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About the Event

Craft + Design is a contemporary craft show, produced by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, that has garnered a reputation for showcasing the finest in museum-quality craft. Craft + Design is held in the historic Main Street Station’s train shed and draws more than 10,000 people to shop the work of over 150 artists from all over the country. 

Craft + Design is the signature event of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, a non-profit community arts center located in the heart of Richmond’s Fan District. 

Event schedule

Friday, November 17
6-9 p.m.

McKinnon and Harris Patrons’ Preview Party

Featuring 

  • Beer and wine 
  • Signature cocktails 
  • Hors d’oeuvres by MOSAIC 

Cocktail attire 

Tickets:
$60 for VisArts members
$65 for the general public 

Saturday, 
November 18

9:30-11 a.m.

Rise + Shine Brunch presented by Carole and Marcus Weinstein 

Featuring 

  • Mimosas + Bloody Mary’s 
  • A light brunch and coffee 
  • Early shopping 

Tickets:

$35 for VisArts members
$40 for the general public 

Saturday, November 18 + Sunday, November 19 

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

General Admission Shopping Hours

Tickets: $10* 

*VisArts members receive one or two free general admission tickets, depending on their membership level. These tickets can be claimed online or at will call. You also may pick up your tickets at VisArts’ front desk. 

 

Education Wing presented by Richmond Family Magazine

Free family friendly art-making space for guests to explore the art media taught at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
 
Tickets: FREE event

Getting to main street station + Parking

BY TRAIN

Out-of-town guests can take Amtrak trains directly to Main Street Station.

BY CAR

Public metered parking is available in the lots surrounding Main Street Station. Street parking is available throughout Shockoe Bottom, and several paid parking garages are located within a short walk.

VALET PARKING 

Valet parking is free to all guests on Friday night during the McKinnon & Harris Patrons’ Preview Party. 


BY BUS

GRTC Pulse runs down Broad Street, from Willow Lawn to Rockett’s Landing, every 15 minutes. Rides are $1.50. Hop off directly in front of Main Street Station.

CRAFT + DESIGN COMMITTEE

Sally Ashburn

Jenny Bassett

Marcia Collier

Susan Craven Johnson

Jean DeShazo Jumet

Sarah Gross

Jessica Haddad

Chris Hairston-White

KK Harris

Karen Kelly

Virginia Lewis

Stephanie McGrath

Bosha Nelson

Celia Rafalko

Jackie Rogers

Stephanie Ruffin

Kim Ruscio

Wendy Shannon

Lora Spiller

Lynn Spitzer

Dian Suder

Vicki Thompson

Clare Tilton

Karin Walker

Craft + Design Over the Years

1964
First exhibit, "A Sculptor's Crafts" is presented with 70 artists and craftsmen.
1976
Craft Fair moves to Richmond Arena.
1985
Hand Workshop moves to the historic Virginia Dairy Building at 1812 West Main Street, reuniting all programming in one facility.
2007
Craft + Design show moves to the Science Museum of Virginia
2017
Craft + Design show moves to Main Street Station and greets 10,000 visitors

About the Visual Arts Center of Richmond

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts) is the largest non-university studio-arts program in Virginia. Each year, VisArts offers more than 1,000 visual and creative arts classes in clay, wood, fiber, painting, photography, printmaking, glass, metal, drawing, writing, decorative arts and other visual media.   

For almost six decades, VisArts has helped adults and children explore their creativity and make art. Each year, VisArts offers 1,500 visual and creative arts classes and touches the lives of more than 40,000 people through its classes, community outreach programs, camps, workshops and special events.

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Craft + Design is an event by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.