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Winners of the “Art Works For Us” Photo Contest

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Winners of the “Art Works For Us” Photo Contest

Great Images of Public Art Winners of the “Art Works For Us” photography competition For the last two years the Floyd Center for the Arts has organized a public art tour through Floyd County called “Art Works For Us”. During the spring “Meet the Artists” tour on Sunday, April 9, 2017, the Center also ran a photography competition. Visitors were encouraged to photograph the art during that day and submit their work to the Center. Local photographer and writer, Doug Thompson, judged the submitted photos. “As with all judging of works of arts, it is a subjective view of a judge, in this case a judge who is a news photographer”, stated Doug. “It was not easy because of the various entries having strong points.” The winners are: 1st Place for $100: “Green Man” by Aileen Fletcher 2nd Place for $50: “Pillar of the Community” by Diane Davidson 3rd Place for $25: “Hallelujah” by June Damanti Doug felt, “The straight on angle and tight composition, was unique from the other angles on what was a favorite subject to nearly all of the contestants”, about his first place choice, “Green Man”. He also stated that the “Pillar of the Community” combined the natural color of nature with the piece of art and felt it told the story. The image of “Hallelujah” he chose because “ I felt that it best combined the various elements of the community”. The “Art Works For Us” program is now entering is third season and is accepting applications from host venues and artists. Artists are paid for the display of their artwork an honorarium of $500. Please contact the Floyd Center for the Arts to learn more or visit www.FloydArtCenter.org.    ...

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Call for Public Art – “Art Works For Us”

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Call for Public Art – “Art Works For Us”

“Art Works For Us” is a public sculpture/outdoor art tour through Floyd County VA. The Floyd Center for the Arts is pleased to continue and expand our public art program, “Art Works For Us”, through 2018. We are now calling for interested businesses and landowners, and artists, to apply to the program. How to Participate: Business or Landowner: you can participate by providing a venue for displaying a sculpture or other outdoor artwork, this program will be a chance to express their own individuality and their support for the creative spirit that is Floyd. Business and private landowners can indicate their interest in hosting artwork by filling out an interest form with information about their property. Local or Regional Artist: are encouraged to produce large-scale work for public display. This is an invitation to lend their creativity and vision to be part of Floyd’s aesthetic environment.   Artists are asked to fill out an application describing their artwork. Photos or sketches of their artwork will be required. The Plan and Costs: Businesses/Landowners Interest Forms and Applications from Artists are due Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Download the applications by clicking the links or stop by the Center to pick up printed forms!) The Center will review all forms and pair artists with appropriate sites. Businesses/Landowners will have the final approval of the artwork and asked to pay the participating site fee of $100 to the Center by July 31, 2017. The Floyd Center for the Arts will pay the accepted Artists an honorarium of $500 after the artwork is installed. These funds are provided by a grant from the NRV Community Foundation. Artists will work with Business/Landowners to install artwork in August 2017. Artwork will be on display for one calendar year. At that time Business/Landowners may choose to purchase the artwork from the artist. The trail includes an interactive map and signage at each artwork site. Click here to take a virtual tour of the 2016-2017 program! Benefits of Participating: According to the NRV Livability Report “Developing arts and cultural activities to serve as a “community draw” can stimulate business activity, attract tourism revenue, and help retain high quality employers and employees by creating highly desirable places in which to raise a family, work and retire.“  The “Art Works For Us” program offers exactly what this report is referring to, both artists and business/landowners will gain visibility in our community.  Public artwork may lead to other commissioned pieces for the artists.  Businesses may see increased attention by tourists and locals, and in turn increased profit. The use of an online interactive map allows tourists to easily navigate to other trail sites and increase traffic to the business that the artwork is installed...

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Wes McCune in Concert, May 12

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Wes McCune in Concert, May 12

SAVE THE DATE – FRIDAY, MAY 12th at 7:30 PM – Piano recital given by Wes McCune at the Floyd Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door and student ticketsare $15.00. Come and enjoy this wonderful evening of piano music and support your art center at the same time. Wesley McCune is a classically trained pianist living in Floyd, Virginia.   He performs with singer Karin Paludan (Washington Performing Arts artist); Marissa Regni (principal 2nd violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra) and trumpeter Douglas Wilson. As a soloist he has performed recitals and concerti with chamber orchestras. He has performed at the Tibor Varga Music Festival in Switzerland, the Schumann House in Leipzig, Winfield House in London, at the British and Austrian embassies in Washington, the Kennedy Center and many venues throughout the Washington, DC area. Mr. McCune retired from teaching in 2016. He taught at John Adams Elementary School, a CETA (Changing Education through the Arts) partner school with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His awards include the Alex Award (the Alexandria Commission for the Arts); the Whole Village Award (the Virginia Education Association); the Excellence in Education Award (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce); citations from the mayor and city council of Alexandria, Virginia; and The Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching from The Washington Post. Select the ticket type below and Click on “Buy Now” button below! Tickets Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent ticket $15.00 USD...

