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**
11th Annual New Works Exhibit
On Saturday, June 15 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, will feature artwork using the Chiaroscuro style. Chiaroscuro was developed during the Renaissance and opened the doors to a plethora of powerful art with strong contrasting light and shadows. The Breezeway exhibit will feature the artwork from students at Floyd County High School.
There is no admission fee to receptions or exhibits although donations are accepted.
The Hayloft Gallery Exhibit, Chiaroscuro, is sponsored by The Bank of Floyd.
April 22, 2013
The Jacksonville Center and Floyd Virginia Lodging Association
Partner to Create Artfull Escapes
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is partnering with the Floyd Virginia Lodging Association to create a new vacation program entitled ArtFull Escapes. The programs main propose is to increase tourism to Floyd County from the surrounding region during the weekdays. It evolved from brainstorming sessions on how to increase participation in classes at The Jax by out of town visitors and has been in the works for more than a year.
“The Floyd Lodging Association is excited to partner with the Jacksonville Center for the Arts with a new package showcasing the unique classes and lodging that the two organizations can provide for people visiting the area,” said Derek Wall, Manager of Hotel Floyd. “Visitors interested in the arts should take advantage of this opportunity for a hands on experience and a unique lodging destination offering anything from small cabins and B&B’s to larger inns/hotels with local art and furniture. Floyd has it all!”
ArtFull Escapes is geared toward a group of four people. These people could be friends, family or co-workers, who are interested in a creative group learning experience in beautiful rural southwest Virginia. The program is comprised of a one or two day class at The Jax chosen by the group, a lodging voucher that can be used at participating Floyd County lodging establishments, coupons and discounts to various local shops and eateries, and a gift certificate to a wine tasting at Chateau Morrisette.
Classes that may be taken are part of The Jax’s OnDemand class offerings and are all taught by local. Class choices include: Felted Scarves, Hot Glass Beads, Stained Glass, Ceramic Sculpture, Wood Turning, Blacksmithing, Shibori (Japanese Tie-Dye), Papermaking, Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel, and Polymer Clay.
Participating lodging establishments are Ambrosia B&B, Beaver Glen B&B, Bella La Vita Inn, Blue Ridge Real Estate, Hotel Floyd, Inn The Hollow, Mountain Rose Inn, Mountain Song Inn B&B, Tuggles Gap Restaurant and Motel, Oak Haven Lodge, Stoney Meadow Inn B&B, The Room Upstairs at Bell Gallery, and Woodberry Inn. Other businesses participating in ArtFull Escapes by offering discounts and coupons are: Bell Gallery and Garden, Chateau Morrisette Winery, Dogtown Roadhouse, Harvest Moon Food Store, On The Water in Floyd, and Winter Sun Clothing.
CLICK HERE for more information about ArtFull Escapes.
The Conversation Continues at the JAX
FAD (Floyd Art Dialogues) will meet for another session on Fri. March 8, 12 noon at The Jacksonville Center.
FAD is an informal monthly gathering (averaging 10 people) interested in spending an hour in discussion about broad topics related to the Arts around the world and here in Floyd County.
The Dialogues are led by The Jacksonville Center’s Featured Artist, Charlie Brouwer. Anyone involved or interested in any of the arts is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and participate in discussing this month’s topic – “Multimedia, Crossover, and Mixing it Up in the Arts”. What multimedia successes or failures have you experienced or witnessed? What art crossovers would you like to see or try? Come join the discussion, or just come to listen to the dialogue – help us mix it up – newcomers are most welcome!
Opera Roanoke will kick off the 2013 concert series held at The Jacksonville Center with “The Masques of Orpheus – American Voices – Songs and Scenes from the American Stage” on Friday evening March 8th at 7:30 PM. Scott Williamson, tenor and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke and members of Opera Roanoke’s Young Apprentice Artist Program will appear alongside special guest artist, Amy Cofield Williamson, soprano. Audiences may remember Scott and Amy from their concert “Love at First Duet” presented at The Jacksonville Center in 2011. This year the concert series is being presented by WDBJ7, Your Hometown News Leader. “This is very exciting for us to be working with WDBJ7 and we are truly grateful for their sponsorship”, stated Linda Fallon, President of The Jacksonville Center Board.
