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Ag & Art Adventure

September 10, 2022

Ag & Art Adventure

September 10, 2022

Ag & Art Adventure

September 10, 2022

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Update: Thursday, September 8th, 5:00pm

Some of our artists and farms have had to withdraw from the

Ag & Art Adventure due to illness.

Like so many times over the last two years, we want you to be safe and enjoy the tour!

The 1st Annual Grayson County Ag & Art Adventure is a self guided adventure through the beautiful Grayson County, Virginia.


Our route will carry you through four major stops from the rolling pastures of Baywood all the way to the rugged peaks of Western Grayson in a unique twist on a traditional art crawl.

Celebrate the creativity of our local artisans and the quality of our farms at your own pace. Watch demonstrations, buy some art, pet a cow, pick up some produce—all while enjoying a scenic mountain drive along the New River.


We hope you join us in supporting our fine local artists and farms September 10th for the inaugural Ag & Art Adventure!

Let us know you’re joining us! Follow our Ag & Art Adventure Facebook page for updates and information about our featured artists and farms.

Frequently

Asked

Questions:

Where do I start the tour?

The tour is free and self-guided. Start anywhere and begin your adventure of farm and art fun! Be sure to sign in at your first stop, and make sure you are counted as you move from site to site.


What if it rains or storms?

The tour takes place rain or shine! Sites may close if there is a threat of severe weather as the safety of our visitors, farmers, and artisans is our #1 priority!


Can I bring my dog on the tour?

While we love our four legged friends, we encourage visitors to keep Fido at home. Since our tour sites include working farms, dogs can bring food safety and livestock challenges. Service animals are allowed as needed.


Ag Plus Art?

Many times we hear Ag (plus) Art but the correct pronunciation of “+” is (and)! Ag and Art. Together!

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Bringing Mountain Crafts to the World

This year, the first annual Grayson County Ag & Art Adventure taking place on September 10, 2022 will honor the contributions of Etoile Berry of Galax, VA for establishing the Rooftop of Virginia Crafts Center in Galax in 1967. 


Etoile Berry spearheaded the effort to preserve and market the traditional local mountain crafts that were at risk of being lost to modernity. Utilizing the federally funded Community Action Program passed in 1964, she worked to bring local artisans and crafters together to create and market their wares.
 
Throughout her time working to expand the mission and outreach of the Rooftop of Virginia Crafts Center, Etoile “dabbled” in every form of mountain craft from quilting to clothing production. Perhaps her most recognizable work came when she initiated the creation of the Caty Sage dolls, inspired by the legend of Caty Sage, a Grayson County girl kidnapped and sold to Native Americans in the 18th century.


Etoile turned legend into profit for local crafters by employing them to create the dolls at the craft center in Galax in an effort to encourage positive economic impact in the crafting community.
 
Even after her retirement from Rooftop in 1995, Etoile worked to organize an artisans’ guild for marketing purposes to promote and sell the works of artists in a centralized location.
 
Grayson County celebrates the impactful life of Etoile Berry this fall at the first annual Ag & Art Adventure. Stop by the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence to enjoy the talents of nine of our local artisans as well as a tribute to Etoile’s life and lasting legacy in the Grayson County Art Community.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

Major Sponsors

Grayson County Virginia Tourism
Virginia Is for Lovers

GOLD Sponsors

River Ridge Farm
Grayson Highlands Store logo
Matthews Living History Logo

SILVER SPONSORS

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