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“Old Lands, New Visions” – a curated photography exhibit

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“Old Lands, New Visions” – a curated photography exhibit

The Floyd Center for the Arts will be showing a curated exhibit of photography from August 11 to October 7 titled “Old Lands, New Visions”. The show will be curated by noted photographer Russ Young. It will exhibit the works of six outstanding U.S. artists hailing from across of the country and feature images from around the globe. An opening reception will be held on August 19th in the Hayloft Gallery from 5 to 7 pm with an oration by the curator at 6pm. This event will be held simultaneously with the Floyd Plein Air Festival reception and all are welcome. Brief Biographies of the Six Photographers: Tillman Crane Tillman has been a professional photographer and photo-educator since 1978. He was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Delaware in 1990. He exclusively prints his images in the platinum/palladium process. Until recently, all of his images were made with large format cameras; now he also works with digital cameras. Tillman has been in numerous shows, most recently a hundred-print one man show in Beijing, China. Now living in Maine, Crane has published four books and has written numerous articles for photography publications.   www.tillmancrane.com Dennis Carlyle Darling He received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1972. Dennis came to The University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and is currently  the Visual Communication  Area head for the School of Journalism. Darling has published several books and is a talented writer. His photographs have been displayed in more than 150 juried shows and exhibitions. Dennis has photographed all over the world and is now completing a mammoth project on Holocaust survivors.   www.dennisdarling.wixsite.com/dennis Kerik Kouklis Kerik is a retired environmental geologist who has been a photographer and educator since the 1990s. He has focused on the labor intensive, hand-made processes from the 19th century such as wet plate collodion, gum dichromate and platinum/palladium.  Kouklis’ prints in this exhibition are a melding of modern inkjet prints and the 19th century palladium process.  A native Californian, he has lived in the north of the state all his life and photographed the landscape there intensively.   www.kerik.com Bill Moretz Although Bill received his degree at Appalachian State University in painting and he formerly taught painting, he has been a professional photographer for many decades, having begun  photography more than fifty years ago with a Sears “Tower“ camera. Bill is a master camera and lens repairman in addition to his other photographic skills. Moretz uses both film and digital cameras to create his artwork. He is the proprietor of PRO CAMERA, a professional camera store, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  www.procameraus.com/about-bill-moretz/ Charles Palmer Charles is a retired pathologist with a long standing interest in photography and building harpsichords and fine furniture. Constantly experimenting with emerging technologies, he authored one of the earliest articles (2000) on creating enlarged digital negatives.  Charles prints exclusively in the platinum/palladium process, a labor intensive process which was discovered in the 19th century. He and his wife have lived in New Mexico for decades. Ellen Toby Slotnick Ellen is a Massachusetts based fine arts photographer who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology.  She first honed her skills as an archaeological photographer in the...

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New River Art Biennial & Two More New Exhibits Open Sat. June 17

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New River Art Biennial & Two More New Exhibits Open Sat. June 17

The New River Art 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition is coordinated by the Floyd Center for the Arts in Floyd Virginia. Held since 1991, the exhibition rotates every two years among thiscenter, the Blacksburg Regional Art Association and Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley in Pulaski. These three art organizations all have non-profit, 501(c) 3 status. 2017 marks the 14th time the juried New River Art Biennial has been held.  The Juror, Amy Shawley, has chosen 61 pieces of art from within 150 miles of Floyd to create a dynamic and unique exhibition in our Hayloft Gallery.  Mrs. Shawley will be judging these works in person before the Opening Reception to award four cash prizes and multiple honorable mentions.  Awards will be announced at about 5:45pm during the reception. The Opening Reception is Saturday, June 17, 5-7pm The reception is celebrating all three of our new exhibitions.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served an a cash bar is available. In our Falcon Gallery, local artist, Nathan Popp, has a vibrant collection of his watercolor paintings on exhibit.  Nathan is a recent graduate of Radford University and currently works as a full time artist and framer in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia.  In the downstairs Breezeway, young artists from Floyd County High School have also hung their work.  So matter where you are in the center, you can view awesome artwork! Congratulations to the artists accepted into the “New River Art 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition”.  They are listed below in alphabetical order: Deborah Adle, Jeanette Bowker, Jennifer Carpenter, Patricia Carr ,Sarah Carriker, Linda Correll, Eric Cowan, Christian DeMaria, Laura Fender, April Flanders, Dakota Galla, Elizabeth Gillis-Robinson, James Glass, Susan Gring, Sean Hatter, Andrew Hersey, Sue Hossack, Sidra Kaluszka, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Dreama Lovitt, Kala Marshall, Larry Mitchell, Amy Nichols, Jerry Partrick, Marsha Paulekas, Nathan Popp, Timothy Porter, Roberta Sallee, Aaron Staengl, Nancy Stark, Burke Staunton, Lois Stephens, Kristen Waite, Gibby Waitzkin, Rosalind Waiwaiole, David Wooden, Geraldine Young, Cheryl...