“Songs and Scenes from the American Stage” will feature writers and composers like Tennessee Williams, Charles Ives, Andre Previn and include scenes and songs from Broadway’s “Susannah”, “Streetcar Named Desire” and much, much more. This promises to be an eclectic evening of great music, theatre, dance and the spoken word. Mr. Williamson will sing, conduct and narrate the evening. The performance will be staged, costumed and themed around “American Voices” including dramatic scenes – excerpts from Tennessee Williams’ plays for example.
Scott Williamson is the General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke and the Artistic Director of the Virginia Chorale. A native Virginian, he brings a wealth of experience to Southwest Virginia’s flagship opera company and the Commonwealth’s premiere professional chorus.
An acclaimed tenor, Williamson was the winner of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s 2005 competition and was featured in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2007. He has appeared with Tulsa Opera, Sarasota Opera, Lake George Opera, Bronx Opera, Opera Roanoke, and in Britain with the New Kent Opera Festival, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Stage credits include the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Alfredo in La Traviata, Iro in Monteverdi’s
II Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Armand in Massenet’s Therese, Handel’s Acos ad Damon, the Magician in Menotti’s The Consul and most recently, a young steersman in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. His performances have been praised by the New York Times, the Times of London, Opera News, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.
He holds degrees from James Madison University and Westminster Choir College and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. He has studied in Germany at the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, the International Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Soprano Amy Cofield Williamson has performed to critical acclaim across the US and throughout Europe, Taiwan and Guam. Highly regarded for her “technical facility”, “her beauty of interpretation”, an “arresting presence”, Amy was a regional finalist in the MET National Council Auditions at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and has been praised by the New York Times for her “lovely, rich tone”.
She has appeared with Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (Texas), Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Houston Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Knoxville Opera, Wildwood Opera, Lyric Opera San Antonio, Teatro Lirico D’Europa, American Opera Theater and Opera Lenawee in Michigan. Amy’s busy concert schedule has included performances with Festival Chamber Music in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in NY, Handel’s Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus also at Weill Recital Hall and concerts with Opera Camerata of Washington and DC’s Mousetrap Series.
Recent performances included “The Flying Dutchman” and Lucia Di Lammermoor with Opera Roanoke under the baton of MET opera conductor Steven White, Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony and concerts with Norfolk Chamber Consort and with the Virginia Art Festival.
In 2011, Opera Roanoke’s premiere Young Apprentice Artist Program was launched by General and Artistic Director Scott Williamson with the company’s acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly. In its first year, the program more than tripled in size, growing from 6 to 20 young singers, conductors and production assistants.
Carefully selected from the region’s colleges, universities and recent graduates, Apprentice Artists work directly with Opera Roanoke’s artistic staff and have select opportunities to work with guest artists. Young Apprentice Artists will sing in the chorus of main stage productions. A select number of Apprentice Artists may sing comprimario roles and/or cover principal roles in main stage productions.
Enhancing students’ arts education with professional experiences, Opera Roanoke’s Young Apprentice Artist Program offers aspiring opera performers, artistic administrators and production crew leaders invaluable opportunities while enhancing their education and preparing them for the next stage of their careers.
A “Meet the Artists” Champagne and Wine Reception will follow the performance with a cash bar. Advance tickets are $25.00 per person and can be purchased at The Jacksonville Center; by phone, (540) 745-2784; or online at jacksonvillecenter.org. Tickets purchased at the door are $30.00 per person. The concert will take place in the Community Room at The Jacksonville Center on Friday, March 8th at 7:30 PM.
FAD (Floyd Art Dialogues) is a free and open discussion about art as we experience it and think about it here and now in Southwest, VA. All who admire, love, appreciate, or wonder about art are invited to participate.
The next FAD will be held on Fri., Jan. 11, 12:00-1:00pm at the Jacksonville Center http://jacksonvillecenter.org/ – bring a brown bag lunch if you like. Pass this email on – bring a friend if you can.
