Silver, bronze, and steel are being crafted into beautiful works of art in a backyard metal shop in Crozet. You'll be able to see the sculptures - and even buy one - at the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival this coming weekend. 

It's a work of labor and of love. Edward Pelton crafts the large works of art in a barn on his family farm. The pounding, the sparks, the chomping - It's all part of a process.

"It's a lot of arms. I tell people all the time, I work with my arms," Pelton said.

He is making an abstract tree out of African hardwood and steel.

"I hope that people find it beautiful. I hope that people want to interact with it, to walk through it, to be underneath it, to lean up against it," said Pelton. "I hope that it provokes some thought about our relationship with nature."

His tree sculptures will be an art installation at the upcoming Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival. This is the first time the festival has featured one.

"Edward doesn't necessarily have the kind of art that you can sell in a booth, but I want people in this area to understand the great creative work that's happening in our back yard," said Leslie Burns, Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival director.

Pelton is just one of many artists that will be featured at the festival.

"A lot of people are involved and it's all surrounding the artists, the 106 artists that we have," said Burns. "It's a juried art show so they've been vetted to know that they're good craftspeople and worth coming to look at."

The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival will also feature entertainment, food, wine tasting, and painting lessons. It takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Claudius Crozet Park.

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