Artisan

From intricate hand-blown glass and detailed mosaics to delicate woodworking and textile artistry, the masterful talents of Franklin County artisans are evident in the abundance of creative works found throughout the county.

For generations, local artisans have helped to tell the story of Franklin County’s cultural heritage. See their creations and hear their stories at a dozen of galleries and studios. Get an up-close look at the art of glass-blowing or take a class in loom weaving.

Franklin County is home to the White Lightning Artisan Trail, as featured along ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network, and to numerous arts groups, including the Franklin County Barn Quilt Trail, Bald Knob Artists, the Smith Mountain Lake Arts Council, the Franklin County Knitting Guild and more.


Artisans

Carol Yopp

  • Wildlife Artist

    Oils painter for 45 years. Paints wildlife, specializes in North American species. Birds and ducks expertise enhanced by 10-years as Old Virginia Decoy premier artist.

  • (540) 483-2850
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Carolyn Moore

  • CM Handwovens/Burnt Chimney Studios

    Primarily weaves functional items such as towels, table linens, scarves, stoles and baby blankets.

    White Lightning Artisan Trail Site

  • (540) 721-0019
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Dwight Hayes

  • Upstairs Gallery

    Work includes two-dimensional media.

  • (540) 489-3337

Katherine Katt

  • Kitkatt Enterprises

    Creates gold and silver gemstone pendants, rings and bracelets using precious and semi precious fine gemstones and 14kt gold fill and sterling silver wire.

    White Lightning Artisan Trail Site

  • (540) 483-0823
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Nell Fredericksen

  • Sugar Grove Studio 

    Specializing in unique sculptural jewelry made of gold, platinum and silver, with fine gemstones. Also an accomplished potter producing a line of wheel-thrown functional pottery.

    White Lightning Artisan Trail Site

  • (540) 365-7400
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Patricia Rushmore

  • Toft Cottage Weavery

    Hand weaver creating traditional and contemporary wool rugs and textiles, including such functional pieces as blankets, throws, kitchen towels, shawls and scarves. Teaches beginning weaving.

    White Lightning Artisan Trail Site

  • (540) 483-9540
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White Lightning Artisan Trail

  • Explore local artisans who excel in sophisticated hand-blown glass, detailed mosaics, eye-catching stained glass, handcrafted pottery and more. ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network.

  • (540) 483-3040
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Attractions

White Lightning Artisan Trail

  • Explore local artisans who excel in sophisticated hand-blown glass, detailed mosaics, eye-catching stained glass, handcrafted pottery and more. ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network.

  • (540) 483-3040
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Galleries and Shops

Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum

  • At Ferrum College, the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, highlighting folk traditions of western Virginia. The Farm Museum highlights life on 1800-era Virginia-German farmstead. Annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, fourth Saturday in October. A Major Venue along the Crooked Road.

    Hours: Galleries and store open year-round, Monday-Saturday. Farm Museum open weekends mid-May through mid-August or by group reservation any day, April through October.

    Fees: $5 adults, $4 children

    Wheelchair accessible.

  • (540) 365-4416
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Carter’s Fine Jewelers, Gifts and Gallery

  • In business for over 36 years, we carry Art by local artisans but also many one-of-a-kind jewelry items. Art includes watercolor, oils, giclee, custom jewelry designs, cards and prints.

    White Lightning Artisan Trail Site

  • (540) 483-0779
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Gallery in the Pines

  • Located in a picturesque historic barn and old country store on five beautiful acres. Gallery in the Pines offers dazzling mosaic art,  stained glass, hand-made crafts as well as local art and antiques.

    Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily May 1 through December 31. Closed in winter, except by appointment.

    Handicap accessible and motor coach accessible.

  • (540) 576-1740

Hot Taffy Glass

  • Operated by artist Carolyn Rogers, who creates colorful handmade glass pieces using a variety of techniques and mixed media. Offers live glass demos, group and private classes.

  • (540) 483-1317
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RECLAIMED at Smith Mountain Lake

  • A fun place to shop for new and re-purposed vintage treasures. Decor, furniture & gifts. Something for everyone!

  • (540) 719-0670
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The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road

  • Downtown Rocky Mount. Provides local and regional artisans and authors a place to display and sell their work. Features uniquely crafted art and interesting writings.

  • (540) 482-0005

The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake

  • A fine art and decor retailer offering original paintings from local and regional artists as well as high quality artisan ceramics, glassworks, metalworks and jewelry. We represent over 200 internationally, nationally and local known artists.

    Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Handicap accessible, motor coach accessible.

  • (540) 721-1596
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The Rocky Mount Center for the Arts

  • Gallery and gifts by local artists. Watch artists at work and see how projects develop through live demonstrations and open-studio viewing. Explore your creativity; learn to blow, cut or fuse glass, build ceramics, make jewelry, paint or draw.

    Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • (540) 483-1317
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Wood Grains Furniture & Gifts

  • Specializes in solid wood furniture, both locally made and Ohio Amish. Features work by 20 local artisans ranging from furniture, woodworking, pottery, photography and canvas prints, walking sticks, quilts, blankets, baby gifts, toys, dolls & stuffed animals, jams & jellies, and other crafts & gifts.

    White Lightning Artisan Trail Site

  • (540) 483-0627
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