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Puccini is Passion – April 28

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Puccini is Passion – April 28

Opera Roanoke Apprentices Present Puccini’s Masterpieces Opera Roanoke Apprentice Artists present the 2017-18 “Puccini is Passion” season preview featuring scenes and arias from Opera Roanoke’s 42nd season of Tosca and La Bohéme. We invite you to join us for an evening of lush melodies and delightful music sure to entice you. Puccini is Passion Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent ticket $15.00...

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Spring Time Themed Exhibit – Call for Artists!

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Spring Time Themed Exhibit – Call for Artists!

Deadline Extended One Week! Applications Now Due by Friday, March 16, 2018 The Floyd Center for the Arts announces an open exhibition on the theme of Spring Time.  All artists, community members and organizations are welcome to submit work in any medium(s). As long winter nights are quickly replaced by lengthening days, thoughts often turn toward warmer weather and new growth, but there are other meanings to the words Spring and Time, too. We encourage you to interpret these words in your own way, whether a traditional interpretation of the changing season or a very literal exploration of the word(s) Spring and/or Time, expressed in any mediums, we ask you, “From flowers to Slinkys, what does Spring Time mean to you?” Spring Time Themed Exhibit Application Form Important Dates:       Applications Due: Friday, March 9, 2018  Friday, March 16, 2018 Accepted Artwork Due: Saturday April 7, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm  or Monday, April 9, 10:00am—4:00pm Artists’ Reception will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00...

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Author Tracee de Hahn – April 15

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Author Tracee de Hahn – April 15

Tracee de Hahn writes the Agnes Lüthi mystery series set in Switzerland and will be speaking in Floyd at the Floyd Center for the Arts, Sunday, April 15th at 3PM. Join Tracee as she discusses her latest...

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Madison String Quartet, March 17

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Madison String Quartet, March 17

The Floyd Center for the Arts and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival welcome the talented Madison String Quartet to Floyd VA. Along with the concert Saturday evening the Quartet will lead a Master Class for local music students. The Quartet will be appearing at The Floyd Center for the Arts on March 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Tickets for adults are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, student tickets are $15 in advance and at the door. The Madison String Quartet, praised for its energetic performances and inventive programming, is bringing a new side of classical music to the New York metropolitan area. Drawing on the international experience of its members, the Quartet “has carved a niche out for themselves by exploring Hispanic literature from both sides of the Atlantic”. (Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey) The Quartet is involved in blurring the line between performer and audience, creating a comfortable performance atmosphere for masterworks from past and present. The Madison String Quartet is essential listening. Madison String Quartet Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent ticket $15.00...

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Floyd Artisan Trail Participant Applications and Information

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Floyd Artisan Trail Participant Applications and Information

The Floyd Artisan Trail is a tour of artisans, farms, galleries and more throughout Floyd County.  The tour dates for this year are Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, 2018. Anyone interested in being represented on the tour as a stop or a sponsor is asked to fill out the application and return it with payment by Wednesday, March 7, 2018 to the Floyd Center for the Arts.   2018 Floyd Artisan Trail Application Here 2018 June Tour: Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10, 2018 Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm The June Tour is a 3-day tour featuring sites across Floyd County area with activities at artisan home studios; galleries and shops; wineries; farms and farm markets; and restaurant and lodging sites. Site activities include the sales and exhibit of fine art, hand-craft and farm products; classes and demonstrations, and talks at sites throughout the county. Retail sites must sell or promote local hand-craft, art or agricultural products. 2018 Timeline/ Deadlines March 7  Deadline Extended!  Applications Now Due by March 14! – Participant application and payment deadline. March 16 – Photos and text from participants. Early April – Trail Tour Guide ready for distribution End of May/ Early June – Heavy NPR advertising/Print Ads/Facebook Ad Campaign June 8-10 – Floyd Artisan Trail June Tour Guidelines for Participants Participants must be linked to local art, hand-craft or agriculture in what you promote, sell or create. Restaurants and lodging sites must reflect a local cultural aspect. Must be open all hours of June Artisan Trail Tour: Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. Fee: $150. For June tour, all-season marketing, potential fall or other activities. ($75 Additional fee to be listed more than once as a sight in another site category. Must be located in Floyd County, or by special request approved by committee. Site is responsible for own business issues- liability insurance, sales tax collection.                                  (There are no county business license requirements of trail sites) 2-Wheel drive accessible site. Visitor friendly, signage if home site. Participate actively in this event and it’s promotion! Participate in gathering information from visitors and in evaluation of project to help us assess best marketing strategies and provide data for sponsors/supporters. OPTIONAL: Floyd Artisan Trail Tour Committee. Join us! Marketing Components (examples, not total list) Website: floydartisantrail.org Print Artisan Trail Brochure with map and contact information good all year. Facebook Page with active posts and a Facebook Ad Campaign leading up to the June Tour. Print ads Public Radio – Roanoke & NC Other social networking Partnered & free marketing   To learn more about the tour, visit...

