Christmas time is always a joy here at River Oaks

Porch Sale
27 November 2018

Christmas time is always a joy here at River Oaks

The Annual Porch Sale is our official kickoff for the art shopping season, offering ceramics, paintings, mixed media, jewelry and much more from dozens of local and regional artists. We also featured sales and demos by Leah Morace, Morgan Lasyone, Kayla Terrell, Judy Ginsburgh, Randy Deaton, Laura Gates, Carroll Gautreaux, Margie Tate, David Crain, Dani Meyers, Gabrielle Soltis, Barbara Clover, Martha Pete, Jane Crowell, Kari Westphal, Barry Owen, JoAnne Thompson, Janet Ahrens, Rhonda Curiel, Becky O'Neal, Denise Lott, Karen Morrow, Simone Little, and many more. Since we’ve had many request from shoppers and patrons over the years, select inventory from the initial sale is extended until December 20 - so there is still time to come by and get a little shopping done while supporting your local arts community.

“The Porch Sale always brings out a lot of first time art shoppers, along with regulars that have made art shopping part of their holiday tradition for years,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “River Oaks makes art accessible and affordable and we’ve been able to introduce a whole new cadre of people to the joys of giving art every year. I have to thank all of our participating artists for going out of their way to provide a unique experience to the shoppers - and of course Anita & Mark Rosenthal for making their Porch Sale Chili, which has become as much part of the event as the art itself.”

2019 Exhibition Lineup and Membership Drive

“River Oaks has been able to rely on your generous continued support to provide projects, exhibitions, economical studio space for working artists and a multitude of programs, right here at the Arts the Heart of Alexandria's Downtown Cultural Arts District,” explains Dauzat. “As we are headed into our fourth decade of enhancing and expanding the importance of visual art in our community, River Oaks remains a central creative hub, with the historic Bolton Home and the Annex Building providing an eclectic mix of visual artists, classes and engagement for the artistic mind. River Oaks has been an anchor in the Downtown community with continued activities that draw thousands into Alexandria's revitalization effort. With the help of our members, we can continue to offer an ambitious rotation of programs and exhibitions for the entire community!”        

Expect the 2019 Membership Flier and Calendar of Events to be delivered in the mail during the early part of January - in the meantime, the lineup for the coming year is as follows:

   Andrew Jackson Pollock • Janet Ahrens & Tish Fresh • Carla Guillory & Hope House Project •   Matthews Memorial Outreach Instructor JoAnne Thompson
        February 15 - March 30, 2019 • Reception: February 15 - 5-7pm

   5th Annual Dirty South Cup Call Guest Juror Doug Peltzman • Friends of the Juror
        April 5 - May 25, 2019 • Reception: April 12 - 5-8pm • Classes April 10-11

    Resident Artists Annual Summer Show  • Dr. Denise Lott  •  Dustin Cody Greer
        May 31 - August 10, 2019 • Reception: May 30 - 5-7pm 

    Summer Art Studio Students Show
        August 17, 2019 - 4-5pm

    Nancy Susaneck • Rhonda Reap-Curiel • Gar Pickering
        August 30 - September 28, 2019 • Reception: August 30 - 5-7pm 

    Julie Crews • The Photographers Guild • John Scott
        October 4 - November 9, 2019 • Reception: October 4 - 5-7 pm
        (Second Opening: ArtWalk October 18 - 5-7 pm)

    5x5x5 Show National Call - Guest Juror Alex Beard •  Carole Steele • Outreach Ceramics with Rapides ARC,  Pecan Grove, Evergreen Life Services
        November 15, 2019 - February 15, 2020 • Reception: Nov. 15 - 5-7pm 

River Oaks’ major fundraising and community events have been scheduled throughout the year as follows:

    Men Who Cook & Mix · May 18, 2019
    Van Gogh Gala  · Nov. 2, 2019
    Annual Christmas Porch Sale · December 7, 2019 - Guest Artist: Nippy Blair

And finally SUMMER ARTS STUDIO 2019 with Kimberly Brannon in residency will continue with four sessions — Session 1: June 10-14 • Session 2: June 17-28 • Session 3: July 8-19 • Session 4: July 22- Aug 2

“With all we have going on, our momentous 35th Anniversary Year should be exciting and fun - and we hope that YOU will be a part of it!” says Dauzat. “This creative corner and cultural hub we all know as River Oaks has become a staple not only locally but nationally, and we are always excited to welcome anyone with open arms - visitors and artists alike!”

For more information, call River Oaks at 318-473-2670, visit www.RiverOaksArtsCenter.comor find River Oaks Arts Center on Facebook. 



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