Handmade in Virginia: Meet our Artisans


    A trip to Virginia is incomplete without witnessing the pride and dedication of those who work with their hands.

    Visit our sculptors, painters, basketweavers, luthiers and other artisans and crafters!

    Heart of Appalachia | Blue Ridge Highlands | Eastern Shore
    Southern Virginia | Central Virginia | Chesapeake Bay
    Northern Virginia | Tidewater & Hampton Roads | Shenandoah Valley



    Heart of Appalachia

    Gary Carroll and one of his Sugar Run baskets. Gary Carroll and one of his Sugar Run baskets.

    Appalachia - The Appalachia Cultural Arts Center hosts art exhibits, musical entertainment, and local events and has quickly drawn the best of the potters, weavers, artists and sculptors who work in the inspired beauty of Southwest Virginia's mountain scenery.

    Marion - Gary Carroll's Sugar Run baskets are made the old-fashioned way with hand tools such as a drawknife, froe and axe. Made out of white oak, the baskets are decorative and functional, and can be purchased at Handsome Molly's.

    Gate City - Clinch Mountain Arts & Crafts features art and craft works by over 100 artists in the Clinch Mountain region - Roanoke to Knoxville.

    Hiltons - Foggy Bottom Dulcimers has been crafting dulcimers and various woodturnings for 15 years. Handmade lamps and primitive picture frames are also displayed in the studio.

    Heart of Appalachia Artisans



    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Wayne Henderson Wayne Henderson handcrafting a guitar.

    Abingdon - 'Round the Mountain is working to link travelers to artisan studios, galleries, craft venues, farms, vineyards, and other creative points of interest in Southwest Virginia. Their website offers a Craft Registry that allows you to search artisans, craft venues, and farms in a variety of ways, such as type of craft, location, artisan name, type of venue and more!

    Floyd - 16 Hands is a cooperative of eight artists - a woodworker, Brad Warstler, and seven potters (Ellen Shankin, Stacy Snyder, Slivie Granatelli, Donna Polseno, Richard Hensley, and David Crane). Take the 16 Hands Studio Tour each spring and fall to see each artist at work and purchase their beautiful pieces.

    Rugby - Master luthier Wayne Henderson passionately creates world-renowned guitars in between impromtu jam sessions with musicians who may pop in his shop. Henderson has created guitars for the likes of Eric Clapton and Doc Watson.

    Rocky Mount - The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road promotes and highlights many of the things that make this region special by featuring the work of over 58 local and area artists and authors.

    Blue Ridge Highlands Artisans | Events


    Mama Girl and her masterpieces of love. Mama Girl and her masterpieces of love.

    Eastern Shore

    Onancock - Willie Crockett's paintings are recognized as among the most honest portrayals of the Chesapeake's drama and beauty. Best known for his wildlife art, he transmits to his paintings an ever fresh view of the Eastern Shore landscape, the wildfowl and the marsh. Visit him at his gallery and studio.

    Onley - William and David Turner are world-renowned sculptors of bronze life-size and miniature wildlife and waterfowl figures. The Turner Foundry and Gallery displays their magnificent works of art.

    Painter - For Mary Onley, also known as Mama Girl, her whimsical paper-maché figures are a result of prayer and years of working in the fields. Each piece is carefully hand-crafted in her studio on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

    Onancock - Richardson Gallery started out simply as a studio for Jack Richardson's use creating the paintings he is famous for. He paints in an impressionistic style with the focus on local landscape done on location and larger interpretations done in the studio.

    Eastern Shore Artisans | Packages



    Southern Virginia

    Bob Cage Sculpture Bob Cage sculpture.

    Martinsville - de Spot is a unique gallery that showcases the work of Karen Despot. It is now located within The Artisan Center in historic uptown Martinsville! The gallery features an assortment of items including glass, wood craft, ceramics, decorative painting, jewelry, stained glass, delicately hand painted eggs and gourds and just about anything else to satisfy your needs.

    Martinsville - At Piedmont Arts one will find theater, music, sculpture and more! Exhibitions, an On Stage performance series, educational outreach in area schools, workshops, and other arts-related programming are open to the public.

    South Boston - Bob Cage's Sculpture Farm is a must-see for anyone traveling through Southern Virginia! Children enjoy the myriad of farm animals that frolic through the fields through the sculptures. An ever-changing display you'll want to see often!

    South Boston - Visit Karen Shelton's Fine Art Studio and Gallery. This award winning artist has many beautiful watercolors of still lifes and abstracts.

    Southern Virginia Artisans | Events



    Central Virginia

    Barboursville - Frederick Nichols has captured such Virginia scapes as Goshen Pass in Rockbridge County, various locations along the James River and Sherando Lake in Augusta County. The Nichols Studio Gallery features his paintings and silk screens.

