CROZET, Virginia (WVIR) – Artists from all over the country have come to Crozet to show off their crafts and works of art. With over 120 artists and exhibitors at the festival, there really was something for everyone.
“There are great works of art for $ 5 and great works of art for $ 5,000,” said Director of Events Ewa Harr.
This is a Central Virginia tradition that has lasted for decades.
“A lot of people come to see artists that they’ve seen for years, or to see what’s new,” Harr said. “People are looking forward to this year and our artists are applying in January”
It has been more than forty years since the Fête des Arts et Métiers Crozet was born. Last year was the first time he was held virtually. However, many artists say the pandemic has in fact left time to develop their work.
“It was very quiet and slow, but it kind of gave us the opportunity to build up a lot of inventory, so that we can be ready when things start to open up,” said Anna Lee, co- designer of Mary Maveline Originals.
Lee co-owns Mary Maveline Originals with her sister, a jewelry company where they make and hand-paint watercolor art into necklaces and more.
“It’s all real original art under the glass,” Lee said. “So she just uses very small paintbrushes. I always say small brushes and great talent.
This is only Lee’s second festival, but now she’s part of the tradition as well.
“It’s a great, family-friendly event, which people think is popular too,” said Harr. “People are excited to go out, especially at an outdoor festival where things are spaced out and secure and they could really take your time and look at the art.”
The festival will return in the spring. All profits are donated to the Crozet Park association.
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