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POLYMER CLAY RETREAT Sept 23-25, 2016, Floyd VA With Jana Roberts Benzon

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Download a PDF flyer of this information here! Jana Roberts Benzon has a diverse artistic background in various mediums, but polymer clay has captured her creative spirit like nothing else. Jana has focused on creating her brand of intricate “millefiori” canework and in perfecting her innovative techniques for building and reducing canes.  From those canes, Jana loves creating interesting, dimensional jewelry pieces often evocative of Arabic or old world designs.  While she’ll never leave the geometric symmetry of caning, these days she’s having a great time exploring the world of organic forms and “cutwork”. Come join this intimate retreat for 3 wonderful days of learning from Jana while taking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia. Day 1 and 2: “Laser Cut” Technique and Pendant Master Workshop Read “Laser Cut” Technique PDF flyer Here Day 3:  “One Day Cutwork Extravaganza is Day 3 workshop Read “Cutwork Extravaganza” PDF flyer here   Contact Teri Walters for more information and registration 540 745 6445 twalters@swva.net   Teri has a lot in store for you in these jammed packed 3 days. We will spend time learning from Jana, sharing meals and laughing together. Teri will transform the Walters’ garage into a clay working studio that sets on top of Panther Knob Mountain. There are breathtaking views, unlimited source of mountain air along with wild life all around. The welcoming committee here consists of 4 friendly dogs, Banjo, Spanky, Quee-Queg and Rusty, and 3 cats, Tripoly, Simba and Cheetah.  They are all anxious to meet and greet you every day. Most days you will also be greeted by Bob, that would be my beloved husband of 36 years. It is a fabulous environment in which to work and play. I hope you will join us!   LODGING Here are three suggestions: Ambrosia B&B, 540- 745-6363     2 miles,   Room rates range from $90 to $135 plus tax, this includes a wonderful home cooked breakfast Hotel Floyd, (downtown Floyd) 540 745-6080, 7 miles, suites are available from $140 and up plus tax ……., A large breakfast included in the cost of these accommodations. This hotel is always heavily booked. Oakhaven Lodge (in the town of Floyd) 540 745-5716, 8 miles, Room/suites rates range from $75 to $90 plus tax It is highly recommended that one secures lodging as soon as one decides to attend the retreat. During the fall season, Floyd is heavily visited.   RETREAT/REGISTRATION FEE The registration fee for the three day retreat is $300 per person. This includes instruction fee for 3 full days with Jana, drinks and snacks provided each day, and 2 meals will be provided. Teri will provide each attendee a folding chair and a work table, 4’ x2’ to work on.   Attendees will bring all supplies and equipment needed to participate in the retreat. Supply lists will be given out after full payment has been received.   PAYMENT Retreat dates are Sept 23-25, 2016. There is limited seating of 10 spaces available. If you are interested in reserving your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $100 will be accepted at anytime up until the time of full payment is due. Full Payment of $300 is due by July 15, 2016.   CONTACT and MAILING ADDRESS Teri Walters Panther Knob Mountain 302 Kristi Lane Floyd, VA 24091 540-745-6445 twalters@swva.net...

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2016 House and Garden Tour Preview

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2016 House and Garden Tour Preview

June 25, 2016 Tickets $25 including box lunch Our second House and Garden Tour features four quite different homes: A Floyd County property includes a majestic cedar shake-clad main house, a meditation building (“Shanti”) and a medicinal herb garden and greenhouse. Two iconic Victorian houses on Floyd’s main street (Rt .221) are side by side: one brick, one blue, with wraparound porches and filled with art, antiques and history. Another house, off Rt.8 in the county, is back from last year’s tour when it was one of the most popular sites: house and furniture were hand-built by the owners, with canoes added this year.     Each house exhibits surprises: at the O’Neills’ (above, right), painted leather furniture and hand-painted tissue paper-covered walls. At the Griffins’ (below, left) next door: an old ice box that’s now a bar with red velvet lining. In the McBroom house (above, left) a round cherry table nests into a long table nearby and  then resembles a spaceship. At the Pritchards’ is Jim Pritchard’s (below, right) 3-D carved portrait of his wife Laurel – a “Fine Woodworking” $1,000 prizewinner.     The tour hours are 9 am to 5 pm. A box lunch will be offered as part of the tour price.  The informal lunch will be available at the Jacksonville Center, to eat there or take out, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the center, or by phone at (540) 745-2784. Brochures for the tour will be available at The Jax mid-May. Sponsored by Union Bank and...

