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Celebrate Christmas in July at Rocketts Art Studios in Rocketts Landing

Post Date: 07-22-2014
We're deep in the middle of summer, and (despite a few cool days recently) deep in summer's humidity and heat, too. So, what better way to refresh your senses than by inviting thoughts of snow and icicles early with Christmas in July at Rocketts Art Studios (RAS) in Rocketts Landing? This Thursday, RAS opens their art-studio doors for a holiday-themed gathering to help you get a head start on your gifts and inspirations. Featuring everything from an art raffle to an art-filled Christmas tree to seasonal drinks and treats, RAS' Christmas in July event is both art exhibition and celebration — and they're inviting you to the party!

The building on stilts is home to Rocketts Art Studios at Rocketts Landing.

Peruse (and Buy!) Locally Made Art

RAS-based artist Diane Clement and local painter William Parrish are the featured artists in their current exhibit, Abstract Expressionism, and studio visitors can peruse their newest paintings. Local artist Celeste Miller will also have her jewelry on display and available for purchase. She has years of experience teaching classes in silver jewelry making, as well as stained glass, fused glass, glass mosaics and silk scarf painting.

Art by local painter William Parrish is currently on display at Rocketts Art Studios.

Get a Head Start on Stocking Stuffers

Scrap the last-minute trinkets and get your thoughtful stocking stuffers early with RAS' Stocking Stuffer Table. Full of fun, small gifts starting at only $2.00, the Stocking Stuffers include candles, wine totes, ornaments and more. Plus, you'll be able to buy RAS gift certificates for friends and family, Diane's wearable art T-shirts and outdoor garden art, Raku and clay works by David Camden, designer sofa pillows and more.

Buy stocking stuffer-sized artwork by David Cambden, who previously exhibited the above works at RAS.

Enter an Art Raffle

Diane has put one of her original artworks up for raffle! For just $20, you can buy a ticket and enter to win her painting, "Undersea Volcano" — a 24"x36" work valued at $695. Or, you can buy three tickets for $50 and increase your odds of walking home with her vibrant abstract painting.

"Undersea Volcano" by Diane Clement is up for auction at Christmas in July. Source: RAS Facebook page

Grab an Art Coupon

In addition to the art raffle, "Christmas in July" visitors can also snag an art coupon for $20 from the Christmas tree, good for $150 off any of Diane's paintings featured at Rocketts Art Studios valued at $450 or more. The coupons are actually miniature paintings created by Diane — and each are uniquely designed and hang on the gallery's event Christmas Tree.

These miniature paintings by Diane Clement will fill the Christmas Tree as coupons toward buying art! Source: RAS Facebook page

Nosh and Mingle

Of course, you can't have a Christmas gathering without seasonal delicacies! Not only will RAS have open house snacks on hand (cheese and crackers, etc.), you'll also get to nosh on Christmas cookies and other seasonal foods and drinks while being surrounded by great art and people. In fact, socializing while perusing art is just the type of gathering RAS loves to host.

Inviting people to come together for art and socializing is a mission of RAS.

Whether you want to buy art or celebrate the thoughts of cooler weather, Rocketts Art Studios' Christmas in July open house will have just what the Santa-doctor ordered! You can learn more about the studio and event at the Rocketts Art Studios Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you soon at Rocketts Landing, right around the river.

  • What: Christmas in July open house
  • Where: Rocketts Art Studios at Rocketts Landing, 4401 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA
  • When: Thursday, July 24, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • RSVP: Free and open to the public