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Frieda Howard Retrospective Exhibition Reception Oct. 7

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Frieda Howard Retrospective Exhibition Reception Oct. 7

The Frieda Howard Retrospective Exhibition will be on display in the Falcon Gallery at The Floyd Center for the Arts from October 6 through November 25. The Center welcomes you to the opening reception held on October 7 from 5 to 7pm.  The Frieda Howard retrospective exhibition includes sculptures, assemblages and wearable artworks made from a variety of media, including welded steel and manipulated found objects. Ranging from abstracted to complete non-representational imagery, the works symbolize the enduring pain and emotional anguish from a childhood and early adulthood in Nazi Germany. Frieda Howard’s powerful artwork is an overall testament to her resilience and serves to archive her amazing, but complex journey from Europe to the United States. Frieda Howard’s nephew, Alan Graf, helped facilitate the manifestation of this exhibit of Frieda’s art work. Alan is a musician, lawyer, and journalist who lives in Floyd, Virginia. In addition to his family connection to his aunt and Nazi Germany, Alan’s wife’s family goes back to the mid 1700s in Patrick County, Virginia and includes one of the original founders of Stuart, Virginia, formerly Taylorsville. Frieda Graf was born in the town of Offenbach in Germany on November 6, 1919. There were 7 children in the family, she was the only girl. Her family was Orthodox Jewish, as were all the Jewish families in her town. Her father was a distant man, cruel to his sons and indifferent to his daughter. He was a gambler who kept the family in genteel poverty. Her mother was a sad, overwhelmed woman who doted on her only daughter. When Frieda was in her early teens her mother went to the Rabbi and got from him the funds to send Frieda to a finishing school in Switzerland for a few months. Frieda was a beautiful, strong, wild, demanding, charismatic child- who would carry all these characteristics into adulthood. She loved to dance and intended to become a professional dancer. Somehow her mother managed to keep her in dancing lessons. On a more practical level, she was apprenticed to a seamstress with the goal of earning a living by sewing. Hitler’s rise put an end to all of those dreams and goals. Because she was Jewish, Frieda was first forced out of school, then her dance studio, then her apprenticeship. Her parents sent all of her brothers out of Germany before her and her baby brother, Joe.   Frieda was sent to the United States in 1938 using a Polish passport obtained for her by her father. By the time she left no Jew could get a German passport. She was able to get the Polish passport because her father had been born in an area that was, at that time, Polish. She was the last of her family to escape. Her parents and her brother Joe were captured by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps- her parents were both murdered in the gas chamber but her brother Joe survived. He and another one of her brothers came to the United States. Of the other four brothers, one was killed during the war after he joined the French Foreign Legion; two went to South America, and one went to Palestine. Of those four, Frieda only ever saw her brother Jacob again. In the 1980s Frieda and her...

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Workshops & Classes

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Workshops & Classes

Workshops and Classes in every medium are offered at the Center. View them by month or by medium in our Workshop & Class list by clicking here.  We also take requests for classes, which is a way for our students to tell us when they want a class to be scheduled.   Many classes are offered by local teaching artists, but we also offer classes and workshops by nationally known artists.  We will have about 70 classes scheduled in 2017.

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Artists’ Opportunities

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Artists’ Opportunities

Links to Applications for Artists! Exhibits, Festivals & Tours!

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Classical to Jazz | Saturday, October 7, 7:30 pm

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Classical to Jazz | Saturday, October 7, 7:30 pm