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2016 Jax Juried Exhibition, Deadline June 20

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2016 Jax Juried Exhibition, Deadline June 20

The Jax invites visual media artists to submit work for exhibition in our annual juried show.  This year the top cash prize for this exhibition is $500, and other cash prizes and honorable mentions will be awarded. Artwork will be selected by Juror Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in Richmond, VA. This exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. Work must be original and executed within the past two years. Video, audio, and performing works of art are not accepted for this exhibition. Exhibit dates are August 5 thru October 1, 2016, Opening Reception on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Applications are only through CaFE, an online call for entry system.  Click Here to read the full call and to learn how to apply in CaFE. The Jax has a Photo Lab that you may use for free to take photos of your work and access computers to enter this exhibit.  If you need assistance doing either, please call the center to set up an appointment with our staff and we will walk you though it. To review the 2015 Jax Juried Exhibition winners, Click...

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An Evening of Irish Music – Claire Egan and Eoin O’Neill

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An Evening of Irish Music – Claire Egan and Eoin O’Neill

May 24, 2016 – 7PM at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Tickets: $15, $10 students Available for purchase at the door. Bios of musicians: London born, County Clare based fiddle player Claire Egan was born into a family of musicians and artists from the West of Ireland and has been immersed in the music from listening to the recordings of the Master musicians from the 1920’s as well as the wealth of great musicians from Ireland living in London such as Bobby Casey, Brian Rooney, John Carty and many others. She has been hugely influenced and inspired by fiddle player and teacher Brendan Mulkere in London. Claire went on to win several competitions as well as other prizes and awards including the Young Artists Award from the Irish Youth Foundation to assist with her studies including a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her music is regularly heard on BBC radio, RTE, RnaG, and International broadcasts. She has played on several soundtracks and appeared on various television shows and recorded with various singer/songwriters, upcoming composers, ensembles and Orchestras throughout the world. Claire is also well regarded teacher and teaches internationally throughout the year including yearly festivals such as the Willie Clancy Summer School, Milltown, Co. Clare. Her debut album ‘The Green Window’, under the recording label Raelach Records is of critical acclaim. Accordionist, Eoin O’Neill, hails from Adrahan, Co. Galway where he was steeped in Traditional music. Several great influencial musicians from the area include the great Joe Cooley, Oliver and Raymond Roland and Charlie Harris with whom he later went on to share and learn music from. His music is also greatly inspired by the recordings of 1920’s musicians including P.J. Conlon, also a native of Co.Galway who immigrated to USA. Eoin is a regular tutor and performer at yearly festivals throughout Ireland and abroad and his music has been heard on RnaG, RTE and other national and international broadcasts . He regularly collaborates with musicians from Ireland and the...

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Opening for “New Voice, Young Innovation” Saturday, April 9

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Opening for “New Voice, Young Innovation” Saturday, April 9

