(Page 1 caption: Shoemaker Grinden Collins explains his trade.)
Woodworkers, cabinet makers, ship builders, architects, harbor masters, innkeepers, milliners, housemakers, printers, wigmakers . . . they had many roles and professions.
The fourth grade classes at Thomas Jefferson Elementary demonstrated what life was like in Colonial Virginia Friday, exhibiting objects made in the old fashion and describing the daily routines of our ancestors.
Virginia Day is an annual tradition at TJ, culminating a year of studying the early Old Dominion, its history, economy and geography. Students, teachers, and parents embrace it with enthusiasm and energy. Younger grades serve as the audience, previewing the roles they will play in the future.
Photos of Virginia Day appear below. Congratulations to all on a great job.
Retail magazine Niche has nominated Falls Church business Stifel & Capra for Top Retailer and Best Guild Store honors.
Stifel and Capra, located in a grand plantation-style building at Broad Street and Little Falls Avenue, is home to a number of art shops. On the first floor My Two Monkeys, owned by Ashleigh Collins, offers a mix of art items and ornaments ranging from retro lighting and pottery to vintage couture clothing, vinatge aprons and handbags. Cathy Soltys, owner of Joie de Bead Boutique, creates jewelry of silver, semi precious stones, and crystals. The Door Gallery features art works by Phil Napala, made by manipulation of photographs.
The second floor houses the working studios and gallery space of twelve artists, including painters, glass artists and a silversmith.
Originally located across from the famed Falls Church Farmer’s Market in July, 2007, Stifel and Capra quickly outgrew that space and moved to the current building in April 2009.
Co-owner Theresa Wells Stifel helps introduce the artists to corporate art buyers. “Knowing each artist personally, their back stories, and inspirations enable me to educate my clients so that ‘my’ artists become ‘their’ artists,” Stifel said.
Stifel is a member of the Northern Virginia HandCrafter’s Guild, Falls Church Arts and the Alexandria Art League.
Niche magazine (www.nichemag.com) is “The Art Magazine for Progressive Retailers,” produced by the Rosen Group, a marketing company based in Baltimore.