13 Local Artisans in the Washington, DC Area We Recommend for Your Holiday Shopping Needs

by McEnearney on December 13, 2018

Holiday shopping for all the different loved ones in our lives can be a handful. Why not give yourself a break and turn to some of these local artisans who come highly recommended by our Associates and staff? With a true local expertise, our Associates know their communities in the Washington, D.C. area inside and out—and this knowledge comes in handy for more than real estate. These artisans offer great quality products with a true flair for creativity.

From prints, paintings, ceramics, and all manner of things in between—there is something here sure to please even the pickiest person on your list this year.


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1. Wayne Hollowell (artist)

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“Wayne Hollowell is a critically-acclaimed artist who branched into the niche pet market after years of requests from fans and clients. His arresting style makes for a bold “PAWp Art” portrait of your beloved furry soul mate. I personally have one of his early Marlon Brando portraits and he now works in impressive 5ft x 5ft canvases of other notable personalities.”

Karisue Wyson, Alexandria office



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2. Hot Flash Photography VA (Joni Douglass, photographer)

“Joni is a talented photographer with years of experience. She’s got a natural eye for light to help illuminate portraits or places.”

Laura Schwartz, McLean office



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3. Beverly Ryan (artist)

“I have been a fan of Torpedo Factory artist Beverly Ryan’s work since the early 2000s when I bought my first painting. Now, seven pieces later, she has loaned me as many as 24 paintings to use for staging in my listings.”

Lisa Groover, Alexandria Office



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4. Alexandria & Company Workshop & Design Studio

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Washington City Paper 2018 Editor’s Pick for Best Place to Take the Next Step

“They are custom jewelers, silversmiths and goldsmiths who do amazing work.  I have had the opportunity to work with them on a several custom pieces and they are great collaborators.  They combine old world hand craftsmanship with today’s current touches.”

Mason Montague Bavin, Alexandria office



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5. Seahorse Designs by JJ Hogan (artist/designer)

From the artist: “The Seahorse Designs art and paper collection is the perfect gift to celebrate your special occasion and a lovely way to make a lasting impression. Every order is inspired by antiques and art, incorporating timeless elegance and refined originality.”

Recommended by Kathy Hassett, Alexandria office



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6. Thomas Mewborn (artist)

“Tom is a watercolor artist who is amazing with portraits and cars. His ability to capture the face of his subject is captivating.”

Laura Schwartz, McLean office




7. Jennifer Allevato (artist)

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From the artist: “My “Local House-Scapes” paintings are inspired by historical houses in the local Alexandria, Virginia area. I focused on color and nostalgia, giving the homes a feeling of warmth and familiarity.”

“I met Jennifer over 7 years ago when we both worked at a shop in Old Town. Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Art and a masters in Costume design. At the same time I was building my real estate business, Jennifer was building her art studio. It has been so rewarding to watch Jennifer build and achieve success as an artist. Jennifer had a painting purchased by Anthropologie which retails in their stores. She is a member of the Torpedo Factory Artists Association.”

Rebecca McCullough, Alexandria office



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8. Fibre Space

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“Danielle, the owner of Fibre Space, builds her business based on being local through not only selling unique yarn through her notably bright blue store in Old Town, but she also hosts classes of all levels to either kick off or build expertise in knitting.”

Jillian Keck Hogan, Alexandria office



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9. Katie Banks at CMB World Designs

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“This incredible craftswoman specializes in “upscaling” Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency finds into gorgeous pieces of furniture at surprisingly affordable prices.  Katie rescued this discarded piece from one of my client’s “dump” piles and turned it into this fun bar and upscaled the second piece into a handsome multi-finish work of art.”

Joan Reimann, McLean office



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10. Jane McElvany Coonce (artist)

“I love her paintings of local landscapes, particularly of the Georgetown waterfront. She is able to capture the way light falls on an object and portrays the interesting effects that light plays on a subject.  Jane paints landscapes, still lifes, and portraits in oil and in watercolor. She has a studio at Gallery Clarendon in Arlington.”

JaneEllen McLaughlin Saums, McLean office



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11. UtilityWare by Laura Fall

McEnearney’s own associate Laura Fall (Arlington office) is also a practicing ceramic artist, and a studio member at The Lee Arts Center in Arlington. She shows her work occasionally in local galleries and art shows.



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12. Flags of Valor

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A few years ago, Flags Of Valor founder Brian Steorts was rehabbing from a service-related injury when he began woodworking. His goal was to “build a handcrafted custom piece of pure Americana.” He quickly went from novice to craftsman and began producing beautiful works of art. After donating many pieces, he realized that there was a demand for his craft and Flags of Valor was born. The company is veteran owned, veteran operated and combat veteran made. A portion of the proceeds benefits charities that support veterans.

Brian is the son-in-law of McEnearney’s CIO David Howell.



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13. Ten Thousand Villages, Alexandria

Fair Trade Retailer of Global Artisan Goods. 915 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Bringing global goods to complement a local artisan scene, the Alexandria location of Ten Thousand Villages has been a local fixture since 1994. They have also worked with other retailers and citizens to make the City of Alexandria a Fair Trade Town; a Fair Trade Resolution passed with City Council September 2014.

“L-O-V-E them! I have been shopping here for over 10 years. Fair trade, wonderful staff & volunteers, BEAUTIFUL, quality crafted products. Something for everyone. My “go to” for gifts all year long.”

Christine Robinson, Alexandria office


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