Think Virginia First!

Kick off your New Year with resolve in support of Virginia Artisans and the communities in which they live.


Virginia’s artisan culture links the past, present & future and reconciles “meaning” with “making" and this winter ACV is providing you with two exhibition opportunites to meet Juried Virginia artisans who are embracing this unique way of life.  

On January 28-29 at the Virginia Commision for the Arts "Art Works for Virginia" conference meet artisans from 9 of the juried craft media categories as they showcase their works and share stories of their path to becoming a professional artisan in the State of Virginia.   February 15 - April 13, the River District Arts in Rappahannock, Virginia in partnership with ACV will host "Makin' It In Virginia," an exhibition featuring a collection of fine, handmade craft by ACV juried members who are makin' a living by makin' craft in Virginia.

As you plan to attend these and other arts & cultural events this winter, continue your resolve by shopping local, experiencing local eateries and resting from your day's journey at a unique loding establisment where warm hospitality awaits!  Plan a visit using the itenerary and mapping features found on each of Our Artisan's and Artisan Trail Network descriptive website pages.

Check our full "Calendar of Events" regularly to take advantage of our members' and partners' special invitations that will make your winter excursions ones you will never forget.


Take Home A Piece of Virginia experience, a memory, a skill!

Explore an Artisan Trail today and enjoy the wealth of history and culture Virginia has to offer. From the tip of our "big toe" to our shores on the Atlantic, you will discover unique communities, creative venues and engaging creative offerings as you plan your next Virginia artisan adventure.

Artisan Trail Network

Create a journey of discovery as you plan your unique Virginia adventure on the Artisan Trail Network!

Heart and Soil of the Shenandoah Valley (Augusta County with Cities of Waynesboro & Staunton)

Monticello Artisan Trail (Albemarle & Nelson Counties with City of Charlottesville)

Virginia’s Western Highland’s Artisan Trail (Counties of Alleghany, Bath, Craig & Highland)

Enrolling Now! the “O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail”

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ACV has received Virginia Tourism Corporation grant support to produce photo-video presentations of select artisan trail participants. Email us if you’re interested in being featured.

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Studio School

Make Art Your Business

2013 Fall Semester entrepreneur and craft workshops at:

Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA

Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA

Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA.

Take all the courses in an Artist Entrepreneur Series and receive a discount. 

Additional Scholarship assistance is available to ACV members.  APPLY NOW!

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Retail Partners

To Shop ACV is to Buy Local

ACV affiliates feature Virginia artisans who are widely accomplished and distinguished at creating fine craft… the best in their field!

Discover the joy of owning hand-crafted, functional pieces, heritage craft items, unique collectibles and wear-ables of the highest quality made by a Virginia craft artisan.

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News & Updates

Artisans Center of Virginia - Part-time Artisan Trail Field Officer Position Opening
Bedford County Names its Artisan Trail
Apple Valley 5K Supports Development of Artisan Trail in Bedford County
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Calendar of Events

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Our Juried Artisans

Ross, Anne

"Ross Custom Leather maker of quality handcrafted leather goods."
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Leather:  Accessories,

Pinnell, Chuck

"Fine custom leathercraft"
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Ailer, Dana

"I create heirloom rugs using a technique handed down through generations of women in the Shenandoah Valley"
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Fiber-Decorative:  Rugs,

Belknap, Karyn

"Love for my friends of the four-legged woolly variety - everything starts there for me."
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Fiber-Wearable:  Felt,

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Retail Partners & Affiliates