New Voices, Young Innovation is the newest exhibit to grace the walls of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts’ Hayloft Gallery. From April 1-May 28, 2016 the artworks of twelve regional emerging artists are featured in the center’s main gallery. The public is invited to the Opening Galleries Reception on Saturday, April 9, 2016 where light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. This is the fourth year this exhibition has been organized by The Jax. Each year the center invites regional university professors to recommend current and former students, as a way to honor outstanding students that may be beginning their artistic careers or changing them in a significant way. Artists were also selected from recommendations by The Jax board and/or gallery committee members to include local Floyd talent. “We have students from Virginia Tech, Roanoke, Radford, Hollins and Ferrum this year, as well, as multiple young artists directly from the Floyd area who may be apprentices or self taught,” stated Leia Wood, the center’s programming director. Leia goes on to say that, “This show is unusual, compared to our other exhibits, because until the artwork arrives, we really don’t know what to expect. It’s always a surprise and this year is no different. These twelve new voices have unique and thought provoking artwork to further push our communities view of art.” During this same time period as New Voice, Young Innovation, the center has two other new exhibitions. In the Breezeway Gallery student artworks from our local private elementary schools and some homeschooled students will be on display. Blue Mountain School and Rising Sun Community School are working together to create a display based on a spring theme, with other works interspersed. The 2016 invited artists to New Voice, Young Innovation are as follows: Laura Carden, Hollins University Shannon Carlton, Virginia Tech Sloan Champney, Ferrum College Danielle Green, Radford University Stuart Hill, Virginia Tech Rebecca Ibarra, Roanoke College Lucas Jankovsky, Floyd Kevin Kwon, Radford University Maggie Perrin-Key, Hollins University Ellie Rose, Virginia Tech Amber Skies, Floyd Macie Stipes, Radford University Special performing guest artist during the April 9th reception is Seth Morse. Seth will be performing on the electric guitar a selection of rock, blues, and jazz. These exhibits will be viewable from April 1 through May 28. They are free and open to the...

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Logo Contest Details and Rules

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Logo Contest Details and Rules

Call for Entry – Logo Design Contest  (All of this information can be downloaded as a PDF Here.) Rules for Entry Here and at the end of this blog post. Introduction: The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is a non profit community arts organization that just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Jacksonville Center is located in Floyd Virginia, however, due to our name, we are often believed to be in Jacksonville, Florida. It is the opinion of the board and staff that this is the time to change the center’s name. Along with this name change, we need a new logo. Therefore, we are announcing a Logo Design Contest, with a cash prize of $1000.   Please read the information below and browse our website and Facebook page in order to design us a new logo that we’ll love for years to come. This logo design contest is open to all artists. Please see our rules for deadline and entry details. Contest rules are listed at the end of this call for entry. Considerations for new logo design: A successful logo design: Will visually embody our rural area, the barn as part of our history, our mission and values, and what we do inside the center by using appropriate imagery and colors Will be usable and recognizable in gray scale, color, on a dark background, scaled small, ect. Must use our new name New Name: Floyd Center for the Arts   Information you will want to use to create a successful design- Current Logo: Website: www.jacksonvillecenter.org  Facebook: www.facebook.com/JaxForArts    Current Mission: Floyd’s Jacksonville Center for the Arts facilitates, showcases and supports artistic endeavors and creativity, and provides education in the arts throughout our community and region.   Current Vision and Values: Floyd’s Jacksonville Center will be a vital and vibrant Art Center enriching our community by cultivating a creative culture. Community – we value the needs and interests of our Floyd community and support community-wide efforts. We also value our community’s location, environs and heritage. We strive to have our work rooted in the place we “live.” The Arts – We value arts of all kinds and the positive effect the arts can have on individuals and communities. Diversity – We value our diverse community and its independent people. Learning – We value arts learning opportunities of all kinds, in unique settings and for all ages and abilities. We also encourage continued learning and growth for our staff and volunteers. Collaboration – We work best in accomplishing our mission when we seek out and develop significant collaborations with other individuals and organizations. Creativity – We value creative endeavors of all kinds – artistic, entrepreneurial, inventive… We support artists in their creative and entrepreneur efforts. Fun – Engagement in the arts is fun, enriching and transformative. We value joy and fun in the pursuit of artistic/creative endeavors. Inclusiveness – We strive to foster a welcoming environment for all people, with excellent access to facilities and offerings. Quality – We value the highest quality in our exhibits, workshops, facilities and our people. Inspiration – We value the inspiration that comes from creative endeavors and from a dialog with art and the artists that create. We value services that ignite imagination and inspire audiences. Partnerships – Partnerships are an important part of fulfilling our...

