Holiday Shopping Adventure to Find One-Of-A-Kind Gifts Follow our Artisan Trails to treasures and unique gifts...

6:15PM February 17, 2018
Written by Pam Vance

Forgo the big box stores this year and show your family and friends just how much you care… give them a gift from the heart of one of our local regional artisans. Every piece an original work of art from the HEART of all things creative ~ the Heart of Appalachia!





roundthemountainartisantrails-brochure_clinch_riverCLINCH RIVER ARTISAN TRAIL
A winding journey connecting artisan studios, craft shops, public artworks and farms in Russell and Tazewell Counties…

Flowing through the rolling hills of Tazewell County into the green pastures of Russell County, the Clinch River is one of the world’s most biologically diverse waterways. Our river and surrounding mountains feed the imagination of artists and artisans, storytellers and musicians. It’s easy to see why so many artists find inspiration here. You’ll find outdoor murals and artistic expressive brick sculpture walls that depict coal mining and the storytelling traditions of “Jack Tales.” Retrace the footsteps of pioneers from the late 1700’s through museum re-enactments. Move your feet to traditional mountain tunes at one of our many festivals. Discover finely carved wood creations, delicately sewn quilts, and brightly colored wool handspun on spinning wheels passed down through generations. We have cultivated a fellowship of creation along the Clinch River Artisan Trail, and welcome you to join it as you travel here.

Find Out More:
For more information visit or
Tazewell County: 276-988-5702 Russell County: 276-889-8041


Linda Weatherly
Twin Creek Studio
500 Schoolhouse Road
North Tazewell, VA 24630

Although my background is in drawing and illustration, I also find pleasure hand-building in clay. Quilts, textiles, patterns, birds, butterflies, and children are my sources of inspiration. In my clay work, I enjoy the tactile nature of the process creating items to be used and touched by the owner. In my drawings I am intrigued by narrative and story. All my work is designed to delight and inspire the viewer.

Walter Shroyer
Twin Creek Studio
500 Schoolhouse Road
North Tazewell, VA 24630

My inspirations come from the mountainous landscape that surrounds my home. Tree images frequently appear in my work. I have been hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and my hiking journals, poems and sketches provide inspiration for drawings, prints, and ceramic pieces. I am Professor of Art at Bluefield College where I have been teaching for 23 years. I work in several mediums including watercolor, printmaking, and oils but ceramics is my first love.  I share Twin Creek Studio with my wife and fellow ‘Round the Mountain artisan, Linda Weatherly.

Richard Hudson
Clinch River Farms
630 Estates Drive
Pounding Mill, VA 24637

It was the smell of the wood that drew me to my neighbor’s workshop when I was young. I began making wooden toys for my daughters then I started to make old fashioned toys. My wife and I founded Mountain Kids Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. All sales are donated to Mountain Kids, which has grown along with my toy making.  My time is filled with good work and great excitement about the years ahead.     We started homesteading in 2002 and have done a lot to improve the 70 acre farm over those years.  We are blessed to live in Southwest Virginia and to be on the Clinch River.  This is a magnificent region and I’m sure you will enjoy a visit down on the farm.     Clinch River Farms is available by appointment for educational and research purposes.  As part of our new Agritourism mission, we have built  ‘JOURNEY – Cabin’  that is available for hosting weddings and events during the summer months.   We have many unique energy projects in progress and lots of animals to love.  Mountain Kids, Inc. operates fantastic Science and Adventure Camps for local children during the summer.

Doug Branton
669 Community College Road
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609

Associate Professor of arts and crafts for thirty-three years at Southwest Virginia Community College. It is difficult for me to separate myself the teacher, from the artist craftsman because I feel dedicated in both categories. I like to work in all aspects of clay and leather being functional and non-functional while combining the two in some projects.

