Beginning on Wednesday, November 23rd the Arts Depot will present the Twenty-Seventh Annual Depot Artists Association Members’ Exhibit in all three galleries of the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA. The exhibit will continue through December 31. More than fifty artists will be exhibiting over 100 pieces of their work created in clay, watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, mixed media, photography, textiles, stained glass, and much more. The Holiday Members show is a great opportunity to support local artists and to purchase one-of-a-kind, hand crafted holiday gifts and gift certificates for the art lovers on your list. While at the show visitors may vote for their favorite piece of artwork. This year’s People’s Choice Award is being presented in honor of Jane Vittoria who passed away in August. Jane was a beloved friend, dedicated volunteer and enthusiastic patron of the Depot Artists Association for many years and is missed by all that knew her.
On Small Business Saturday, November 26th kids of all ages are invited to have their picture taken with Santa Claus and to create their own ornament from 10am- 1pm and from 1:30-4pm. Mrs. Claus and an elf or two will serve refreshments. It’s all free and offered in partnership with Arts Depot neighbor, Highlands Union Bank. You must have an email address to receive your free photo with Santa but it will not be used for solicitation purposes.
The community is also invited to the Depot’s Holiday Open House on “First Thursday” December 1st, from 6-8 pm. David Collins will play the piano and entertain guests. Everyone is invited to browse the three galleries and seven Resident Artist’s studios, to enjoy holiday treats and a glass of wine for those over 21. For information on all participating “First Thursday” art venues visit www.facebook.com/abingdonfirstthursday.
On Saturday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. the VHCC Community Choral Ensemble will perform a free holiday concert. Everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments, art and the festive sounds of this fine ensemble as they perform a wonderful variety of Christmas music. In recent years this has exclusively been a women’s choral group but this year they are pleased to include outstanding male singers also. The group, directed by Mary Munsey, assisted by Brad Fore and accompanied by Chris Yoder, is comprised of students, faculty, staff, high school and community members.
On Saturday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. The Abingdon-based band, Stravàigin, (meaning wanderer) will be in concert. Straváigin offers a repertoire of traditional Irish and Scottish folk music combined with a variety of stirring marches, jigs, reels and moving slow airs on the Great Highland bagpipe, shuttle pipes, and Scottish small pipes. The roots of Appalachian music run deep in the rhythms and harmonies of the Scots-Irish, who brought their music to America with them in their quest for a land of their own. The Band’s CD’s will be available for sale and traditional refreshments will be served.
The Arts Depot is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, year-round. The Depot’s galleries and Resident Artists’ studios are also open on the first Thursday” of every month through 8 pm in conjunction Abingdon’s “First Thursday” art events. As always, the Arts Depot staff and Resident Artists are happy to open the gallery for visitors outside of the posted hours, just call at 276-628-9091. There is never an admission charge.