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WILLIAMSBURG Craft House Hosts Special Tavern Event Featuring Artist Karen Cruden

Artist Karen Cruden meets guests and signs items from her newest WILLIAMSBURG exclusive collection on Saturday, Nov. 19 at WILLIAMSBURG Craft House. Cruden combines inspiration from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area with her unique style of folk art to create her very own whimsical, spirited artwork, now paired with the most popular recipes from Chowning’s Tavern, King’s Arms Tavern, Shields Tavern and Christiana Campbell’s Tavern.

From 8:30 a.m. – noon, guests meet the artist and Tavern Executive Chef Linwood Blizzard, and enjoy complimentary samples of Colonial Williamsburg’s popular Brunswick stew and sweet potato muffins. From 1 – 3 p.m. Cruden returns in the afternoon to the WILLIAMSBURG Craft House tavern room. Guests have the opportunity to meet the artist and will sign items from the exclusive WILLIAMSBURG collection.

Products available include 2012 tavern recipe calendar, recipe cards and box, tavern recipe Christmas cards, tavern recipe greeting cards, and the full selection of Karen Cruden WILLIAMSBURG products including needlepoint pillows, framed art and more.

Cruden combines inspiration from the “little things” in life with her unique style of folk art to create her very own whimsical, spirited artwork. She was an art teacher who grew up with the love of art all around her. “The children I taught gave me the gift of creating from my heart,” Cruden said, noting how their innocence and carefree spirits were reflected in their artwork.
She lives in Latham, N.Y.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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