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You can't visit this region without noticing the tremendous talent all around.  Artisans range from visual to theatrical, traditional to unique.  Round the Mountain links you to art and craft studios, wineries, galleries, agritourism sites, and other points of interest in Southwest Virginia.  Barter Theater in Abington has a reputation as a theatre where many famous actors first performed before they went on to achieve fame and fortune.

Garth Brooks Sings Virginia's Praises in New Video

RICHMOND — Country music legend Garth Brooks stars along side Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in a new public service announcement released by the the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia Film Office. Brooks visited Virginia because of his role as Executive Producer for the Sony Pictures Television movie Unanswered Prayers, airing on the Lifetime Network. The film, shot entirely in Virginia, stars Samantha Mathis (The American President) and Eric Close (Without a Trace) in the lead roles. The film is based on the Garth Brooks song of the same name.

In the public service announcement Governor McDonnell commends the tourism and film industries for bringing jobs to the Commonwealth, while Brooks praises Virginia's beautiful landscapes and people, stating "even though I'm an Oakie, I know why now, they still say, Virginia is for Lovers."

The PSA, filmed on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol, will run 935 times in January and February on PBS in four Virginia markets generating a potential 65 million impressions. Virginia Tourism President and CEO Alisa Bailey commented, "It was an honor to have the Governor and Garth Brooks working together to help us promote Virginia as a travel and film destination.”

Virginia Film Office Director Rita McClenny stated, "Garth and his production team were excellent partners and produced a high quality inspirational film set in Virginia. We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with Garth, Sony Pictures Television and the Lifetime Network on the film and the public service announcement, which added value to the production."

According to the Virginia Film Office, tourism is one of Virginia’s most powerful industries generating $17.7 billion in revenue and employing more than 204,000 Virginians.

Story by WDBJ7 - view the video here

Stafford GlassGiles CountyStafford Glass | Newport

Stafford Art Glass is a glassblowing studio and gallery displaying the work of owner Parker Stafford as well as the best works by today's finest artisans of the region and nation. All work made by hand in the U.S.A.

website | (540) 605-0034


Taubman Museum Art

Taubman Museum of Art | Roanoke

At the heart of downtown Roanoke, the new 81,000 square foot Taubman Museum of Art proves an arresting landmark for visitors arriving from US I-581. As Roanoke's most contemporary structure, it provides an analog for the city's evolution from industrial and manufacturing town to technology-driven city.

website | (540) 342-5760


appalachian Spirit GalleryAppalachian Spirit Gallery | Marion

Our mission is to celebrate the arts, traditions, lore, and spirit of the Appalachian Mountains and showcase the work of local talent. The building was once the home of Lola Poston Harriman, the artist who painted the large murals in the Lincoln Theatre. The Gallery also provides tourist information and guided history walks.

website  |  (276) 783-8891


Giles CountyNarrows Gift Shop & Art Gallery | Narrows

"302" Main St. displays and sells the artistic endeavors of over 30 local artists, artisans, authors and craftmen. The juried items are offered at reasonable prices to suit every budget, allowing comfortable enjoyment of the arts as gifts or as personal expressions Just For You. The inviting shop showcases an extensive variety of quality handcrafted items including jewelry, furniture, paintings, wood turnings, digital art, candles, knit apparel, soaps, stained and blown glass, books, lotions, purses, wall decor, sculpture, baskets, note cards, quilts, Appalachian, coal, local history, and more. Also offered are gift certificates and personal or group private appointments.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
(540) 726-3022


Miller Off Main | Blacksburg

An art gallery and studio that features pottery and ceramics.

211 Wilson Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060

(540) 552-6969

Palmer Mill and PlayhouseTheatre and Cinema at Virginia Tech | Blacksburg

The Department of Theatre and Cinema is inventing the future of American theatre at Virginia Tech by producing contemporary plays and new visions of the classics to discover how our performances connect with and stimulate people in the New River Valley. Two ticketed main stage shows with multiple performances and a number of free workshop productions are produced each semester creating shared theatrical experiences for the entire community. The cinema program offers many cinema-related activities that unspool year-round, including visiting artists and special screenings to the student-run Progeny Film Festival.

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Palmer Mill and PlayhousePalmer Mill and Playhouse | Saltville

Previous productions have included A Tuna Christmas, You Can’t Take It With You, Annie, Steel Magnolias, Sanders Family Christmas, and others. Productions are usually weekend events on Friday and Saturday nights, and a Sunday matinee.

website | (276) 496-5342


The Lincoln TheaterThe Lincoln Theatre  | Marion

Originally built in 1929 as a vaudeville and movie house, The Lincoln Theatre hosted stars such as Roy Rogers, Ralph Stanley, Roy Acuff, and other legends. Through a focused community initiative and fundraising of more than $1.8 million, the building was fully renovated. The theater reopened in 2004 as a presenter and a programming facility. Today's theater boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and six beautifully restored historic murals.

website  |  (276) 783-6092


Blue Ridge Dinner TheaterBlue Ridge Dinner Theater  |  Ferrum

We're looking forward to a 31st season filled with new plays, new delicious meals, and some new performers. Of course, you can look forward to seeing some of your favorite BRDT performers returning to the Sale Theatre stage

website  |  (540) 365-4335


Filmed in this region

  • ALONE YET NOT ALONE Feature Advent Film Group  | Roanoke
  • Beamers Projector Commercial Park Group | Blacksburg
  • Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life Television Living Television | Giles County
  • Dirty Dancing Documentary Blink TV  | Giles County
  • Dirty Dancing Reality Series Television ITV | Giles County
  • Disney Commercial Commercial Gartner  | Tazewell County
  • Gun Television Half Yard Productions Discovery Channel | Christianburg
  • The Big Give Television Profiles Television | Roanoke
  • LAKE EFFECTS Feature Life Out Loud Films | Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta
  • Polio Crusade-PBS American Experience Television Sarah Colt Productions LLC/PBS | Wythe County
  • ROTC Commercial Commercial Aero Film | Blacksburg
  • Blue Ridge Feature Introverted Films | Roanoke
  • MY FOOL HEART Feature Take It films | Bristol
  • NORFOLK SOUTHERN Commercial Moxie Pictures Norfolk | Roanoke
  • VOLVO SOUTH WEST Still Shoot Blackhorse Studios iles| Wythe County

 

 

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