Artisan Conference held

April 25–27, 2024 @ Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace

The inaugural Southwest Virginia Artisan Conference, presented by ‘Round the Mountain Artisan Network, a gathering that pays homage to the craftsmanship rooted in the Appalachian region, is coming to the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace in Abingdon, Virginia, April 25-27.

Over three days, artisans from throughout the region enjoy insightful discussions, workshops, and unique networking opportunities. A reception takes place Thursday, April 25, and welcoming ceremonies are held Friday, April 26, at 9 a.m.

One of the region’s premier artists, Jason Flack of Johnson City, Tennessee, is the keynote speaker on Friday. He discusses arts in Appalachia and the role of artists in communities.

Among the seminars that artisans can enjoyinclude the following sessions:

Using Your Cell Phone to Elevate Your CraftProduct Photography

How to Sell with Your Brand Story

Galleries & Exhibitions: Knowing Your Audience and Your Voice

The Art of Social Media

Wholesale – From Stressed to Success

Tax Help for Creatives

Crafting Confidence: Strategies for Artists and Makers

Sales and Customer Service for Creative Introverts

"We are honored to host the Southwest Virginia Artisan Conference," said Kim Davis, executive director of 'Round the Mountain Artisan Network. "We feel incredibly fortunate to reside in a region steeped in the rich heritage of Appalachian craftsmanship, and we take immense pride in celebrating it.

"We anticipate an incredible event filled with thought-provoking discussions that we believe will greatly benefit numerous artisans. Our organization has worked for nearly a year to plan this event, and we are excited to welcome artisans from throughout Southwest Virginia and other states to the conference."

Tickets for the SWVA Artisan Conference are general admission tickets are$130, with a discounted rate of $100 for RTM members.

Additionally, the Early Bird Bundle for the conference and ‘Round the Mountain an RTM for $95, while pricing after March 26 for the conference and membership will be $105.

To register and to learn more, visit thewebsite.

Category: Art, Crafts, Festival