- Sunny Peppers
by Aileen Fletcher
- Grand Canyon
by Ann Shank
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts presents its Chiaroscuro Exhibit. This Hayloft Gallery exhibit will be on display through July 20th.
Chiaroscuro, (chi•a•ro•scu•ro), was developed during the Renaissance and opened the doors to a plethora of powerful art with strong contrasting light and shadows. Participating artists have defined, redefined, and interpreted this time honored classic.
A “People’s Choice” award of $50 has been anonymously donated. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite piece. The winner will be announced after the end of the exhibit.
Currently, The Jax Breezeway Gallery features the art from 23 Floyd County High School students. This exhibit will be on display through July 31.
Chiaroscuro is sponsored by The Bank of Floyd.
- 1st Place
by Andrew Williams
- 2nd Place
by Ruth Lefko
- 3rd Place (tie)
by Audry Caywood
- 3rd Place (tie)
Tea for One
by Michael Daiber
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the People’s Choice Award Winners for the 11th Annual New Works Exhibit. Winners were selected by ballots cast by Hayloft Gallery visitors and the first place winner was awarded a prize of $50. Congratulations to Andrew Williams, Ruth Lefko, Michael Daiber, and Audrey Caywood for their winning contributions.
“New Works” is an exhibit that gives an opportunity for artists to exhibit their new work. All art has been created in the past year and has not been exhibited at The Jacksonville Center or elsewhere.
The winning piece was entitled “Collage II,” mixed media artwork by Andrew Williams. Ruth Lefko won second place with the painting “Chickadee” and third place was a tie between Michael Daiber with “Tea for One” and Audrey Caywood with “Channel Lake.”
Participating artists included Charlotte Atkins, Travis Battle, Jennifer Carpenter, Audrey Caywood, Danielle Courtois, Michael, Daiber, Roy Denno, Kathy Elich, Paul Fleming, Aileen Fletcher, Debra Johnson, Alan Kaplan, Vikki King, Sandy Lear, Ruth Lefko, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Melissa Lovingood, Cheryl Mackian, Darcy Meeker, Jan Millard, Larry Mitchell, Nancy Norton, Jeanie O’Neill, Susan Osborne, Parvin Pejman, Nikki Penn, Nathan Popp, Suzie Ross, Linda Russo, Eric Ryser, Karen Sewell, Ann Shank, Helen Shaw, Gretchen St. Lawrence, Elizabeth Stucki, Mac Trayham, Gibby Waitzkin, Teri Walters, Howard Wenger, Jonathan Whichard, Andrew Williams, Joli Wood, and Geraldine Young.
“There were many very talented artists that submitted work for this exhibit,” said Sidra Kaluszka, Gallery Coordinator. “Congratulations to those selected as The People’s Choice award winners.”
“Beach Chairs” by Brandy Grim
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, as part of its commitment to young artists, presents its Floyd County High School Art Exhibit. This Breezeway Gallery exhibit begins June 7 and will be on display through July 31.
A meet the artist reception for both the Floyd County High School Exhibit and the Hayloft Chiarioscuro Exhibit will take place on Saturday, June 15 5-8pm. Students, family, and friends are invited to come and enjoy an evening of art.
The 23 participating students are: Caleb Agee, Kasey Belcher, Delaney Bolt, Jamie Bolt, Robert Boothe , Stephen Bordeaux, Stefnie Cerny, Bethany Duncan, Brittany Goad, Brandy Grim, Kaitlyn Houston, Joe Huffman, Natasha Jax, Reno Jungmann, Callie Keith, Bethany Martin, Abby Memmit, Zane Moran, Nora Prokosh, Samantha Slater, Logan Weeks, Julia Wendelin, and Skyler Williams.
“As a community center for the arts, The Jax is again demonstrating our commitment to the local creative youth,” stated Leia Thompson Wood, Director of Educational and Gallery Programming. “We support and encourage the efforts of Kimberly Ingram and Sarah McCormick, the art teachers at Floyd County High School, as they once again exhibit excellent quality high school artwork created in their classrooms in our Breezeway Gallery.”
“The Floyd County High school art department is pleased to announce a summer exhibit in the Jacksonville Breezeway,” said Sarah McCormick, Floyd County High School Art Instructor. “The collection reflects work from the second semester art classes and a few from first semester classes.”
“Our students love showing their work and are excited to have the opportunity to exhibit their latest pieces,” said Kimberly Ingram, Floyd County High School Art Instructor. “The summer collection contains a wide range of works that include watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil, colored pencil, crayon resist, collage and pottery. Students are inspired by nature, everyday life, color, and design.”
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is presenting a special offer during the month the month of June. When you register and pay in full for more than one class at the same time before July 1 you will receive an additional 10% off your tuition. The discount can be used for any of the 50+ classes scheduled for the remaining of the year. Please contact The Jax to take advantage of this special offer.
