The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery was established in April, 1977, when a group of local artists recognized their need for studio space and the community’s need for an art center. The group set up nine studios at 309 Mill Street, in a building where a funeral home had once been. The 1972 hurricane, Agnes, and the rising waters of the Occoquan River put the funeral home out of business. The building’s basement still contained mud from the floods, but the artists cleaned it out and officially opened April 1, 1977. They displayed their work and taught art classes, instructing 80-100 students per week. The play on words, “The Artists’ Undertaking”, became the name. In 1982, the current first floor gallery was created to display and sell the artists’ work. Stories of floods and ghosts abound from those early years. In 1984, the basement studios and classes were discontinued, but the artists continued the first floor gallery.
Today, 18 established local artists offer original art and staff the gallery daily. Media include watercolor and oil paintings, etchings, photography, drawings, encaustics, mixed media collage, pottery, fused glass artwork, and turned wood. Commissions are welcome in all media—for example, paintings of special places, unique pieces of jewelry, digital restoration of old photographs, or the creation of unique objects for display.
The gallery is open seven days a week from 11 AM to 5 PM, at 309 Mill St, Occoquan, VA, and its artists enjoy meeting visitors and answering questions. The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery offers quality original works at reasonable prices directly from the artists themselves.
The Gallery is currently looking for new artists to join this very successful cooperative gallery that has been in operation since 1977. The gallery is open 7 days a week, with member artists working one day every other week (or one day every four weeks for a half-space). The gallery takes no commissions from sales.
The gallery currently has openings for 2D and 3D artists.
If interested in one of these openings, please contact one of our co-chairs with questions or to request an application:
Patti Durbin: (703) 901-3505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Pritcett: (703) 946-0969, email@example.com
Alternatively, you can download the Application Form HERE
309 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125 Telephone 703-494-0584