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Concert: Aeolus Quartet, April 2

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Concert: Aeolus Quartet, April 2

April 2 at 7:30 pm, Aeolus Quartet at The Jax Purchase tickets below: Aeolus Quartet Tickets Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent ticket $15.00 USD About the Quartet Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor. Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “A rich and warm tone combined with precise ensemble playing (that managed also to come across as fluid and natural), and an impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn.” They were the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, and they currently make their home in New York City. The Aeolus Quartet are Grand Prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The 16th Annual Austin Critics’ Table named the Aeolus Quartet their 2010-2011 “Best Ensemble.” The Aeolus Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label which are available on iTunes, Amazon, and major retailers worldwide. The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs. For the 2015-2016 season, the Quartet is the recipient of a CMA Residency Partnership Grant. Named the 2015-2016 Guarneri Quartet Residency in recognition of Aeolus’ artistic achievement, the project will involve extensive outreach and performance at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, the Sitar Arts Center, and George Washington University. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association awarded the Aeolus their 2013 Educator Award in acknowledgment of the positive impact their educational efforts have had in diverse communities. Additionally, they were awarded the 2012 Lad Prize which culminated in large-scale community engagement work, performing in the Stanford area, and a masterclass residency at Stanford University. The Aeolus Quartet has also served as teaching faculty at Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), the Austin Chamber Music Workshop, and Da Camera of Houston’s Music Encounters Program. Working in collaboration with the University of Texas through the Rural Chamber Music Outreach Initiative, the Quartet has presented educational programs and performances in communities throughout the state of Texas. The Aeolus Quartet has studied extensively with the Juilliard, Guarneri, St. Lawrence, and Miró Quartets. Other mentors include artists such as William Preucil, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Gerhard Schulz, and...

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Art at the Barn, Call for Artists

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Art at the Barn, Call for Artists

Intersection of Contemporary & Traditional Arts in Appalachia Event to be held on July 16-17, 2016 Art at the Barn is the newest Jacksonville Center for the Arts event. It’s a two-day open-air fine art and craft event for all types of art media held on the center’s beautiful seven-acre property.   The call for entry is now open to all interested artists.   Prizes for Best in Show and others will be awarded during the event. A total of $1000 will be presented to winning artists, donated by Carilion Clinic.   Applications will be juried in an ongoing process until May 15th. Please read and fill out the application completely and submit it to the center as soon as possible. Artists should expect a confirmation of their acceptance about a week after submission. Click Here to download your 2016 Art at the Barn PDF Application...

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New Works Exhibition Application Now Available, due May 9

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New Works Exhibition Application Now Available, due May 9

Each year The Jacksonville Center for the Arts invites our local and regional artistic community to show us whats new in your world during this annual exhibit.  Please read about this exhibit below.  Applications are due Monday, May 9, 2016. Download the Application Here! Pay Here:  14th Annual New Works Gallery Show Application fee Member $25.00 USDNon-Member $30.00 USD   14th Annual New Works Exhibit In the Hayloft Gallery, June 3 – July 30, 2016 This year’s New Works exhibit is held in the middle of the year, but that just gives you a few extra months to finish those new pieces! The Jacksonville Center for the Arts invites you to show off your newest creative inspirations in the 14th 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. Entries: Please mail the second page of this form to The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Suite 1, Floyd VA 24091, OR email the form to info@jacksonvillecenter.org. Please submit digital images (jpeg files, no larger than 1MB) along with the information required on the application form. Label all picture files with the title of the work. Entry Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $25/members, $30/non-members is required. This fee includes up to 3 submissions. Applications are due received no later than Monday, May 9, 2016. Selection: The Gallery Committee will review all entries and reserves the right to withhold entries from the exhibition. Notification of results will be sent out by Friday, May 20, 2016 by phone or e-mail. Delivery and Pickup of work: Accepted work must be delivered to the Center Sunday May 29, 1-3pm or Monday, May 30, 10am-4pm. Work must be picked up Sunday July 31st, 1-3pm or Monday, August 1, 10am-4pm or by special arrangement. Each piece of work must be permanently identified on the back with title and artist. Wall art must be fitted with wire or other means for secure hanging. Gallery staff will not prepare work for hanging. Sawtooth hangers are NOT acceptable. A “People’s Choice” award of $50 will be awarded. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite piece. The winner will be announced after the end of the exhibit. Sales: A 30% commission for members and 40% for nonmembers will be charged for all sales by the gallery. Sales tax will be collected and reported by The Center. Meet the Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 11, 5-7pm   Hayloft Gallery Artist General Policies To aid in the facility of hanging shows, the Gallery Committee has established a scheduled time for the removal and arrival of artwork, and the policies listed below. Pick-up and Drop-off times are announced in the application, other times must be pre-arranged with The Jacksonville Center staff. A volunteer committee member will be present at the Jacksonville Center to take down and document work being picked up by the artist as well as receive, document and store incoming new work. All work must have its own identification (title and artist) securely fastened on the back of each piece. Each piece will be entered and initialed with the date received on the inventory form. Verify...