There are 17 classes scheduled during the month of June, the most ever to be offered in one month’s timeframe. Classes include blacksmithing, fiber arts, painting, polymer clay, pottery, soap making, stained glass, hat making, father’s day weekend specials, and special classes just for teens. June classes are already filling up so make sure to sign up soon.
For more information about The Jax visit jacksonvillecenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The Jax 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 to 5pm and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.
This Saturday from 5pm to 8pm, The Jacksonville Center for the Arts will host a Meet the Artist reception highlighting the Hayloft and Breezeway Gallery exhibits.
The Hayloft gallery exhibit, Chiaroscuro, is sponsored by The Bank of Floyd. The exhibit includes over 45 pieces of artwork from the following artists: Charlotte Lou Atkins, Patricia Bevan, Stephen Bordeaux, Charlie Brouwer, Jennifer Philips Carpenter, Audrey Caywood, Aileen Fletcher, Rick Cooley, John Crow, Gigi Gaulin, Fred Jones, Sidra Kaluszka, Darcy Meeker, Amanda Morrison, Ann Shank, Helen Shaw, Marsha Slopey Paulekas, Gretchen St. Lawrence, Howard Wenger, Joli Ayn Wood, Leia Thompson Wood
The Breezeway exhibit features the artwork of students from Floyd County High School. Participating students include: Caleb Agee, Kasey Belcher, Delaney Bolt, Jamie Bolt, Robert Boothe , Stephen Bordeaux, Stefnie Cerny, Bethany Duncan, Brittany Goad, Brandy Grim, Kaitlyn Houston, Joe Huffman, Natasha Jax, Reno Jungmann, Callie Keith, Bethany Martin, Abby Memmit, Zane Moran, Nora Prokosh, Samantha Slater, Logan Weeks, Julia Wendelin, and Skyler Williams.
Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of art. A welcoming speech to the young artists in the FCHS exhibit and a short discussion about the theme of the Hayloft Gallery exhibit will occur about 5:30pm, and light refreshments will be served immediately following. There is no admission fee to receptions or exhibits although donations are accepted.
For more information about the Jax visit jacksonvillecenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The Jax is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sunday, 12-5.
2013 Featured Artist
“An Evolution of Sculptural Work”
Lecture by 2013 Featured Artist, Donna Polseno
An Evolution of Sculptural Work, an inaugural lecture by Donna Polseno, will be held on Thursday June 6, at 6pm at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Donna is The Jax’s 2013 Featured Artist. She envisions scheduling multiple art lectures as part of her year’s Featured Artist activities. During this first lecture she will lead the audience on a tour of her sculptural artwork using slides, starting with her earliest work and culminating with her thoughts on where she is headed. She will discuss the universal themes of her work as well as the personal experiences that led her to the various stages of development. Donna will socialize with guests after the lecture and light refreshments will be served. The lecture is free to attend.
All FloydFest Volunteer Positions Have Been Filled
Hello to all our Friends of the Parkway and The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Volunteers.
We have approval on our volunteer opportunities for FLOYDFEST for 2013. The dates will be Wednesday the 24th through Sunday, July 28th. This year we will be selling tickets at beer concessions only. Assignments will be on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis so let me know early if you have particular dates that you wish to work. Both Friends and The Jacksonville Center will share in the money but we will divide the money based on the number of volunteers for each agency. The hours are listed below. This year there are some great artists on Sunday so you may want to be present that date as a volunteer or as a ticket holder. If you work one shift you will receive a same day pass. If you work 2 shifts or more you will receive a 4 day pass to the festival. Floydfest has addressed past problems and has provided some great solutions.
This year volunteers will park in the “Charlie” lot. You will be emailed a parking pass along with your ticket. You will then be taken by the “Volunteer Bus” to the check in tent. This is where you will sign in and receive your t-shirt. We have been promised that someone will be there ALL weekend to check you in and give you your T-shirt. Volunteers will only work at the Beer Gardens selling tickets. We will be holding a training meeting at The Jacksonville Center prior to the festival. Please watch for the date of the meeting to be announced. It is strongly recommended that you attend the meeting
Please share this email with your friends who might be interested in working but let them know to apply quickly since this will go to all of the Friends Members in Virginia and North Carolina and to all of The Jacksonville Center members and volunteers. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Please remember if you sign up to work and don’t, you will have to pay for any tickets that you have used or do use. We have not had this problem with our volunteers but just be aware that it can happen.
Please call Lisa Thompson to volunteer on behalf of The Jacksonville Center on (540) 745-2784
Or Marcia Ardissone to volunteer on behalf of Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway on (540) 605-5811
FLOYDFEST SCHEDULE 2013-BEER GARDENS
4 people—11am to 5:30pm (6.5 hrs.)
