|John Alexander||Alexander's Brooms & Crafts||Grayson|
Raised in the mountains of Virginia when self-sufficiency was the norm, the Alexanders have been making traditional mountain brooms and poplar bark baskets for over 40 years. The brooms and baskets retain their functionality while at the same time reflecting the personalities of their makers. Our mission is to clean up the earth one sweep at a time.
|Joanne Bell||Bell Gallery and Garden||Floyd|
I gather inspiration for my craft from the entire natural beauty surround me in these wonder Blue Ridge Mountains that I am so very fortunate to call home. I travel throughout the Mid Atlantic region, as well as forays into the Midwest to sell my work at juried art and craft shows. I grow and gather flowers, ferns, leaves and weeds to make my pressed flower sun catchers.
|Diane Brzeski||Moondancer Creations||Franklin|
I am involved in a variety of crafts, always searching for just the right medium to acheive my vision. I enjoy working with natural materials and my subject is mainly of natural and organic themes. I teach any of my crafts to interested students. Custom made items are always welcomed.
|Gary Carroll||Sugar Run Baskets||Lee|
White oak is the basis for all my baskets. Like the early American pioneers, I go to the woods and carefully select a tree that is suitable for basket material. All material for my baskets is hand made the old fashioned way by using hand tools such as axe, froe, drawknife and knife. Our baskets are functional and/or decorative. With care they will last for generations.
|Maxine Childers||Wolf Creek Jewelry Studio||Bland|
Handcrafted jewelry, many styles and colors, beads, gemstones, pearls, gold-filled, sterling silver, silver-plated, gold-plated. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches, ankle bracelets.
|William (Bill) Crump||Bill Crump||Washington|
Origami jewelry, pendants, earrings and pins.
Designs are original.
|Ruth (Marty) Dunn||Ruth (Marty) Dunn||Washington|
I have been making baskets since 1992 and enjoy making baskets in all styles. I am a member of North Carolina Basket Association, Tri-States Basket Association, the Cave House and have worked with William King Arts Center making reproduction of a 19th century feather basket for their cultural heritage project.
|Charles Fleming||Stitches and Stones||Dickenson|
Charlie and Izetta Fleming are a husband & wife craft team. Charlie loves rocks; one might say “He has rocks in his head”. He cuts & polishes gem stones and Izetta wirewraps the cut stones in gold & silver.
Both fly fish and Izetta hand ties their flies, Charlie does the product testing.
Izetta quilts. Her quilts are hand-pieced and hand-quilted.
Both make gravel flippers (slingshots).
Izetta paints rocks and does storytelling.
They participate in craft shows and festivals.
|Jane Floyd||Shades of Nature Gallery & Studio||Grayson|
A native of Dickenson County, Eula has been immersed in Southwest Virginia culture all her life, which shows in her work. She has been creating burnings and carvings for over 7 years, and has received many awards and much praise from local fairs. Her work can be seen at the Ralph Stanley Museum gift shop,and the Appalachian Art Center. Her husband, Larry B. Edwards, makes turkey calls and wooden bowls on the lathe.
|Justin & Kathy Garziano||Mountain Meadow Soy Candles||Carroll|
Welcome to Mountain Meadow Soy Candles, makers of natural soy candles and melters right here in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A natural vegetable product, soy is environmentally friendly and grown by American Farmers. Find out for yourself what our customers say. Our hand poured natural soy candles are the best --- plain and simple. Step up to Mountain Meadow Soy Candles. You will be glad you did.
|Polly Heffinger||Polly Heffinger||Smyth|
My Native American beadwork is hand stitched (no machine work).
The baby booties are also hand stitched and embroidered, gourds are printed with Native American designs - some pieces are used for decoration also other natural materials such as feathers and beads.
|Paula Kahn||Chinquapin Designs, LLC||Bristol|
The Allegheny Chinquapin usually bears one well-protected nut per prickly burr. The tree, once found in abundance, has been decimated by the same blight that wiped out the American Chestnut.
These jewels from nature are made to raise awareness of a vanishing species.
|Ruth Ann Kondylas||Little Mountain Soap Company||Smyth|
Maker of fine herbal & floral goods and soothing soy candles. Ruth Ann is a self taught herbalist and aromatherapist who has been making natural body care goods since 1997. She makes soaking salts and salt scrubs using locally harvested salt. All of her products are proudly made in Saltville, Virginia.
|Ruth Ann Kondylas||Lucky Penny Mosaics||Smyth|
Mixed Media mosaics from small scale jewelry to large mosaic art pieces. Ruth Ann works with non precious metals and natural materials including glass, tiles, stones and gems. She also focuses on using reclaimed and recycled materials. Her work reflects her surroundings on Little Mountain.
My love of photography and crafting seem to always circle back to nature. I want to share the beauty of God's creation with everyone. I use natural items along with fused glass and fiber in my gourd art. Mixed media art with photographs I take in the area around my home are also something I enjoy.
|Ganell Marshall||Ganell's Cornshuckery Creativity||Wise|
|Mary Martin||The Basket Case||Tazewell|
Mary Martin comes from an Appalachian heritage that instilled in her a sense of hard work and an appreciation of the simple life. Her father was a basket weaver. She continues to practice the handiwork of her ancestors. She lives on small farm near Bluefield, Virginia, where she enjoys raising Alpacas, gardening and canning, quilting and basket weaving. Her basket weaving uses traditional methods to create expressive forms that are both functional and reflective of her life experiences.
|Brenda McCall||Brenda McCall||Washington|
I started making baskets, as well as other crafts, for a hobby. Little did I know that soon baskets would win out above the other crafts. Soon I was teaching basket making, as well as chair caning. I have taught basket and weaving for 23 years in hopes of keeping the art of basketry and chair caning alive.
|Sarah Minick||Berry Hill Baskets||Wythe|
Sarah Minick has been making traditional Appalachian style baskets since 1996. In her baskets she weaves reed and cane, and hand-gathered vine and bark. When the basket is finished, she dips it into a homemade black walnut dye to soften the colors. Sarah uses sustainable, natural materials, and her newest project is learning how to gather materials, dry, and weave bulrush and iris leaf baskets. Her work reflects the beauty of her natural surroundings.
|Carolyn Neal||Carolyn Neal||Tazewell|
I am from Tannersville, Virginia, a small valley in Tazewell County. I began weaving baskets after retiring from teaching elementary school. I use natural dyes and materials to create beautiful and functional baskets.