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Albemarle Seeking Local Artisans to Join Monticello Artisan Trail
2/2/2011

The Artisans Center of Virginia, Artisan Trail Network urges local Nelson, Albemarle and Charlottesville craft-artisans, agri-artisan farms and supporting businesses to “saddle up” and enroll onto the “Monticello Artisan Trail” by March 1, 2001.

The Monticello Artisan Trail will consist of a series of driving trails looping through the communities of Nelson and Albemarle Counties, including City of Charlottesville to attract visitors who wish to experience the creativity, bounty and beauty of the area.  Trail sites along the Monticello Artisan Trail will include local artisan studios and craft venues, farms and markets, as well as businesses that provide food, lodging or are a point of interest for the visiting traveler. 

The Monticello Trail is part of a statewide Artisan Trail Network with distinct community loops that are designed to attract visitors to artisan studios, agri-artisan farms and local craft businesses Research based on similar trails in western North Carolina has shown that 97% of travelers make a purchase somewhere along the trail, artisan studios & farms have shown an increase of 23% in sales and craft shops and galleries reported a 28% increase in revenue, http://news.ncdcr.gov/2009/04/03/professional-craft-is-a-2065-million-industry-in-western-north-carolina/ ).

“Launching the first of the statewide artisan trails, the ‘Monticello Artisan Trail’ promotes Nelson and Albemarle Counties as a destination for the artisan craft lover. The Trail links the artisan community with the existing winery, brewery and orchard trails as well as the many local establishments that make our area a welcoming experience for visitors. Fine crafts are a clean and sustainable growth industry that creates jobs, attracts tourists, and educates the public about the history and heritage of this unique and culturally rich area.”  Tommy Bruguiere, Nelson County Board of Supervisors and Proud Agri-Artisan

There are three ways to enroll in the program:
 
1. Bring yourself, interested friends, your lunch and your questions to a “Monticello Artisan Trail LUNCH-N-LEARN”:
a. Thursday, February 10th from 12:30 – 1:30 PM at the Nelson Center, 8445 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA
b. Tuesday, February 22nd from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at the Albemarle Community Development Building, Meeting Room B, located at the Albemarle County office building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville, VA. RSVP:
trails@artisanscenterofvirginia.org

2.) Enroll online.  Visit the "Monticello Artisan Trail" page at the ACV website:  http://artisanscenterofvirginia.org/index.php/artisan_trail_network/artisan_trail_monticello
 
2.) Email ACV and request a “Monticello Artisan Trail Participation Toolkit” at
trails@artisanscenterofvirginia.org
 

For more information on ACV visit
www.artisanscenterofvirginia.org

Or contact:   Sherri Smith, Director
sherri@artisanscenterofvirginia.org
Artisans Center of Virginia
PO Box 452
Waynesboro, VA 22980


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