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Crozet Artisan Depot Opens July 1st

What: Crozet Artisan Depot Opening

When: Wednesday, July 1

Where: Crozet Artisan Depot, 5791 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet, Virginia

June 29, 2015 (Charlottesville, VA) – On Wednesday, July 1st, there will be a
significant new addition to the local art scene. The Crozet Artisan Depot will be
opening its doors in the historic train depot located on Three Notch’d Road in
Crozet. The Crozet Artisan Depot was founded by seven local artists with a
broad range of artistic talents. Their proposal for the use of the train depot as a
local gallery was approved earlier this month by the Albemarle County Board of
Supervisors. Later in July the Crozet Artisan Depot will be sharing its location
with the new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center.

The seven artists are led by Kathleen Mistry, a local artist living in Crozet. She
views the Crozet Artisan Depot as a community place where local artists and
creative people will assemble. The proposal approved by the Board of
Supervisors was based on the mission that the Crozet Artisan Depot would be
“a venue to showcase and promote local artisans”, “provide a platform for”
artists to sell their work and establish a “connected creative community”.

The Crozet Artisan Depot will be an anchor location and collaboration with the
Artisan Center of Virginia and an area hub for the Artisan Trail Network of
Virginia. It plans to participate in Second Saturday, a monthly series of gallery
openings in Crozet. It also plans to stage special events featuring regional

The seven founding members are (in alphabetical order):

Ben Greenberg is a local landscape photographer and lifelong resident of
central Virginia who has captured award-winning photographs throughout
Virginia and the nation for more than four decades. His dramatic images
celebrating the natural world are well-known throughout the region. Ben recently
published Natural Virginia, a popular coffee table book celebrating the state’s
natural beauty through panoramic landscape photographs.

Fred Levering creates tables that frequently feature the "live edge" look by
leaving the outside edges exactly the way they grew in the tree. They are often
made of local species such as maple, cherry, and walnut. Fred’s bowls, platters,
and cutting boards are made in a variety of species from all over the world
applied with food-safe finishes. Many pieces combine two or more species and
come in multiple thicknesses and shapes.

Kathleen Mistry is a Crozet resident who paints portraits of native birds
common to Albemarle County. She also makes jewelry in sterling silver and
mixed metals, highlighting semi-precious gemstones in the work. Kathleen’s
paintings and jewelry reflect her love of nature.

Jennifer Paxton Spears has enjoyed creating and selling hand-crafted ceramic
jewelry for more than thirty years at art fairs and galleries. Jennifer’s pieces are
made of low-fired earthenware clay using many different textures and designs.
They are then finished with a wide spectrum of colorful glazes.

Edward Pelton is an Artist Blacksmith from Ivy, Virginia who found his love for
working with hot metal from a summer job helping in a blacksmith studio. Much
of Edward's work is large scale, site-specific architectural pieces made from
both ferrous and non-ferrous metals such as steel, copper, and bronze. Texture
and hand-forged technique and joinery play a large role in the appeal of his
work. He also collaborates with woodworkers to design furniture and other
pieces for the home.

Gillian Ruffa began sewing at the age of eleven and has loved it ever since. For
more than 20 years her line of children’s wear has used colorful and whimsical
fabrics in 100% cotton that features classic and simple styles. Her love of
textiles, patterns and color combinations led her to develop a line of hand dyed
silk scarves in 2009. Using her own method of folding and manipulating the
fabric, Gillian is thrilled by the surprise of the resulting scarf each time one is
opened up.

Karen Yonovitz creates Rae Design Jewelry in Crozet. Her beaded jewelry is
an elegant blend of vintage style and modern chic. Karen often pairs antiqued
brass filigree with sparkling Swarovski Crystal glass or freshwater pearls,
creating pieces that look like they've been handed down through generations.

Questions regarding the Crozet Artisan Depot should be directed to Kathleen
Mistry at 434-823-5116 and

The gallery will be open from 10:00am-2:00pm on Sunday through Tuesday
and 10:00am-5:00pm on Wednesday through Saturday each week.

Its website is and its Facebook page is found at



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