Galleries & Shops

Appalachian Arts Center
2157 Steelesburg Highway
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609

Appalachian Arts Center is a retail gallery and exhibition space featuring the work of local artists, craftspeople, authors, and musicians. The Center offers educational workshops, demonstrations and professional development opportunities for the creative entrepreneur. Appalachian Arts Center produces six special exhibitions annually, including a community Quilt Challenge, a Best of Student Artworks exhibit, a Photography Challenge, as well as an Arts Invitational and Holiday showcase.

roundthemountain-brochure_lonesome_pineLONESOME PINE ARTISAN TRAIL
A collection of artisans, shops, eateries, markets and more in Wise County and the City of Norton …

The artisans who live along the Lonesome Pine Artisan Trail draw from a culture steeped in mountain scenery to create masterpieces that reflect their rich heritage. Weavers transform white oak and hickory into traditional Appalachian baskets. Glass artisans create curios and exceptional pieces of jewelry. Quilts sewn by hand throughout the long winter months reflect spring in Appalachia: trillium, dogwood, and Virginia bluebells. Find beeswax candles, pottery, wooden bowls, handmade musical instruments, local wines and more inside the museums and shops, and throughout the area’s festivals. Many artisans and musicians share their talents at schools, workshops and gatherings throughout the year, including the Mountain Music School at Mountain Empire Community College. The college is also the site of one of the region’s most popular craft festivals, Home Craft Days. The members of the Lonesome Pine Artisan Trail invite you to an experience that will last a lifetime.

Find Out More:
For more information visit or


Chris Jones
Vic’s Decorating
629 Park Avenue
Norton, VA 24273

Gourds are vessels created by nature. After drying in the fields the cleaning process begins. The gourd is prepared for staining then cut and embellishments may be added. Each piece we create is unique one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork.

Carol Moore
Carol Ingram Moore
5412 Wedgewood Drive
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Fused glass artist creating unique original art jewelry as pendants,rings, earrings, or pins. Pendants are embellished with gemstones or charms. A mixed media artist who also creates handmade paper.


MountainRose Vineyards, Inc.
10439 N. Reservoir Rd.
Wise, VA 24293

MountainRose Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery. Our mission is that our visitors leave with more than bottles of award-winning wine. We want you to recall the beauty of the mountains, the smell of the roses, the friendliness of staff, and other great memories. We offer wine tastings, vineyard and winery tours, public and private luncheons and dinners as well as special events such as Murder mystery Dinners and Sip N’ Paint classes. We look forward to your visit!

Galleries & Shops

Southwest Virginia Museum Gift Shop
10 West First Street North
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

We invite you to visit the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park that is located in our National Historic Landmark building. Interact with our SWVA exhibits, meet our staff, tour our grounds, and shop in our Gift Shop that carries craft from our region’s talented artisans. Our Gift Shop is located on the first floor of the museum, right next to the admissions desk. We also have a number of books, clothing, souvenirs, music, candies, educational resources, and gifts for all ages.

The Clapboard House/Appalachian Showcase
207 West Main Street
Wise, VA 24293

The Appalachian Showcase is brimming with wood, pottery, jewelry, textiles, photography, books, music, food items and more. This arts and crafts retail space is located in a rambling old storefront in downtown Wise, which has been home to The Clapboard House since 1979. Come in today to browse our extensive collection of arts and crafts, you’re sure to find that unique piece you’ve been waiting for!

Supporting Businesses

Southwest Virginia Museum Poplar Hill Cottage
10 West 1st Street North
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Located in the historic Poplar Hill neighborhood, Poplar Hill Cottage is a quaint, garden-themed cottage that is the perfect getaway in the mountains. Managed by the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, the cottage features three bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen and living area.

roundthemountain-brochure_rivers_ridgesRIVERS TO RIDGES ARTISAN TRAIL
A collection of craft venues, creative points of interest and more in Dickenson and Buchanan counties…

The misty white clouds raising from the hollows and valleys gives the mountains that blue green color so famous in song lyrics, poetry and books. Breezes carry the smell of pines and the clean aromas of deep forests and mountain streams. A unique folk culture developed in these southern Appalachian Mountains from the time the first pioneers moved into the region in the 1700’s and today’s visitors are offered a view into this rich craft tradition of quilting, carving, canning, music and dance. Plan your trip for October to experience magical fall foliage and breathtaking scenery as well as numerous festivals and events showcasing local musicians and artisans. The Rivers to Ridges Artisan Trail will take you to soaring heights where you will discover the plaintive, soulful musical ballads of heroes, heroines, joys and sorrows.

