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Workshops & Classes

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Workshops & Classes

Workshops and Classes in every medium are offered at the Center. View them by month or by medium in our Workshop & Class list by clicking here.  We also take requests for classes, which is a way for our students to tell us when they want a class to be scheduled.   Many classes are offered by local teaching artists, but we also offer classes and workshops by nationally known artists.  We will have about 70 classes scheduled in 2017.

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Artists’ Opportunities

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Artists’ Opportunities

Links to Applications for Artists! Exhibits, Festivals & Tours!

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Classical to Jazz | Saturday, October 7, 7:30 pm

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Classical to Jazz | Saturday, October 7, 7:30 pm

The Floyd Center for the Arts opens its 8th season with one of the pillars of chamber music for strings and winds, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Also featured on this program will be Klezmer music, and a clarinet quintet by Serbian composer and clarinetist, Ante Grgin, highly recognized in his country. Floyd Arts welcomes musicians David Ehrlich, violin, and Benjamin Wyatt, cello, well known to our audiences, as well as Rami Solomonow, violist from Chicago, Nikola Djurica, clarinetist from Belgrade, Serbia, and Sibbi Bernhardsson, former member of the Pacifica Quartet, now a faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.   Tickets Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent ticket $15.00 USD BIOS David Ehrlich was the first non-American to win first prize in the Young Artist Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This resulted in appearances in concerts and recitals throughout the United States. David has served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet as first violinist, and toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious venues and concert series, including radio and television. In 1993, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a nonprofit community music school serving students throughout southwest Virginia. David is a member of the Avanti Ensemble and a Music Advisor and performer in the Red Rocks Summer Music Festival in Sedona, Arizona. He is head of an intensive chamber music program at “Ameropa”, a music festival in Prague, CZ. He has conducted master classes/lectures at New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Chautauqua-NY, USC, Arizona State University, Tel Aviv University, Ireland, Venezuela, Prague, Beijing, and many others. He has recorded on RCA, Telarc and Centaur labels. Since 2004, David has been an “Outreach Fellow of Fine Arts” at Virginia Tech. Through the generosity of the Virginia Tech Foundation, David performs on a violin made by Carlo Bergonzi, circa 1735.   In April 2003 and 2005, on a republic contest, Nikola Djurca became a laureate of Serbia, as a best performer in his category. During 2003 to 2006, on competitions in Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and Serbia, as a soloist he won 14 special prizes (100 points out of 100) and 9 first prizes, and as a member of nonstandard duo he won 4 special prizes and one first prize on a Republic Contest, competing in a category with oldest contestants (16-18 age). Also, as a member of clarinet quartet Nevski, Nikola won 6 special prizes. He recorded a video shoot for a national television and went to a large number of radio shows where he played. Nikola participated in charity concerts in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Podgorica-Montenegro with an organization called “Music Of Angels”, as well as in “Kolarceva Zaduzbina” in Belgrade (“Pupil to pupil”). Nikola’s carrier of “Belgrade’s angel 2004”, “Best pupil of his Generation 2001-2005” and “Holly Sava award 2005” gave him an opportunity to play principal clarinet on “Requiem” in honor of 250 years of Mozart’s birth. Mr. Djurica was the youngest one to play a solo recital on the most prestigious music festival in Serbia- on the 38th BEMUS in October 2006. Mr. Djurica attended chamber music...

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Community Themed Exhibit – Call for Artists

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Community Themed Exhibit – Call for Artists

Applications are due by Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Download Application Here! Floyd Center for the Arts announces an open exhibition on the theme of community. Community is a broad topic and the Center hopes to receive a broad range of entries – including everything from traditional paintings, photographs, or sculptures by individual artists to collaborative works.  Other forms of art may be exhibited as well, like digital media, performance, installations and creative writings; however, these artworks will be accepted at the discretion of the gallery committee.  Community groups can work together, or an artist might work with them to create the completed piece.  Artists can also design a project that needs the community for it to be completed. Since this exhibition is about and for the community, everyone can participate. There are no age restrictions, and the work can be by professionals or amateurs – groups or individuals. The submissions can be for exhibition inside the Hayloft Gallery, or for somewhere in the building, or for the grounds of the Center for the Arts. There will be no fee for exhibitors to participate, as The Center wants to include all who are interested regardless of financial ability; however donations from those who are able to donate will be greatly appreciated because exhibitions typically are funded by application fees. The gallery committee members will make every attempt to include all entries, but they will not accept work that does not physically fit in the exhibition space or that, in their judgment, is inappropriate for the theme of the exhibition. Important Dates:       Applications Due: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Accepted Artwork Due: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 6-7, 10am-2pm Artists’ Reception will be Saturday, October 21,...

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Silent Auction at The Floyd Center for the Arts

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Silent Auction at The Floyd Center for the Arts

Shhh! It’s Silent Auction time! From September 11 to 30, the Community Room on the second floor of The Floyd Center for the Arts will be filled with donations from local artisans, individuals and businesses – everything from art works to gift certificates for service. Thinking of giving original art to folks on your holiday gift list? Bid here and add a donation to the meaning of their gift! Is there a local business you’ve been curious about but have yet to try? Bid on their gift certificate and benefit the center and our local economy in one swoop! Want to support the center by donating a piece of art, gift certificate or something else to the auction? Although bidding has already begun, we are accepting donations for the auction all the way up to Sept 28th! Past auction items have included a certificate for a weekend stay at a vacation home, a commissioned pet portrait, a case of wine and winemaker’s tour, a thirty-minute massage. We also have had a variety of 2-D and 3-D art, and jewelry. Come on out starting Tuesday, September 12, and peruse the offerings! To find more information about the Silent Auction, either bidding or participating through a donation, contact the center at (540) 745-2784 or email...

