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Author Rebecca Godwin July 22 3:00 – 4:00 pm

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Author Rebecca Godwin July 22  3:00 – 4:00 pm

Rebecca Godwin has published two novels, Private Parts (Longstreet Press) and Keeper of the House (St. Martin’s Press), which was named a Top 10 Book of 1995 by the Charleston, SC, Post and Courier. Her short fiction has appeared in Paris Review, South Carolina Review, The Sun, and elsewhere, including in The Oxford American’s “Best of the South” issue. Among her honors is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a MacDowell fellowship and a South Carolina Fiction Project award. After a checkered career in a variety of arenas, she taught literature and writing at Bennington College for 13 years, until her retirement in 2015. Recently returned to her Southern roots, she now lives in Edisto Island, South Carolina, where she is at work on a new novel. This event is free and open to the...

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Opening Reception – VMFA Fellowship Winners – June 9th 5-7pm

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Opening Reception – VMFA Fellowship Winners – June 9th 5-7pm

The Floyd Center for the Arts is presenting an exhibition of work by seven artists who recently won Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowships. The opening reception is on Saturday, June 9, from 5-7pm and is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.  The exhibition continues through August 4.   The works on display include photography, paintings, sculptures, and mixed mediums. Floyd artist Charlie Brouwer, who received a VMFA Fellowship in 2017, organized the exhibition. Institutions that are Statewide Partners of the VMFA (like the Floyd Center for the Arts) are eligible to be host venues for exhibitions of Fellowship winners.   The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts selected 27 Virginia art students and professional artists from 771 applicants to receive fellowships. The program was launched in 1940 and since then, VMFA has awarded nearly $5.6 million to more than 1,325 professional artists, art students and graduate students from across Virginia in the largest fellowship program of any kind in the United States. Recipients must be Virginia residents and can use the award as desired, including for education and studio investments. Each year, professional curators and working artists serve as jurors to select fellowship recipients.   The artists included in the exhibition are: Everitt Clark, Alexandria, Brian Davis, Springfield, Ryan Conrad Sawyer, Richmond, Kyle Falzone, Gloucester Tyrone Turner, Arlington Kelly Queener, Henrico Kristin Skees, Williamsburg   In the Center’s Falcon Gallery, Starroot presents her show, Then and Now, a collection of paintings and giclee canvas prints of her most recent works displayed alongside older pieces, showing her progression as an artist throughout the years. Starroot is a self-taught visionary folk artist from Southern Germany. She creates original art and music in her secluded Floyd county Blue Ridge Mountain Home. Starroot paints mostly with acrylics on canvas.  Her style draws from a fusion of nature, ancient symbols, and wild imagination. Hundreds of Starroot’s originals have been purchased by private art collectors in the US and Germany. Her work is also in the permanent collection of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.   In the downstairs Breezeway, young artists from Floyd County High School also have their artwork on display.  So no matter where you are in the Center, you can view awesome...

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2018 House & Garden Tour, June 30

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2018 House & Garden Tour, June 30

Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:30 am – 4:30 pm You can buy tickets at the Center, online (scroll down to the “buy now” link), or at each individual house on Saturday, June 30th.  Please use cash or check at the houses only. Tickets $30 including gourmet box lunch Our 4th House & Garden Tour offers perhaps the most eclectic group of homes we’ve presented so far. The Bell House, oldest on the tour, is closest to Floyd Center for the Arts, off Rte. 8, east of downtown. Dating from about 1820, original building materials can be seen in several rooms. Antiques and work from many of the area’s artists and craftspeople are seen throughout the house, as are the works of both Bill and Joanne Bell. Five Pines, on Bethlehem Church Road, is a new house built specifically as a retirement duplex and is full of ideas for universal design and sustainable living. Its concrete and foam reinforced brick make the house energy efficient. Windows on the back look across meadows toward Buffalo Mountain. Flowers and vegetables are planted in terraced areas behind the house. Fiddlesticks Farmhouse, on Huckleberry Ridge Road, is a totally rebuilt home, dating from 1890. Beautiful grounds offer wildflowers, walking trails, and a gazebo for gazing toward Buffalo Mountain. An enormous second-floor library is often the scene of English teas and features splendid stained glass windows. Sugar Hill Farm is reached down a long drive from Rte. 615 (Christiansburg Pike). At the end, a vision of Victorian splendor emerges: a house of many levels and materials, stained glass window transoms, balconies, quirky windows, and roofs that defy description. The interior features elaborately carved wood decorations, antique and vintage furniture, and views of the Little River. The Flynt home, some 20 miles south of Floyd, is a modern version of an Arts and Crafts house, standing on a rise overlooking Buffalo Mountain. Many kinds of antiques, tribal rugs, rare gardening books, timber framing and mantels, blend with custom furniture, lighting and accessories. There is a beautiful view over an orchard of vintage cider apples. Many gardens surround the house.     The tour is underwritten by Union Bank and will be held, rain or shine, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, June 30, 2018. Tickets are $30 each and include a gourmet box lunch from a local caterer. For more information, please call the Center for the Arts at (540)745-2784, email info@floydartcenter.org or visit www.floydartcenter.org Brochures for the tour will be available at The Floyd Center for the Arts mid-May. Sponsored by Union Bank and...

