Another addition to the Cville art scene?
In a November cover story, the Hook wondered if Charlottesville was becoming the "Little Apple" due to its culture, fine dining, and diversity. With a plethora of studios already around town, Charlottesville is set to welcome another bit of culture: a branch of the Artisans Center of Virginia.
"We are interested in meeting the needs of some Artisans [in Charlottesville] and meeting the needs of the Charlottesville community," says Center director Michael Dowell. "While researching possible new locations, I got a call from a group of potters in Charlottesville looking for studio space and a venue to hone their craft in ceramics."
He says the new location could reach out to the community by working with different audiences who don't have access to the arts or to those who find art therapeutic. The nonprofit visual arts organization already has some local connections, as it named Charlottesville's Nini Baeckstrom as the March Featured Artisan and Charlottesville's Pamela Grammer as the July Featured Artisan.
So where will the new branch be located?
"We're very interested in the Frank Ix project because the developers want to make art a vital component in what they're working on" Dowell says. "But we're open to other possibilities."