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Concert Series: Cardinal Ensemble, March 6

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Concert Series: Cardinal Ensemble, March 6

Sunday, March 6 at 3 pm: Performance by the Cardinal Ensemble Advance Tickets: $25 adult/ $15 student, $30 at the door. Purchase below: Tickets Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent/Child ticket $15.00 USD About the Ensemble: Tracy Cowden Tracy Cowden, associate professor of piano and vocal coach at Virginia Tech, has appeared as soloist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia, and the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra. As a collaborative pianist, Cowden has recently performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist Mathieu Dufour, tenor Vinson Cole, and soprano Elizabeth Futral as well as performances at the 2014 National Flute Association Conference, the 2012 College Music Society National Conference and at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild. Cowden is the chair of the music program in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, where she has been honored for her work as a teacher with a Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Also active as a clinician and lecturer, she has presented master classes and workshops on topics related to collaborative music-making and creative programming across the country. A passionate advocate for new music, Cowden has premiered many new chamber works as soloist and with colleagues around the country, and most recently in Thailand. Recent projects include the commissioning of the song cycle Vegetable Verselets from composer Daron Aric Hagen, and Confronting Inertia, a recording of new works for trumpet and piano with John Adler, released by Origin Classical. She was honored with the Albert L. Sturm Award for Excellence in the Creative Arts in 2014. Cowden holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Western Michigan University.   Kelley Mikkelsen A native of South Dakota, RSO Principal cellist Kelley Mikkelsen has performed in concerts throughout the United States and Europe and has worked with numerous celebrated soloists, chamber musicians, and conductors including Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Joan Tower, Ursula Oppens, Gary Karr, as well as the Cleveland, Colorado, and Cavani Quartets. As cellist of the internationally renowned Cassatt Quartet, she made appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, the Kennedy Center, and the Library of Congress. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including CMA/ASCAP awards for adventurous programming, commissioning grants from Meet the Composer and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an award of excellence from the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. She has been invited as Artist-in Residence to Princeton and Yale Universities, Syracuse University, the University at Buffalo, Bucknell University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Mikkelsen earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and completed her Master degree at the University of Akron. With a deep commitment to nurturing young musicians, Ms. Mikkelsen has taught on the faculties of Augustana College, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and East Carolina University, and she currently maintains a private studio for cello students. Ms. Mikkelsen has recorded for the Koch, Naxos, New World, Point, CRI, Tzadik, and Albany labels. She plays a Bartolomew Bimbi cello from Florence, Italy, made in 1780.   Kathleen Overfield-Zook Critically acclaimed for her “agile and sonorous” playing, violist Kathleen Overfield-Zook has a multifaceted career as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and pedagogue alike. Originally from...

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Three New Exhibitions: Opening Reception Feb. 13th

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Three New Exhibitions: Opening Reception Feb. 13th

