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Since the founding of the Glasshouse at Jamestown in 1608 – America’s first artisan and industrial business – art and artisans have been a vital part of the economy and character of the Greater Williamsburg area.
Make sure during Williamsburg Fall Arts that you take the time to enjoy an event or an art activity in James City County.
Go watch the art of glassmaking at the Jamestown Glasshouse, which is part of Colonial National Historical Park.
Galleries – All these galleries have different exhibits throughout the year and some offer items for purchase: A Touch of Earth, Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery and Prince George Art & Frame.
ClassesJames City County – The County offers a variety of classes for all ages including youth, teens and adults. Classes include traditional topics such as clay/pottery, oil painting and pastels as well as contemporary classes such as chocolate work and cookie decorating. For more information, visit www.jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation.
The Beadtender – Located in New Town, The Beadtender offers a variety of classes on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.beadtender.com.
Williamsburg School of Needlework – They offer fine hand embroidery training for those interested in obtaining Old World Skills in this time honored profession. Classes vary by month. For more information, visit . www.wmbgneedlework.com.
Wine and Design– This studio allows people of all skill levels to duplicate paintings and projects for a small fee. Everyone’s an artist at Wine and Design! And, don’t forget about their Art Buzz Kids programming for children. For more information, visit www.wineanddesign.com/locations/williamsburg.
Classes are also offered at Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Store (New Town) and Michael’s (Settler’s Market). Class topics vary based on schedule, but include baking, crafting and sewing.
ShoppingTK Asian Antiquities – This gallery off of Jamestown Road features a variety of one of a kind artworks from 2nd Century BCE Greek infuenced Gold Diadams to 21st Century Dali Dreamstones by the masters. For more information, visit www.tkasian.com.
Williamsburg Pottery – For decades, the Williamsburg Pottery has sold handmade salt-glaze pottery to visitors of the Greater Williamsburg area. Salt-glaze pottery is still made on site to this day as it was at Jimmy Maloney’s roadside stand in 1938. williamsburgpottery.com.