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Now Accepting Artisan Vendor Applications for Mayfaire 2018!

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Now Accepting Artisan Vendor Applications for Mayfaire 2018!

On Saturday and Sunday, May 5 & 6, 2018, the grounds of the Floyd Center for the Arts will be transformed into an old world town square, complete with an artisan market, food, music, maypole dance, kids’ activities and much more – and you’re invited!  We are now accepting applications for art and craft vendors.  Applications due by 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018.  Spaces for each category will be limited. Artisan Vendor Applicaton Here Interested food vendors and all other inquiries, please contact Becky at Programming@floydartcenter.org or...

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Three New Exhibits Opening Sat. February 3

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Three New Exhibits Opening Sat. February 3

“New Voice” Art Exhibition -Ten new voices to the Floyd artists’ community The Floyd Center for the Arts is once again pleased to welcome ten emerging regional artists displaying their work in the Sixth Annual New Voice Exhibit. The public is invited to the Exhibit’s Opening Reception, on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 5:00 -7:00 pm, where light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Each year the Center invites regional university art instructors to recommend current and former students who are just starting along their artistic paths, or who are somehow changing their artistic journey in a significant way.   The Center also accepts recommendations from its board and gallery committee members, in order to include a wide variety of fresh talent in this exhibit. This year’s referrals came from Radford University, Virginia Tech, Hollins University and The Floyd Center for the Arts Board and Gallery Committee members. “What a fascinating show this is”, says Becky Lattuca, the Center’s Director of Programming, “Although we review the recommendations before inviting the artists to participate, we do not select the artwork. Instead, we ask each of them to surprise us with their choices. This approach allows the artists to highlight what they see as their most significant recent innovations, creating a uniquely diverse and thought-provoking representation of what these emerging artists have to say.” During the same time period as New Voice, the Center also has two other new exhibitions. In the Falcon Gallery, Walking with Magic, by Coriander Focus, will be featured.   The photographs in this show immerse the viewer into fairytale landscapes by theatrically crafting each subject on-site, requiring little or no editing to the final image.   As described by the artist, “Each image creates a journey through a surreal world of powerful characters created to inspire women in larger than life scenarios.” On display in the Breezeway Gallery, photography by Roger Gupta will also be featured. According to the artist, one of the reasons he loves photography is finding the beauty all around in so many forms. Revealing this beauty in the music scene has been an ongoing, highly rewarding passion for him. The 2018 list of invited artists to New Voice are as follows: Meera Chauhan – Oil Paint Lam Dinh – Woodblock Print Elise Gill –  Mixed Media Oddy Gumption – Pen/pencil/mixed Joe Ingram – Mixed Media L.S. King -Photography and Photopolymer Gravure Savannah Kitterman – Oil Paint Katy Layman – Mixed Media Ashley-Kate Meador – Textile Cory Potrafka – Clay All three exhibits will be on display February 3, – March 31, 2018. They are free and open to the public. More information is available at Floydartcenter.org, or by calling or visiting the Floyd Center for the Arts at 540-745-2784, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd,...