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Patron Passes

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Two types of tickets are available! Please Print and Keep your online receipt as your ticket! Exclusive All-Access Patron Pass $100 (Limit of 25 available): Thursday, August 16, 6-10pm: Farm to Table Dinner with Festival Artists.  Organic and farm-fresh foods will be prepared for this unique experience at Riverstone Organic Farm by Chef .  Dinner will feature wines from Chateau Morrisette Winery.  Artist works from the day of painting will be on display and available for purchase to dinner patrons. Saturday, August 18, 4-5pm: Collectors Preview Reception.  Start picking out your favorite pieces, enjoy a glass of wine and mingle with the artists in a casual atmosphere at the Floyd Center for the Arts before the doors open to the public. Plus all the ticketed events of a Standard Patron Pass Wednesday, August 15, 1-4pm: Artist Painting Demonstration on the Pressing Patio at Chateau Morrisette Winery. Sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery under the shade of the patio, while festival participating artist, Thomas Bradshaw, paints and discusses his plein air approach. Wednesday, August 15, 3-4pm: Private wine tasting with festival artists at Chateau Morrisette Winery.  Light refreshments served. Friday, August 17, 1-4pm: Artist Painting Demonstration and Talk in Downtown Floyd.  Join Festival Juror, Valerie Craig, as she paints the unique town of Floyd.  Private viewing area will be roped off for festival artists and patrons to sit, watch, and discuss with Valerie. Purchase the Floyd Plein Air Festival All-Access Patron Pass below: Standard Patron Pass $25: Wednesday, August 15, 1-4pm: Artist Painting Demonstration on the Pressing Patio at Chateau Morrisette Winery. Sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery under the shade of the patio, while festival participating artist, Thomas Bradshaw, paints and discusses his plein air approach. Wednesday, August 15, 3-4pm: Private wine tasting with festival artists at Chateau Morrisette Winery.  Light refreshments served. Friday, August 17, 1-4pm: Artist Painting Demonstration and Talk in Downtown Floyd.  Join Festival Juror, Valerie Craig, as she paints the unique town of Floyd.  Private viewing area will be roped off for festival artists and patrons to sit, watch, and discuss with Valerie. Purchase the Floyd Plein Air Festival Standard Patron Pass below: There are many free events during the festival.  Please join us as much as you can throughout the week! Monday, August 14, 10am-5pm: Open painting time for artists at Apple Ridge Farm Monday, August 14, 5pm-7pm: Welcome Reception at Apple Ridge Farm, light refreshments and cash beer/wine bar Tuesday, August 15, all day: Open painting time for artists on the Blue Ridge Parkway Wednesday, August 16, daybreak-1pm, 5pm-nightfall: Open painting time for artists at Chateau Morrisette Winery Thursday, August 17,daybreak-5pm: Open painting time for artists at Riverstone Organic Farm Friday, August 18, daybreak-1pm, 5pm-nightfall: Open painting time for artists in Downtown Floyd Saturday, August 19, 9am-12pm: Quick Paint Competition at Chateau Morrisette Winery Saturday, August, 19, 5pm-9pm: Festival Celebration, refreshments and cash beer/wine bar, announcement by Juror of Festival Award winners. Please Print and Keep your online receipt as your...

