Our Museum Shop features a new line of books, Monroe memorabilia, and early nineteenth century style keepsakes. We also sell Virginia-made foods such as honey and hickory syrup. Call the Museum Shop at (434) 293-8000.
Thanks to our partnership with the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV), we proudly sell a fabulous array of heirloom quality crafts—textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and objects made of wood. The following artisans—juried members of the ACV—have been hand-picked by our Museum Shop staff. Working with a high degree of artistry and craftsmanship, these artisans produce high-quality, handcrafted objects that you and your family will treasure for years to come.
Janice Arone is a creator of “utilitarian and sculptural clay forms.” While she embraces many styles, her favorite creations to date are “teapots, sink-basins, lighting, and figurative vessels.”
Mary Barnes is a weaver who uses “all kinds of fibers.” She says that no two of her pieces are exactly alike.
Meg Chevalier creates “art jewelry” from earth-based products—silver, gold, minerals, stones, and glass. These materials are “gathered with care and joined in design so that each finished piece speaks for itself.”
Gwen Coltrain works in alpaca fiber “as an extension of my love for alpacas and the fabulous fleece they provide.” Her product, “Natural Echoes” is yarn that has been grown, sheared, spun and wound into wondrous yarn cakes and skeins from her very own alpacas.
Kevin Crowe produces wood-fired functional stoneware with strong Asian and English roots. His work ranges from 4″ tea bowls to 48″ vases.
Cara M. DiMassimo creates “art pieces as well as functional art glass” using a variety of techniques. “Kiln-formed, flame-worked, etched, and enameled,” her pieces are “infused with hues that vary with changing light.”
Brenda Fairweather uses natural Shenandoah Valley materials to fashion her unique baskets. The one-of-a-kind handles and ribs on her pieces make each an original, a work of art.
Michael Gamble is an artisan who strives “to do something a little bit different than ordinary pottery.” Both functional and sculptural, his work includes landscape crocks, art mugs, flower keepers, elegant serving bowls, chips-and-dip servers, cookie jars, and dinner sets.
Kary Haun crafts functional pottery that looks more like art. “My forms are a wheel-thrown mixture of the mechanical and the whimsical, flowing lines juxtaposed with hard edges, with many pieces altered after they come off the wheel.”
Jane Hicks crafts rainbow-colored quilts and wall pieces. “I hope all who view my quilts, enjoy my ideas and are drawn into my world of color.”
Tom Jacobs is a woodworker whose pieces “combine art with everyday function.” Using only salvaged wood, he’s found that the material’s “many years of exposure” adds character and beauty to the final product.
Elizabeth Jones, an oil painter, is heavily influenced by nature. Her paintings of landscapes and plants aim to capture unique colors and moods of what she experiences outside. Additionally, she creates ornaments from found objects in nature and has a lavender farm.
A.B. Newell builds original leatherwork using hand tools and time-honored techniques. Items on display include belts, key fobs, wallets, wristbands and other personal accessories.
Jo Perez works in glass, designing jewelry and stained-glass squares. She has “a passion for the way light dances across the surface of the world.”
Alex Pettigrew creates functional accessories from American wood. Abstaining from stains—and relying instead on the material’s “natural palette”—he works to bring out the wood’s inherent beauty.
Starke Smith is a wood-turner who loves the beauty of natural wood. Each of his pieces is unique.
Daryll Sneden uses a multi-shaft computer-assisted loom to weave “complex cloth.” “I combine old and familiar weaving drafts into non-traditional patterns, and then further manipulate the patterns . . . to create new and unique structures.”
Gail Speidell fashions wonderfully colored ceramics. “I love the qualities of clay, its softness when the pots are made, and its strength and endurance once the pot has been fired.”
Frank Steele takes great pride in instilling his passion for working with glass in to each and every piece he creates. “I strive to manipulate each piece of glass into mosaics, pictures, and patterns that bring lasting joy to all who view my work.”
Gerry Tracz combines precious metals, semi-precious stones, and glass beads into her jewelry to create pieces that are unique, timeless, elegant, and wearable. Each piece involves intricate stitching and takes many hours to complete.