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Halloween Kid Fest Fun4Free

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Halloween Kid Fest Fun4Free

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. 2014 will be no different with many good old 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: October 26, 1 to 4 PM all around The Old Barn on the Hill. Returning from years past will be face painting by Dede McGrath, fortune-telling,...

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NEW! Life Drawing Opportunity

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NEW! Life Drawing Opportunity

This is a valuable new opportunity for artists seeking to train weekly in drawing the unadorned human form. Every Tuesday from 2 to 4PM, the Community Room will be private for artists 18 and older to study and draw/paint from a live, nude model, as is the tradition going back hundreds of years. No individuals who are not intending to draw or paint the model will be admitted.  Artists are urged to call The Jax and confirm the group is meeting on Tuesday mornings. Join with fellow fine artists of all skill levels in this weekly session. The...

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Free Children’s Arts Classes thru October

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Free Children’s Arts Classes thru October

Through a partnership with Blue Cow Arts, Floyd’s Jacksonville Center is able to offer weekly youth classes free of charge through the month of October. The classes are especially designed for young people in mind: for upper elementary and middle-school-aged children, a weekly class (Mondays from 4 – 5 PM) called Cultural Arts, led by Ferrum professor Susan Virginia Mead is free; and for the younger set (pre-K through 7th grade), Thursdays from 4 – 5 PM is the long-running Afternoon Arts, with Lara Davis leading participants. These...

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Self-Portraits Exhibit and New Breezeway Gallery Exhibit Opening

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Self-Portraits Exhibit and New Breezeway Gallery Exhibit Opening

Even though “selfies” are a relatively new phenomenon, self-portrature among artists and craftspeople has a very long history. Floyd’s Jacksonville Center for the Arts is joining that tradition by offering an exhibit presenting self-portraits created by regional artists and crafts people. This 2014 themed Hayloft Gallery exhibition opens to the public on Friday, October 3, at the same time the Breezeway Gallery opens with photography and craft/art works first displayed at the 8th Annual Floyd Livestock and County Fair, held earlier in...

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Winterfest #20 Applic. Deadline Tonight!

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Winterfest #20 Applic. Deadline Tonight!

The Jacksonville Center’s 20th Annual Winterfest Holiday Celebration will be held on December 6 & 7, 2014 – Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00am- 5:00pm. It should be a big weekend, as several other community celebrations will be happening also, and there will be plenty to do and see! We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Winterfest! As usual, The Jax Winterfest will include local art and crafts exhibits, refreshments, children’s activities, a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself, and other festive activities....

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Baroque Gems Concert

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Baroque Gems Concert

Regional musicians who are specialists in the Baroque Era (Bach, Handel, Corelli, and Vivaldi) will gather at Floyd’s Jax to present a retrospective of the period, including discussions of the period instruments they will be playing, starting at 3PM on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Tickets are $25 and the event includes a meet-the-artists reception following the afternoon performance. This concert is one among the series brought to Floyd by WDBJ7, Your Hometown News Leader. Judy Bevans (who played at The Jacksonville Center earlier this...

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FAD – Floyd Art Dialogue – Fri. Sept. 19th

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FAD – Floyd Art Dialogue – Fri. Sept. 19th

The topic seems a good one for this time in the life of Floyd County. Please join us and encourage anyone who might be interested to do the same. The topic for the next Floyd Art Dialogue (FAD) is “Creativity and Community”.  Much writing and research has been done in the last decade about the relationship between creativity and communities and many communities have attempted to implement these ideas. To learn more about this development, search the Internet for “Creative Community”.  FAD hopes to consider questions such as these: ...

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Welcome Beth Macy & THE Factory Man

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Welcome Beth Macy & THE Factory Man

We are so excited to present both the author and the protagonist of the run-away bestselling book, Factory Man! And admission to this rare event is FREE. On September 21 from 4 to 6PM, both Beth Macy and John D. Bassett III will visit with Floyd and regional audience members to reflect upon the writing of this important book, subtitled: How one furniture maker battled offshoring, stayed local — and helped save an American town. The American town in question is our own Galax, VA, and the furniture-making enterprise is Vaughan-Bassett,...

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2014 Featured Artist

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2014 Featured Artist

Ernest Bryant, an iconic Floyd treasure and early volunteer board member of The Jacksonville Center, is our 2014 Featured Artist. Ernest has been involved with Jax for years, as a member of the Hayloft Gallery Committee, continuing his service begun even before the old barn was first renovated: creating exhibition spaces, arrangements, and opportunities for his fellow artists. Last weekend Ernest opened his studio to the public as part of his year’s activities with The Jax. Many people stopped by to see the artist in his natural...

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Open Studio with Ernest Bryant, Aug 23-24

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Open Studio with Ernest Bryant, Aug 23-24

Ernest Bryant is The Jacksonville Center for the Arts’ Featured Artist of the Year.  You can learn more about Ernest Here. His work is on display at the center, but for this weekend only, he will open his studio to visitors.  He invites them to tour his studio, “Things” and take a stroll through his “Wood Zoo”. Hours for his open studio will be Saturday, August 23, 10am-5pm and Sunday , August 24, 12-5pm. His studio address is 741 Lick Ridge Rd., Check, VA 24072 and you may contact him at...

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