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Feb
6
Fri
13th Annual New Works Exhibition
Feb 6 – Mar 28 all-day

What have you been making? The Jacksonville Center for The Arts invites you to ring in the New Year by sharing your current creative inspirations in the 13th Annual NEW works exhibition. This yearly exhibit is a continuing reflection of the artistic growth within our community. All media welcome. Artwork must have been created within the last year and not previously shown at the Center.

Opening reception on Saturday, February 14.

Applications due: Monday, January 12

http://jacksonvillecenter.org/at-the-center/hayloft-gallery/

Feb
12
Thu
Blue Mountain Elementary Youth Art Exhibit
Feb 12 – Apr 6 all-day
Mar
4
Wed
Open Ceramics Studio
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

$5 per person. All clay and tools provided. No instruction, however a studio assistant is available for help.

Mar
7
Sat
Beginning Hot Glass
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Play with fire and get rewarded! This introductory class will have students creating beautiful glass beads using a flameworking bench torch and rods of different colored soft glass. Students in this class will learn about the equipment and safety precautions necessary to safely work soft glass into a variety of unique beads. From choosing beautiful color combinations, to swirling and texturing, students will walk away with a number of glass beads ready to be used in their next jewelry project or gifted to a friend! Completion of this class will qualify students to rent the center’s glass studio on an individual basis and join the Glass Club, which meets monthly.
Lara Davis Phelps discovered glass in her last year of college at RISD. Lara went back to school at the Appalachian Center for Crafts where she met her husband and discovered bead making. Building a studio, starting a business, and having a family are her current focus. She lives in Floyd with her husband and two kids.

Lamp Series: Large Vessels Using Slab Clay Techniques
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Everyone needs a new and interesting lamp. How about making one on your own? Join Jayn Avery in the Ceramics Studio at The Jax as she demonstrates hand building clay techniques to make your own large vessel lamp body. Jayn is a regionally known ceramicist and one of The Jacksonville Center’s founders. Her broad knowledge in hand building techniques will allow even the most novice maker the ability to create their own unique clay vessel that can become a lamp body. All materials and tools needed will be provided by the center. Bisque and glaze firing of the vessels will be done at center as well for no additional charge. The workshop will be broken into two parts. During the first and second day of the workshop, students will build with wet clay using slab and extruded clay, build bigger with leather hard clay and add interest with detail and carving. On the third day, separated by two weeks, students will return to their bisque fired vessel to learn about glazing and add glaze colors. Vessels will be available approximately one week later, once they have been fired in the kiln one more time.

Jayn Avery is a self-taught potter/sculptor/writer living in Floyd County, Virginia. The direction of her life was changed by one introductory class in pottery taken at Cornell University while she was a student working on her MS in environmental education. She founded Blue Heron Pottery in 1975 and her unique functional lace-impressed slabwork has become a Floyd County exemplar. As an advocate of simple living, she bases her technique on the principles of least cost, least equipment, and maximum use of available resources. Her teaching emphasis is on personal creativity and resourcefulness. www.blueheronpotterystudio.com

Mar
8
Sun
Bead Club
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is an instructor organized club. Participants must have some glass experience prior to meeting. RSVP is necessary, please contact The Jax.

Lamp Series: Large Vessels Using Slab Clay Techniques
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Everyone needs a new and interesting lamp. How about making one on your own? Join Jayn Avery in the Ceramics Studio at The Jax as she demonstrates hand building clay techniques to make your own large vessel lamp body. Jayn is a regionally known ceramicist and one of The Jacksonville Center’s founders. Her broad knowledge in hand building techniques will allow even the most novice maker the ability to create their own unique clay vessel that can become a lamp body. All materials and tools needed will be provided by the center. Bisque and glaze firing of the vessels will be done at center as well for no additional charge. The workshop will be broken into two parts. During the first and second day of the workshop, students will build with wet clay using slab and extruded clay, build bigger with leather hard clay and add interest with detail and carving. On the third day, separated by two weeks, students will return to their bisque fired vessel to learn about glazing and add glaze colors. Vessels will be available approximately one week later, once they have been fired in the kiln one more time.

Jayn Avery is a self-taught potter/sculptor/writer living in Floyd County, Virginia. The direction of her life was changed by one introductory class in pottery taken at Cornell University while she was a student working on her MS in environmental education. She founded Blue Heron Pottery in 1975 and her unique functional lace-impressed slabwork has become a Floyd County exemplar. As an advocate of simple living, she bases her technique on the principles of least cost, least equipment, and maximum use of available resources. Her teaching emphasis is on personal creativity and resourcefulness. www.blueheronpotterystudio.com

Mar
10
Tue
Life Drawing Group
Mar 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The purpose of the group is to study the human form from an artistic standpoint; for this purpose the model will be nude, as is the tradition. No instruction will be provided. The moderator will keep time and call breaks for the model.

Anyone artist (18 and over) in the community wishing to draw from the model is invited to participate for a fee of $15.00 per person. Any funds collected above paying the model’s fee will be donated to The Jacksonville Center.

Participants will need to bring their own easels, drawing boards, and all other drawing materials they wish to use. Non-drawing persons will not be allowed in the room.

Mar
11
Wed
Open Ceramics Studio
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

$5 per person. All clay and tools provided. No instruction, however a studio assistant is available for help.

Mar
14
Sat
Gouache Swash
Mar 14 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a relaxed, fun, creative workshop. Students will enjoy palette-knife play with gooey gouache straight from the tube on wet, heavy, textured water-color paper. Yum-yum! Create images on several postcards, then two quarter sheets of heavy watercolor paper with the best quality gouache paints. Supplies are provided by the instructor so that students won’t have to scramble and buy materials.

Darcy Meeker tools copper (from earrings to 38-foot wall work), creates sculpture in stone, clay, silk, aluminum, and, well, pretty much anything she can get her hands on, and paints, collages and prints on a variety of materials with the same wide-ranging enthusiasm. She also works in light, currently developing a walk-through light/sculpture experience. Her commissions include a large public sculpture for General Electric in Schenectady, NY, one for the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Va., and other sculptures for private homes coast to coast. Five colleges have given her one-person shows. Galleries in North Carolina, Washington, DC, Virginia, Oregon and Tennessee have included her work in one-, two- and three-person shows. She has been in invitationals and juried shows in Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina.”