Fall Festival Award Winners

October 11, 2016

Jason McLeod, jewelry designer and maker, was our Best in Show winner at the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival this past weekend for his incredibly intricate and innovative jewelry. Congratulations, Jason!

Our other award winners are:

• 2nd Place: John Sterling, furniture
• 3rd Place: Angel Shockley, personal care

• President’s Choice: Paul and Deborah Bahm, woodwork
• Director’s Choice
: Charity Hall, jewelry

• People’s Choice: A. Cesar Noguiera, sculpture; Ed Gorham, painter

Congratulations to all our award winners! Thanks to our Festival Judges and to all those who participated in the People’s Choice Awards!

*President’s Choice Award is chosen by the President of the Claudius Crozet Board of Directors. Director’s Choice is chosen by the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival Director.


Advance tickets now available for the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, October 8 & 9, 2016

August 9, 2016

Make plans now for a wonderful autumn weekend excursion to the Arts Festival! With two months to go before the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Claudius Crozet Park, advance tickets are now available for Festival patrons.

The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival is a bi-annual juried fine art event supporting the community owned and operated, non-profit Claudius Crozet Park. For more information about the Festival and American Craft Week, visit www.crozetfestival.com. For a complete list of American Craft Week public events taking place locally and nationwide, go to www.americancraftweek.com.


American Craft Week Returns to Crozet

July 18, 2016

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The Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival joins with retailers and art institutions nationwide in celebration of American Craft Week. Open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, at Claudius Crozet Park in Crozet VA, this American Craft Week event will feature over 100 juried fine art and craft Exhibitors showing and selling their handcrafted work. Craft demonstrations in blacksmithing, woodcarving, plein aire painting, and more will be ongoing throughout the weekend. The Festival also features live music in a variety of genres and styles, a special Children’s Area, great food, and Virginia wine and draft beer by the glass.

American Craft Week began as a small, grassroots effort to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of handmade craft. Now celebrating its seventh anniversary, American Craft Week is a well-established, national event celebrating the tradition of American craft in artists’ studios, galleries museums, schools, and festivals. This year’s official celebration will be held Oct. 1 – 16, and for the first time all 50 states are participating, including the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries (US Army bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea).

“American Craft Week has caught the imagination of so many supporters,” said Diane Sulg, founder and co-chair of the event. “With the growing appreciation of both artisan products and American-made goods, craft is highly regarded for its strong design, quality materials, expert workmanship and enduring value.”Since its inception in 2010, American Craft Week has grown from 240 to more than 1000 participating events, all inviting the general public to enjoy a wide variety of educational, commercial, charitable and festive ways to celebrate craft.

The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival is a bi-annual juried fine art event supporting the community owned and operated, non-profit Claudius Crozet Park. For more information about the Festival and American Craft Week, visit www.crozetfestival.com. For a complete list of American Craft Week public events taking place locally and nationwide, go to www.americancraftweek.com.


Calling all Artists and Crafters looking to take your work to the next level!

March 1, 2016

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Do you want to sell in galleries, festivals, wholesale or on-line but don’t know where to start? The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival has joined with Central Virginia SCORE and the McGuffy Art Center to offer a professional development Workshop for Artists, March 29 at 1pm-5pm at the McGuffy Art Center in Charlottesville.

Get solid professional advice focused on the specific business needs of Artists and Handcrafters.

Janice Arone of Barn Swallow Artisan Gallery will share knowledge from her career as a professional pottery Artist, Arts Festival Exhibitor, and Gallery owner. From a discussion of her own creative and business experiences, Janice will cover the unique challenges of running an Arts business and offer advice to those looking to exhibit and sell their creative work. Subjects will include: Determining if your artwork is saleable, setting prices, booth set up, behind the scenes tips for exhibiting at Arts Festivals, balancing creative time with paperwork, and how to network with other Artists.

In addition, professionals in Social Media, Legal Issues, Organization Entities, Business Records and more will provide a complete overview of these subjects. All presenters will be taking questions.

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The workshop is Tuesday, March 29 from 1pm – 5pm at The McGuffey Art Center, Starnes Classroom, at 201 2nd. Street NW in Charlottesville. There is FREE parking at the First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Jefferson Street after 12:45pm. Seats are limited and the fee is $25. Snacks and drinks provided.


Albemarle County Artists and Artisans to Sell at Local Arts Festival

October 5, 2015

CROZET, VA – The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festivals bring Artist and Artisan Exhibitors to the area from throughout the United States (and Canada too!), but Albemarle County is strongly represented as well. Hometown pride is well-founded in this case – our local area is home to many talented and innovative Handcrafters in a variety of media.

