In Floyd at a pre-bid conference, potential contractors listen to Will Dotson of VDOT explain the Department’s requirements for The Jacksonville Center’s entryway improvements—one aspect of the center’s newest construction project. Funded during 2012, the project is expected to be complete by mid-summer, and includes paving the driveway and front parking area, roofing the front silo, enhancing the ceramics studio, creating a vestibule and lobby expansion at the front door of the barn, and building a large, entirely new multi-use room attached to the main facility. The bid opening is Tuesday, November 19.
Floyd’s Jacksonville Center will host its oldest continuously-running event again this year on December 6 from 5 to 8 PM and December 7 from 10 – 5. Winterfest Crafts Festival is the best opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of handmade, local, unique gifts during this holiday season. Artisan booths will be upstairs, downstairs, and all around the barn.
Clark Gas and Oil is a sponsor of this year’s event, also featuring an incredible line-up of live musical performances. “Musician Bob Grubel has once again scheduled a great group of local folks to perform,” says Pat Sharkey, WF manager. “When you see Bob thank him for his annual donation of time and contacts to make each Winterfest musically unique.”
Hourly sets will kick off Friday at 5 with Adam Pazourak, followed by John Wilson and Dorian Dugger. Saturday begins with Erika and the Unapologetics at 10A, followed by: Scott Perry; Bob and Cliff (a.k.a. Second Sight); Billy Joe Chambers; Rodrigo; Cliff Beach; and closing out the festival will be Randy Walker starting at 4P.
As usual, admission is free, and there will be supervised holiday craft activities for children, so mom and dad can shop for gifts without trying to keep track of little hands. The Jax Café will again offer homemade goodies and meals to keep everyone warm and full of delicious food. “Admission is free,” says Sharkey, “but bring your checkbooks so you can purchase locally-made, unique items for those special people on your holiday gift list. Winterfest always offers handmade craft items for every taste and price point.”
For more information about The Jax visit jacksonvillecenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The Jax is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular business hours are Monday to Saturday, 10AM – 5PM and Sunday, Noon – 5PM.
John Wilson and Erika Joy, a.k.a., The Unapologetics, playing on the 2012 Winterfest live performance stage.
Donna Polseno, during her June 2013 presentation at The Jax: “An Evolution of Sculptural Work.”
Floyd’s own internationally renowned ceramics artist, Donna Polseno, will discuss her several travel opportunities through Asia on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, starting at 6 PM. Polseno has traveled as a ceramics instructor in an exchange program between WV University and Jindezhen Institute of Ceramics in China. As The Jacksonville Center’s 2013 Featured Artist, Polseno has offered lectures and workshops throughout the year. This presentation, “A Ceramic Voyage in Asia” – which is free and the public is welcome to attend – will include photos of her travels and her discussion will share the ways in which these experiences informed her own creativity and style.
Her travels included visits to many internationally-significant ceramics and sculpture sites including Malaysia, Cambodia, and Thailand. Polseno’s search for inspirational clay art led her also to the incredible Buddhist and Hindu stone sculptures of Southeast Asia. A social period after the presentation will be offered, so guests are encouraged to stay and talk to Polseno and other audience-members.
Polseno teaches ceramics at Hollins University, and created “Women Working with Clay,” an annual Hollins symposium. She is currently serving as the adjunct curator for ceramics at the Taubman Museum.
Internationally she has been an invited participant at a symposium in Izmir, Turkey, has taught twice at an exchange program in Jingdezhen, China, and has taught for many years at La Meridiana-International School for Ceramics, in Italy.
Polseno shows her artwork in major galleries all over the country; was included in the “21st Century Ceramics in the US and Canada” traveling exhibition in 2003; and has received two National Endowment of the Arts Grants and a Virginia Museum Fellowship. Among many additional achievements, Polseno has taught workshops and summer programs at schools including Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Alfred University, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Long Beach Foundation, and Anderson Ranch Art Center.
We are now accepting proposals for classes and workshops to be held at The Jax in 2014. The deadline is December 1, 2013 for all proposal submissions!
We’re looking for artists and teachers to help us create our 2014 schedule of classes. We are spicing up our offerings with new instructors, new classes, and new students. But, to do that, we need the help of anyone who’s thought about teaching a class, but felt they didn’t have enough studio space or access to enough students. Or if you’ve taught a class elsewhere and would like to see if it might work here, we’d love to hear from you. We have the space, the marketing, and the audience, if you want to bring your talent to The Jax. Proposals for classes are due December 1.
