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Stop By the Barn for Crafts and History

September 5 4PM to 6PM: New Artists Reception

September 19 1:00 PM. Appalachian Tales by Granny Sue. Granny Sue Holstein started storytelling at library events throughout West Virginia. She now provides tall tales and music to audiences of all ages, developing her stories from folklore, history, and personal narratives. Although her focus is on Appalachian culture, Granny Sue’s repertoire includes original versions of world folktales, family stories and participation stories. Performances are highly interactive and frequently include the use of puppets, props, movement activities and songs.

Sept. 19th Lost River Museum Fundraiser. 6pm at the Mathias Civic Center with Granny Sue performing Appalachian tall tales, ghost stories, and music; a silent auction of great art; and delicious food.  Tickets on sale at the Coop.

October 10 Fifty Shades of Fall: Artist Reception.

Nestled in the scenic Lost River Valley of West Virginia's Potomac Highlands, the Lost River Artisans Cooperative was founded in 1988. The Art Co-op and Museum are located in the 150 year old Harper Barn.

Our season runs from mid-April until early December. Visitors to the cooperative will often find artisans demonstrating their talents and skills on the grounds.  We are located on scenic Route 259, which parallels Interstate 81, between Baker, WV and Broadway, VA.

We have an eclectic mix of art in every price range, including textiles, painting, ceramics, glass work, functional pottery, wood sculpture, artisan jewelry and woven wearable art.  This unique selection of handmade originals is great for personal gifts, practical kitchen art, and cabin décor.   Stop by and meet your talented crafters as they prepare their art.

Classes are being scheduled this year to provide participants a hands-on opportunity to learn first-hand about heritage crafts and contemporary arts. Select the Classes button on the left to sign up for one of our classes. Check back often as our class offerings do change throughout the year.

Our sister organization, the Lost River Educational Foundation, operates the Lost River Museum on the lower level of the barn. The Lost River Museum features the largest display of Lost River Valley artifacts and history found in the Highlands. Select the Museum button to learn about this year’s exhibit, Family Farming in the Hardy Valley, and about the history of this area. Presentations are planned throughout the year each under expert guidance and instruction.

Please visit our Artist Membership page if you are interested in joining the Cooperative.




July 3-September 4, Fridays 12 PM to 6 PM
July 4- December 6, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
November 27, Black Friday 10 AM to 5 PM
December 12, Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM