The Appalachian Arts Center is both a retail gallery and exhibition space featuring the work of local/regional artists, craftspeople, authors, and musicians. The Arts Center offers educational workshops, demonstrations, professional development seminars as well as an assortment of evening craft classes. The Appalachian Arts Center is located in Tazewell County along Rt. 19 in the "old Archie Helton Store" (2.5 miles south of the Claypool Hill intersection of Rt. 19 and Rt. 460). The Appalachian Arts Center proudly features hand-made work including baskets, book art, clay, drawing, fiber art, glass, greeting cards, jewelry, metal, mixed-media, musical instruments, painting, photography, printmaking, and woodwork. We also carry local authors' books and musicians' CDs along with local jam, jelly, and honey.
Located in rural Tazewell County, Virginia, Appalachian Arts Center was established with the idea of creating a space where the unique mountain culture of the region, as manifested in it's arts: (craft, fine art, music, dance, storytelling & writing) is celebrated, preserved and promoted. The Center, a part of Southwest Virginia Community College, provides a cultural hub where members of the community can routinely gather for rotating exhibitions, presentations, workshops and performances- and in so doing- gain insight into the creative process, connect with one another, share and carry forward traditions, and discover opportunity through education. The retail gallery provides handcrafted, locally made goods for those seeking a shopping experience with soul, and those wanting to contribute to the local economy.