Richmond Art Center’s Holiday Arts Fest a hybrid in-person, virtual event

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Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau

Holiday shoppers readying their gift-giving game plan ought to check out the Richmond Art Center’s 58th Annual Holiday Arts Festival, an online and in-person event featuring arts and crafts from Bay Area artists.

This year’s incarnation of the popular annual event is a hybrid in-person/virtual version that includes a Ceramics Sale and Curbside Market and Online Arts and Crafts Hub.

Early bird shoppers will love that the Online Arts & Crafts Hub is already underway; they can peruse a wide array of jewelry, illustrations, glass and other works from 40 participating artists now through Dec. 31. Described by the Richmond Art Center as “an online gateway for participating artists and makers to display and sell their work during the holiday season,” shoppers of the online hub “can browse work by media and then connect directly with the artists to see, buy and commission local Bay Area art.”

The Richmond Art Center’s Ceramics Sale & Curbside Market is set for Dec. 4-6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside in its onsite courtyard at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond. The three-day, socially distant event will include a Ceramics Studio Sale featuring ceramics like plates, cups and bowls created by students and teachers, with all sales benefiting the Richmond Arts Center. 

Credit: Artist Lauren Ari

Also outdoor in the courtyard, a variety of local artisan vendors representing local nonprofits, community partners and the Richmond Art Center’s teaching artists, will be selling their finest work.

Organizers will limit the number of visitors to the courtyard Ceramics Sale & Curbside Market to protect public safety during COVID. Access will be permitted on a first come, first admitted basis.

Given the Holidays Arts Festival is the Richmond Art Center’s major fundraising event, additional art kit giveaways and thank you gifts will also be available to support its artistic endeavors in the community. Click here to find the festival 411, such as the event schedule, artist listings, thank you gifts and much more.

Credit: Artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler


Arts & Crafts Hub artists include: 100 Paintings of Oakland, Adroit, Alex Martinez, ArtsyKaethi, Bottle of Clouds, Clouds and Ladders, DEENA & DONNA, Erin McCluskey Wheeler, Ezme Designs, Fumiyo Yoshikawa, GenerickArts, HollyPapercuts, Karen Kramer Watercolors, Kieren Dutcher Illustration, La Chuparosa, Lauren Ari, Lulu Accessories and Crafts, Margo Scapulla, Marisa Burman Ceramics, Melody Rose, Moon & Leaf, Nightside Studios, North & East Leather, Olivia Shih, ontheq, Patricia Tostenson Jewelry, Skincare by Feleciai, Susie Hodges, Take Shape Studio, Tangleweeds, Teabug Art, Tess Young Jewelry, The Xocolate Bar, Three Cat Art Studio, TIMMY MAYS, WardWorksArt, Xan Blood Walker, Yael Levy Studio, Yelloh Joy Magazine

Ceramics Sale artist vendors include: Lauren Ari, Marisa Burman Ceramics, Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, The Latina Center, Erin McCluskey Wheeler, NIAD, Sea Pony Couture and The Xocolate Bar.

Richmond Art Center 2019; Ceramics Sale; Credit Destiny Carter
Richmond Art Center Arts and Crafts Hub; Credit Artist Nightside Studios
Richmond Art Center Arts and Crafts Hub; Credit Artists Timmy Mays