The Floyd Center for the Arts opens its 8th season with one of the pillars of chamber music for strings and winds, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Also featured on this program will be Klezmer music, and a clarinet quintet by Serbian composer and clarinetist, Ante Grgin, highly recognized in his country. Floyd Arts welcomes musicians David Ehrlich, violin, and Benjamin Wyatt, cello, well known to our audiences, as well as Rami Solomonow, violist from Chicago, Nikola Djurica, clarinetist from Belgrade, Serbia, and Sibbi Bernhardsson, former member of the Pacifica Quartet, now a faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.   BIOS David Ehrlich was the first non-American to win first prize in the Young Artist Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This resulted in appearances in concerts and recitals throughout the United States. David has served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet as first violinist, and toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious venues and concert series, including radio and television. In 1993, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a nonprofit community music school serving students throughout southwest Virginia. David is a member of the Avanti Ensemble and a Music Advisor and performer in the Red Rocks Summer Music Festival in Sedona, Arizona. He is head of an intensive chamber music program at “Ameropa”, a music festival in Prague, CZ. He has conducted master classes/lectures at New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Chautauqua-NY, USC, Arizona State University, Tel Aviv University, Ireland, Venezuela, Prague, Beijing, and many others. He has recorded on RCA, Telarc and Centaur labels. Since 2004, David has been an “Outreach Fellow of Fine Arts” at Virginia Tech. Through the generosity of the Virginia Tech Foundation, David performs on a violin made by Carlo Bergonzi, circa 1735.   In April 2003 and 2005, on a republic contest, Nikola Djurca became a laureate of Serbia, as a best performer in his category. During 2003 to 2006, on competitions in Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and Serbia, as a soloist he won 14 special prizes (100 points out of 100) and 9 first prizes, and as a member of nonstandard duo he won 4 special prizes and one first prize on a Republic Contest, competing in a category with oldest contestants (16-18 age). Also, as a member of clarinet quartet Nevski, Nikola won 6 special prizes. He recorded a video shoot for a national television and went to a large number of radio shows where he played. Nikola participated in charity concerts in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Podgorica-Montenegro with an organization called “Music Of Angels”, as well as in “Kolarceva Zaduzbina” in Belgrade (“Pupil to pupil”). Nikola’s carrier of “Belgrade’s angel 2004”, “Best pupil of his Generation 2001-2005” and “Holly Sava award 2005” gave him an opportunity to play principal clarinet on “Requiem” in honor of 250 years of Mozart’s birth. Mr. Djurica was the youngest one to play a solo recital on the most prestigious music festival in Serbia- on the 38th BEMUS in October 2006. Mr. Djurica attended chamber music master classes such as: Prague (Ameropa), Spain (Mozzart-issimo)...

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Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul, November 4

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Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul, November 4

Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul will play at The Floyd Center for the Art, Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:30PM. Hoppie is well known in Roanoke, his home turf. He regularly plays at Blues 5 as well as other nightspots. But he’s no stranger to Floyd audiences, playing at Pine Tavern and at the Art Center in past years. Hoppie has played in many states, with many bands since he first formed a band in South Carolina at the age of 14 (they were known as The Horseheads). Since that time, he’s played the club circuit throughout the Southeast US, playing with such notables as Rod Price (of Foghat), Mac Gayden, Tommy Two Tone, Wet Willie, Ronnie Milsap, Goose Creek Symphony, and many others. He finally landed in Roanoke in 1996. Over the last 10 years, he’s been involved with several bands producing 4 CDs, including Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul Work and Meansville Road. Dust off your dancing shoes and get your tickets today by calling 540-745-2784 or online at www.FloydArtCenter.org. Tickets are just $15 if purchased ahead of time; $20 at the door. Performance begins at 7:30PM, and refreshments will be available throughout the evening.    ...

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Community Themed Exhibit – Call for Artists

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Community Themed Exhibit – Call for Artists

Applications are due by Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Download Application Here! Floyd Center for the Arts announces an open exhibition on the theme of community. Community is a broad topic and the Center hopes to receive a broad range of entries – including everything from traditional paintings, photographs, or sculptures by individual artists to collaborative works.  Other forms of art may be exhibited as well, like digital media, performance, installations and creative writings; however, these artworks will be accepted at the discretion of the gallery committee.  Community groups can work together, or an artist might work with them to create the completed piece.  Artists can also design a project that needs the community for it to be completed. Since this exhibition is about and for the community, everyone can participate. There are no age restrictions, and the work can be by professionals or amateurs – groups or individuals. The submissions can be for exhibition inside the Hayloft Gallery, or for somewhere in the building, or for the grounds of the Center for the Arts. There will be no fee for exhibitors to participate, as The Center wants to include all who are interested regardless of financial ability; however donations from those who are able to donate will be greatly appreciated because exhibitions typically are funded by application fees. The gallery committee members will make every attempt to include all entries, but they will not accept work that does not physically fit in the exhibition space or that, in their judgment, is inappropriate for the theme of the exhibition. Important Dates:       Applications Due: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Accepted Artwork Due: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 6-7, 10am-2pm Artists’ Reception will be Saturday, October 21,...