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Artists

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Artist’s Name, Origin & Website Sarah Baptist of Wilmington DE  www.sarahbaptistart.com   Joanna Barnum of Abingdon, MD www.joannabarnum.com   Thomas Bradshaw of Blackstone, VA www.thomasbradshaw.net   Nancy Brittle of Remington, VA www.nancybrittle.com   Kyle Buckland of Abington, VA www.artpal.com/bucklandfineart   Arlene Daniel of Winston Salem, NC www.arleneedaniel.com   Jan Finn-Duffy of Woodford, VA www.janfinnduffy.com   David Finnell of Maurertown, VA www.davidfinnellwatercolors.com   Kim Hall of Richmond, VA www.kimhallstudio.com   Kathleen Hudson of Lexington, KY www.kathleenbhudson.com   George Jennings of Tappahannock, VA   Paul Keysar of Charlotte, NC www.paulkeysar.com   Brett LaGue of Fincastle, VA www.brettlague.com Dan Michael of Mechanicsville, VA www.danielmichaelfineart.com   Marsha Slopes-Paulekas of Floyd, VA www.marshasstudio.tumblr.com   Maria  Reardon of Rockville, VA www.mariareardon.com   Jeremy Sams of Archdale, NC www.jeremysams.com   Karen Sewell of Willis, VA www.karensewellfineart.com   Peg Sheridan of Staunton, VA www.pegsheridan.com   Kenneth Smith of Pulaski, VA www.kensmithfineart.com   Meg West of Crozet, VA www.megwestpainting.com   Lori White of Raleigh, NC www.ldwhiteart.com   Kathleen Willingham of Bealeton, VA www.kathleenwillingham.com   Joli Ayn Wood of Floyd, VA www.paintingsbyjoliaynwood.com   Jennifer Young of Ashland, VA...

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Juror & Prizes

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Prizes include: Best in Week Platinum Award – $1,000 and a ¼ page artist’s ad in an upcoming issue of Plein Air Magazine valued at $1,200! Quick Paint Competition Winner – $500 Gold Award -Gift Package of Premium Panels from SourceTek, valued at $250 Silver Award – $200 Gift Certificate from Golden Artists Colors Bronze Award – $150 Gift Package from Ampersand Art Best Local Artist Award – $200 Gift Certificate from Mish Mish Art Supplies in Blacksburg VA Best Night Painting Award – Gamblin Artist Grade Oil Colour Set, valued at $160 Best Farm Scene Award – Gift Package from Raymar Art About the Juror: Valerie Craig is known for her impressionist approach to color and light. Craig’s subject matter includes urban and rural landscapes as well as intimate still life paintings, and figures within a landscape. Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date, painting in both watercolor and oils. Her awards and honors are many, however a few include: Gold/Mayor’s Choice Award Ireland’s 2013 Art in the Open Festival, Grand Prize in the American Women Online Juried Competition, and Best in Show in the 2011 and 2008 Wayne Plein Air Competition. To learn more about Valerie Craig, please visit her website http://valeriecraig.com/  ...

