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, 10AM – 5PM.

“Vellus” Oil Painting by Caroline Sagebiel

“Elf Abode” Clay Sculpture by Miah Mandzak


“Sunset On the Snow” Chalk Pastel by Mary Stutler

“Papa’s House” Pen and Ink by Haleigh Hamlin


“Big Eyed Owl” Clay Sculpture by Haley Dalton

“Sleepy Dog” Pencil drawing by Hannah Wagner


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