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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

'Round the Mountain announces new juried artisans

March 22, 2016

ABINGDON, Va. — 'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network announced the results from its March 8, jury session.

A total of nine artisans from throughout Southwest Virginia were accepted in 'Round the Mountain's most recent session. Those artisans include:

Wade Blevins (Meadowview); Charles Coulthard (Bristol); Betty B. Fields (Abingdon); Kevin Fiorini (Wytheville); Debby Freed (Blacksburg); Larry Marshall (Castlewood); Hannah Martin (Independence); Matthew Newman (Damascus); and Pamma Rippe (Abingdon).

"We are thrilled with the results of this jury session. Each session brings new and distinctive work for consideration," said Diana Blackburn, executive director, 'Round the Mountain. A benefit of membership, `Round the Mountain members can submit their work to the jury process. A panel of their peers evaluates the work and provides a written critique that is shared with the artisan, Blackburn explains. "This is the 20th jury session held by 'Round the Mountain since 2009 and total of 431 artisans from throughout Southwest Virginia have passed the jury process. Once juried, members have the opportunity to have their work for sale at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA and can participate in special shows and events," says Blackburn. Jury sessions are held each year in March and September.

The jury process is one of the many benefits of being a member of `Round the Mountain. Other benefits include: a "profile page" on the RTM website; credit union membership; being a trail site along the Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia, and more. Visit to learn more or contact Diana Blackburn at or (276) 492-2410.