Where does one find inspiration?
It’s likely that the 22nd Annual Artisans Studio Tour (an affiliate member of the Artisans Center of Virginia on the Monticello Artisan Trail) with studios located in and around Charlottesville, Virginia, will provide inspiration for many years to come.
November 12 & 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Take the free, self-guided tour of 23 studios hosting 42 artisans, many of whom are Artisans Center of Virginia Juried and/or Master Juried Artisans (noted below) and enjoy the beautiful countryside and fabulous fall weather that central Virginia offers.
As an added bonus in each studio, there are delicious refreshments provided by area food artisans.
CLICK HERE to download the map or HERE to print out details and written directions for an inside glimpse of the life of a craftsman.
Craft lovers can expect to see displays of some of Virginia’s finest crafts including pottery, furniture, weaving, fabric design, jewelry, stained glass, clothing, baskets, wood turning, and more. There will be artisan demonstrations, opportunities to learn about the working processes in each studio, and some hands-on experience. The Tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase the work of talented area artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection.
The Tour is self-guided, free, and open to the public.
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Choose just a few studios to visit, or try seeing them all.
Here’s a preview (those underlined are current Artisans Center of Virginia Affiliates and/or ACV Juried Artisan or Juried Master Artisan members):
Up north Richard Gordon, Ninika Gordon and Jo Perez will display works at Phineas Rose in Madison County. In Stanardsville, Holly Horan and John Pluta will greet tour-goers at Noon Whistle Pottery. Anne R. Hanson and Elizabeth Krome (ACV Master Artisan) provide hospitality at Anne’s studio.
Visitors can peruse pots of Becky Garrity and Suzanne Crane, and textiles of Laurie Duxbury at Mud Dauber Pottery in Earlysville. Nancy Ross (ACV Master Artisan) will join Blaise Gaston (ACV Master Artisan) in his studio while Walter Jaeger (ACV Master Artisan) displays fine cabinetry in Jaeger & Ernst, Inc.
Steven Summerville will display northeast of Charlottesville and in Charlotteville proper Jan Elmore, Dave Heller, Ali Wieboldt and Nan Rothwell (ACV Master Artisan) will talk about their craftsmanship.
South of Charlottesville Alex Pettigrew and Kary Haun will be in Pettigrew Woodworks, Noah Hughey-Commers will be in Muddy Creek Pottery, and Kevin Crowe (ACV Master Artisan) will be in Tye River Pottery. Also, Kirk McCauley will be in NGVA Woodart.
West of Charlottesville visitors can see works of Janice Arone (ACV Master Artisan) and Mary Ann Burk at The Barn Swallow, Roslyn Nuesch’s art at Two Owls Pottery, as well as Frederick Williamson’s (ACV Master Artisan) bowls in his studio.
The Artisans Studio Tour was founded in 1994 to enhance the community’s awareness of professional artisans living and working in the region. All Tour artisans have gone through a rigorous approval process that ensures that the crafts are of the highest quality. Held annually on the second weekend in November, The Tour is a cooperative effort of the participating artisans who are collectively responsible for the costs of producing the Tour.