shop for November and December, offering unique items beyond the regular Arlington logo hats and t-shirts. Patrons will find custom chocolates, home goods, puzzles, coffee and more right in time for holiday shopping.

Starting with Livin’ the Pie Life on November 2, weekly pop-ups in the lobby will host more Arlington artisans who will be on hand every Thursday from 11am – 2pm.

This year, MADE IN ARLINGTON welcomes several new makers. Stas Casa from Can You Solve Me has been making unique brainteaser puzzles at TechShop in Crystal City. Stas is a Moldovan born entrepreneur whose passion for puzzles took root when he first solved the Rubik’s Cube. After a 7 year career in finance at Bloomberg, LP, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Can You Solve Me.

For fitness fans, Arlington Weaves brings beautiful hand woven yoga mat straps to the shop. The weaving studio on Washington Blvd, a signature program of Arlington Department of Human Services and administered by Service Source, has been the training and support center for artisans with intellectual disabilities for many years.

Sponsored by Arlington Economic Development, the pop-up shop is another way the County supports collaborations, small businesses and entrepreneurs through initiatives like Creative Economy and BizLaunch.

The Plaza Shop is located on the 1st Floor lobby of 2100 Clarendon Blvd and will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor October 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

If you see stars and paper airplanes circling your head when you look up from your beer during the first annual Valley Fest Celebration, it’s not that you’ve had one too many. It’s a new Arlington Arts Mural by artist Ham Smith on the façade of 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, adjacent to the event.

The Mural is making its official debut on Sunday, November 5, 2017 during this new street festival in front of Shirlington’s New District Brewing Company, 2709 S. Oakland Street, in Arlington, Virginia.

With live music, food trucks and local art on display, admission to Valley Fest is Free (with tickets for sale for the beer tastings). The first 50 attendees who stop by the Arlington Arts booth between 2-4 p.m. will receive a free tee shirt based on themes from the Mural, signed by the Artist himself.

Now based in Brooklyn, Ham Smith’s roots in the Arlington/Falls Church area go back five generations. Highly influenced by mid-century American blue collar culture, Smith’s work is prominently featured in celebrity chef Jose Andres’ Jaleo restaurants and numerous other commercial projects. His most recent projects have been commissioned in New York City, Los Angeles, Virginia and Savannah.

The home-base for Arlington artists and cultural groups ranging from WSC Avant Bard and Halau O ‘Aulani, to Jane Franklin Dance, the County-run 3700 venue is used for everything from workshops and rehearsals and a recording studio, to performances in the 80+ seat Theatre on the Run. The vibrant shapes and colors of the mural reflect the buzz of activity that occurs at the venue from morning till night.

If you miss getting your free Arlington Arts Mural Tee Shirt at Valley Fest, you can also purchase one at the new Made In Arlington pop-up retail market, a new showcase for the work of creative Arlington makers and artists. It’s located in The Plaza Shop on the 1st Floor lobby of 2100 Clarendon Boulevard (open M-F, 8-5 p.m.).

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