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Three New Exhibits Opening Sat. April 8

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Three New Exhibits Opening Sat. April 8

Opening Reception for Three New Art Exhibits @ the Floyd Center for the Arts Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm All are welcome to the free and fun event. Meet the artists and enjoy the artwork. Light refreshments served and cash bar. “New Voice” presented in the Hayloft Gallery The New Voices exhibition allows regional emerging artists to show a significant body of work Artworks from ten new voices featuring young innovations, have been selected by the Hayloft Gallery Committee. They are: Allison Fisher, Virginia Tech Burke Staunton, Radford University Emma Meadors, Ferrum College Jania Lanum, Roanoke College Jason Tueller, Floyd County Judith Lamb, Hollins University Langley Anderson, Radford University Paxton Rankin, Virginia Tech Rachel Van Pelt, Floyd County Sidney Rhyne, Roanoke College Joel Gendelman Photography presented in the Falcon Gallery Joel’s first love is portraiture. He cherishes the moment when the subject, the scene, and the artist are woven together. Joel also treasures landscapes where the elements of sky, building, and earth come together to create a unified emotion. The photographers whom Joel most emulate are Diane Arbus and Lisettee Model for how they captured humanity in the most unlikely places. He also studied the work of Karsh, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, and Cartier Bresson. Selected Artworks by the Floyd Artists Association presented in the Breezeway The Floyd Artists Association mission is to support and promote artists of Floyd County and contribute to the creative arts culture of Floyd by providing a downtown, professional setting that fosters creativity, quality art and interaction between artists, patrons and the public. This exhibition represents the partnership with the Floyd Center for the Arts and the roles each organization has in our creative...

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Paper Blooms FREE workshops, Saturday, March 25

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Paper Blooms FREE workshops, Saturday, March 25

The Floyd Center for the Arts invites our community to free paper flower making workshops on Saturday, March 25. The workshops are being organized by Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries as part of their Paper Blooms Project.   Talia Logan, Olin Hall Galleries Director, will lead participants in creating “map roses” during three workshop time frames. Demonstrations start at 10am, 12:30pm and 2pm at the Center. All flowers made will be added to the Paper Blooms Project, a collaborative based exhibition that will be composed of a collection of hand-made paper flowers to create a community garden. This exhibition will be on view at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Gallery, January to March, 2018. Participants of all ages are welcome to join any of the three workshop times at the Floyd Center for the Arts (parents, please plan to stay with your children).   All materials will be provided. Participants can show up at the workshop time most convenient for them or RSVP online on the Center’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/FloydArts/. The Floyd Center for the Arts’ address is 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd VA. Please call 540-745-2784 or visit www.FloydArtCenter.org for more...

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Julius Quartet, April 1

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Julius Quartet, April 1

Hailed as “the captivating young string quartet” (The Bennington Banner), the Julius Quartet is rapidly making itself known in the chamber music world. Formed in the fall of 2012, the group held a special residency as “The Boston Conservatory’s Honors String Quartet”. Currently, the quartet is the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, where they work intensely with the celebrated Shanghai Quartet. As passionate chamber musicians, the quartet strives to not only explore the extensive quartet repertoire but also to present their unique voice within the music. Recognized for their high level of artistry, the group was awarded 1st prize at the first annual MA-ASTA  String Quartet/Quintet Competition by unanimous vote, and was nominated for the Harvard Musical Association’s Arthur Foote Award. Join us Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30pm Presented by The Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival and The Floyd Center for the Arts.   Julius String Quartet, April 1, 2017, 7:30 pm Adult ticket $25.00 USDStudent ticket $15.00 USD Learn more about The Julius Quartet at https://www.thejuliusquartet.com Hyun Jeong Helen Lee – Violin David Do – Violin   John Batchelder – Viola Byron Hogan –...

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New River Art 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition

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New River Art 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition

