Thursday, February 3, 2011

Artisan Travel: The Work of their Hands

ROAD TRIP IDEA

Muncie Indiana
McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast, Muncie IN
Downtown Muncie, Indiana is part of an arts and culture district.  Every First Thursday of the month Muncie's downtown galleries, pubs and eateries stay open late.  Many galleries time show openings to coincide with First Thursday.  


Learn more about the happenings in downtown Muncie, just a few minutes drive from McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast here:  http://munciedowntown.com/Arts/arts.html

Got Gas? You will learn how natural gas played an important role in history when you visit the Hoosier Indiana Glass Trail http://www.indianaglasstrail.com/


The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast, Rocky Mount VA
Franklin County Virginia
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum
Ferrum College, 20 Museum Drive Ferrum, VA 24088  540-365-4416
Signature crafts: Oak-split baskets, wooden toys, wooden models, wrought iron, woven rugs, dough trays--all made by authentic Blue Ridge folk craftspeople. Event: Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Oct 22, 2011. (Just 8 miles from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast)

Antiques & Collectibles of the Crooked Road
230 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 540-482-0030
Signature crafts: Hand painted glass items. Landscape Collection of Handprinted Film Photography. Handwoven blankets. Stained Glass. Handmade jewelry. Hand spun Alpaca fiber, soap and misc handmade Alpaca items. Reclaimed wood handmade furniture. Locally made wine. (End of our street from The Claiborne House)

224 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151  540-482-0005
Signature crafts: Glass,photography, handmade jewelry, weaving,quilting, pottery,mosaics,sculpture,paintings.  Features the work of approximately 65 artisans and authors from the Blue Ridge region of  SW Virginia. (Walk there, also end of our street)

'Round the Mountain SW Virginia's Artisan Network for nearby Floyd and other SW Virginia Artisans, Farms, Agritourism, Wineries, Venues and Events.  Arts, crafts, and music run deep in these Blue Ridge Mountains. Handmade fiddles and dulcimers (Luthiers) made from our Virginia hardwoods.


Thomas Shepherd Inn, Shepherdstown, WV  
Jefferson Co WV
www.ThomasShepherdInn.com
The Over the Mountain Studio Tour - http://www.studiotourwv.org/  is always held the second weekend of November.  There is often a preview show in July in downtown Shepherdstown, WV.


Enjoy a leisurely self-guided driving tour around Jefferson County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia to artists' studios, with some artists working during the tour.  Usually two to three artists showcase their artistry at each location.  The tour is free, and a wide variety of artisan crafts are shown, from hand-worked wooden bowls to blacksmithed iron tools to thrown pottery to handcrafted glass and jewelry. 


*Information is provided for your trip planning, we cannot guarantee hours of operation from third parties, please call or visit their websites.

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