Provided by Artists’ Undertaking Gallery
On Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., 14 local merchants will be participating in Art on the Block, welcoming everyone to Occoquan to enjoy the creative endeavors of local artists. Many artists will be available to discuss their work, answer questions, and some will be demonstrating their talents. This event takes place within the 14 shops in Occoquan. Enjoy light refreshments at each location, special drawings, and enter to win the Grand Prize of an Occoquan Gift Basket. Look for Art on the Block signs and balloons at each location. To ease parking in town, a shuttle bus will be running during the day from the Rt. 123/Old Bridge Rd. Bus Stop to Occoquan, from 10:30 a. m.-4:30 p. m. SHARP, with pick-up and drop-off every half hour. This ride is FREE to attendees.
The merchants who will be participating are:
- Art A La Carte – 310 Mill Street
- Artists’ Undertaking Gallery – 309 Mill Street
- Brambles – 312 Poplar Alley
- Details – 206 Mill Street
- Glory Be – 305 Mill Street
- The Loft Gallery – 313 Mill Street
- Paint Your Heart Out – 125 Mill Street
- Personally Yours – 402 Mill Street
- Red Art & Design – 125 Mill Street
- Secret Jewelry Garden – 308-E Poplar Alley
- Sincerely Yours Stained Glass – 214 Commerce Street
- Spiral Creations – 304 Mill Street
- VanEch Studio – 125 Mill Street
- Yarn Cloud – 204 Washington Street
Occoquan’s first “Art on the Block” was held on November 12, 2011, and because of its great success, it was held twice a year (Mother’s Day weekend in May and Veterans Day weekend in November). “We wanted to help make Occoquan a destination place for art lovers,” said Jane Ernst of the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, who along with her husband, David, established the first event, and continued coordinating the “Art on the Block” until May 2015. Occoquan has in its galleries over 60 talented local artists. In addition to the artwork in the galleries, Occoquan has many eclectic shops offering the visitor unique items not found in your local chain stores. “Our little community is one of those hidden jewels waiting to be discovered, and then revisited often.”
In 2015, Danielle Rush, owner of Red Art & Design, took over the coordination of the activities for the “Art on the Block,” and the event changed to once a year (the day before Mother’s Day). This continues to be an annual event every May.
Art on the Block is once again being coordinated by Jane Ernst, since Danielle will soon be leaving the area. “This year I’ve decided to think outside of the box and have more Occoquan merchants participating in the event. These merchants will be showcasing the arts in their shops, along with the Occoquan galleries who showcase over 60 local artists. Occoquan has so much to offer those who visit this tiny river community,” said Jane.