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Volume 26, Number 10 — October 2018

'Round the Mountain announces new juried Artisans

September 17, 2017

ABINGDON, Va. — 'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network has announced results from the most recent jury session.

A total of 11 artisans from throughout Southwest Virginia were accepted in 'Round the Mountain's most recent session. Those artisans include:

Jamee Gillespie (Chilhowie), Jessica Bier (Pound), Nancy Brooks (Tazewell), Mark Cox (Floyd), James Garrison (Christiansburg), Daryl Lee (Nicklesville), Terry Nicholson (Narrows), Wayne Sheets (Troutdale), Alex Snodgrass (Christiansburg), Teresa Tilley (Abingdon) and Sharon Williams (Glade Spring,).

"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 evaluate the work and provide written critique that is shared with the artisan, Blackburn explains.

"This is the 23rd jury session held by 'Round the Mountain since 2009 and total of 423 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, Virginia, and can participate in special opportunities 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.

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