    Richmond - Impressionist painter Jennifer Young displays her landscape paintings at Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery. She paints on-site at numerous Virginia locations and her subjects have included the gardens of Maymont and Smith Mountain Lake near Bedford.

    Stanardsville - Browse and purchase pottery by Holly Horan and sculpture by John Pluta at Noon Whistle Pottery & Sculpture Gallery.

    Charlottesville - A. Korotky Studio is a textile and surface design studio, specializing in woven linens, luscious wearables, blankets, wraps, throws, crowns, signs, and inventions of all kinds.

    Central Virginia Artisans | Events



    Chesapeake Bay

    Robert Podd creates new pieces at his studio, The Poddery. Robert Podd creates new pieces at his studio, The Poddery.

    Mathews - Bay School Community Arts Center is a multi-faceted arts and education organization. Tt offers lectures, demonstrations, art exhibits in their gallery and other programs of interest to the public.

    Foster - Choose from a multitude of Chesapeake Bay Wildlife themed pottery, wall pieces, decorative tiles, bird houses and more at The Poddery. They're open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

    Heathsville - Andrew Pitts is a furniture maker in Northumberland County. Most of his hardwood creations are from local trees that have fallen in storms in the Northern Neck. Sturdily built beds, tables and nightstands are meant for and hold up under every day use. Quality is key for Pitts.

    Lottsburg - Bill Martz' Shop and Gallery at 2515 - This "Open with a Phone Call" Shop features original paintings and reproductions of artist Bill Martz, known for his passionate portrayal of life in his part of the Chesapeake Bay for more than three decades.

    Chesapeake Bay Artisans | Events



    Northern Virginia

    Fredericksburg - Bill Harris is a prolific and innovative artist who handles both large scale murals and intimate portraits. His work is easily identifiable and extremely original, not only for their striking color combinations and light effects, but also for their intriguing and thought-provoking subject matter. Visit the Bill Harris Art Studio.

    Leesburg - Call ahead to arrange a visit to Glenfiddich Farm Pottery where you can choose from the handmade salt-glazed stoneware items created by artist Richard Busch.

    Round Hill - At the Round Hill Arts Center Gallery one will find the wonderful works by Virginia artisans. RHAC seeks to blur the line which, in the mind of the individual, often separates fine crafts (or "folk arts"), such as woodworking, basketry, weaving, and blacksmithing, from the fine arts: painting, photography, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. To that end, our programs and gallery encourage the juxtaposition of elements of the craft and fine arts traditions.

    Fredericksburg - Wm Mason II Violin Shop is located in the Historic Farmers Creamery building The two professional luthiers trained in the Cremona Style of violin making follow the tradition of Amati and Stradivari. We build, repair and restore violins, violas, celli and bass as well as rehair and repair bows.

    Northern Virginia Artisans | Events



    Tidewater & Hampton Roads

    Norfolk - Visit d'ART, 28 studios featuring the works of more than 40 regional artists - all under one roof!

    Williamsburg - Nancy Thomas is a nationally-known contemporary artist who has lived and painted in historic Yorktown for the past 30 years. Her work is prized throughout the country and appears in the homes of thousands of collectors as well as in magazines and in decorator books, in museums, in Hollywood films, on Broadway and on television. Visit her Gallery in Williamsburg!

    Williamsburg Area - Follow the Williamsburg Area Discover the Arts Trail! Area gallery owners, artists, artisans, performers and museum staffs look forward to sharing the rich cultural landscape with you. You are encouraged to visit the Historic Triangle every year on the first Sunday in October during An Occasion for the Arts. This juried arts event hosts more than 30,000 visitors for a day of arts celebration.

    Tidewater & Hampton Roads Artisans | Events



    Shenandoah Valley

    Fincastle - In a world where furniture makers call themselves artists, Jake Cress pokes fun by building pieces that are designed to make you laugh. Several museums, including the Renwick (Smithsonian) own Jake's "whimsical" pieces and his work has been mentioned in The Washington Post and Traditional Home magazine.

    Lexington - On the corner of Washington and Main Streets you will find Artists in Cahoots, a local art cooperative of nationally known artists. Browse our exceptional display of handmade items, including jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, photography, pyrography, carvings, pottery and more.

    Mt. Jackson - The Art Group Gallery, a non-profit artists' cooperative, is a great place to find a plethora of goods by Shenandoah Valley artists.

    Staunton - See live glass blowing 7 days a week at Sunspots Studios in historic downtown Staunton. Sunspots Studios offers something different for visitors. We are a gift gallery and glass blowing studio in a historic building in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley.

    Shenandoah Valley Artisans | Events

Last Updated: 11/24/2015 11:03 AM
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