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is hosting a unique pottery show of Floyd potters called “Floyd Potters: Generations of Clay” in their Hayloft Gallery.  The show will feature more than 18 potters, ceramicists, and sculptors, all of whom have been connected in some way to the larger body of Floyd potters. A special memorial display for well-known Floyd potter Tom Phelps will be displayed, coordinated by the late Phelps’ wife, Carol Phelps, and will include pieces by Phelps’ students and others whom he touched through the years. In the Breezeway Gallery, students from Springhouse Community School will be displaying artworks and school projects.   Springhouse Community School is a private local alternative high school that is based on project lead learning.  The display will be open on Tuesday, February 9th. The new Falcon Gallery will host local artist, Ron Campbell.  Ron is primarily known for his pen and ink drawings, but he will be displaying other mediums as well.  His exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday, February 9th. An opening reception for all three exhibitions will occur Saturday, February 13, 5 PM to 7 PM, and will provide attendees a chance to meet the artists and discuss their work. More about “Floyd Potters: Generations of Clay” – “Floyd potters are a little bit like a big family of interconnected influences,” said Jayn Avery, former board member of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts and local potter who is hosting the show. “We’ve been shaping our work for decades in the hollers and winding back roads of these hills. It is fascinating to see how our work has moved together into a unique culture of pottery over the years, with each potter finding their own individual expression and staying connected to the whole at the same time. It was the growth of the new generation of young potters that inspired me to bring us all together.” Displays of individual pottery pieces will be accompanied by a special write-up or representation from each artist on their influences and inspirations throughout the years of honing and practicing their skills. It’s no secret that Floyd is a choice destination for young potters seeking apprenticeships, collectors looking for novel pieces, and anyone interested in Floyd’s unique, vivid, earthy, expressive pottery culture. This show will provide the full story on what the culture of Floyd pottery is all about. “Pottery and Floyd go together,” said Leia Thompson Wood, Educational & Programming Director of the arts center. “The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is proud to provide a venue for the display of the incredible living history of Floyd pottery, ceramics, and sculpture.” Tom Phelps was a successful local production potter who, along with his son Seth, and others ran an active studio that influenced many local potters. The studio is best known for its charismatic creature faces appearing on mugs, jugs, pitchers, and all manner of items. Phelps passed away in September 2015. The artists who will be displaying work include: Abbey Reczek, Josh Copus, Ellen Shankin, Sarah McCarthy, Donna Polseno, Rick Hensley, Seth Phelps, Wendy Werstlein, Silvie Granatelli, Ron Sutterer, Seth Guzovsky, Josh Manning, Martha Sullivan, Jayn Avery, Adam Lake, Karl Yost, Hona Knudson, and Ayla Mullen. The exhibit will be viewable from February 5 through March 26. It is free...

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2015 Year-End Giving Campaign: FINAL WEEK

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2015 Year-End Giving Campaign: FINAL WEEK

Week 4: Two Tickets to Floyd Fandango, courtesy of Across the Way Productions. Donate between December 11 and December 18 to be entered to win this great prize! In recent months, we have enjoyed looking back at the history of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Twenty years ago, The Jacksonville Center opened its doors as Floyd’s community art center. From the early days until now, the Jacksonville Center family has worked tirelessly to provide a venue for artists, exhibitions, education, and music. As 2015 comes to a close, we look forward to planning the next 20 years and how we can remain a vital part of the Floyd community, as a leader and partner to the people and businesses of our region. We ask that you help us achieve this mission by considering a year-end donation, your support is critical to our continued success. We have a generous group of committed patrons who have made a pledge to match $20,000 in donations that are given to the Center during this year end campaign. To ensure we are able to full advantage of this pledge we are hosting an exciting year end campaign that includes raffle prizes for donors from now until December 18th.  Each week we will announce a new prize, and a raffle will be held from the names of donors who have generously given that week. Donors who give over $100 at anytime during the campaign will be entered to win our grand prize of two general admission tickets to FloydFest 16, Dreamweavin’, courtesy of Across the Way Productions.  You can also set up donations to repeat monthly!  So please give often and give big during this year’s end, you don’t want to miss out being a part of the future of the Jacksonville Center!  Enter to win the Grand Prize!  2 tickets to...

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Winterfest!

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Winterfest!