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GIVE BIG NRV 2018

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GIVE BIG NRV 2018

Support for Artists and Arts Education, best define The Center’s role in the Floyd community. This year marks our twenty-second year of service.

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Spring Time Themed Exhibit – Opening Reception Saturday, April 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

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Spring Time Themed Exhibit – Opening Reception Saturday, April 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

The call was put out to area artists, asking the question, ‘From Slinkys to flowers, what does Spring Time mean to you?’ and the community responded with more than 50 works of art in a wide variety of styles and mediums, including metal, wood, clay, oil paint and more. Participating Artists in the Spring Time show are: Charlie Brouwer, Patricia Carr, Carolyn Deck, Christian DeMaria, Megan Elder-Taylor, Amy Gallagher, Barbara Gillespie, Vanessa York Gourley, Betsy Layman, David Lunt, Cheryl Mackian, J.W. Myers, Amy Nichols, Joni Pienkowski, Ryan Riggs, Amber Rodgers, Marsha Slopey-Paulekas, Howard Wenger and Joli Ayn Wood. In addition to the themed exhibit in the Hayloft Gallery, Perception and Space, an exhibit of oil paintings by Rosalind Waiwaiole, will be opening in the Falcon Gallery, and Self Love Through Photography, a photography project by Springhouse Community School high school sophomore Anna Grace Williams will be opening in the Breezeway Gallery. Please join us as we welcome all of these artists to the Center at a reception in their honor on Saturday April 14, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This gathering promises to inspire and impress – and offers an opportunity to mingle with outstanding talent of all ages. Opening reception is free with light refreshments and a cash bar. All three exhibits will be on display until June 2, 2018. For more information, please email programming@floydartcenter.org or call...

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Mayfaire Celebration – May 5 & 6, 2018

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Mayfaire Celebration – May 5 & 6, 2018

On Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, the grounds of the Floyd Center for the Arts will be transformed into an old-world village square at the Center’s first Mayfaire. All are welcome to join in this family-friendly FREE event, which includes art and craft vendors, live music, artisan demonstrations, kids’ activities and lots more. “We are so excited to host the community at this first-of-its-kind event at the Center!” says Becky Lattuca, the Center’s Director of Programming, “We wanted to have an outdoor event showcasing the area’s creative talents, and we wanted it to be more than just an art and craft sale – we wanted it to be an interactive, fun and festive gathering that all ages would enjoy. So, during the cold, dreary days of winter while longing for the warmth and color of springtime, we decided a Mayfaire would be the perfect way to get together and celebrate our creative community!” In addition to more than 30 art and craft vendors, there will be free entertainment and activities throughout the weekend. Both days, Bryan Fritts will conduct blacksmith demonstrations at the forge and Stephanie Sky and Maria Ekaterina will host hula-hoop workshops and demonstrations, there will also be Kids’ Maypole Dance Lessons and a Maypole Dance performance by our Maypole sponsors, the Mystic Witches each day. Saturday’s live music includes Kari Kovick of @Heart of the Child Music Education, who will be conducting interactive musical activities geared toward toddlers and children of all ages featuring songs from her new CD, ’It’s You I Like’, followed by performances by Cocobolo, then Flight One Blues Band. On Sunday, students of Scott Perry, Musician & Teacher, will perform. Bubble painting, artisan demonstrations, corn-hole games and other free activities will also be ongoing throughout the weekend. Festive, renaissance and fairy attire are all welcome and encouraged!  Along with all of the amazing artisanal items available, fairy crowns, face-painting and other hand-made festive accouterments will also be available for sale. The event hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Please join us at this FREE event as we celebrate springtime in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Schedule of Events: Saturday & Sunday Kids’ Maypole Lesson 11:30 am & 4 pm Maypole Dance Performance by Mystic Witches of Floyd 1:00 pm Ongoing Both Days Blacksmith Demos Hula Hoop Workshops Stained Glass Demos Bubble Painting & Other Art Activities Corn-hole Games Saturday Live Music Kari Kovick from Heart of the Child Music Education 10:30 am – 11:15 am CocoBolo 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Flight One 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday Live Music Scott Perry Music Teacher’s Student Performances Artisan Vendors are as follows: One Painted Leaf aVeryCraftyGal Boyd’s Bowls Sacred Star and Stone Betse Dunham Pottery Bronwen Valentine Art Bryan Fritts JK Woodworking Starry Mountain Nights Gingerly Shaped Woodruff and Woodruff Pottery Burning Leaf Forge Eagle River Crafts Potrafka Pottery Appalachian Chick-a-Dee Fanciful Fun Fairy Wagon Emilio Santini Dominique Francesca Blue Ridge Hardwood Bowls BeaDazzled DKFizzles Tropical Zombies Art New River Nature Golden Morning Gardens Little Raven Clayworks Studio 119 Appalachian Ties Nikki Pynn Studio Frog Hollow Pottery Moore Design Floyd County Humane Society Green Deva Tom Perry – Author Cristal’s Unique Collection Interested in volunteering? Want more information? Contact us...

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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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