Brian Anderson is a working blacksmith with 40 plus years’ experience. He has a solid base in traditional smithing doing both historically based and contemporary forge work. Brian has taught and demonstrated widely and his work appears regularly in both blacksmithing and fine arts shows around the country. He demonstrates frequently at historic sites, trade fairs, and hammer-ins and teaches on a small scale.
Kate Anderson has a B.A. in studio art from Hollins University with a concentration in oil painting and printmaking. An avid lover of nature, Anderson has always been looking for greener techniques for making art even before it became trendy. By combining repeatable images with stencils, direct mark making and layered color, Kate creates complex and experimental prints. Kate’s work can be found at her printmaking studio, Appalachian Artist Press at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts or her gallery, Anderson Gallery, located in the Station, downtown Floyd.
Jayn Avery is a self-taught potter/sculptor/writer living in Floyd County, Virginia. The direction of her life was changed by one introductory class in pottery taken at Cornell University while she was a student working on her MS in environmental education. She founded Blue Heron Pottery in 1975 and her unique functional lace-impressed slabwork has become a Floyd County exemplar. As an advocate of simple living, she bases her technique on the principles of least cost, least equipment, and maximum use of available resources. Her teaching emphasis is on personal creativity and resourcefulness. www.blueheronpotteryweb.com
Gerald Boggs lives in the village of Afton, Virginia. He opened his own shop, Wayfarer Forge, in 2004, where he does demonstrations and commissions. Working as a classical blacksmith, Gerald is not stuck in the past doing over and over designs from the 18th century. Rather, he tries to work within the framework of classical blacksmithing, while embracing design development of the last century. A member of the Old Dominion Blacksmith Association (OBDSA), Gerald is spearheading a partnership between The Jacksonville Center and OBDSA that is making blacksmithing more accessible to the public and experienced blacksmiths alike. http://wayfarerforge.com
Susan Brittingham has been teaching quilting and sewing in person since 1987 and online since 2000. She is an award winning quilter who has displayed her work in prestigious shows and galleries across the country and been published in numerous books and magazines. She enjoys teaching and provides individual attention and encouragement to all her students so that they can get the most out of her classes. www.susanbrittingham.com
Lee Chichester is by trade a freelance writer and is a VDGIF – Certified Outdoors Education Instructor specializing in birds of prey and falconry, living in Floyd. As a hobby, she undertook to teach herself papermaking in 1999 and started with a backlog of “filed rejection letters” from her writing, wanting to both recycle and do justice to the various editors’ lack of vision electing not to publish her work. Among the first instructors at the center, Lee has been teaching papermaking, paper sculpture and falconry for years.
Carolyn Deck holds a BFA from the School of Painting at Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MA from the School of Painting at the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is currently represented by The Jacksonville Center and the James Ratliffe Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. Color represents one of the more profound spiritual and emotional aspects of Carolyn’s work.
Kathy Dulaney is a native of Floyd County and has been weaving baskets and teaching classes for 25 years. Weaving mostly older Appalachian style baskets, she strives to keep the tradition alive by teaching younger folks the art. If you make a basket in one of her classes you can be sure that it will be something you can use. Each basket was designed for a specific purpose and Kathy stresses the usefulness of each in her classes.