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Author Charles D. Thompson at The Jax, March 20: Free and Open to the Public

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Author Charles D. Thompson at The Jax, March 20: Free and Open to the Public

On Sunday, March 20 at 3 pm, author Charles D. Thompson will be at The Jax discussing his most recent book, Border Odyssey. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Please join us!   About Border Odyssey: Border Odyssey (publication date April 15, 2015) is a quixotic, modern-day, too-small-rental-car determined drive toward understanding the US-Mexico divide: all 1,969 miles. It is former farmer, turned activist, photographer and Steinbeck-inspired author, Charles D. Thompson, Jr. who makes the trip, sometimes with awe and wide-eyed students, sometimes with comedy, misadventure, and Hope, his wife—all the while pressing on with what he calls the useful fiction of a map: “I needed to go to the place where countless innocent people had been kicked, cussed, spit on, arrested, detained, trafficked, and killed, all for the sake of working in the U.S. for a pittance. I wanted to go where it seemed our fears had superseded our sense of humanity…. It would become clear… the border, la frontera, was more multifaceted and profound than anything we could have invented about it from afar.” Though observation and meditation, Border Odyssey scopes like no other book the contradictory pulses of the people and towns on both sides. Murders continue along the border during Thompson’s journey, but there is much more to the story than just the violence. Five centuries of cultural history (indigenous, French, Spanish, Mexican, African American, colonist, and US), wars and legislation, fluidly unfold, while meeting incredible people on both sides: “Stories are the opposite of walls: they demand release, retelling, showing, connecting; each image chipping away at boundaries. Walls are full stops, but stories are like commas, always making possible the next clause.” Among the varying terrain traversed: walls and more walls, unexpected road blocks and patrol officers; also a golf course (you could drive a ball across the border, though this is prohibited); a Civil War battlefield (you could camp there); the Southern-most plantation in the US; the scenic: a hand-drawn ferry, road-runner tracked desert, and breathtaking national park; then, barbed wire, bridges, and a trucking-trade thoroughfare; ghosts with guns; obscured unmarked unpaved roads; a Catholic priest and his dogs, his artwork, icons, and political cartoons; a sheriff, a chain-smoking mayor; a Tex-Mex eatery empty of customers and a B&B shuttering its doors; murderous newspaper headlines at breakfast; the kindness of the border-crossing underground. Click here to visit Border Odyssey’s website and interactive map that allows you to travel town by town through photographs, text, and audio from Boca Chica, Texas, to Tijuana, California.   About Charles Thompson: Charles D. Thompson, Jr. is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University. The common thread through all of my work — whether as a professor, author, filmmaker, or photographer — is a deep concern for people doing their all to have a voice in our agricultural systems. I try to lead my students and broader audiences into conversations with those who are all too often invisible to those who eat.” Thompson holds a Ph.D. in religion and culture from UNC-Chapel Hill, with concentrations in cultural studies and Latin American studies. He also holds an M.S. degree in Agricultural Education from NC A&T State University. His particular interests include farmworkers, immigration, agriculture, and...

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