Come Shop Locally for Handmade Gifts! The Jax will be loaded with vendors with gifts that will make your holiday shopping easy. Free entry, free pictures with Santa, free children’s crafts! The Jax Cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch and snacks to enjoy too! Doors are open Saturday, Dec. 5, 10am-5pm and Sunday, Dec. 6, 11am-5pm. We’ll be posting links to our vendors on the Facebook Event.  You can view the event by clicking here!     2015 Vendors: Abby Reczek & Ayla Mullen, functional handmade pottery Aileen Fletcher, landscapes and escapes, color photography AirCraft, outdoor decor and “wearables” Anne Armistead Fine Silver Jewelry, handcrafted fine silver jewelry Barbara von Claparéde-Crola, German specialty bread, honey, jams & jellies BeaDazzled, handmade bead jewelry & accessories Blue Mountain Elementary School, children’s shop Boyd Wood Crafts, handmade wooden kitchen items Brianne Sew Crafty, embroidered t-shirts, jackets, & pillows Carrino Arts, mixed-media artworks Cindy Reinhardt, ”Candle Cakes”- realistic looking candles Creations by Cecilia Riegert, unique jewelry and fabric art Fat Toad Forge, handwrought ironwork & hand-tied brooms Flashy Glass Creations, decorativestained glass and jewelry Floyd Humane Society, handmade pet toys and Christmas plants Floyd Market Collective, soaps, lotions, teas, tinctures & more Frog Hollow Pottery, functional porcelain and stoneware pottery Jennifer Newcomb, spinner, weaver, fiber artist Little River Designs, hand-crafted original silver jewelry Little River Wood Turning, wooden bowls, vases, and urns Locust Grove Farm, pure local honey and beeswax candles Mary Hadden Clay Works, whimsical hand built clay work Rae Jean Rimmer, handwoven, handspun, handknit lovelies Rising Sun Community School, facepainting and fundraiser Sidra Kaluska, fine ceramics, watercolors and jewelry Sunflower Pottery, food & oven safe functional pottery The Blue Ridge Wood Turning Club, bowls, pens, bottle stoppers, ornaments The Dragonfly Farm, soaps, face and hair products The Family Jewels, handmade beaded jewelry, unique jewelry & scrapbooking The Mischievous Carrot, upcycled cashmere and wool accessories VA PAWS, animal welfare fundraiser for a 501c3 nonprofit Woo’s Q Brew, gourmet bbq sauce Woodland Wonders, natural jewelry made from local fungi   2015 Festival of Trees Participants: Across the Way Productions Bank of Floyd Bell Gallery & Garden Bella La Vita Inn Black Water Loft Blue Mountain School Blue Ridge Florist & Gifts Inc. Blue Ridge Restaurant Cast Iron Catering Chantilly Farm Chateau Morrisette Winery Citizens Telephone Cooperative Inc. Collins Chiropractic Clinic Farm Bureau Insurance Farmer’s Supply Corp. Finders Keepers Floyd Country Store Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Floyd County Humane Society Floyd County Tourism Development Council Floyd Eco Village Floyd Fitness Floyd Jewelry Floyd Pharmacy Frog Hollow Pottery Grateful Bread Harvest Moon Food Store Healing Tree Wellness Center High County Lavender Hotel Floyd Jeanie O’Neill Gallery & Boutique Jesse Peterman Memorial Library Mainly Mattresses & Furniture Show Mickey G’s Bistro & Pizzeria New Mountain Mercantile Oddfellas Cantina Pine Tavern Restaurant & Lodging Poor Farmer’s Market Red Rooster Coffee Roaster Republic of Floyd Rising Sun Community School School House Fabrics Shear Elegance Salon LLC Slaughters Garden Center & Christmas Shoppe The Floyd Press The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Tuggles Gap Restaurant & Motel Union First Market Bank Woolly Jumper...

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2015 Year-End Giving Campaign and Raffle

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2015 Year-End Giving Campaign and Raffle

In recent months, we have enjoyed looking back at the history of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Twenty years ago, The Jacksonville Center opened its doors as Floyd’s community art center. From the early days until now, the Jacksonville Center family has worked tirelessly to provide a venue for artists, exhibitions, education, and music. As 2015 comes to a close, we look forward to planning the next 20 years and how we can remain a vital part of the Floyd community, as a leader and partner to the people and businesses of our region. We ask that you help us achieve this mission by considering a year-end donation, your support is critical to our continued success. We have a generous group of committed patrons who have made a pledge to match $20,000 in donations that are given to the Center during this year end campaign. To ensure we are able to full advantage of this pledge we are hosting an exciting year end campaign that includes raffle prizes for donors from now until December 18th.  Each week we will announce a new prize, and a raffle will be held from the names of donors who have generously given that week. Donors who give over $100 at anytime during the campaign will be entered to win our grand prize of two general admission tickets to FloydFest 16, Dreamweavin’, courtesy of Across the Way Productions.  You can also set up donations to repeat monthly!  So please give often and give big during this year’s end, you don’t want to miss out being a part of the future of the Jacksonville Center!       Week one Raffle Prize: Frog Hollow Pottery by Ron Sutterer           Enter to win the Grand Prize!  2 tickets to...

