FRANKLIN CO. - Diana Blackburn, executive director of ‘Round the Mountain: SouthwestVirginia’s Artisan Network, in partnership with the Franklin County Division of Tourism and Film, will host a gathering to discuss ‘Round the Mountain and Virginia’s artisan industry, as well as opportunities for participation in the Franklin County White Lightning Artisan Trail. The trail helps to showcase local crafts, arts and culture.
The gathering will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Franklin Center in Downtown Rocky Mount (50 Claiborne Avenue). Program will be of interest to anyone involved with local galleries, studios, painting, pottery, barn quilts, fiber art, wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, gift shops, farms, produce markets, farm-to- table dining, culinary tourism, woodworking, furniture making, music makers, and other aspects of the craft and creative economy.
David Rotenizer, Franklin County’s tourism development manager noted, “While Franklin County has a number of studios and galleries, and other artisan related businesses, it is important to take advantage of what a vibrant countywide artisan trail can do for the local economy. Franklin County is becoming a destination for many things and we need to showcase our artisan community year-round. Franklin County now has an established open studio tour each fall, now entering its third season as well as a barn quilt trail program that will be officially launched in 2017.”
The presentation will begin at 6 pm and is free of charge. RSVP is recommended by calling (540) 483- 3030 or going to VisitFranklin CountyVA.org/RoundTheMountain101.