‘Round the Mountain began in the fall of 2004 when former Gov. Mark Warner’s Virginia Works Initiative designated funds to develop Southwest Virginia as a major cultural and heritage tourism destination and to begin an artisan and craft advocacy organization. The group received non-profit status in March 2006.
‘Round the Mountain has focused its efforts to “promote sustainable economic development of the region’s communities by assisting local artisans with marketing, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities,” to quote our mission statement.
We have reached out to our members through public-private partnerships to provide educational gatherings and round tables, e-commerce and marketing workshops, and one-on-one coaching for RTM members. With the help of our funding partners, we began a craft registry with several types of membership; launched a website, redesigned in 2011; coordinated the development of 15 regional Artisan Trails that span our geographic area; set jurying standards and procedures for sale of craft work, food and wine at Heartwood, our artisan gateway center in Abingdon, and launched a major educational program to communicate the value of our artisans, farmers and craft venues to our communities and our region.
‘Round the Mountain – Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network is proud to announce the addition of six new members following the Fall 2022 Jury Session.
New members will be eligible to have their work for sale at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace in Abingdon. They will also be entitled to participate in e-commerce and wholesale programs throughout Southwest Virginia.
Newly accepted members include Aria Asbury, Ryon Belk, Gloria Cocilova, Madison Ramey, Theresa Walker, and Kandee Wallace