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Halloween Kid Fest, October 25!

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Halloween Kid Fest, October 25!

This year’s family-friendly seasonal event is bigger and better than ever! Begun by Chris Shackelford back in 2001, The Jax Halloween KidFest has been a free community service for 13 years. 2015 will be no different with many traditional aspects and several new activities for all ages!  Come for the tots, come for the frightening fun, come for the games and make-it-yourself workshops: Sunday, October 25, 1 to 4 PM all around The Jax. Returning from years past will be face painting,  fortune-telling, ghoulish garb, pumpkin painting, and sweet as well as savory treats and refreshments. There will be a Costume Parade (possibly 2 of them!), and the FREAKY PHOTO BOOTH! Children can pose before the freaky set-up and have their photos taken — and then will be able to hand-decorate the photos to use as personalized door signs for their rooms, or as seasonal cards, or as gifts for grandma and grandpa. Another new activity is a workshop to hand-make stuffed fabric pumpkins. Whatever participants make in this special workshop can be taken home with them at the end of the day. So mark your calendars and bring the whole family for costumed fun and games! Countless of your neighbors and friends are already involved, including volunteers from Ferrum and Radford Universities, and our community’s generous business sponsors. Check out the facebook event...

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2015 Themed Exhibition: Something About Barns

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2015 Themed Exhibition: Something About Barns

Haylofts, pigs, and pitchforks are subjects in an uncommon art exhibit opening this weekend at The Jax. The “Something About Barns” exhibit will feature art that may strike a chord for anyone who has spent time around barns, barn raising enthusiasts, or anyone who can appreciate the captivating view of rustic landscapes. The exhibit will take place in our Hayloft Gallery, and all are invited to a free reception, 5-7 PM, Saturday, October 10. The event allows a chance for attendees to meet the artists. A cash bar and snacks will be available. “There really is just something about barns,” said Leia Wood, Educational and Gallery Programming Director. “In honor of the 20th anniversary of the repurposing of a dairy barn into an arts center, we wanted to feature barn in all their stages of life, their glory and their decay. We hope that everyone who shares a love of barns will feel welcome to come and enjoy this unique exhibit.” Accepted artists: Deborah Adler, Arlene Bell, Paul Berryhill, Edith Bryan, Ron Campbell, Jennifer Carpenter, Patricia Carr, June Damanti, Kathleen Dawe, Lore Deighan, Milo Grimes, Christian DeMaria, Kandice DeMaria, Aileen Fletcher, Barbara Gillespie, Gwen Goepel, Donna Hartpence, Alan G. Kaplan, Zachary Kator, June Kelly, Liz Kregloe, Wade R. Nystrom, Timothy L. Porter, Nikki Pynn, Ann Shank, Joseph Shugars, Elizabeth B. Shumate, Gretchen St. Lawrence, Howard Wenger, Russ...

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Nikki Giovanni at The Jax, October 18!

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Nikki Giovanni at The Jax, October 18!

  Nikki Giovanni will share her poetry at a free event at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts at 3 PM on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Giovanni is an esteemed poet, an author of many children’s books, and has been a racial justice advocate since the Civil Rights Era. Her seminal work, “Black Feeling, Black Talk,” published in 1967, became a celebrated expression of sentiment in the Black American population throughout the Civil Rights Era, and sold over ten thousand copies in its first year in print. Giovanni has won international recognition for her children’s poems and children’s work. Her most recent work for children is “Hip Hop Speaks to Children, A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat,” edited by Giovanni and published in 2008. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her work, including the keys to several dozen cities, seven NAACP Image Awards, the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters, the Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award and over twenty honorary degrees from colleges and universities around the country. She has been named one of 25 “Living Legends” by Oprah Winfrey. She has published dozens of collections of her poetry, from 1967 through 2009, for both adults and children. Giovanni has taught at Rutgers University and has lectured at many other institutes of higher learning. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor. A reception will follow the reading. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. This is part of an author series appearing at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts.  “we feed the children with our culture that they might understand our travail we nourish the children on our gods that they may understand respect we urge the children on the tracks that our race will not fall short but our children are not ours nor we theirs they are future we are past” – Nikki Giovanni, “Always There Are The Children”...