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2017 Winterfest Applications Now Available!

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2017 Winterfest Applications Now Available!

The Floyd Center for the Arts’ 23rd Annual Winterfest Holiday Celebration will be held on December 2 & 3, 2017 – Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00am- 5:00pm along with other community celebrations. As last year, the dates are both Saturday and Sunday, which offers a second shopping day and provides more opportunity for sales and more options with any weather issues.  We are excited to celebrate the 23rd Winterfest! Our festival will include local art and crafts exhibits, refreshments, children’s activities, Santa visit and other festive activities. Other businesses and organizations in Floyd will also be hosting special events that weekend and there will be cross promotion efforts with Winterfest to highlight the weekend events. The Festival of Trees was a huge success in 2016 and will return this year. All artisans – including past participants – who want to exhibit this year will need to apply and go through the application process. Applicants will need to provide photos or links to website or Facebook page. Items for sale must be hand-crafted by the exhibitor. There is a discount on booth space fees for Floyd Art Center members. Winterfest applications are linked below and also available at the center. Applications and fees are due by September 28 and artisans notified by October 16 the status of their application. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions. Warmly, The Floyd Center for the Arts 2017 Winterfest...

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Celebration and Awards

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Celebration and Awards

Floyd Plein Air Festival Awards: Best in Week Platinum Award, Sponsored by Plein Air Magazine and the Floyd Center for the Arts: Kyle Buckland, “A Quiet Night on the Town”. Gold Award, Sponsored by SourceTek: Jeremy Sams, “Vaughan’s Mill” Silver Award, Sponsored by Golden Products: Thomas Bradshaw, “The Hangout” Bronze Award, Sponsored by Ampersand: Kathleen Hudson, “Morning Shroud” Best Farm Scene, Sponsored by Raymar: Maria Reardon, “Winding Road” Best Night Scene, Sponsored by Gamblin: Ken Smith, “Floyd Friday Night” Best Local Artist, Sponsored by Mish Mish Art Supplies: Arlene Daniel, “Into the Light” Winner of the Quick Paint Competition, Sponsored by Chateau Morrisette Winery and the Floyd Center for the Arts: Joanna Barnum, “Good Impression” Honorable Mentions: Peg Sheridan, “Parkway Peace” Honorable Mentions: Nancy Brittle, “Mr. Lewis’ Rooftops” Honorable Mentions: Paul Keysar, “Jane’s Apple Tree” Winner of the Quick Paint Competition, Sponsored by Chateau Morrisette Winery and the Floyd Center for the Arts: Joanna Barnum, “Good Impression”  ...

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Farm-to-Table Dinner, August 17th

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Dinner will be created by Chef Ashleigh Ward at Riverstone Farm. Ms. Ward baked her first cake at six years old, cultivating her passion for cooking at a young age.  With 18 years of experience in the industry, Ashleigh has filled many roles, from catering for films and commercials, feeding the masses at festivals, to creating intimate private events. Through this a deep appreciation was gained. Discovery and experimentation are endless in this world, like a blank canvas, artfully balanced with respect for tradition and ritual. Inspired by the joy and connection that food can provide, and knowing that a simple meal can transcend differences, Ashleigh is dedicated to sharing her love of good food done well. Farm-to-Table Dinner Menu: Appetizer served during Cocktail hour 6-7pm: Crostini Board with Grateful Sourdough Bread, Local Mushroom Pâté, Bruschetta from Riverstone Tomatoes, House Pickled Veggies, Onion Jam, Home-ground Mustar Dinner Service starting served family style at 7pm: First Course Chilled Beet Soup garnished with Cucumber and Spicy Microgreens & Herb Oil Second Course Citrus Pomegranate Ham Melon with Pink Sea Salt Basil and Olive Oil Riverstone Summer Squash Gratin Roasted Local Potatoes with Black Garlic Third Course Rote Grütze (Northern German Dessert Fruit Dessert with Vanilla Sauce) prepared by Barbara von Claparede-Crola Aged White Cheddar Lemon Thyme...

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Jazz & Blues Concert, Aug. 25th, 7:30pm

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Jazz & Blues Concert, Aug. 25th, 7:30pm

Floyd Center for the Arts presents… Jazz & Blues with performance by Shawn Spencer & The Jacksonville Five Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 7:30 PM   In Floyd for one performance: Shawn Spencer & The Jacksonville Five Shawn Spencer is the vocalist for Star City Swag, a group based in Roanoke, VA, that harkens to a bygone era of classic blues and jazz. Drawn to the elegance and sophistication of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson, Spencer pays homage to these Sovereign Sirens. The Jacksonville Five features Chris Prokosch on Bass, Tom Floyd, Piano; Scott Walter, Trumpet; Willis Greenstreet, Saxaphone; and Robbie Vaughan, Drums.   Join us! Savory treats and drinks available throughout the evening. Adults $25/Students $15 Purchase tickets here: Jazz & Blues tickets Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent ticket $15.00...

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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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