This week brings added holiday excitement to Ash Lawn-Highland, as the house is decorated for the holidays. Festive touches peek from windows and gates, with local greenery starring in the show. The Museum Shop Artisans Room also holds holiday promise, with a wide selection of Virginia-crafted gifts. Three featured artists work in a range of traditional materials, including ceramic, textile and leather. The Artisans Room always has easy parking, and is a peaceful spot to choose just the right gift.
A. B. Newell produces modern-day leatherwork using traditional tools. Made from vegetable-tanned leather, using only water-based glues, dyes, and finishes, his leatherwork is designed to “garner attention and last a lifetime.” Mr. Newell is from Charlottesville.