Artistic Artifacts is open:
• Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm
• Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00pm
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department urges Alexandria residents, businesses and visitors to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, whether vaccinated or not. Wearing a mask protects yourself, your family and your community from the current surge of the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant.
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Visit us in person (or online!) for the latest “Creative Finds for Creative Minds.” Artistic Artifacts is located at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, VA (directions below). No matter your medium, you’ll find creative products and found objects perfect for the contemporary fiber/mixed media artist! Looking for a gift for your favorite Creative Mind? Check out our gift section, which includes the Artistic Artifacts Gift Certificate!
Curbside Pickup Service is available for online orders. If you live locally and want to pickup your order in person, our website allows you to designate that option. After submitting your order, email us using the subject line “[your order number] for Curbside Pickup.” Same day service is not guaranteed; we will email you when your order is ready.
Directions to Our Store
To visit Artistic Artifacts, take the Washington Beltway to exit 174, Eisenhower Avenue Connector. After exiting onto the ramp and merging onto the Connector, you will come to an intersection: take a left onto Eisenhower Avenue.
- 4750 Eisenhower Avenue is a red brick building approximately ¼ mile on the left, after the Fedex sign and before a condominium complex — look for the Artistic Artifacts sign.
- Store entrance is at the front of the Artistic Artifacts building, and you are free to park anywhere in our lot. View Mapquest »
The Van Dorn Street station, on the Blue Line, is located at 5690 Eisenhower Avenue, approximately 10 blocks (.720 miles) from Artistic Artifacts. The shop is on numerous bus routes too.
We are home to exciting fiber and mixed media classes with renowned local and international instructors! We encourage our customers to join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month for Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs), an altered art group open to all (currently held via Zoom until further notice). JAMs attendees gather support and encouragement for their art, participate in demonstrations of techniques and group challenges, and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded friends! We are proud to be a place for artists to gather and periodically hosts exhibits and shows. Rental space is available, contact us.
Alexandria, VA and Local Accommodations
Artistic Artifacts is a proud member of the Alexandria, VA Convention and Visitors Association! Alexandria is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture in Old Town Alexandria and known for acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants; a thriving boutique scene; vibrant arts and culture; and a welcoming, walkable lifestyle. Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria is the relaxed and refined home base for your D.C. vacation and an unforgettable getaway of its own. Visit www.visitalexandriava.com to learn more.
For those who are traveling from out of town for a shopping trip or to attend a class held at Artistic Artifacts, VisitAlexandriaVA.com lists numerous hotels. The following options are located just minutes away from our shop.
More About Artistic Artifacts
In a past blog post, Judy wrote, “let’s see if I can remove some of the mystery. I have spent my whole life playing with fabric; I actually have a degree in Fashion Design from Radford University, but my most valuable education came from guilds and friends. Although I was always encouraged to be creative by family and friends, the practical side of life said to get the business degree as well. I did.”
After a few years in retail, Judy joined her family’s auto accessory businesses which were housed at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue for more than 20 years (and now operate online).
The businesses boasted their own retail showroom and racing museum in the store front; when the three Porsche Race Cars (not street legal!) moved out, Judy saw wide open underutilized space...enter the physical embodiment of her already established online presence. The shop’s Grand Opening was held March 28, 2008. The space that used to shelter high performance automobiles, their parts and accessories now houses fabrics, embellishments, paint, found objects, ephemera, classroom space and more!
Photo, above right, Green Leaves by Judy Gula, featured in First-Time Beading on Fabric: Learning to Bead in Nine Easy Lessons by Liz Kettle.