8 Reasons to Volunteer at the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

September 14, 2018

We know you are busy (we are too!). Adding one more thing to your schedule can seem overwhelming. That said, we would really like you to join us as a Volunteer at the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival this year, so here’s our pitch:

  1. As a Festival Volunteer, you are directly supporting the Arts by facilitating this space for Artists to meet the public, share their stories, and sell their work.
  2. You are also directly supporting Claudius Crozet Park, a non-profit 501(c)(3) owned and operated by the community of Crozet and open to all. The Festival is the largest source of income for the Park, with revenue going towards general maintenance and upkeep as well as improvements such as the paved Perimeter Trail and the Dog Park.
  3. Supporting the larger community of Crozet, Charlottesville, and Albemarle County. The Festival brings tourists from Richmond, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, and areas of Northern Virginia to our community, so participating in making this event happen also supports local restaurants, hotels, and other tourist attractions.
  4. It’s lots of fun. Research shows that people are happiest when we are connected and interactive in our communities. Whether selling tickets, pouring beer, or even cleaning up after the Festival ends, we all have a great time working together and making this big event happen for our community members.

    Volunteer pours wine at the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival at Claudius Crozet Park in Crozet, Virginia

  5. You get free admission. If you are in it for the freebies, free admission to the Festival all weekend might be reason enough to sign up for a shift! But that’s not all – you also get a nifty t-shirt! And snacks!
  6. The Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival is an outdoors event, so you will reap the benefits of a couple hours in the fresh air (admit it, that isn’t always as easy as it should be).
  7. If you are a student at one of the local middle or high schools, Volunteering at the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival can contribute towards your required volunteer hours. Shifts are mostly 2-3 hours long, and you are welcome to sign up for multiples!
  8. Ultimately, you make this Festival happen! Without our Volunteer Staff on the Festival weekend, the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival could not happen. As the longest running juried Fine Art and Craft Festival in the region, the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival attracts Artists and Handcrafters from around the country, bringing a diversity of techniques and styles to this area and contributing to the larger country – even world! – wide artistic community. Thanks to Volunteers like you.
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Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival to Host Virginia Distilleries

May 1, 2018

The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival has served Virginia draft beer and wine from local Vineyards for several years, and this year the Spring Festival will add to the local beverage options with products from two Virginia distilleries. “We are so excited to host Belle Isle and the Virginia Distillery at the Festival in May,” says Festival director Amanda Polson, “In addition to featuring fine arts and craftwork at the Festival, we celebrate the culinary arts. And with the rich history of distilled spirits in Virginia, this seems like a perfect fit!”

With distillery employees on hand to showcase and educate attendees about their spirits, customers can look forward to learning about the process of creating moonshine and whiskey – classic Virginia spirits! Both distilleries will offer a menu of mixed drinks for customers to enjoy on-site, as well as bottles to take home.

Belle Isle Virginia moonshine distillery

The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival will be open 10am-5:30pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday, May 12 and 13. The Festival benefits and is located at Claudius Crozet Park in historic Crozet, Virginia, just 15 minutes from Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. The Festival features over 120 juried fine art and craft Exhibitors selling their own works in the big Festival Tent and Park Pavilions, as well as live music and entertainment all weekend, a special Children’s Area, and a great selection of food and drink! Adult admission is $7, kids 12 and under are free. Find advance tickets and full details online at www.crozetfestival.com


Announcing the 38th Annual Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, benefitting Claudius Crozet Park

April 17, 2018

The 38th Annual Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 12 & 13, at Claudius Crozet Park in historic Crozet, VA. The Festival is a bi-annual benefit for the community owned and operated Park, which has been a vital part of the Crozet community since the land was originally donated in 1958.

The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival presents over 120 professional fine Art and Craft makers each year to an audience of around 5000 from Crozet and Charlottesville as well as visitors traveling to the area from Richmond, Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Northern Virginia. The Festival is produced by one year-round director, supported by the Park Board of Directors. On the Festival weekend, a staff of over 120 volunteers join in to make the magic happen!

Throughout the two days of the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival there will be craft demonstrations including glass blowing and plein-aire painting, a full entertainment schedule on the Festival Stage, Virginia draft beer and Virginia wine by the glass (sponsored by the Charlottesville Radio Group), mixed drinks and information on how local spirits are made at Virginia distilleries, a selection of food trucks and vendors, a special Children’s Area with an interactive music program and other activities, and more!

