Special Opportunities

Craft Off the Beaten Path

Craft off the Beaten Path is an exciting new series of small group immersive excursions into a world of fine craft beyond Piedmont North Carolina. Each excursion will feature opportunities to engage with respected artisans, experts in related fields, and the exquisite objects that result from the interaction between deep culture and refined skill. These events will include one or more studio visits, as well as unique dining opportunities featuring local or regional cuisine.

Join us Saturday, October 14th for a fascinating excursion to Abingdon, VA.


This inaugural excursion in the Craft off the Beaten Path series will be jam-packed with beautiful fine craft, sessions with leading makers in the area and an opportunity to learn from a recognized expert on the material culture of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The day will conclude with dinner featuring locally sourced fine regional cuisine.

The excursion features several unusual opportunities to engage with fine craft and those who have made it their life’s work:

  • Heartwood - Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gallery, a showcase for the best regional craft in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, home to ‘Round the Mountain (Southwest Virginia’s artisan network) and headquarters of the highly regarded Crooked Road musical heritage trail. Betsy White will address our group of intrepid adventurers. Instrumental in helping the region rediscover and reveal its arts heritage, Betsy is the author of Great Road Style: the Decorative Arts Legacy of Southwest Virginia and Northwest Tennessee, and is a noted historian and culturalist. She was the founding executive director of the William King Museum of Arts (serving for 30 years) and founding trustee of the artisan-based regional organization ‘Round the Mountain. Currently, she serves as a member of the Virgina Cultural Heritage Commission and is a management team member of Heartwood Gallery, all while serving in her second stint as Director of the William King Museum of Art.
  • William King Museum of Art - We will enjoy the new exhibit “Things of Toil and Love,” which celebrates the life, legacy and work of Fred Carter. Mr. Carter was a renowned maker in the Southwest Virginia region for decades.
  • Studio Visit with Jon Gunther – In the afternoon, we will visit the studio of Jon Gunther to see what he is creating for the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair. Jon is known for weaving with innovative design approaches, referencing iconography from many cultures and using his own hand dyed fibers. We will see his design workspace and learn how he approaches creating his aluminum woven landscapes.
  • Dinner at Harvest Table Restaurant - The day-long tour concludes with dinner at the Harvest Table, a “locavore” restaurant located in nearby Meadowview, VA. The restaurant, featured in a 2011 NY Time articles, is led by local farmer Steven Hopp, husband of author Barbara Kingsolver. It was their experiences recounting in Kingsolver’s 2011 book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle that led to the establishment of the restaurant.

A limited number of seats are available for this exciting excursion. The tour departs Winston-Salem at 8:30am, returning at approximately 10:00pm…with a grand day having been had by all!

This day-long tour includes round-trip transportation on a mini bus from Winston-Salem, lunch and dinner (excluding alcohol).

Pricing is:

$150 for Piedmont Craftsmen members or

$195 for non-members (includes a year’s membership)

Space is very limited. Book Now!  Click this Link to Buy Tickets online or 

Call Piedmont Craftsmen at 336-725-1516 to reserve your space.

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