The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Be a Maker at The Jax! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:46:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pianist Olga Vinokur, October 16 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:31:19 +0000 Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 3 pm
Pianist Olga Vinokur

 Adults $25, Students $15

$30/$20 at the door

Pianist Olga Vinokur in Concert, October 16, 3:00 pm

Olga Vinokur is an acclaimed pianist and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene who is gaining recognition for “the strength and consistency of her artistry” as noted by NYTimes.
She has appeared in US and internationally as recitalist, with orchestra and chamber musician in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Merkin Hall, Town Hall in New York, Shangai Oriental Art Center in Shangai, Rudolfinum’s Dvorak Hall and Municipal House’s Smetana Hall in Prague, King’s Place in London, among many others. Ms. Vinokur was a featured artist in the London Chamber Music Society, EuroArts Festival in Prague, Prague Chamber Music Society, Young Artist Festival in Russia, Woodstock Mozart Festival in USA, Israeli “Music in Galilee” Radio Music Festival, Rolfs Piano Festival in USA, International Piano Festivals in Paris and Canary Islands of Spain among many others.

She is presented in the film documentary “Women of Music”, a classical music series on Bravo TV station in Canada, which features interviews and performances with today’s top classical performers from around the world. She has been heard on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” in New York, BBC in London, the Israeli “Voice of Music” radio station, Czech National Radio, Dutch radio, National radio of France and Switzerland, Russian National Public Radio among others. She has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes.

Recently she has appeared as a soloist with Lambeth Symphony of London, Prague Philharmonic and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic, Salome Chamber Orchestra, La Primavera Chamber Orchestra of Russia and others. Ms Vinokur has toured in China as a soloist with Manhattan Symphonee Orchestra where she performed in major concert halls of 11 different cities. American Record Guide described her solo CD as “comparisons with many of top pianists of the past 75 years. She stands up very well and also manages to say something new along the way…” New York Times has described her playing as “an exquisite performance” and BBC magazine called Olga “superlative.”

An avid chamber musician, she has performed with distinguished St. Petersburg, Martinu, Nightingale, Primo quartets among others. Dedicated to new projects, Olga Vinokur is committed to performing the music of today. Known for adventurous and imaginative programming, she has premiered solo and chamber works collaborating with both established and emerging composers. “She knows just how to handle composers who surf the line between a Romantic sensibility and a modern sound” wrote New York Times. Recently Olga has recorded Taneyev Quintets CD with distinguished Martinu quartet on Supraphone Record, which was highly acclaimed.A native of Russia, Olga Vinokur began her piano studies at the age of six, and at twelve was awarded First Prize in the National Young Artist Piano Competition in Russia. Since then she has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including First-Prize in the Prokofiev Piano Competition in Russia and major prizes in the Torrefranka International Piano Competition in Italy, the Koussevitzky Piano Competition and Artist International in New York, and the Rubin Academy Competition in Israel among others. She has been an annual scholarship recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Olga Vinokur began her studies in Russia. Moving to Israel, she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma with honors from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University where she studied with Victor Derevianko and Natasha Tadson. She pursued her Master and Doctor of Musical Art Degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she studied with Salomon Mikowsky. Olga Vinokur resides in New York.


“Upcycled” Curated Art Exhibtion by Susan Icove to Open October 8, 2016 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:25:44 +0000 The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is pleased to hold “Upcycled”, a curated exhibition by Susan Icove, October 8 – November 26, 2016.  This will be the first exhibit held at the center under our new name “Floyd Center for the Arts”.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 8, 5-7pm.  It is free and open to the public, with light snacks provided and a cash bar.

Twelve artists from across the United States have been invited to display artworks that evoke the spirit of upcycling.  Upcycling is the reuse of discarded objects or materials in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original, according to Google.   Susan Icove is the center’s Featured Artist of the Year and you can read more about her in our previous blog post.

