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A Unique Shopping Experience at the Greenbrier's Art Colony Retail Shops - Part 3, Virtu Studio Gallery
 
 
 
A Unique Shopping Experience at the Greenbrier's Art Colony Retail Shops - Part 3, Virtu Studio Gallery, featuring handmade jewelry and beautiful and unique works of glass. 
 
 
 
 
Virtu means excellence in craftsmanship….and this is what you will find in this gallery, says owners Alex J. Brand, glass artist and Susan Chapman Thomas, Designer/Goldsmith.
 
 
 
Instead of rebuilding after a fire had destroyed their home in Corning, New York, they decided to move to West Virginia in January 2009.  Why West Virginia…..really several reasons…… Susan is from West Virginia; "we both love the climate, and wanted to be closer to family, and of course, to open a gallery at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs."   Alex, Susan, daughter Carly, and dog Mashala moved to Lewisburg in January, 2009.
 
For the past 25 years Alex has been on the road doing craft shows and he says “it was time for a change”.  They opened the Virtu Studio Gallery in April, 2010, at the Greenbrier’s Art Colony on Alabama Row…..a short distance from the hotel.  Alex’s hot glass shop is at Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY but plans to get a shop on the grounds of the Greenbrier in the near future.
 
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