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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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Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday

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Winterfest 2017! December 2 & 3

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Winterfest 2017!  December 2 & 3

The Floyd Center for the Arts 23rd Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Festival will be held December 2 & 3, 2016, from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday and features around 30 local artisans and vendors this year. The first Winterfest was designed as a year-end showcase of local artisanship and creativity, in time for local residents’ holiday shopping, many of whom have always had a policy of buying locally made handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Twenty-three years later, Winterfest remains the best opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of handmade, local, unique gifts all offered at one place and close enough to Christmas to get some authentic gift buying done. Back for the fourth year – Festival of Trees. The Art Center has partnered with the Floyd businesses and organizations to celebrate the holiday season and also encourage shoppers to visit local outlets for gifts, decorations, and food for the season.  This year’s Festival of Trees has over 50 participating businesses. Each pre-decorated, tabletop holiday tree will be on display at Winterfest, with the final bidding for visitors to win a tree to take home for the holidays finishing at 4:30PM on Sunday, Dec 3. A complete list of participating businesses will be posted to this page once it is available. The Art Café will again be a significant element of the offerings, full of homemade delicacies, soups, snacks, and more. A special FREE kids holiday activity is also planned, so make this a family fun weekend and join us! Organizers invite everyone to attend this longest-running, signature event and admission is free.             Business Art/Craft Perspectives By Kate Books and Note Cards Floyd Montessori Mixed Media/Jewelry/Cards & Ornaments Green Deva Soaps/Salves Corrino Arts Mixed Media/Tile Items  Rae Jean Rimmer Fiber/Fabric Floyd County Humane Society Fiber/Fabric Bronwen Valentine Art & Design Paintings The Family Jewels Mixed Media/Jewelry/Christmas Ornaments/cards Flashy Glass Creations Glass/Jewelry Woos Q Brew LLC Gourmet BBQ Sauce Sugar Grove Studio Jewelry Moore Design Fiber/Fabric  Barbara von Claparede Crol Fiber/Fabric/Canned & Bakes Goods Especially for you Baskets/Baskets by Design Baskets and Handmade Cards  Kirsten Vest Honey/Beewax Candles Fancy Scrap Lamps and Jewelry Trees Boyd Wood Crafts Handmade Wooden Kitchen items Confectious Shenanigans Artisan Gourmet Cupcakes from Scratch Avery-Grubel Fiber/Fabric Starroot Art and Music Original Art, Postcards, Pendants, Magnets, Art Book and CD A Little Crooked Road Vintage Upcycled Metal Art Little Raven Clayworks Whimsical Handbuilt Clayworks Abby Reczek Pottery Wheel Thrown Functional Porcelain Pottery  Sidra Kaluszka Fine Watercolor Ceramics/Jewelry  Aileen Fletcher Photos printed on Canvas/framed tiles/cards Little River Turning Wooden Vases, Bowls and Urns  Lanny Bean Wood Carvings The Sassy Sasquatch Handmade Bath Goodies   Festival of Trees/Wreaths Donors Across the Way Productions AmeriLife Bell Gallery Blackwater Loft/Red Rooster Blue Mountain School Blue Ridge Florist Blue Ridge Restaurant Buffalo Mountain Kombucha Citizens Chantilly Farms Chamber of Commerce/Floyd County Tourism Development Council Cocoa Mia Collins Chiropractic Clinic Confectious Shenanigans Elma’s Corners Farm Bureau Patricia Fedorchak Filamina Jewelry Finn Graphics Floyd Country Store Floyd Fitness Floyd Humane Society Floyd Jewelry Floyd Montessori School Floyd Press Floyd Rustic Frog Hollow Pottery Grateful Bread Grateful Catering Harvest Moon Healing Tree Wellness Center Hey Helen Hotel Floyd Jeanie O’Neill Gallery Jesse Peterman Library Joli Ayn Wood A Little Monkey Business Mickey G’s...

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Frieda Howard Retrospective Exhibition Reception Oct. 7

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Frieda Howard Retrospective Exhibition Reception Oct. 7

The Frieda Howard Retrospective Exhibition will be on display in the Falcon Gallery at The Floyd Center for the Arts from October 6 through November 25. The Center welcomes you to the opening reception held on October 7 from 5 to 7pm.  The Frieda Howard retrospective exhibition includes sculptures, assemblages and wearable artworks made from a variety of media, including welded steel and manipulated found objects. Ranging from abstracted to complete non-representational imagery, the works symbolize the enduring pain and emotional anguish from a childhood and early adulthood in Nazi Germany. Frieda Howard’s powerful artwork is an overall testament to her resilience and serves to archive her amazing, but complex journey from Europe to the United States. Frieda Howard’s nephew, Alan Graf, helped facilitate the manifestation of this exhibit of Frieda’s art work. Alan is a musician, lawyer, and journalist who lives in Floyd, Virginia. In addition to his family connection to his aunt and Nazi Germany, Alan’s wife’s family goes back to the mid 1700s in Patrick County, Virginia and includes one of the original founders of Stuart, Virginia, formerly Taylorsville. Frieda Graf was born in the town of Offenbach in Germany on November 6, 1919. There were 7 children in the family, she was the only girl. Her family was Orthodox Jewish, as were all the Jewish families in her town. Her father was a distant man, cruel to his sons and indifferent to his daughter. He was a gambler who kept the family in genteel poverty. Her mother was a sad, overwhelmed woman who doted on her only daughter. When Frieda was in her early teens her mother went to the Rabbi and got from him the funds to send Frieda to a finishing school in Switzerland for a few months. Frieda was a beautiful, strong, wild, demanding, charismatic child- who would carry all these characteristics into adulthood. She loved to dance and intended to become a professional dancer. Somehow her mother managed to keep her in dancing lessons. On a more practical level, she was apprenticed to a seamstress with the goal of earning a living by sewing. Hitler’s rise put an end to all of those dreams and goals. Because she was Jewish, Frieda was first forced out of school, then her dance studio, then her apprenticeship. Her parents sent all of her brothers out of Germany before her and her baby brother, Joe.   Frieda was sent to the United States in 1938 using a Polish passport obtained for her by her father. By the time she left no Jew could get a German passport. She was able to get the Polish passport because her father had been born in an area that was, at that time, Polish. She was the last of her family to escape. Her parents and her brother Joe were captured by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps- her parents were both murdered in the gas chamber but her brother Joe survived. He and another one of her brothers came to the United States. Of the other four brothers, one was killed during the war after he joined the French Foreign Legion; two went to South America, and one went to Palestine. Of those four, Frieda only ever saw her brother Jacob again. In the 1980s Frieda and her...

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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.   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 master classes such as: Prague (Ameropa), Spain (Mozzart-issimo)...

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Halloween Kidsfest: Sunday, October 29!

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Halloween Kidsfest: Sunday, October 29!

Join us for our Annual Halloween Kid Fest October 29th, 1-4pm! This event is FREE and fun for all ages. We play games, have spooky themed events, facepainting, a costume parade, candy, pumpkin painting, snacks, education arts activities, group photos and more! We love to see the whole family come out and don’t forget to dress up! Thank you to all the volunteers and donors that make this event happen. Business Donors include: Sinkland Farms, The Floyd Country Store, & Wade’s Orchard...

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