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Virginia State Parks seeks Virginia artisans for Artisan Center

Virginia State Parks is seeking Virginia artists and artisans to feature in the Natural Bridge State Park Artisan Center.

The center sells the handcrafted work of more than two dozen artists that exemplifies Virginia and the region.

Entries will be juried on Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Artists must set up their art on their assigned day between 8 and 10 a.m. and remove it the same day between 3 and 5 p.m.

Rain dates are Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Artists must register by Jan. 7

Acceptable media include ceramic, enamel, glass, metal, leather, wood, natural and organic materials, and paper. Matted and framed art and photographs also will be considered.

Items must be handmade without the use of kits, commercial molds or manufactured primary components. Agricultural products, including herbs, jams, jellies, and other food products, may be considered, but vendors must maintain a valid Virginia Health Department Inspection Certificate and have it available at the time of the jury session.

To register artists must send their name, type of artwork (medium), contact information (phone, email and mailing address) and preferred jury date to [email protected] or P.O. Box 57, Natural Bridge, VA 24578. Once received, an application and forms will be provided. Space is limited, and registrations will not be accepted after Jan. 7.

For more information or to receive an application, call 540-291-1323 or email [email protected]

Artisans should limit selections to 10 items and bring promotional materials or brochures that describe the work.

Virginia State Parks, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, assumed management of Natural Bridge on Sept. 24, 2016.

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