Find Out More:
For more information visit or
Dickenson County: 276-926-6074 Buchanan County: 276-935-4147


Lisa Boardwine
Golden Palette Gallery/Studio
20177 Riverside Drive
Grundy, VA 24614

Artist Lisa Boardwine creates original paintings and prints and offers custom matting, framing, and select art supplies at the gallery. The gallery features acrylic/mixed media, oil/cold wax, collage, and more. Subject matter includes abstract/contemporary art and figurative art. Art workshops can be arranged for groups and art organizations.

roundthemountain-brochure_wilderness_roadWILDERNESS ROAD ARTISAN TRAIL
Westward bound through Scott and Lee counties, tour state and national parks, farms, galleries, nurseries and artisan studios…

The Wilderness Road Artisan Trail winds its way through Scott and Lee Counties marking heritage artisan studios, craft galleries and resting points. The local farmers’ market brings you the best the season has to offer and at local farms you can visit a pumpkin patch, and enjoy a hay ride or corn maze. Or maybe you would like to take part in old fashioned molasses “stir-off” or buy some homemade honey. Stop by the region’s last operational gristmill still producing corn mill that is sold locally. Visit green houses full of perennials and heirloom variety bedding plants. Enjoy one of the many walking, hiking, biking and horseback trails drawing you into the natural beauty of the area. Regional galleries and gift shops feature paintings, pottery, woodworking, fiber, jewelry, quilts, stained glass, and photography. Classes, festivals, and demonstrations are held throughout the year. Mountain music at local venues brings folks together to sing, dance and rejoice in the pioneer heritage that thrives in the hollows of along the Trail.

Find Out More:
For more information visit or
Scott County: 276-386-6521 Lee County: 276-346-7766


Sue Crockett
Crockett’s Studio
166 Caylor Road
Ewing, VA 24248

Paintings reflecting the countryside of Virginia. I work in watercolor, oils and tempera.

Gary Carroll
Sugar Run Baskets
4449 Sugar Run Road
Jonesville, VA 24263

White oak is the basis for all my baskets. Like the early American pioneers, I go to the woods and carefully select a tree that is suitable for basket material. All material for my baskets is hand made the old fashioned way by using hand tools such as axe, froe, drawknife and knife. Our baskets are functional and/or decorative. With care they will last for generations.

Galleries & Shops

Wilderness Road State Park
8051 Wilderness Road
Ewing, VA 24248

Wilderness Road offers picnicking, hiking, and nature and living history programs. Visitors can enjoy the visitor center, home to a theater showing an award-winning docudrama, “Wilderness Road, Spirit of a Nation.” The center also has a frontier museum and a gift shop with unique regional gifts. The park features the reconstructed Martin’s Station, an outdoor living history museum depicting life on Virginia’s 1775 frontier. Guests also enjoy the park’s picnic shelters, 100-seat amphitheater, nature play-scape, ADA-certified playground, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. Visitors can hike, bike or horseback ride on the 8.5-mile Wilderness Road Trail linking the park with more than 50 miles of trails in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The 1870s era mansion is available for weddings and meetings. It has a solarium that’s perfect for showers, birthdays and other special functions. The park’s visitor center theater and amphitheater also are available for group functions.


Punkin Patch Farm
984 Cowans Creek Road
Nickelsville, VA 24271

A family owned working farm, growing pumpkins, fall decoration and fresh produce, pick your own or already picked. Open September and October featuring farm visits for schools, churches and individuals with hay rides, petting zoo, and a corn maze. Bluegrass Jam Session every Saturday night September thru October.



‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable economic development of the region’s communities by assisting local artisans with marketing, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities.  Our artisans also display their works at Heartwood, Abingdon, VA.


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