ENTERTAINMENT
Festival Stage Sponsored by WTJU, 91.1FM
All performances are included in the price of admission!

SATURDAY, MAY 12

10:00am Field School Boys Choir
11:00am John Wyant Band
1:45pm Matthew O’Donnell
3:15pm Isabel Bailey

SUNDAY, MAY 13

10:00am WAHS Jazz Band
11:30 Greg Howard and Friends
1:30 Skyline Country Cloggers
3:00pm Roosevelt Dime

The Art and Craft Exhibitors at the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival are a mix of local and national professionals who applied and were jury selected to be a part of this event. Local artists include Ben Greenberg (photographer), Nancy Ross (potter), Nan Dix (jeweler), Viesturs Osvalds (glass), Brenda Hardman (wood), and more. At the 2018 Spring Festival we will also welcome Exhibitors from Minnesota (Thomas Siciliano, papermaker), Michigan (Sergio Barcena, metal sculptor), North Carolina (John Furches, traditional printmaker, and Lynn Butcher, glass jewelry maker), Maine (Wendy Waugaman, jeweler), Washington (Diana Mullen, fiber work), among others.

Media represented include jewelry, clothing and other fiber work, furniture, pottery and ceramics, home decor, gifts, toys, paintings, photography, leatherwork, culinary arts, and personal care items – all in a range of styles and price points to appeal to the casual shopper as well as the seasoned collector. This is an opportunity to meet the actual makers of these items and works and to develop personal connections and invest in the creative economy.

The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival is open on Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Parking is free at Claudius Crozet Park. Adult admission is $7, seniors are $6, and kids 12 and under are free, and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. A coupon for $1 off admission is available on the Festival website.

Visit www.crozetfestival.com for details, directions, and more. Join us on facebook, instagram, and twitter for updates and special offers!


Award-Winning Strings Duo Marcolivia to Perform at Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

August 29, 2017

The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival is proud to welcome string-duo Marcolivia to the Fall Festival stage on Saturday, October 7. Frequent performers on NPR’s “Performance Today” and “Front Row Washington”, Marcolivia are regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan, and have performed for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, NYC, and annually at the Phillips Collection. Marcolivia regularly adjudicate and give masterclasses for events organized by the Washington Performing Arts Society.

At the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival the duo will play a lively, varied program that shows how folk music from many nations has influenced classical music. The performance will take place 4:30-5:30PM on Saturday, October 7, on the Festival Stage at Claudius Crozet Park, and is funded in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez enjoy successful individual solo and chamber music careers: Ms. Hajioff, a Fulbright scholar, received a BBC Young Musician of the Year Award and was also a prize winner in the European Violin competition. In her native England she has performed chamber music at the Dartington International Festival with David Owen Norris and Stephen Kovacevich. She has concertized throughout Europe and the U.S. notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Cheltenham Festival, Paderewski Hall in Switzerland, and the Kennedy Center. Ms Hajioff has also performed with Edgar Meyer, Awadagin Pratt and Led Zeppelin. Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet) described her as a “compelling performer”.

Mr. Ramirez has concertized throughout Europe and North America, performing at such halls as the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. His recitals have been broadcast on many radio stations, including those in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Among his awards are First Prizes in the Henryk Szeryng Competition, the Parisot-Friedman International Competition, and the Cavallaro International Competition for a two-year Fellowship to Yale University. From 1983-1986,he was invited by Henryk Szeryng to study and tour with him, visiting many European cities. The Washington Post has described his playing as “intensely beautiful”.


2017 Crozet Spring Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best List

August 15, 2017

Have you seen Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best Shows of 2017? Thanks to all the incredible artists and handcrafters who participated in our May Festival, the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival is on that list. We are in great company and are very honored to be included.


Spring Festival Award Winners

July 29, 2017

Our Crozet Spring Art and Craft Festival Exhibitor Awards were as follows:

  • 3rd Place: Janice Arone, Barnswallow Pottery
  • 2nd Place: Leslie Cooper, Harvest Crafts
  • Best in Show: Tom Lowe, Wood Sculptor
  • President’s Choice: Jim Spillane, Photographer
  • Director’s Choice: Craig Snodgrass, Painter

Congratulations to all our Award Winning Artists, and thank you for being a part of the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, 2017!


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

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival - inside tents
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.



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