Holiday Shopping: Give the Gift of Art from Greater Williamsburg

Find everything from contemporary paintings to unique pottery, folk art and jewelry at the eclectic specialty galleries in this cultural hub

Colonial Folk Art Studio & Gallery
Quirks of Art
Touch of Earth
Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center

Throughout Greater Williamsburg, art — in the form of majestic landscapes and enduring architecture — is all around. But you can only take that home through your Instagram feed.

For that creative holiday gift you can take home, browse the collection of art galleries sprinkled throughout the area, offering everything from contemporary paintings to unique pottery and jewelry.

Looking for that antique map for the cartography fan? It's here.

Need a handmade piece of pottery to showcase on your side table? It's here.

Searching for that affordable, funky something they'll never expect? Yes, it's here.

Follow this pre-Christmas shopping guide to the eclectic shops and galleries in the area for the perfect gift.

In Williamsburg, Colonial Folk Art Studio & Gallery is the place to find colorful, affordable art that spans the gamut from aesthetic to functional, from modern prints to hand-carved utensils. Many of the artists are local or from the Southeast. Others are vintage folk art masters. Stop by the sister shop on site, Juxtaposition, a funky outgrowth that leans more toward “outsider” art. 

You can find everything from antique maps to historically accurate 18th-century-style floor cloths and furniture at the Black Dog Gallery in Yorktown. The owners of the gallery worked on the movie, The Patriot, as well as the HBO series, John Adams. The gallery has creations in places like historic Charleston, Monticello, Montpelier, and Colonial Williamsburg. You will also find prints, landscapes and handmade frames of exquisite workmanship.

At the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, an ever-changing exhibit of regional and local artists in watercolor, acrylic, photography, pottery and even rock art are the highlights.  

For something different, there’s Quirks of Art in Williamsburg, which carries handcrafted pieces from 400 artisans, ranging from jewelry to pottery to clothing. Be sure to stop by the sister gallery — The Sideshow, the Greatest Gallery on Earth — featuring glass, ceramics, wall art, fine jewelry and handcrafted furniture. 

The long-standing — 35 years and counting — A Touch of Earth is an award-winning American craft gallery in the Lightfoot section of Williamsburg. It sells prints, paintings, unique pottery, metal works, jewelry and other collectibles from regional as well as nationally prominent American artists.  

Changing exhibits are a highlight at Prince George Art & Frame on Jamestown Road in Williamsburg where you will find original local art in a variety of styles and mediums including traditional watercolors, contemporary scenes and abstract oil paintings. 
The mystic and poet Thomas Merton once wrote that "art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." If you want to find that perfect holiday gift for that special someone looking to get lost — and found — Greater Williamsburg is the answer.

Art lovers can also enjoy world-class museums and lively art festivals in Greater Williamsburg. To experience more culture, check out these fun cultural activities and plan your visit today.

 

 

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