We want to maximize space use and increase paid teaching opportunities for artist entrepreneurs by envisioning a fresh program of offerings. We are planning to create specific classes for public school teachers to keep up their certifications; a robust series of youth and children’s classes; and offbeat or tradition-based classes designed to appeal to neighbors and friends in the community. Examples of classes that may fit into some of these areas include: Manga Drawing for Youth (geared toward teens wanting to learn cartooning); Colonial Blacksmithing/Metalsmithing (so teachers can learn techniques to increase student understanding of US history); and Quilt Murals on Barns (simulated quilt pattern-painting on building facades). We are open to ideas and ‘blue sky’ imaginings.
Interested persons can pitch proposals to us and discuss options. But, to be considered for inclusion in the 2014 schedule, we will need written descriptions of the proposed classes no later than December 1. Proposals from new instructors should also include bio, examples of work, and resume. Artist instructors who’ve already taught classes at The Jax do not have to submit biographical info again. Class proposals should include a detailed description of the class: title, length, classroom needs, supply costs, pictures of artwork, sample images of proposed class (if applicable) and other pertinent information. If you have taught a class in the past few years here and you would like to run the same one again, please still email a basic proposal.
For more information about how to present unique proposals to The Jacksonville Center staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-745-2784 and ask for Leia Wood, or the Education Department. Decisions about classes will be made shortly after the December 1, 2013 deadline, contracts will be offered shortly thereafter, and the 2014 Class Schedule will be announced publicly in January 2014.
Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your income stream by reaching out to The Jax audience.
Thank you all for supporting the Jax!
The topic for the next Floyd Art Dialogue (at Noon on Nov. 8) will be “The Art World”. It will be led by, former Executive Director of the Taubman Museum. David has had a lot of experience in the “art world” and we are eager to hear the discussion he leads. Some proposed questions are: “What is the art world?” – “Where is it?” – “Where is it going?”. We are sure many of you are already thinking of questions you would like to bring up for discussion too. Please help spread the word about FAD and about our special guest. FAD is led by past Featured Artist of The Jax and current board member, Charlie Brouwer. To contact Charlie to learn more about FAD, please email him at cbrouwer(at)swva.net (Please note that you need to use the “@” symbol for the word (at) in this email address. This was done to avoid being recognized as an email address by automated things trawling the internet for spam targets.)
David Mickenberg, Past Executive Director of The Taubman Museum of Art
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is proud to present the exhibit imagined by Amy G. Moorefield, lately of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins Univ., now Deputy Director of Exhibitions for the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke. The Jax Annual Curated Exhibit in the Hayloft Gallery, Nature Nurture: Reflections on the Land by Christine Carr, Genesis Chapman, and Suzanne Stryk, opens October 12, 2013 with a Meet the Artists Reception and Curator/Artists discussion on October 12, from 5 to 8 PM in the Community Room. The Curator and Artist Talk will begin at 5:30pm. The exhibit will run through November 30, 2013.
Amy Moorfield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Taubman Museum of Art
Moorefield has chosen to feature three of Virginia’s renowned artists who look deeply at the many facets of nature in the unique terrain of our own region: Roanoke, Bent Mountain, and Bristol. The artists are Christine Carr, Genesis Chapman, and Suzanne Stryk.
“Referencing the tenets of the mid19th century Hudson River School, each artist has created unique work that revisits universal themes of discovery, exploration, and romanticism in new and remarkable ways,” states Moorefield. “Nature Nurture will challenge our assumptions of the native environment, and our interventions on it and its inhabitants.” The exhibition includes works in the media of drawing, mixed media, and photography. The showcase will be available for the public to see during Jacksonville Center business hours through November 30 in Floyd’s premier Hayloft Gallery.
About the Artists:
“Between 11 and 220″ by Christine Carr
Roanoke-based artist Christine Carr tracks the idiosyncrasies of the natural terrain in her series Slope. Her pigment prints capture the odd relationship between human intervention and the natural environment, resulting in compelling, haunting, and sometimes humorous meditations. “While I am responding to the natural flow of the landscape, I am focusing on modification,” Carr says. “This work is less about the beautiful rolling hills and more about how our surroundings are navigated.”
“Bottom Creek, November 2010″ by Genesis Chapman
Bent Mountain native Genesis Chapman documents his local creeks, streams and kettle holes through exquisite and hyper-real drawings created from white and black India ink. “My drawings reflect the pattern, movement, and energy of nature that I see in the streams, creeks and swimming holes of the mountain I grew up on,” he says. Often returning to favorite locations over time, Chapman creates work from direct observation that reveals the changes in the land from both natural erosion and technical intervention.
