Busy season for the Artisans Center of Virginia

The Artisans Center of Virginia is having a busy August, announcing this week several initiatives and programs aimed at promoting the work of Virginia artisans.

The Waynesboro-based Artisans Center will be collaborating with the Lynne Goldman Studio located in Barracks Road Shopping Center in Charlottesville. Lynne Goldman Studio is celebrating 18 years of being at the forefront of artisan jewelry and unique shopping. In addition to Goldman ’s custom designs, the studio is known for showcasing emerging designers. Lynne Goldman Studio continues this tradition by adding the handmade jewelry, sculpture, pottery and textiles of the Artisans Center of Virginia.

“Lynne Goldman Studio offers Virginia artisans a unique opportunity to feature their one-of-a-kind artist works in an inviting retail environment that represents the highest quality products to it’s patrons and we are proud to facilitate this relationship between our ACV artisans and such a well-respected artist-entrepreneur,” ACV executive director Sherri Smith said.

Recognized for its stringent artisan jury process, ACV will facilitate from its eligible professional artisan membership, the consignment of exquisite and unique craft items to expand the Lynne Goldman Studio’s repertoire with retail products that represent the highest quality craft that Virginia has to offer.

Virginia artisans interested in being considered for representation by the Lynne Goldman Studio must first be practicing ACV Juried Professional Artisans and members of ACV. All Virginia artisans are welcome to apply to the ACV’s Jury.

The application deadline for the next jury session is Sept. 1, 2010. Visit ACV’s website at www.artisanscenterofvirginia.org to download the application materials.

Another collaboration will have the Artisans Center partnering with Piedmont Virginia Community College to offer classes and workshops in PVCC’s Stultz Center for Business and Career Development in Charlottesville.

“ACV is proud to establish our Studio School program in this strategically state-centralized location and looks forward to working with PVCC to establish accessible entrepreneur-based arts educational programming for students and artists from all over the state.” Smith said. “The artisan industry in Virginia is one of the state’s greatest untapped economic assets. Skilled craftsmen and women, with expertise in design and manufacturing techniques, form the backbone of the creative economy in many communities across the Commonwealth and thus we look to them to help us create a sustainable education program that strengthens and perpetuates Virginia’s greater arts industry.”

The ACV Studio School at its core is a workforce development initiative that focuses on the vocational and trade skills of Virginia artisans while providing them with the business training needed to advance their marketable talents and sell their products and services. In addition to entrepreneur development courses, incorporated in the practical applications that give an artist a broader functionality or transferability of skills, they will be encouraged in an attempt to offer cross-training in skill based trades utilizing similar equipment and procedures.

The ACV Studio School will include educational outreach to the next generation of Virginia artisans, facilitation of programs in a wide variety of artist-entrepreneurial, contemporary and traditional craft courses, establishment of The Artisans Center of Virginia Instructor’s Bureau, for the purpose of offering rural communities satellite education opportunities and the development of an official craft vocational syllabus in support of the Virginia Department of Education’s “Career Pathways” for the arts.

“The ACV Studio School recognizes that artists and craft-persons are a vibrant part of our economy,” said Valerie Palamountain, Dean of Workforce Services. “PVCC is very excited about this new venture, and our involvement in developing this sector. We look forward to offering classes designed specifically for the arts and crafts industry in entrepreneurship, business, and skilled crafts, and are honored to be associated with the ACV.”

Craft courses will be taught by practicing, ACV juried Virginia artisan members, many of whom are nationally renowned. ACV welcomes any Virginia craft artisan not yet an ACV juried artisan to apply to the Sept. 1, 2010 Jury, should they be interested in teaching a craft course at the Studio School.

A third collaboration announced this week will have the Artisans Center of Virginia teaming with Artisphere to open a new ACV Gallery in Arlington featuring professional juried Virginia artisans from all corners of the state.

“This unique gallery will be solely dedicated to ACV professional juried artisans and their work with every piece of artwork hand-crafted by Virginia artisans,” Smith said.

Combining the newly-renovated former Newseum space with the existing Spectrum Theatre next door, Artisphere’s multi-disciplinary cultural offerings will permeate this 62,000 square foot cultural campus seven days a week, 12 hours a day, offering more than 100 events per month.

Recognized for its stringent artisan jury process, ACV, serving as Artisphere’s fine craft purveyor, will select from its eligible professional artisan membership, exquisite and unique craft items to create an inviting retail venue representing the highest quality craft that Virginia has to offer.

ACV’s mission of bringing economic opportunity to Virginia artisans while strengthening local economies is realized in this sustainable alliance that combines ACV’s networking and artisan jury strengths with the retail and marketing reach of the Artisphere’s locality and support systems.

“Artisphere is ‘Arlington’s art space for everyone,” says Mary Briggs, cultural development director for Arlington Cultural Affairs. “To be able to provide a prominent showcase in the DC metropolitan area for artisans from throughout the state of Virginia helps us to fulfill that mission.”

Virginia artisans interested in being featured at ARTISPHERE must be practicing ACV juried professional artisans and members of ACV. All Virginia artisans are welcome to apply to the ACV’s Jury. The application deadline for the next jury session is Sept. 1, 2010. Visit ACV’s website at www.artisanscenterofvirginia.org to download the application materials.
 
 

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.


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