About

Welcome to the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center!

The Arts and Crafts Center is here to encourage your interest in and enjoyment of the visual arts through education, exhibits, and marketing, and we hope you have some fun in the process. or take a moment to explore our Gallery with the most wonderful exhibits and stroll through The Center Shop where you will find unique handcrafted gifts of almost every kind.

We invite you to come take part in an event or class if you want to learn “how to” or if you are interested in polishing your skills.  Check out our class and workshop listings under the Calendar Tab to find a schedule of classes taught by professional artists. We also offer multiple sessions of Kid’s Summer Art Camp. Whether you want to learn how to paint, draw, needle felt, or just explore your own creativity, we have classes and workshops for a wide variety of ages throughout the year. You can buy a ticket and register for any of these workshops through the Calendar.

You can also find our Gallery exhibits on the Calendar.  The Gallery presentation changes every 4-6 weeks and offers a wide array of styles and techniques in different mediums. These exhibits are always excellent and offered free of charge!

The arts and crafts in the Shop change weekly.  It has all been made by hand and juried or selected for its originality, good design, and fine craftsmanship. Everything in our Center is made by hand.  Currently we have work by artists and craftspeople in almost every media, including baskets, pottery, oils, watercolor, jewelry, prints, collage, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, cards, drawings, photography, glass, and sculpture. We represent more than 240+ working artists and craftspeople who work with everything from oil and watercolor to baskets and wood, and a whole lot in between!

We have a small professional staff and many dedicated knowledgeable volunteers. When you visit in person, you will find our volunteers are happy to tell you about our artists, help you learn more about the area, and find other interesting things to see and do in the Highlands. Their skills make it possible for us to keep our doors open every day. We live in a beautiful part of Virginia and hope you will enjoy both our community and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center.

We have more than 9,000 visitors from more than 45 states and about 30 international locations each year. Your signature with a hometown in the guest book will let us add this information, so be sure to sign in when you visit. Come for a visit and join the fun!

We are open 7 days a week from May to December, and closed Sundays/Mondays from January-April, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day.  Also, we close the first 2 weeks of January for inventory and maintenance.

We hope you will let us know what you think and like us on Facebook.

A  501 (c)(3) organization,  The Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center is supported by its members, contributors, the Town of Clifton Forge, the City of Covington, the County of Alleghany, The Alleghany Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Historical Highlights

Interview with Bari Ballou, a Founder, First Board President and First Executive Director