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Creative Virginia profiles the artistic and creative people of Central and Southwest Virginia.

From unique pieces to quirky creations, you’ll find some imaginative folks on Creative Virginia.

Crafteria: Handmade Food and Goods

Crafteria: Handmade Food and Goods is a creative hub for area artisans, crafters and makers. It is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to support local artists and small businesses.

Henry Bryant, Leatherworker

On this latest edition of Creative Virginia, we visit with leatherworker, Henry Bryant of Elliston. Henry specializes in 18th-century leatherwork for historic war re-enactors, and history museums, but he also creates modern day items using the same 18th-century methods of construction.

Get more information at FortVauseOutfitters.com or (540) 380-3469

Ken Pease, Folk Artist

Creative Virginia heads to Blacksburg for a chat with Folk Artist, Ken Pease. Ken credits Picasso and Warner Brothers for his artistic style, and his love for music and animals are reflected in his colorful works of art.

Get more information at TropicalZombies@yahoo.com

Jim Dodd, Wood Strip Canoe Maker

Creative Virginia visits with Jim Dodd, a wood strip canoe maker living in Botetourt County. His canoes are considered by many to be works of art. Get more information at LazyRiverCanoes.com or email: jdodd1403@gmail.com

Cynthia D. Haney, Wood Turner

In this edition of Creative Virginia, we visit with Cynthia D. Haney. Cynthia is a wood turner in Amherst, and she specializes in drop spindles and knitting tools. Get more information at CynthiaWoodSpinner.com or email: CH@CynthiaHaney.com

Grateful Heads

In our very first edition of Creative Virginia, we visit with Andy Taylor of Grateful Heads. This non-profit organization uses the tie-dye art medium to create colorful head coverings for cancer patients losing their hair due to chemotherapy.