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Schedule

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Schedule of events for the Floyd Plein Air Festival 2017: Monday, August 14 – Venue: Apple Ridge Farm located at 9230 Pine Forest Rd NE, Copper Hill, VA 24079 Artists arriving early to Floyd are invited to spend the day at Apple Ridge Farm painting and experiencing Floyd County. Welcome Reception 5-7pm is free and open to the public. All artists, patrons, sponsors, and hosts are invited to toast the future of a wonderful upcoming week. Light refreshments will be served with a cash wine/beer bar.   Tuesday, August 15 – Venue: Blue Ridge Parkway & Beyond Open paint day for artists (Volunteers will be scouting out where artists are set up on the Parkway and posting updates on social media.) Patrons are invited to visit artists while they are painting throughout the day. Artists are invited to dine at local eatery Oddfellows in downtown Floyd and will receive a 10% discount on their dinner.   Wednesday, August 16 – Venue: Chateau Morrisette Winery located at 291 Winery Rd SW, Floyd, VA 24091 Artists paint at the winery and surrounding Blue Ridge Parkway – public invited to walk the winery grounds and visit artists Artist Demonstration by Thomas Bradshaw,1-3pm Event ticket holders and event artists are invited to watch this talent artist demonstrate and discusses his plein air techniques Wine Tasting, 3-4pm Event Ticket holders and participating artists are invited for a private tasting of Chateau Morrisette wines with light snacks.   Thursday, August 17 – Venue: Riverstone Organic Farm located at 708 Thompson Rd SE, Floyd, VA 24091 Artists paint at the farm – public invited to walk the farm grounds and visit artists Farm Tours available 3-4pm Farm to Table Dinner with the Artists, 6 – 10pm  All-Access Event Ticket holders are invited to dine with the artists at this private party (All-Access tickets are available in a very limited quantity, buy early!) As a special early preview, artworks created during day will be available for sale at the farm during dinner.   Friday, August 18 Venue: The Town of Floyd Artists paint the town – public invited to walk the town and visit artists Art Demonstration & Talk with Juror Valerie Craig 1 – 3pm Event ticket holders and event artists are invited to watch Valerie demonstrate and discuss her plein air techniques. Special Sunset & Night Paint, 7 – 10pmat the Friday Night Jamboree and the Artisan Market – public invited to walk the town and visit artists   Saturday, August 19   Venue: Chateau Morrisette Winery located at 291 Winery Rd SW, Floyd, VA 24091 Quick Paint Competition 9 – 12pm – public invited to walk the winery grounds and visit artists as they paint their last work of the week. This piece will be on display in a special area at the Floyd Center for the Arts and be entered for a special prize to be awarded at the Festival Celebration Saturday night. Venue: Floyd Center for the Arts located at 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd VA 24091 Collectors Early Preview 4-5pm All-Access Event Ticket holders are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and view all the work created by the artists, including the Quick Paint Competition. Advanced purchases of artwork can be made. Festival Celebration 5-9pm The public and all artists, volunteers and supporters...

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Winners of the “Art Works For Us” Photo Contest

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Winners of the “Art Works For Us” Photo Contest

Great Images of Public Art Winners of the “Art Works For Us” photography competition For the last two years the Floyd Center for the Arts has organized a public art tour through Floyd County called “Art Works For Us”. During the spring “Meet the Artists” tour on Sunday, April 9, 2017, the Center also ran a photography competition. Visitors were encouraged to photograph the art during that day and submit their work to the Center. Local photographer and writer, Doug Thompson, judged the submitted photos. “As with all judging of works of arts, it is a subjective view of a judge, in this case a judge who is a news photographer”, stated Doug. “It was not easy because of the various entries having strong points.” The winners are: 1st Place for $100: “Green Man” by Aileen Fletcher 2nd Place for $50: “Pillar of the Community” by Diane Davidson 3rd Place for $25: “Hallelujah” by June Damanti Doug felt, “The straight on angle and tight composition, was unique from the other angles on what was a favorite subject to nearly all of the contestants”, about his first place choice, “Green Man”. He also stated that the “Pillar of the Community” combined the natural color of nature with the piece of art and felt it told the story. The image of “Hallelujah” he chose because “ I felt that it best combined the various elements of the community”. The “Art Works For Us” program is now entering is third season and is accepting applications from host venues and artists. Artists are paid for the display of their artwork an honorarium of $500. Please contact the Floyd Center for the Arts to learn more or visit www.FloydArtCenter.org.    ...

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Call for Public Art – “Art Works For Us”

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Call for Public Art – “Art Works For Us”