The topic for this Dialogue is:
Renewal, Rebirth, Transformation and the Arts
Have you ever felt renewed by an art experience? Have you had a transformative experience in your art making? Is there something you think could be reborn through art? Come discuss it, or just come to listen to the dialogue – it might just be a transformative experience!
Contact The Jacksonville Center for more information: 540-745-2784.
The fall Floyd JAMs session is coming to a close. Participating students and teachers would like to invite friends and family to a special concert on Monday, December 10th at 5pm in the Floyd Elementary School Gymnasium.
Floyd JAMs is an afterschool program that meets each Monday for 12 weeks at Floyd Elementary School. 4th-8th grade students have the opportunity to learn the traditional music of our region.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Floyd JAMs.
Winter hours begin December 30th and continue through March.
Jax Winter Hours:
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Jax Special Holiday Hours:
December 24th 11:00am – 4:00pm
December 25th CLOSED
December 30th CLOSED
December 31st 10:00am – 3:00pm
January 1st CLOSED
Jax Galleria Winter Hours:
(At the Station)
Thursday 11:30am – 3:30pm
Friday 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
CORRECTION! Originally this event was listed here for 11/29, however it occur on 11/28. Please know that the next FAD will meet on January 11th at noon.
FAD (Floyd Art Dialogue) is a free and open discussion about art as we experience it and think about it here and now in Southwest, VA. All who admire, love, appreciate, or wonder about art are invited to participate.
The next FAD will be held on Wed., Nov. 28, 12:00-1:00pm at the Jacksonville Center http://jacksonvillecenter.org/ – bring a brown bag lunch if you like. Bring a friend if you can.
The topic this month is “So Where Is The Art?” – here are some questions/thoughts to ponder:
- The painting, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Does that mean that they own it and that the art of Starry Night is only available to us when we pay admission and stand in front of it?
- Can art be bought and sold? If yes, why can works of art that we have never seen provide us with art experiences? If art can’t be bought and sold, why do art auction houses keep breaking records?
- Can art be destroyed? See a recent Slate article about that question: (This Is Not an Artwork, A thought-provoking exhibition of artwork deemed, by insurance companies, no longer art.) at: http://tinyurl.com/c6ks96c
- Or, how about this – in the Nov. 25 Sunday comics a character in Funky Winkerbean quotes cartoonist Mort Meskin as saying, “Art is love on paper”.
- I often find myself in discussion with friends about the quality of Bob Dylan’s voice….. I think our discussion is about trying to come to grips with just where the art is in Dylan’s music.
I hope that our dialogue will lead us towards a better understanding of where the art is in the art we love and appreciate.
Please help us expand the conversation by inviting anyone who has an interest in any of the arts to join us at FAD, at the Jacksonville Center in beautiful Floyd, VA.
On Sunday, December 9 from 4-7pm, Germany and Floyd will unite for a relaxing afternoon of German Advent and Christmas traditions. Clemens and Barbara von Claparède-Crola will open their home for a fundraiser supporting The Jacksonville Center for the Arts.
Clemens and Barbara, originally from Germany, moved to Floyd County over 20 years ago, keeping their German heritage and customs a priority. “We only speak German at home, and we try to ‘live’ all the traditions we grew up with,” Barbara said, “because I want our daughters to know that their roots are German.”
In Germany, Weihnachten (Christmas) is a religious holiday with simple traditions: Baking a gingerbread house, displaying advent calendars with 24 little gifts or chocolate for the kids to count the days until the “Weihnachtsmann” (Santa) or the “Christkind” (Christ Child) arrives, and decorating the house with mostly homemade ornaments and fresh greeneries are just a few of them. Clemens and Barbara will share those traditions along with why neither the Christmas tree nor the presents are unveiled until December 24.
Barbara, a prolific cook and baker, will provide a variety of German Christmas cookies, heavy hors d’oeuvres, traditional punch, as well as the Dresdner Christstollen (traditional sweet bread filled with nuts and fruits). A handmade, 100 % edible gingerbread house decorated to the rim with candies and chocolate, will be auctioned off in a silent auction that afternoon.
Tickets are $55/per person and $100/per couple. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event, please call the center at 745-2784.