The exhibition artists include:

Randall Cleaver, Takoma Park, MD

David Edgar, Landrum SC

Amy Hart, Charlotte NC

Barbara Irwin, Austin TX

Sunni Mercer, Tulsa, OK

John Sager, Austin TX

Susan Skinner, Albuquerque NM

Bill Skrips, Cerrillos NM

Zulay and Steph Smith, Raleigh, NC

Michael Stasiuk, Portsmouth NH

Please feel free to download a printable 8.5X11 Poster for this exhibition HERE.



Rainier Trio, September 25 at 3 pm Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:16:09 +0000 rainier trio poster copy

Rainier Trio

September 25, 2016 at 3 pm

Now in its eighth season, the Rainier Trio is an exciting and energetic group that captivates audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. A combination written for since the 17th century, the repertoire includes works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Milhaud, bridging genres from classical to ragtime and tango.

Hailed as “two perfect virtuosos” at their international performance debut, Kevin and Bryan Matheson of the Classic Strings Duo were received with critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall début as part of the Ibla Grand Prize competition winners’ tour. The duo has been recognized for its mesmerizing and spirited performances – two perfect virtuosos, playing as one. They have teamed up with pianist Brenda Wittwer, a native of Charlotte, NC. She has been accompanist for Theater Charlotte, Pfeiffer University Concert Choir and Sounds of America, a musical group which toured the 48 contiguous states.

They have performed a series of concerts in Pittsburgh and on the classical radio station WQED with Alex Jones, principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. The trio has performed at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and collaborated with opera singers at the Vocal Arts and Music Festival at Virginia Tech. Their CD was chosen as “CD of the week” by WQED Pittsburgh.

The Classic Strings Duo and Rainier Trio are partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Adults $25, Students $15

Tickets can be purchased at the door.


Jazz & Blues at Jax: Shawn Spencer & The Jacksonville Five, Aug. 26 Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:22:29 +0000  Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

StarCitySwag_med_res_3In Floyd for one performance:

Shawn Spencer & The Jacksonville Five

Shawn Spencer is the vocalist for Star City Swag, a group based in Roanoke, VA, that harkens to a bygone era of classic blues and jazz. Drawn to the elegance and sophistication of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson, Spencer pays homage to these Sovereign Sirens.

The Jacksonville Five features Chris Prokosch on Bass, Tom Floyd, Piano; Scott Walter, Trumpet; Tom Artwick, Saxophone and Flute; and Robbie Vaughan, Drums.

Tom Floyd   artwickt


Jazz@Jax, August 26, 2016, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by: wdbj7-yhnl-framed-cmyk


2016 Winterfest Applications Now Available! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:45:15 +0000 save the date

The Jacksonville Center’s 22nd Annual Winterfest Holiday Celebration will be held on December 3-4, 2016 – Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00am- 5:00pm along with other community celebrations. 


Our festival will include local art and crafts exhibits, refreshments, children’s activities, Santa visit and other festive activities. Other businesses and organizations in Floyd will also be hosting special events that weekend and there will be cross promotion efforts with Winterfest to highlight the weekend events. The Festival of Trees was a huge success in 2015 and will return this year. All artisans – including past participants – who want to exhibit this year will need to apply and go through application process. Applicants will need to provide photos or links to website or Facebook page. Items for sale must be hand-crafted by the exhibitor. There is a discount on booth space fees for Jacksonville Center members.

2016 Winterfest Application- Word Document

2016 Winterfest Application- PDF


Printed applications are also available at the center.


Applications and fees are due by September 20 and artisans will be notified by October 10 with the status of their application.


For more info, feel free to email us at or call the center at (540) 745-2784.