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Four Exquisite “LOVE” Quilts to be Presented to The Jacksonville Center for the Arts

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Four Exquisite “LOVE” Quilts to be Presented to The Jacksonville Center for the Arts

Quilts were made by the Floyd Quilt Guild as part of the Virginia Tourism LOVEwork program  The Floyd Quilt Guild is presenting four expertly-crafted quilts, one for each letter of the word “LOVE.” All four quilts were made by members of the Floyd Quilt Guild as part of the LOVEwork program supported by Virginia Tourism Corporation. The guild will present and donate these four quilts to The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in an event at 10:15 AM on Monday, September 21. The quilts are exquisite examples of multiple quilting styles. They represent the four letters of the word “LOVE” in a variety of red fabrics with a variety of cream fabrics in the background. The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, located near the center of downtown Floyd, Virginia, will display the quilts indoors, and intends to make high-definition weather-proof reproductions of them in order to display them outside. At Monday’s event, a presentation on the quilts will be offered by quilt collaborators Sallie McCauley and Gwen Goepel. The quilts will be officially presented to Jeff Liverman, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Center for the Arts. “I couldn’t even begin to calculate the amount of time that went into this,” said Elaine Boyd of the Floyd Quilt Guild. Boyd says that the initial idea of the quilts came from The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. The response from the quilt guild was overwhelming, leading to the formation of a LOVE Quilt Committee within the guild. “To have quilts as a part of LOVEworks is very unique,” said Boyd. “We thought that this would be a great way to extend ourselves with a new challenge and to cooperate with The Jacksonville Center in supporting the LOVEworks around Virginia project.” The quilts became an intensely collaborative effort, with most of the guild’s 60 or so members playing some role in its creation. Guild members, who meet twice per month, pulled from their personal stashes of fabric to produce a wide array of red and cream fabrics, they planned the piecing of the quilts during their meetings, and they participated in sewing afternoons to piece everything together. The quilts were periodically presented at meetings in different finished stages, and working on a joint project together helped guild members to deepen friendships. “Quilting is an art form that is an honored tradition of Southwest Virginia,” said Jeff Liverman, Executive Director of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. “We are proud to display these phenomenal quilts as part of the LOVEworks program, in order to showcase our amazing local quilters, support Virginia tourism, and present the breadth of beautiful, traditional Virginia art.” The quilt tops were coordinated by guild members Sallie McCauley and Gwen Goepel. The sample block background behind the letter L and individual letters were a true group project. Special recognition goes to Gwen Goepel for piecing the curved block background behind the letter O, Bobbie Trail for stiching the applique borders surrounding the letter V, and Sallie McCauley for piecing together the string-pieced background on the quilt with the letter E. Other members sharing their talents and skills include Sue Bainter, Elaine Boyd, Judy Bradley, Linda Crabtree, Madeline Demchak, Gwen Gearheart, Daisy Hylton, Debbie Journell, Mary Locke, Juanita M, Cathy Maycock, Jennifer McEnvoy, Karin Tauber, Pat Yanhko, and many others. Long...

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20th Anniversary Gala!

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20th Anniversary Gala!

Celebrate with us!  Its our 20th Anniversary this year! We are holding a 1920’s themed gala on November 14! Experience the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties at our 20th Anniversary Gala! Tickets now available! Cocktails, wine, and beer along with heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Cast Iron Catering.  Cash Bar. (One free drink with each ticket included) Music by: David Oakes, John Winnicki & Sally Walker, and Scott Perry, with special guest Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul. Music will be spread through the entire center, with musical performances staggered and in different areas. 1920’s attire welcome. For the most up-to-date information about this event, check out our Facebook event! Tickets may be purchased at the...

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