On Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., leave the main roads and discover the rich vein of creativity running through the scenic Droop Mountain area of Northern Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties during the 5th Annual Droop Mountain Artisans Studio Tour. 30 Guest Artisans will be located across four studio sites on and around Droop Mountain from Renick to Hillsboro.
You will find fresh, unique, and limited handmade pieces, while enjoying the drive-around open studio tour. Catch artisans at work with their tools of the trade throwing and decorating clay, blacksmithing, knifemaking spinning, weaving, sewing and more. Kids will appreciate the ongoing demonstrations and make-and-take activities throughout this event! Food will be available. Follow us at www.facebook.com/droopartisans.
1. Yew Mountain Center
Local crafters offer make and take projects for all ages as well as showcasing their own work for sale. Marked hikes, canoe rides, lodging and camping available onsite at this educational non-profit that provides year round programs exploring ecology, culture, and the arts. 9494 Lobelia Rd, Hillsboro, WV 24946. 304-653-4079
2. Wannabe Farm Artists
Hosts Cyla Allison and Chris Bartlett open their colorful painting and pottery studios to all, and are joined by other artisans working in a variety of media from photography to ceramics. Make your own magic wand, participate in other workshops, delight in delicious WV comfort food, and bring your own 2-d artwork for professional framing. 5687 Denmar Rd. Hillsboro, WV 24946.
3. Brenwood Forge and Broom
Explore an Appalachian hand-tied broom shop, working blacksmith shop. Many local heritage artisans will be on site displaying and discussing fabric art, blacksmithing, knife-smithing, ceramics, fused and stained glass. Fresh, unique and one of a kind work in a beautiful WV setting. 8798 Denmar Rd. Hillsboro, WV 24946. 304-653-8550
4. Renick Community Center
Browse locally made home goods, fiber, jewelry and fashion with nearly a dozen makers eager to discuss process, tradition, and history. All ages can participate in woven bracelet making fun, watch weaving and spinning demos, and on Sunday enjoy pollinator activities for kids. 217 Huff St Renick, WV 24966. 304-497-2722
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