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Silent Auction at The Floyd Center for the Arts

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Silent Auction at The Floyd Center for the Arts

Shhh! It’s Silent Auction time! From September 11 to 30, the Community Room on the second floor of The Floyd Center for the Arts will be filled with donations from local artisans, individuals and businesses – everything from art works to gift certificates for service. Thinking of giving original art to folks on your holiday gift list? Bid here and add a donation to the meaning of their gift! Is there a local business you’ve been curious about but have yet to try? Bid on their gift certificate and benefit the center and our local economy in one swoop! Want to support the center by donating a piece of art, gift certificate or something else to the auction? Although bidding has already begun, we are accepting donations for the auction all the way up to Sept 28th! Past auction items have included a certificate for a weekend stay at a vacation home, a commissioned pet portrait, a case of wine and winemaker’s tour, a thirty-minute massage. We also have had a variety of 2-D and 3-D art, and jewelry. Come on out starting Tuesday, September 12, and peruse the offerings! Downlaod this PDF File to see a small sampling of some of the items available for bidding. To find more information about the Silent Auction, either bidding or participating through a donation, contact the center at (540) 745-2784 or email info@floydartcenter.org....

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“For Community” A Themed Exhibit By and For the Community

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“For Community” A Themed Exhibit By and For the Community

Exhibit open October 13 thru November 25, reception held Saturday, October 21, 5-7pm Communities can be small, large, exclusive or inclusive and everyone is part of one or, more likely, many communities. For this exhibition we invited submissions of works of art that express feelings or ideas about community, or were created with or for a community. Floyd Center for the Arts is proud to host an open exhibition on this theme of community. Community is a broad topic and the Center has received a broad range of entries – including everything from traditional paintings, photographs, and sculptures by individual artists to collaborative works. Please join us for a reception on Saturday, October 21, from 5 to 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be on...

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2017 Winterfest Applications Now Available!

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2017 Winterfest Applications Now Available!

The Floyd Center for the Arts’ 23rd Annual Winterfest Holiday Celebration will be held on December 2 & 3, 2017 – Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00am- 5:00pm along with other community celebrations. As last year, the dates are both Saturday and Sunday, which offers a second shopping day and provides more opportunity for sales and more options with any weather issues.  We are excited to celebrate the 23rd Winterfest! Our festival will include local art and crafts exhibits, refreshments, children’s activities, Santa visit and other festive activities. Other businesses and organizations in Floyd will also be hosting special events that weekend and there will be cross promotion efforts with Winterfest to highlight the weekend events. The Festival of Trees was a huge success in 2016 and will return this year. All artisans – including past participants – who want to exhibit this year will need to apply and go through the application process. Applicants will need to provide photos or links to website or Facebook page. Items for sale must be hand-crafted by the exhibitor. There is a discount on booth space fees for Floyd Art Center members. Winterfest applications are linked below and also available at the center. Applications and fees are due by September 28 and artisans notified by October 16 the status of their application. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions. Warmly, The Floyd Center for the Arts 2017 Winterfest...

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Celebration and Awards

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Floyd Plein Air Festival Celebration and Awards

Floyd Plein Air Festival Awards: Best in Week Platinum Award, Sponsored by Plein Air Magazine and the Floyd Center for the Arts: Kyle Buckland, “A Quiet Night on the Town”. Gold Award, Sponsored by SourceTek: Jeremy Sams, “Vaughan’s Mill” Silver Award, Sponsored by Golden Products: Thomas Bradshaw, “The Hangout” Bronze Award, Sponsored by Ampersand: Kathleen Hudson, “Morning Shroud” Best Farm Scene, Sponsored by Raymar: Maria Reardon, “Winding Road” Best Night Scene, Sponsored by Gamblin: Ken Smith, “Floyd Friday Night” Best Local Artist, Sponsored by Mish Mish Art Supplies: Arlene Daniel, “Into the Light” Winner of the Quick Paint Competition, Sponsored by Chateau Morrisette Winery and the Floyd Center for the Arts: Joanna Barnum, “Good Impression” Honorable Mentions: Peg Sheridan, “Parkway Peace” Honorable Mentions: Nancy Brittle, “Mr. Lewis’ Rooftops” Honorable Mentions: Paul Keysar, “Jane’s Apple Tree” Winner of the Quick Paint Competition, Sponsored by Chateau Morrisette Winery and the Floyd Center for the Arts: Joanna Barnum, “Good Impression”  ...

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