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Floyd Artisan Trail tour opening exhibit to be held Thursday, June 21 at the Jax

Floyd Artisan Trail tour opening exhibit to be held Thursday, June 21 at the Jax

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The June Artisan Trail Tour is a four-day tour featuring 64 sites across Floyd County with activities at artisan home studios; galleries and shops; wineries; farms and farm markets; and restaurant and lodging sites.

Site activities include the sales and exhibit of fine art, hand-craft and farm products; and demonstrations, classes and talks at sites throughout the county.

Demonstrations and talks include paper-making, sculpture carving, pottery, seminole patchwork quilting, wax batik, woodworking, coffee roasting, painting, the operations of a sawmill in furniture-making, and more. Some sites will offer specials to tour visitors with discounts on chocolate, accommodations, or complementary items.

An Opening Tour Exhibit will be held Thursday, June 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. The exhibit will highlight participating sites and their work. The staffed exhibit will remain open throughout the tour to provide a town location for information, brochure and map, and updated daily schedule.

2012 Tour Hours include Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, June 24, 12 to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During tour hours, visitors can find a staffed information table at the downtown Community Pavilion (across from the Floyd Country Store) or the Jacksonville Center for brochures, maps, and updated schedules.

Participating Artists and Businesses for 2012 include:

ARTISAN STUDIOS: Pottery & Ceramics: Blue Heron Pottery/Jayn Avery, Frog Hollow Pottery /Ron & Susan Sutterer, Parlour Pottery by Josh Manning, Sarah McCarthy, Silvie Granatelli, Rick Hensley, Donna Polseno, Ellen Shankin, Jayn Avery, Tom Phelps, 16 Hands Apprentices Hona Knudsen, Justine Barrett Figura, Jessica Wertz, Andrea Denniston. Woodworkers & Furniture: Brad Warstler, Bill & Corinne Graefe, Swede McBroom, Ernest Bryant. Fabric & Fiber: Jenna Pynn, Alice Walker, Linda Osborne. Jewelry: Anne Vaughan, Maureen Hearn, Linda Osborne Fine Artists & Photographers: Karen Sewell, Joli Ayn Wood, Carolyn Deck, Blue Ridge Nature Photography B. Don Johnson & Donna R. Johnson, Erin Coffin, Gretchen St. Lawrence, StarRoot. Others artisans: Gibby Waitzkin, Michael Costello, Susan Icove, Teri Walters, Christine Byrd, A Crooked Little House/Kari LeMay. (as well as many other artisans represented at participating galleries).

GALLERIES & SHOPS: Bell Gallery and Garden, Troika Contemporary Crafts Gallery, New Mountain Mercantile, Floyd Country Store, Over the Moon Gallery, Floyd Arts Association, The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, The Jaxs Galleria, The Floyd Artisan Market, Floyd Tattoo Arts Gallery, Jeanie O'Neill Gallery & Boutique, Woolly Jumper Yarn Shop, Woodsong Artisans Gallery.

WINERIES, FARMS, FARM MARKETS/SHOPS: Foggy Ridge Cider, Black Snake Meadery, Villa Appalaccia Winery, Floyd Farmers Market, Republic of Floyd, Harvest Moon, Riverstone Farm, Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, Wildwood Farm.

EAT & DRINK: Tuggles Gap Restaurant and Motel, Natasha's Cafe, Mickey G's Bistro & Pizzeria, Dogtown Roadhouse, Nancy's Candy, Hotel Floyd, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster & Black Water Loft, Woodberry Inn Restaurant & Bar, Oddfella's Cantina, Ambrosia Farm B&B, Grateful Bread Bakery & Artist Garden.

The tour is being facilitated by the nonprofit community organization SustainFloyd as part of their goal to help create a local sustainable economy based on local assets. Special thanks to our sponsors: SustainFloyd, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Hotel Floyd, Sarvisberry Gallery, Citizens Telephone Cooperative, The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, City Magazine, The Floyd Country Store, Bell Gallery & Gardens, Troika Contemporary Craft Gallery, The Natural Woodworking Company, and Riverstone Organic Farm.

For more information, visit FloydArtisanTrail.org, email info@floydartisantrail.org, or call 1-866-787-8806. For a hard-copy tour brochure and map, visit the Jacksonville Center, Bell Gallery, Chamber of Commerce or other downtown Floyd participating sites.

-- Submitted by Pat Sharkey, Floyd Artisan Trail Coordinator

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