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, from artist Elaine Butcher, is simple, modern, elegant and made right in Charlottesville, VA. “I create tiny sculptural worlds using traditional jewelry materials,” the Artist writes in describing her work.

Hand-cut, sewn, and carved, Sharron Duvall’s leather wallets, belts, and books are like 3-dimensional paintings worked in the leather. Duvall, who lives and works in the Charlottesville area, searches for unique leathers that allow for variation in texture and technique. Beyond being a talented leatherworker, Duvall is an expert graphic artist, creating intricate designs and motifs in her chosen medium.

Working with many types and species of wood, Charlottesville artisan Jim Sprinkle of Madera Wooden Bowls makes beautiful and functional wooden bowls, vases, plates, and more. Sprinkle, who had a previous career in construction and began turning bowls after retirement, uses a technique called “segmented turning” which involves fitting together many smaller pieces of wood before turning the entire block on the lathe to create the final piece. This technique allows the artist to use wood that may otherwise have been discarded, conserving a wonderful natural resource that has historically been used much faster than it can regenerate, and giving the artist another possibility for creative input in the process.

Other participating Exhibitors from the Charlottesville and Crozet area include: Janice Arone (pottery); Mary Ann Bowden (quilts); Christine Crisler (children’s clothing); Ben Greenberg (photography); Avery Groves (jewelry); Victoria Horner (handbags); Viesturs Osvaldo (glass); Miriam Picus (weaving); Steve Sargeant (stone candles); Angel Shockley (personal care items); Scott Supraner (ceramics); Meg West (painting).

The Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Columbus Day weekend, October 10 & 11. Hours are Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 10-5. Adult admission is $6, kids under 12 are free and parking is free. Learn more and preview the participating Artist Exhibitors online at www.crozetfestival.com.

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Local Musicians Perform at the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

September 12, 2015

CROZET, VA – The Festival Stage at the 35th Annual Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will be filled all weekend long with talented local musicians and dancers. Come out and tap your toes to the beat, or even break out your dancing shoes! Our Festival Stage is sponsored by WTJU, 91.1 FM.

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Singer/songwriter Sue Harlow, from Louisa Virginia, starts the lineup with two sets on Saturday morning. Drawing on the great Americana/Folk singer tradition, Harlow’s original songs tell stories to which listeners can relate – tales of love and loss, happy times and sad.

Next up is Irish Matthew, a one-man-band featuring Matthew O’Donnell on vocals, accordion, tenor banjo, guitar, fiddle, concertina, and bodhran. A regular on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Irish Matthew draws a crowd with his Irish traditionals and shanties, played with true devotion to their musical heritage.

For a little change of pace, we next introduce Failure to Communicate: a middle-school rock band originally organized through the Stacy’s Music “Highway to Rock” program and featuring Tess Majors (vocals), Hannah Fowler (guitar), Evan Sposato (guitar), Zach Bowen (drums), Ian Lassetter (keyboard), and Summer Smith (bass).

Red-and-the-Romantics
Charlottesville favorites Red and the Romantics close out the Saturday schedule, returning to the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival by popular demand and bringing the full five-piece band this time! Best described as polka-infused honky-tonk, Red and the Romantics members encompass an abundance of musical experience and diversity, ranging from gospel church music to rock ‘n’ roll, brought together and shared through the original songwriting of Erik “Red” Knierim.

Cloggers
The Sunday schedule begins with a rollicking performance from the Skyline Country Cloggers. A non-profit clogging team in central Virginia, the Cloggers promote the rich heritage of American clog dancing through lessons and performances at many local events and Festivals.
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Barbara Martin graces our stage with two sets of Jazz and Blues — standards and originals — in the middle of the day on Sunday. With a background in country, folk, New-Wave rock and the singer-songwriter circuit, Martin brings a depth of musical experience to her most compelling and comfortable niche.

Sunday afternoon, join in with musicians, artists, and educators Michael Wright and Kate Walter singing old-time folk and traditional tunes. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica accompany a repertoire ranging from Appalachian folk songs to classic rock, with a healthy dose of Bob Dyan and the Grateful Dead. You will be clapping, dancing, and joining in on the chorus!

In our Children’s Area, we welcome Kim and Jimbo Cary, who will be performing throughout the weekend. Sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Kim and Jimbo are an interactive folk music duo inspiring children and their families to participate with a variety of percussion instruments available.

The Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Columbus Day weekend, October 10 & 11. Hours are Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 10-5. Adult admission is $6, kids under 12 are free and parking is free. Learn more and preview the participating Artist Exhibitors online at www.crozetfestival.com.


The Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival Participates in American Craft Week

August 24, 2015

American Craft Week 2015 comes to Albemarle County.