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Free Open Ceramics Studio for Empty Bowls Feb 23-24

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Free Open Ceramics Studio for Empty Bowls Feb 23-24

The glazing date for the open studio benefiting Empty Bowls, previously scheduled for March 24th, has been postponed due to impending weather concerns. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 31. The 11th annual Empty Bowls event will be held at The Floyd County High School on April 8th 11:30 to 2pm. The Floyd Center for the Arts invites potters of all experience levels to come make use of our studio, materials, and equipment, free of charge, under the condition that the pieces made are to be donated to the Empty Bowls charitable fundraiser. The studio will be open and available from 2 to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24th, 2018. Additionally, we will hold a free glazing day on Saturday, March 31 from 2 to 5pm. Any bowls unglazed after this point will be glazed by the ceramics studio manager and volunteers, and donated to the event. The center is also a drop off point for any potters who wish to bring in finished bowls from their own...

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Open Ceramics Studio *Additional Hours!*

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Open Ceramics Studio *Additional Hours!*

Due to the popularity of our Thursday open ceramics studio (noon to 5pm), The Floyd Center for the Arts has added a second open ceramics studio day to the week! Betse Dunham will be on hand to open the studio on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 9pm. We hope this alternate time slot will allow those with job/school interfering with the current time slot to attend. To recap, open ceramics studio will be held on Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm and on Thursday from noon to 5pm. The cost to attend either day will remain at $5 per day and will include clay and use of all studio equipment. Additional kiln firing fees will apply but are kept at a...

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Floyd High School Art Students & Blind Cat Studio Reception, Dec. 15

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Floyd High School Art Students & Blind Cat Studio Reception, Dec. 15

Due to inclement, the combined Exhibition Opening Receptions for two Floyd Art Center shows has been rescheduled for December 15, from 4 – 6 PM. Upstairs in the premier Hayloft Gallery will be the artwork of the Floyd High School art students. Downstairs, in the Falcon Gallery, will be the artwork of Aven Tanner and Lore Deighan, collectively known as The Blind Cat Studio. The exhibitions are currently viewable and the reception is free and open to the public. Every winter, The Floyd Center for the Arts sets aside exhibit space for the talented youth of the Floyd community to showcase their creative output. With art teachers Aven Tanner and Kimberly Ingram selecting the works to exhibit, and with combined effort of the students themselves and their teachers, and the Hayloft Gallery Committee, the pieces will be displayed starting December 8, and will be on exhibit through January 27, 2018. More than 200 pieces of Floyd High School students’ art will be exhibited. “We have students that are from varying ability levels,” stated Mrs. Ingram. “Each has contributed their own unique ideas to their projects.” Downstairs, the Falcon Gallery will feature The Blind Cat Studio artists, Aven Tanner and Lore Deighan. Lore Deighan is a painter and art teacher in Floyd, VA. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Painting and Printmaking in 2006. Check out more of Lore’s work at loredeighan.net “My art stems from and inherent desire to create. The process in which I create often evolves with an impulse to destroy. Through this relationship between creation and destruction I find a sense of true nature. As we build man-made structures we are both creating and destroying the landscape, and as I scrape away part of my painting new avenues arise and I experience both loss and liberation. I contemplate our impact on the land and its impact on us through painting, and the physical process in which I do so supports my deep inner sense that destruction and creation are one in the same.”   Aven Tanner is an artist and teaches Art at Floyd County High School. She has a BFA in Ceramics and would be considered a mixed media artist. Aven offers monthly “sip and paint” art classes at the Blind Cat Studio. For more information contact Aven through the Blind Cat FACEBOOK page. “I enjoy all forms of creating art. Drawing, painting collage, sewing, print making and clay. I am inspired by nature, history and the mystery of human emotions. I tend to think of my art as visual storytelling. It grows and changes and manifests itself. I often feel like a puppet and the creative muse is in control. The process is healing and I want to share my art for people to feel an emotion and create their own story. I love the natural world and also try to show that passion through my art. Creating is such a healing process and in a beautiful, mysterious and even in a dark world it helps me to connect.”   For more information about The Floyd Center for the Arts visit FloydArtCenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The center is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular business hours are Monday to Saturday,...

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