Explore the Charlottesville Art Community on the Monticello Artisan Trail

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The Monticello Artisan Trail is a network of local artisan studios throughout the Charlottesville area. The self-guided trail links local hotspots such as restaurants, galleries, studios, lodging, and agri-artisan farms. Partnered with the Artisans Center of Virginia, local business owners, officials, and citizens developed the Monticello Artisan Trail. The trail helps to enhance the region’s artisan industry and tourism activity. Over 85 trail sites have been identified by the Artisans Center of Virginia, but there’s still room for growth!

Monticello Artisans Studio Tour

Every second weekend in November, they host a self-guided studio tour, free and open to the public. Artisans Studio Tour is a wonderful opportunity to visit studios, see their workspaces, and meet the faces behind the art. With the 25th anniversary coming up in 2019, 49 artists will be showcased in 28 studios. Explore the beauty of Charlottesville in the fall by traveling to surrounding counties and supporting the local economy and art community. 

Not only is the studio tour free, but you also have a chance to earn some cash to spend! Participate in the Passport Program for a chance to earn $300 credit. All you have to do is pick up a Passport card at any of the participating studios, and receive a stamp with each visit. You’ll need to visit five or more studios in order to enter. 

Why Shop the Monticello Artisan Trail?

When you shop local, not only are you supporting your local economy, you are also investing in a higher quality product made with care. Artisans put their passion into what they do, so you aren’t just buying a cheap item off an assembly line. The Monticello Artisan Trail is about supporting both the art community and local business owners. You’ll discover a menagerie of handcrafted goods on the trail, including furniture, ceramics, fine stoneware, custom leathercraft, paintings, and more. Whether you’re purchasing a thoughtful gift for a friend or splurging on something for yourself, visit the studios on the Monticello Artisan Trail! 


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Arden Place Luxury Apartments in Charlottesville is one of the top apartment communities in the area. Neither urban, nor rural, Arden Place offers the perfect location for exploring the work of local artisans. Schedule a tour and see why we recently received the 2018 SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Award.

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