Floyd County High School and TAVA Exhibits Opening Dec. 9

haley-reedJoin us on Friday, December 9 from 4-6 pm, for the opening reception of new exhibitions in the Hayloft, Breezeway, and Falcon Galleries. Free and open to the public. Snacks provided!

Hayloft Gallery: Floyd County High School Exhibition

Students from the Floyd County High School will have 200 pieces of artwork on display between December 9, 2016 and January 28, 2017 upstairs in the Hayloft Gallery. With work from 79 students, there’s paintings, drawings, and sculpture of many different styles. There will also be 4 Awards of Excellence each with a $50 cash prize sponsored by Pizza Inn and C.W. Harman and Son!

img_5473The Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA) meet bi-monthly in Southwest Virginia to support each member as a fiber artist, to explore the boundaries of the medium, and to educate and increase public awareness of fiber art.

The group encourages members to help each other to continually grow as artists. We share work in progress, explain our artistic visions, and learn from one another. From now until the end of January, they’ll have two displays in our Falcon and Breezeway Galleries.

Falcon Gallery:  “Consequences”

This exhibit is the result of a group dialogue that occurred shortly after the major earthquake in Japan with its resulting tsunami and scare at the nuclear plants. This led to further discussions about the results of positive and negative choices we have observed in the environment. Would there be different consequences if other decisions had been made? Each of these quilts depicts an environmental consequence. The diverse subject matter varies from over population, to the butterfly effect, and cancerous lung cells. One quilt is a direct rendering of the word “consequences” and another focuses on fitting the pieces together. Other quilts call for reducing tsunami damage, appreciating a woodpecker’s artwork, and protecting the neurons in our brains.

img_5472Breezeway Gallery:  “Priceless”- Only the Heart Knows What Is Beyond the Mere Value of Money

Interpreting the title meant that most members started with a memory. 

This series of art quilts depict moments of joy and sadness; they reflect memories of the past and imagine what could be possible in the future. Farming Memories describes how the family farm gets sold and how sorting out house and barn bring back memories and stories. Jelly Belly Stem Cells are vital to today’s world and the future of healthcare. 

Porch Time describes how one artist would stop what she was doing every evening to sit on the front porch with her husband to enjoy the view and talk about the day. One artist makes fun of her quilt’s name Virginia Reel by separating the different meanings (a traditional quilt block, folk dance, roller coaster at Virginia Beach, and another name for a spool of film). Jaguar in Ancient Maya Culture explores how Jaguars were once revered; today we name cars and football teams after them and hunt them for fur coats. The importance of cherishing and nurturing the soil that provides a home for many organisms and animals is illustrated in Vinescapes. 

Join the Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA) to see their passionate, compelling, and personal interpretations of this topic.

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