Published on: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 News

Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale Returns for 13th Year

Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave.
Free event

Why shop for holiday gifts in a mall or on Amazon when you can support local artists and our creative community?

The 13th annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale makes that goal easy and affordable with more than 30 local artists and artisans gathered at the Takoma Park Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Unlike some art sales, there is no admission fee, and you will find a broad array of creative gifts for your friends and family (and yourself!), including paintings, pottery, photography, handmade clothes, jewelry, toys and more.

The Holiday Art Sale has become a tradition in Takoma Park that has expanded into a juried competitive event featuring vendors from across the D.C. area, according to photographer Rob Rudick, who started the art sale 13 years ago with Sara Daines, director of the City of Takoma Park’s Housing and Community Development Department. “I like getting all of these great artists together,” Rudick said. “It’s really exciting when everyone is in the community center and their work is up.”

The City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Commission hosts the art sale each year to support the local artist community. City staff also organize many events throughout the year at the Takoma Park Community Center in the We Are Takoma series, including art exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, poetry readings, concerts, and theater. There is more information about our upcoming events at, and you can sign up for the weekly We Are Takoma e-newsletter here.

The art sale represents as many different mediums as possible. “We have some vendors who come back every year, but we also look for new vendors so there is something new every time,” Rudick said. “I talk it up all year long.” During the Holiday Art Sale, the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will hold their fundraiser where people can support the library by buying new or used books at low prices.

This article appeared in the December 2018 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.