Jax Juried Exhibit Winners! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:22:09 +0000 Juried Exhibition is sponsored by Carilion Clinic

1st Place

cash award of $500: Paul Murray of Jamestown RI for “Remedies of the Past” (photography)


2nd Place

cash award of $300: Sharon Grubbs of East Bend NC for “Blue Rhapsody” (oil)


3rd Place

cash award of $100: Manda Remmen of Emory VA for “Field and Quarry” (embroidery)


Honorable Mentions (alpha order):

Deborah Freed of Blacksburg VA for “Unlikely String Band” (ceramic)

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Carli Holcomb of Richmand VA for “Amalgamate” (photography)

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Jackson Martin of Asheville NC for “VBS:Vinyl Block Sculpture” (vinyl, thread, and needle)

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Lauren Yandell of Houston TX for “Phases” (graphite, charcoal, and spray paint)

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Pictures of the overall gallery can also be found on our Facebook page!


Donations Needed for the 11th Annual Silent Auction at The Jax Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:07:35 +0000 We are conducting our 21st Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 24, which will include our 11th Silent Auction Social, with final bidding from 6pm to 7pm.

Please consider donating a piece of artwork that you have made, a piece you’ve owned but would like to pass along and/or a service certificate that gives someone the opportunity to benefit from the valuable skills you possess. For example, past auction items have included a certificates for a weekend stay at a vacation home, a commissioned pet portrait, a case of wine and winemaker’s tour, a thirty-minute massage. We also have had a variety of 2-D and 3-D art, jewelry, and home items. The silent auction raised around $3,000 for the Center last year due to your kind generosity.

Silent Auction poster


 If you have something you wish to contribute, we would like to receive your donation(s) by Monday, August 29. The auction items will be on display at the center from September 9th until the end of the social hour immediately preceding the Membership Dinner and Meeting. The auction exhibit schedule will allow all Jax visitors to bid on silent auction items before the final bidding.

If you are unable to deliver your items, please call the Center at 745-2784 or email and we will arrange pickup. For our records and in order to set an appropriate minimum bid, let us know the value of your gift(s) by completing the donation form.


2016 Jax Juried Exhibition, Reception Aug. 13 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:45:53 +0000 The Jax Juried Exhibition is here again!  Congratulations to the following artists for being selected by Juror Stefanie Fedor of the Visual Art Center of Richmond.  Join us on Saturday, August 13, 5-7pm at the artist’s reception as Mrs. Fedor reveals her top place winners.  First prize is $500!

Linda Correll, Julia Dzikiewicz, Aileen Fletcher, Deborah Freed, Joel Gendelman,, JayYoung Gerard, Justine Godown, Sharon Grubbs, Carli Holcomb, Brian Huber, Kevin Kwon, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Benjamin Madeska, James March, Jackson Martin, James McCracken, Mead Mitchell, Mary Michaela Murray, Paul Murray, Jim Pearson, Timothy Porter, Nikki Pynn, James Reinke, Manda Remmen, Suzie Ross, Elizabeth Shumate, Paul Stillson, Seth Trent, JG Edwards Waitzkin, Roger Walkup, Joli Wood, Lauren Yandell, Andrea Zinn

Reception sponsored by:



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“Art Works For Us” – Call for our 2016 Public Art Program Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:30:55 +0000 Art Works For Us – A public sculpture/outdoor art tour through Floyd County VA

Download the following information as a printable PDF here.

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts ran a pilot program over the last year. We are please that we have received funds to continue and expand it through 2018. We are now calling for interested businesses and landowners, and possible artists, to apply to the tour. The tour will be from September 2016 to July 2017.

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.  Download the Business/Landowner interest form here.

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.  Download the Artist application here.

The Plan and Costs:

  • Interest forms from Businesses/Landowners and Applications from Artists are due July 20, 2016.
  • The Jax 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 Jacksonville Center by August 31st
  • The Jacksonville Center will pay the accepted Artists an honorarium of $500 after the artwork is installed.
  • Artists will work with Business/Landowners to install artwork in September 2016.
  • Artwork will be on display for one calendar year. At that time Business/Landowners may choose to purchase the artwork from the artist. The Jacksonville Center will also be selecting one piece of art to purchase as a permanent addition to the trail.
  • The trail includes an interactive map and signage at each artwork site.

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 at.

This Program is Supported by The Community Foundation of the New River Valley and The Jacksonville Center for the Arts.