“Art Works For Us” is a public sculpture/outdoor art tour through Floyd County VA. The Floyd Center for the Arts is pleased to continue and expand our public art program, “Art Works For Us”, through 2018. We are now calling for interested businesses and landowners, and artists, to apply to the program. How to Participate: Business or Landowner: you can participate by providing a venue for displaying a sculpture or other outdoor artwork, this program will be a chance to express their own individuality and their support for the creative spirit that is Floyd. Business and private landowners can indicate their interest in hosting artwork by filling out an interest form with information about their property. Local or Regional Artist: are encouraged to produce large-scale work for public display. This is an invitation to lend their creativity and vision to be part of Floyd’s aesthetic environment.   Artists are asked to fill out an application describing their artwork. Photos or sketches of their artwork will be required. The Plan and Costs: Businesses/Landowners Interest Forms and Applications from Artists are due Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Download the applications by clicking the links or stop by the Center to pick up printed forms!) The Center will review all forms and pair artists with appropriate sites. Businesses/Landowners will have the final approval of the artwork and asked to pay the participating site fee of $100 to the Center by July 31, 2017. The Floyd Center for the Arts will pay the accepted Artists an honorarium of $500 after the artwork is installed. These funds are provided by a grant from the NRV Community Foundation. Artists will work with Business/Landowners to install artwork in August 2017. Artwork will be on display for one calendar year. At that time Business/Landowners may choose to purchase the artwork from the artist. The trail includes an interactive map and signage at each artwork site. Click here to take a virtual tour of the 2016-2017 program! Benefits of Participating: According to the NRV Livability Report “Developing arts and cultural activities to serve as a “community draw” can stimulate business activity, attract tourism revenue, and help retain high quality employers and employees by creating highly desirable places in which to raise a family, work and retire.“  The “Art Works For Us” program offers exactly what this report is referring to, both artists and business/landowners will gain visibility in our community.  Public artwork may lead to other commissioned pieces for the artists.  Businesses may see increased attention by tourists and locals, and in turn increased profit. The use of an online interactive map allows tourists to easily navigate to other trail sites and increase traffic to the business that the artwork is installed...

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Wes McCune in Concert, May 12

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Wes McCune in Concert, May 12

SAVE THE DATE – FRIDAY, MAY 12th at 7:30 PM – Piano recital given by Wes McCune at the Floyd Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door and student ticketsare $15.00. Come and enjoy this wonderful evening of piano music and support your art center at the same time. Wesley McCune is a classically trained pianist living in Floyd, Virginia.   He performs with singer Karin Paludan (Washington Performing Arts artist); Marissa Regni (principal 2nd violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra) and trumpeter Douglas Wilson. As a soloist he has performed recitals and concerti with chamber orchestras. He has performed at the Tibor Varga Music Festival in Switzerland, the Schumann House in Leipzig, Winfield House in London, at the British and Austrian embassies in Washington, the Kennedy Center and many venues throughout the Washington, DC area. Mr. McCune retired from teaching in 2016. He taught at John Adams Elementary School, a CETA (Changing Education through the Arts) partner school with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His awards include the Alex Award (the Alexandria Commission for the Arts); the Whole Village Award (the Virginia Education Association); the Excellence in Education Award (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce); citations from the mayor and city council of Alexandria, Virginia; and The Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching from The Washington Post....

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Three New Exhibits Opening Sat. April 8

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Three New Exhibits Opening Sat. April 8

Opening Reception for Three New Art Exhibits @ the Floyd Center for the Arts Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm All are welcome to the free and fun event. Meet the artists and enjoy the artwork. Light refreshments served and cash bar. “New Voice” presented in the Hayloft Gallery The New Voices exhibition allows regional emerging artists to show a significant body of work Artworks from ten new voices featuring young innovations, have been selected by the Hayloft Gallery Committee. They are: Allison Fisher, Virginia Tech Burke Staunton, Radford University Emma Meadors, Ferrum College Jania Lanum, Roanoke College Jason Tueller, Floyd County Judith Lamb, Hollins University Langley Anderson, Radford University Paxton Rankin, Virginia Tech Rachel Van Pelt, Floyd County Sidney Rhyne, Roanoke College Joel Gendelman Photography presented in the Falcon Gallery Joel’s first love is portraiture. He cherishes the moment when the subject, the scene, and the artist are woven together. Joel also treasures landscapes where the elements of sky, building, and earth come together to create a unified emotion. The photographers whom Joel most emulate are Diane Arbus and Lisettee Model for how they captured humanity in the most unlikely places. He also studied the work of Karsh, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, and Cartier Bresson. Selected Artworks by the Floyd Artists Association presented in the Breezeway The Floyd Artists Association mission is to support and promote artists of Floyd County and contribute to the creative arts culture of Floyd by providing a downtown, professional setting that fosters creativity, quality art and interaction between artists, patrons and the public. This exhibition represents the partnership with the Floyd Center for the Arts and the roles each organization has in our creative...

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