RAC’s Holiday Arts Festival features sparkling lineup for diamond jubilee

Richmond art hubs offer escape during shelter-at-home period
The Richmond Art Center is located at Barrett Ave. in Richmond (Photo credit: Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

Want to check gifts off your holiday shopping list while supporting local artists along the way? Set your smartphones for the Richmond Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival Sun., Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The popular annual arts festival, which will be celebrating its 60th ‘diamond jubilee’ this year, will showcase the works of more than 50 independent artists and community partners, in addition to hosting a ceramics sale, open studios and art activities for youth and adults alike. A Holiday Café will keep spirits soaring by serving up coffee, cookies, beer and wine.

“Join us on this exciting day to share holiday spirit, mingle with our team and pick up some wonderful arts and crafts for your loved ones,” said José R. Rivera, executive director of RAC. 

The eclectic mix of creations up for sale during the fest will span the gamut from jewelry, art glass, tin boxes and botanical illustrations to upcycled incense holders, crocheted hats and food prep items made with upcycled wood, according to the RAC. Other offerings that day will include artisanal goods like gourmet chocolates and confections and handmade natural skincare products. 

Malena Lopez-Maggi of The Xocolate Bar, who will be selling her delectables at the festival, said “The warm, creative, down to earth community at Richmond Art Center is what makes this fair special. It’s always a lovely, well attended show.”

At the fest’s Ceramics Sale, holiday shoppers can peruse and purchase beautiful and functional ceramics created by students, teachers and others. “The Ceramics Sale will be set up in our ceramics studio and all sales benefit Richmond Art Center,” said the RAC.

Festivalgoers will also have the chance to check out open glass and metals studios; create their own cards and gift paper; participate in a raffle of donated art items; and purchase RAC swag.

The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond. For more info about the Holiday Arts Festival, including the full lineup of artists, click here. Note that masks will be required while indoors at the event.