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The Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, along with retailers and art institutions in Albemarle County, across Virginia, and nationwide will celebrate American Craft Week this coming October. This is the first year the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival – taking place the last weekend of the celebration on October 10-11 – has participated in this event.

American Craft Week began as a small, grassroots effort to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of handmade craft. Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, American Craft Week is a well-established, national event celebrating the tradition of American craft in artists’ studios, galleries, museums, schools, and festivals. This year’s official celebration will be held Oct. 3 – 12, and for the first time all 50 states are participating, including the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries (US Army bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea).

“American Craft Week has caught the imagination of so many supporters,” said Diane Sulg, founder and co-chair of the event. “With the growing appreciation of both artisan products and American-made goods, craft is highly regarded for its strong design, quality materials, expert workmanship and enduring value.”

Since its inception in 2010, American Craft Week has grown from 240 to more than 1000 participating events, all inviting the general public to enjoy a wide variety of educational, commercial, charitable and festive ways to celebrate craft.

The 35th Annual Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will host over 100 juried fine art and craft Exhibitors at Claudius Crozet Park on October 10-11. Also featuring live music from local performers, great food, Virginia wine and draft beer, and activities for the children, the Festival is a wonderful way to experience an autumn weekend in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (rain or shine!).

For a complete list of American Craft Week public events taking place locally and nationwide, go to www.Americancraftweek.com

 


Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival

April 21, 2015

Spend a glorious day in Historic Crozet, and bring mom along too!

Wondering what to do after Mom finishes her breakfast in bed? Take her out to the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival! With over 120 Artists and Artisans showing and selling their original handcrafted creations, there will be plenty of shopping, browsing, and meeting talented and interesting creative people. Virginia wine and beer will be served, and a great selection of food will be available, so plan to spend the day (bonus: much less planning for you!).

Relax and enjoy live music from Roosevelt Dime, Red and the Romantics, The Hook and Bullet, and more, and keep the kids entertained in a special Kids Area with facepainting, arts activities, and entertainment. Adult admission is only $6 and kids are free, making this a very affordable destination. In addition, sign up for the free raffle and have a chance to win one of the many incredible items donated by Exhibiting Artists and Festival Sponsors!

The Festival takes place in Claudius Crozet Park, a community owned and operated non-profit park in historic Crozet, set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Park, helping to maintain facilities and keep the Park open and available for community use. With several playing fields, playgrounds, and more, CCP is enjoyed by families year-round. Grab a coffee at the Park Café at the Fesival and learn about all the programs and special events at the Park.

The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Mother’s Day weekend, May 9 & 10. Hours are Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 10-5. Adult admission is $6, kids under 12 are free and parking is free. Learn more and preview the participating Artist Exhibitors online at www.crozetfestival.com.


The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival: Making Memories While You Shop

April 7, 2015

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When is a vase not only a vase? When you buy it at the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival!

 

Shopping is a national pastime. We do it because we must – restocking groceries, keeping the kids clothed. We do it for fun – finding the perfect gift for a loved one, picking up a deal on that fantastic dress. But how often are we able to make a personal connection while making our purchases? How often does a glance at that purchase bring memories of meeting the incredible, talented and hardworking Artist who created it?

Art and craftwork are easily accessible these days, with online art shops proliferating, home printer quality increasing, and “wall art” available at any homegoods store. But with this increased access comes a certain anonymity – the pieces may be beautiful but what do they mean to you? What do they say about you? What memories do they bring to your mind? While rooms copied from a catalog may be beautiful, a certain sterile feeling pervades a space when the owners have no emotional attachment to their surroundings.

The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival is the antidote to catalog decorating. At this juried show, not only will you find incredible handcrafted work, you will meet the Artist or Artisan who created the piece. Ask questions, have a conversation, make a connection! The Artist Exhibitors who come to exhibit at Claudius Crozet Park bring years of experience and ingenuity to their chosen artistic medium. Many have been Exhibiting at Arts Festivals around the country for decades, for others this is their first foray into the Art and Craft show world. Some have backgrounds in different professions, and a fascinating story of artistic and personal discovery that led them to the booth where they now sit and chat with you.

The photography, pottery, and paintings you take home from the Festival come with a story attached – from the photographer who built a relationship with an Amish community, the potter who makes bespoke urns for beloved pets, the painter who travels to Italy for inspiration… And the stories are layered with memories of meeting these fascinating individuals, of examining the variety of their work to find a piece that speaks to you, and of a beautiful day spent in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you choose from your jewelry box the pair of earrings you purchased from a Festival jeweler, you will think for a moment about the person whose hands formed the metal and set the stones. This is a shopping opportunity like no other.

Learn more about the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival and preview the participating Artist Exhibitors online at www.crozetfestival.com.



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