“Field Work #6″ by Suzanne Stryk
In her mixed media work, Suzanne Stryk records her explorations of Virginia, juxtaposed with scientific drawings of its native inhabitants. “Order, wildness; potential, reality; out there, in here; all are in my thoughts as the living world passes through eye, mind, and hand to make an image,” Stryk says. Her perception results in work that captures the essence of our ecologically distinct and precious natural resources—from bugs to birds to native plants—endemic to the Virginia landscape.
About the Guest Curator:
Amy G. Moorefield was recently named the Deputy Director of Exhibitions of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke. In her former position as Executive Director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins Univ., Moorefield successfully initiated a significant marketing campaign, museum partnerships, and a vibrant traveling exhibitions program. Under her leadership, the Wilson Museum received the 2012 Arts Council of the Blue Ridge’s Perry F. Kendig Award for Outstanding Arts and Cultural Institution. Moorefield co-teaches courses with the Hollins Art History department, focusing on museum theory and exhibition curation using the Wilson’s collection as source material. During her eighteen years as a museum professional, she has directed and curated over 100 internationally recognized exhibitions and 30 publication projects, as well as organized an array of special programs, lectures, and panels. Moorefield is Chair of the City of Roanoke Arts Commission, and remains involved in many other activities surrounding the arts in our region.
Floyd Art Dialogues (FAD) meets again at noon on Oct. 11 at the Jacksonville Center.
FAD is an informal, brown bag discussion on topics related to the arts. The topic for this meeting is “Materials and the Effect They Have on What We Make”. We will consider painters, sculptors, and potters, etc. but also musicians, writers, and dancers. The discussion could also expand to include a broader view of the arts to include bakers, architects, gardeners, and even community builders. FAD is open to anyone, if you are a maker of anything we’d like to hear how the materials you use affect what you make.
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is holding its 8th Annual Silent Auction fundraiser in advance of the center’s 18th annual membership dinner and meeting on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7pm in the center’s community room.
Bidding for the silent auction is currently open to the public and bid winners do not need to be present when winning bids are announced. This year’s auction features an original sculpture by Charlie Brouwer, original fine art and fine craft, jewelry, gift baskets and gift certificates, original photography, designer accessories, and whimsical items. Bidding will conclude at the end of the Social Hour and Final Bidding from 6-7pm, just before the membership dinner and meeting.
The membership dinner and meeting, open to current members only, will start at 7pm. The meeting will include election of new board members and re-election of current board members whose term ends this year who have agreed to continue serving. The meeting will conclude with a special announcement and presentation by the center’s executive Director, John McEnhill.
For meal planning purposes, members are encouraged to RSVP to the Center at 745-2784 or by e-mail with names of attendee(s) to email@example.com by Monday, September 16th. Due to space limitations, this invitation is for two people per membership. To help cover the expense of the meal, a $10 donation for each person is requested.
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is now offering Extended Afternoon Arts every Thursday beginning September 5, 2013. For more than two years, Afternoon Arts has consisted of two classes, divided by age (Pre-K-3rd and 4th-7th), creating unique arts projects, led by local teaching artists and was held from 4-5pm. Starting on September 5th, students can ride a bus from FES to The Jax and receive a healthy snack when they arrive. Then, from 4-5pm, they will create art during the regular class time. After that, they will extend their arts experiences until their parents can pick them up at a convenient time as late as 6pm.
“The Extended Afternoon Arts program allows easier access for all Floyd County elementary students,” said Leia Thompson Wood, the Director of Educational and Gallery Programming at The Jax. “As well as, allows students of working parents the opportunity to experience our arts classes.”
The Extended Afternoon Arts costs $8 per class, per student or $28 for 4 classes. Preregistration is necessary to participate in this program. You can enroll your child for our Extended Afternoon Arts by calling or stopping by The Jax. The standard Afternoon Arts program is still available for students and parents not in need of transportation or extended arts time.
Please visit our website at http://jacksonvillecenter.org/youth/afternoonarts/ for more information.
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is pleased to offer a free woodturning demonstration and lecture at the studio of Dennis Ross, a resident of Floyd VA and a supporter of The Jax on Saturday, August 24, 10am-12pm.
As a woodworker, Dennis enjoys sharing his love for the art with students. “After a recent article about me in the paper,” Dennis stated, “friends asked for a demonstration, and I thought it was a great idea!”
Students will view multiple hand and mechanical woodworking tools in action. Dennis will share tips and tricks for successful woodworking and questions are encouraged. Interested participants should call or stop by The Jax to sign up. RSVP is necessary and space is limited.