Submit your artwork here Application Due April 25, 2017! Call for Entry New River Art printable The Floyd Center for the Arts invites visual media artists within 150 miles of Floyd to submit artwork for exhibition in the New River Art Biennial 2017. This is the 14th New River Art Biennial exhibition. This exhibit rotates every two years between this Floyd Center for the Arts, the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV) in Pulaski and the Blacksburg Regional Art Association. Top cash prize for this exhibition is $500, and other cash prizes and honorable mentions will be awarded.  Artwork will be selected by Juror Amy Shawley of Virginia.  This exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age or older that live within 150 miles of Floyd.  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 June 9 to August 5, 2017. Opening Reception on Saturday, June 17, 2017. For more information, including history and past works, please visit the New River Art Website ABOUT THE JUROR: Amy Shawley is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by the natural world.  Her work incorporates fauna, flora, landscapes, and textures she has encountered during her travels and everyday life. After earning her Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy was selected and trained in 2008 by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program.  She taught and lectured in their southern California territory for six years then relocated back east to offer painting lectures in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Amy teaches art workshops nationally, offers online education, and published her first book in 2015, Acrylic Texture Techniques: Rock, Metal and Wood. ELIGIBILITY:  Artists must live within 150 miles of the Floyd Center for the Arts. Open to all artists 18 years of age or older.  Work must be original and executed within the past two years. MEDIA: All fine arts and fine craft media including painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, photography, time-based/new media and installation are accepted. Handicrafts are not eligible.  Artist may submit up to three (3) artworks. ENTRY FEE:  Entry Fee is for up to three works and is non-refundable. A fee of $40 is required for to submit artwork for consideration in this exhibit.  Current Floyd Center members are eligible for a reduced rate of $35.  Please use coupon code MEM to receive this discounted fee when paying online.  If you wish to become a member of the Center, please visit our website and pay for your membership before submitting your work at www.floydartcenter.org.  If paying by check, please make checks payable to:  Floyd Center for the Arts and mail it to: 220 Parkway Lane South, Suite 1, Floyd VA, 24091. SUBMISSION OF ARTWORK: Visit www.callforentry.org to submit your images.  A total of THREE (3) works of art may be submitted for jurying per artist. Submitted digital images should represent the quality and nature of the work. Work that is considerably different than the submitted images may not be accepted.  Artists must submit an image showing the artwork in its entirety.  Artists may submit a secondary image showing a detailed section of the work.  Artists submitting...

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Jax Workshops & Classes

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Jax 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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GiveBig – 4/26/17

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GiveBig – 4/26/17

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Floyd Plein Air Festival, August 14-19

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Floyd Plein Air Festival, August 14-19

The Floyd Plein Air Festival 2017 is a new and exciting event that grew from the success of 2016’s Floyd Plein Air Crush weekend. Expanding to a week-long event, the festival will bring national and regional artists to paint the beauty of the county’s open spaces and favorite places. Partnering with The Center in this endeavor are Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morissette Winery, Riverstone Organic Farm, Apple Ridge Farm, and the Town of Floyd, as well as several host families and farms in and around the county. Our mission for the festival is to bring visibility and opportunity to the artists, participating venues, and partners, while providing an inspirational, educational, and memorable experience for the patrons attending. It is our hope that the festival will not only be an annual fundraising opportunity for the Floyd Center for the Arts, but also an activity to boost the sustainability of its partner venues and hosts. More than $3,500 in prizes will be given away to participating artists! And we are pleased to announce Valerie Craigfrom St. Davids, Pennsylvania, as our judge for the events. Prizes include: Best in Week Grand Prize – $1,000 and a ¼ page artist’s ad in an upcoming issue of Plein Air Magazine valued at $1,200! Quick Paint Competition Winner – $500 First Prize in Acrylic Painting – $200 Gift Certificate from Golden Artists Colors First Prize in Oil Painting – Gamblin Artist Grade Oil Colour Set, valued at $160 First Prize in Watercolor Painting – TBA Best Local Artist Prize – $200 Gift Certificate from Mish Mish Art Supplies in Blacksburg VA Best Night Painting – $150 Gift Package from Ampersand Art Best Farm Scene – Gift Package from Raymar Art About the Juror: Valerie Craig is known for her impressionist approach to color and light. Craig’s subject matter includes urban and rural landscapes as well as intimate still life paintings, and figures within a landscape. Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date, painting in both watercolor and oils. Her awards and honors are many, however a few include: Gold/Mayor’s Choice Award Ireland’s 2013 Art in the Open Festival, Grand Prize in the American Women Online Juried Competition, and Best in Show in the 2011 and 2008 Wayne Plein Air Competition. To learn more about Valerie Craig, please visit her website http://valeriecraig.com/     Registration is $35 (Center Members) or $40 (Non Members) Applications Due: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Download the Application HERE! Applications may be submitted by mail to 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd VA, 24091 or emailed to info@floydartcenter.org Application Fees may be paid by mailed check, in person at our office, over the phone by credit card, or online by PayPal below. (Please select Member or NonMember from the dropdown menu and click on “Buy Now”.) Artist Application Fee Center Member $35.00 USDNon-Member $40.00 USD Proposed Schedule: Floyd Plein Air Festival 2017: Monday, August 14  Apple Ridge Farm – Visit to Apple Ridge Farm to “get acquainted” with Floyd County – Open paint for artists – Welcome reception for artists, patrons, partners, and hosts in the evening Tuesday, August 15  Blue Ridge Parkway & Beyond – Open paint for artists in the county and Dinner outing for the artists    6 – 8 pm TBA Wednesday, August 16 Blue Ridge...

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