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Art Show Open House & Scottish Dinner at Sonoma Cellar

Posted by Ellen Hamilton on

Yellow Dot Shop is having an Art Show Open House in its Shop in Del Ray! Please join us on Friday, January 28th from 5 to 8pm. All are invited for a bit of free wine and munchies.


We are showing art by four artists. My old friend Ingrid Matuszewski will have two of her smaller 6 inch square paintings on display, framed in elegant white frames. Ingrid has been painting for a number of years with a lovely loose expressionistic style, in oil. I have been following her progress and attended one of her shows. You can see Ingrid's work at I am pleased to have her work at Yellow Dot!


I have known Nina Tisara for many years here in Alexandria, since she had her photography studio in Old Town. Lately, Nina has been creating beautiful mosaic works, using ceramic and glass. Nina's mosaics show woodland scenes from Huntley Meadows Park, mythological themes and playful images. We will have one of Nina's newest works, "Maiden of the Winter Woods," along with three other pieces showing woodland scenery. The mosaics range from six to twelve inches in size.


Steven Halperson is an Alexandria photographer and artist. Steven owns Tisara Photography located at 403 S. Washington Street in Alexandria. Steven's latest photographic images are printed on a metallic paper and are custom framed. I am thrilled to have a few images from Steven's latest Garden Series!


The fourth artist is myself. I will have my own original screen prints, which I have printed by hand. Each print is signed, numbered, and custom framed. I studied printmaking, and have been delighted to experiment with techniques that I learned so long ago!


Hopefully you can join us on Friday, January 28th at Yellow Dot Shop in Del Ray!


Art Show Open House

Friday, January 28th, 5-8pm

2101A Mt. Vernon Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22301


Hope to see you there!

Ellen Hamilton



Robert Burns Dinner at Sonoma Cellar

On Thursday, February 3rd we are celebrating the birthday of Scotland's most famous poet, Robert (Rabbie) Burns! My new book, A Scottish Migration to Alexandria, is about William Gregory, who settled in Alexandria, Virginia in 1807. 15 years later, William married Margaret Bartleman. He and Margaret lived with Margaret's parents for a time, at 207 King Street in Alexandria. Today that building has been beautifully renovated by the owners of a lovely restaurant called Sonoma Cellar. I was given a tour of the rooms that William used to know, including the original kitchen and slave quarters at the back of the building. Fascinating! I am pleased to announce that Sonoma Cellar has planned a Burns Night Dinner with 4 courses and many options to choose from. The restaurant does not normally serve whisky (Scottish spelling) but it is being offered with this meal. We will be upstairs in the large front room. After the main course, I will give a short talk about an event described in my book, which connects this building in Alexandria, to Robert Burns!


Here is the link to the Dinner on EventBrite. However, to avoid the fees, please call Sonoma Cellar directly to make your reservation at (703) 566-9867

The $75 dinner price covers 4 courses, a dram of whisky, and tip. Tax will be added.


I hope you will join us on Thursday, February 3rd! I will have copies of A Scottish Migration to Alexandria for sale, with a special event discount.

Robert Burns Dinner

Thursday, February 3, 2022


Sonoma Cellar

207 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 566-9867 for reservations




Book: A Scottish Migration to Alexandria

I still have copies left of my new book which was published in October. You can order yours HERE, or get a copy at the Sonoma Cellar Dinner on February 3rd. You can also visit Yellow Dot Shop at 2101A Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

Retail Space Till Feb. 28


Come visit the Shop at 2101A Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The Shop will be open until February 28, 2022.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9-12 and 1-5

Saturdays 9-12