4 people—5:30pm to midnight (6.5 hrs.)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday (each day we need)
8 people—11am to 6:30p (7.5 hrs.)
8 people—6:30pm to 2am (7.5 hrs.)
2 people—11:am to 5:30pm (6.5 hrs.)
2 people—5:30pm to midnight (6.5 hrs.)
8 people—11am to 7pm (8 hrs.)
2 people—11am to 6pm (7 hrs.)
We are also looking for people with trucks and trailers that would be willing to work on Thursday and Sunday to transport camping equipment etc. from the parking lot to the festival on Thursday and back on Sunday. Call for more info.
An Evening of Music for Two Harpsichords
The Jax would like to thank the folks that helped make our May 11th concert, “An Evening of Music for Two Harpsichords,” a success. Without our volunteers, board, and staff concert events would simply not be possible.
We would like to thank…
Anna Lee Rossomando
Barbara Von Claparede
We would also like to thank Don George for his work preparing The Jax for renovations.
2013 Featured Artist
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts has named this year’s Featured Artist, sculptor, Donna Polseno. Donna was involved in the early years of The Jacksonville Center. The Featured Artist program is designed to welcome back artists that worked with The Jacksonville Center in the past and left to continue their growth as an artist elsewhere. Donna Polseno received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to the mountains of Virginia after graduation and has been a studio artist since 1974. She started her career creating pottery, which she continues to make today, but has diverged to a parallel career of making figurative sculpture in the 80’s.
“Donna Polseno is one of Floyd’s original professional career artists,” said Dennis Ross, a Jacksonville Center board member. “She has been an early leader in the development of Floyd’s art culture, and of The Jacksonville Center. As this year’s featured artist she continues to help maintain and build the local community, even as her national and international scope widens.”
Donna envisions multiple art lectures for 2013-2014 as The Jax’s Featured Artist. Her first lecture, “An Evolution of Sculptural Work”, will be held on Thursday June 6, at 6pm. During her inaugural lecture, she will lead the audience on a tour of her sculptural artwork using slides, starting with where she came from to where she is going next as an artist. Donna will socialize with guests after the lecture and light refreshments will be served.
Donna has shown her artwork in major galleries all over the country. She was included in the “21st Century Ceramics in the US and Canada” traveling exhibition in 2003. She has received two National Endowment of the Arts Grants and a Virginia Museum Fellowship. Essays about her work have been published in many magazines including two articles in “Art & Perception” (most recently “Potter’s Space & the Earthbound Goddess” by Wayne Higby), several in “Ceramics Monthly”, and most recently in “Studio Potter”. Donna is in several books about pottery and sculpture including the cover of “Sculptural Ceramics” by Ian Gregory. Donna has been a presenter at several National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts conferences (2009 panel “Potters/Sculptors, Sculptors/Potters”), a resident at the “Archie Bray Institute”, honorary chair of the Kansas City Art Institute artist’s auction, and a juror for the American Crafts Council. She has taught many workshops and summer programs at schools including Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Alfred University, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Long Beach Foundation, and Anderson Ranch Art Center.
Internationally she has been an invited participant at a symposium in Izmir, Turkey, has taught twice at an exchange program in Jingdezhen, China, and has taught for many years at La Meridiana- International School for Ceramics, in Italy, as well as, showing her sculpture in the annual “Concreta” exhibition in Certaldo.
Locally, Donna has been teaching ceramics at Hollins University since the inception of the ceramics program in 2004. At Hollins she has also created “Women Working with Clay”, an annual symposium. She is currently serving as the adjunct curator for ceramics at the Taubman Museum.
Woman with Vessel
By Donna Polseno
Last Chance to Purchase Tickets for Natasha’s Catered Dinner for Ten
Tickets are still available to receive a catered, four-course meal for ten from Natasha’s Market Café, but only until Saturday!. A limited number of tickets are being sold and a winner will be selected on Saturday, May 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Natasha’s Market Café in Floyd.
Tickets are $25 each and are sold at Natasha’s and at The Jacksonville Center, or by calling Linda Fallon (540.239.6048) or Virginia Neukirch (540.553.2086).
The winner will receive a fully staffed, four-course dinner for ten in his/her own home (in the Floyd, New River Valley, or Roanoke area). Don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to receive a personal meal from Natasha for your next dinner party.
Proceeds from the ticket sales directly benefit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, bringing 10 days of Classical Music to Floyd, May 30-June 9, 2013.
For more information on the Festival or to purchase a Festival Pass for all 12 concerts, please visit:
www.VirginiasBlueRidgeMusicFestival.org or email: email@example.com
**The Jacksonville Center is the non-profit sponsor of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival**