The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Be a Maker at The Jax! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:48:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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


Jazz & Blues at Jax: Shawn Spencer & The Jacksonville Five, Aug. 26 Tue, 19 Jul 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.

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

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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.


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POLYMER CLAY RETREAT Sept 23-25, 2016, Floyd VA With Jana Roberts Benzon Mon, 23 May 2016 15:16:07 +0000 Download a PDF flyer of this information here!

Jana Roberts Benzon has a diverse artistic background in various mediums, but polymer clay has captured her creative spirit like nothing else. Jana has focused on creating her brand of intricate “millefiori” canework and in perfecting her innovative techniques for building and reducing canes.  From those canes, Jana loves creating interesting, dimensional jewelry pieces often evocative of Arabic or old world designs.  While she’ll never leave the geometric symmetry of caning, these days she’s having a great time exploring the world of organic forms and “cutwork”.

Come join this intimate retreat for 3 wonderful days of learning from Jana while taking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia.

Day 1 and 2: “Laser Cut” Technique and Pendant Master Workshop Read “Laser Cut” Technique PDF flyer Here

Day 3:  “One Day Cutwork Extravaganza is Day 3 workshop Read “Cutwork Extravaganza” PDF flyer here


Contact Teri Walters for more information and registration

540 745 6445


Teri has a lot in store for you in these jammed packed 3 days. We will spend time learning from Jana, sharing meals and laughing together. Teri will transform the Walters’ garage into a clay working studio that sets on top of Panther Knob Mountain. There are breathtaking views, unlimited source of mountain air along with wild life all around. The welcoming committee here consists of 4 friendly dogs, Banjo, Spanky, Quee-Queg and Rusty, and 3 cats, Tripoly, Simba and Cheetah.  They are all anxious to meet and greet you every day. Most days you will also be greeted by Bob, that would be my beloved husband of 36 years. It is a fabulous environment in which to work and play. I hope you will join us!



Here are three suggestions:

Ambrosia B&B, 540- 745-6363     2 miles,   Room rates range from $90 to $135 plus tax, this includes a wonderful home cooked breakfast

Hotel Floyd, (downtown Floyd) 540 745-6080, 7 miles, suites are available from $140 and up plus tax ……., A large breakfast included in the cost of these accommodations. This hotel is always heavily booked.

Oakhaven Lodge (in the town of Floyd) 540 745-5716, 8 miles, Room/suites rates range from $75 to $90 plus tax

It is highly recommended that one secures lodging as soon as one decides to attend the retreat. During the fall season, Floyd is heavily visited.



The registration fee for the three day retreat is $300 per person. This includes instruction fee for 3 full days with Jana, drinks and snacks provided each day, and 2 meals will be provided. Teri will provide each attendee a folding chair and a work table, 4’ x2’ to work on.   Attendees will bring all supplies and equipment needed to participate in the retreat. Supply lists will be given out after full payment has been received.



Retreat dates are Sept 23-25, 2016.

There is limited seating of 10 spaces available.

If you are interested in reserving your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $100 will be accepted at anytime up until the time of full payment is due.

Full Payment of $300 is due by July 15, 2016.



Teri Walters

Panther Knob Mountain

302 Kristi Lane

Floyd, VA 24091




2016 Featured Artist: Susan Icove Sun, 15 May 2016 14:46:23 +0000 Lennon Sister CandlesticksEach year The Jacksonville Center for the Arts honors a special artist in the Floyd Community. This year, Susan Icove, is the 2016 Jax Featured Artist. As part of the Featured Artist program, honored artists work with the center to educate the public about their art form. Susan Icove will be curating “Upcycled”, an exhibit of invited artists from around the country that are recycling and repurposing to create art in The Jax’s Hayloft Gallery. “Upcycled” will be on display at The Jax October 8 through November 26, 2016. A public artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 5-7pm. Susan will also be scheduling public discussions about upcycling and her artwork in the fall of 2016 as well.


Icove_2.17.13_258As an artist, Susan Icove seeks to find the beauty in what others may consider junk. She draws on her love of combining elements of the past with the world of the present. She creates three-dimensional collages to form lamps and other furnishings, which are often surprising and humorous, using household objects, broken appliances, odd family heirlooms, or just leftover odds and ends.

“Each creative decision builds upon the one before it, perfectly orchestrated in accordance with the message that I seek to inspire,” states Susan.

Some of Susan’s artwork is on display in the main entrance of the center and will remain on display throughout the year. Please visit The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, located at 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd Virginia, to view her work. You can also learn more about Susan Icove’s work at her gallery in Floyd, Troika Contemporary Crafts, and online at


2016 House and Garden Tour Preview Thu, 05 May 2016 20:47:50 +0000 poster copyJune 25, 2016

Tickets $25 including box lunch

2016 Tour Directions

Our second House and Garden Tour features four quite different homes: A Floyd County property includes a majestic cedar shake-clad main house, a meditation building (“Shanti”) and a medicinal herb garden and greenhouse. Two iconic Victorian houses on Floyd’s main street (Rt .221) are side by side: one brick, one blue, with wraparound porches and filled with art, antiques and history. Another house, off Rt.8 in the county, is back from last year’s tour when it was one of the most popular sites: house and furniture were hand-built by the owners, with canoes added this year.

IMG_7206   oneill house

Each house exhibits surprises: at the O’Neills’ (above, right), painted leather furniture and hand-painted tissue paper-covered walls. At the Griffins’ (below, left) next door: an old ice box that’s now a bar with red velvet lining. In the McBroom house (above, left) a round cherry table nests into a long table nearby and  then resembles a spaceship. At the Pritchards’ is Jim Pritchard’s (below, right) 3-D carved portrait of his wife Laurel – a “Fine Woodworking” $1,000 prizewinner.

griffin house   pritchard house

The tour hours are 9 am to 5 pm. A box lunch will be offered as part of the tour price.  The informal lunch will be available at the Jacksonville Center, to eat there or take out, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the center, or by phone at (540) 745-2784.

Brochures for the tour will be available at The Jax mid-May.

Sponsored by Union Bank and Trust



2016 Jax Juried Exhibition, Deadline June 19 Wed, 04 May 2016 17:21:48 +0000 The Jax invites visual media artists to submit work for exhibition in our annual juried show.  This year the top cash prize for this exhibition is $500, and other cash prizes and honorable mentions will be awarded. Artwork will be selected by Juror Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in Richmond, VA. This exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. Work must be original and executed within the past two years. Video, audio, and performing works of art are not accepted for this exhibition. Exhibit dates are August 5 thru October 1, 2016, Opening Reception on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Applications are only through CaFE, an online call for entry system.  Click Here to read the full call and to learn how to apply in CaFE.

The Jax has a Photo Lab that you may use for free to take photos of your work and access computers to enter this exhibit.  If you need assistance doing either, please call the center to set up an appointment with our staff and we will walk you though it.

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To review the 2015 Jax Juried Exhibition winners, Click Here.


An Evening of Irish Music – Claire Egan and Eoin O’Neill Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:41:42 +0000 May 24, 2016 – 7PM at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts


Tickets: $15, $10 students

Available for purchase at the door.

Bios of musicians:

London born, County Clare based fiddle player Claire Egan was born into a family of musicians and artists from the West of Ireland and has been immersed in the music from listening to the recordings of the Master musicians from the 1920’s as well as the wealth of great musicians from Ireland living in London such as Bobby Casey, Brian Rooney, John Carty and many others. She has been hugely influenced and inspired by fiddle player and teacher Brendan Mulkere in London. Claire went on to win several competitions as well as other prizes and awards including the Young Artists Award from the Irish Youth Foundation to assist with her studies including a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her music is regularly heard on BBC radio, RTE, RnaG, and International broadcasts. She has played on several soundtracks and appeared on various television shows and recorded with various singer/songwriters, upcoming composers, ensembles and Orchestras throughout the world. Claire is also well regarded teacher and teaches internationally throughout the year including yearly festivals such as the Willie Clancy Summer School, Milltown, Co. Clare. Her debut album ‘The Green Window’, under the recording label Raelach Records is of critical acclaim.

Accordionist, Eoin O’Neill, hails from Adrahan, Co. Galway where he was steeped in Traditional music. Several great influencial musicians from the area include the great Joe Cooley, Oliver and Raymond Roland and Charlie Harris with whom he later went on to share and learn music from. His music is also greatly inspired by the recordings of 1920’s musicians including P.J. Conlon, also a native of Co.Galway who immigrated to USA. Eoin is a regular tutor and performer at yearly festivals throughout Ireland and abroad and his music has been heard on RnaG, RTE and other national and international broadcasts . He regularly collaborates with musicians from Ireland and the UK.