The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Youth Exhibit

Each winter The Jacksonville Center for the Arts showcases the talent and creativity of the younger members of our local community of artists.  They hold a special Youth Exhibit in the Hayloft Gallery. This year’s exhibit featured work by students at Floyd County High School and Blue Mountain School including FCHS sophomore Kaitlyn Haynes, who said “It’s great to see our art in a gallery.  Everyone seems to like coming out to see their work here.”  Kaitlyn’s painting, Migrating Pear, will also be published in a book by later this year.

After many delays due to bad weather, the Floyd County High School art classes finally arrived at The Jacksonville Center on Monday January 31 to see their artwork on display. The students were cool and casual (weren’t we all when we were teenagers?), but every now and then the careful observer could glimpse a tiny glimmer of pride in a smile, or hear it in a voice.

“It’s really impressive to see everything hanging up in here,” said Mr Joel Pratt, an art teacher at FCHS.  “I’m very proud of all the kids who have artwork on display,” he said as one of his students ran up and gave him a huge hug. And with that he was off, half a dozen teenagers in tow, talking about ideas for their next art projects.

Our thanks go to the amazing young artists who participated in our 2010-2011 exhibit including:

Haley Araiza, Maggie Lou Avellar, William Avellar, Rachel Belcher, Caitlin Bird, Kristina Bousserghine, Kat Bowles, Jasmine Boyd, Taylor Britt, Hannah Burnett, Caz Cantrell, Sage Church, Solace Church, Molly Claxton, Victoria Conner, Linneya Cooley, Yeshe Cooley, Indya Da’Mes, Matthew Dollarhite, Alonzo Emmett, Layla Emmett, Madeline Emmett, Jerrin Fisher, Taylor Goad, Patrick Grady, Eric Gresham, Amanda Griffith, Emily  Gruver, Chealsea Hamlin, Kaitlyn Haynes, Rachel Henson, Matt Hollandsworth, Brittany Huff, Courtney Huff, Amber Ingram, Sue Inman, Lindsey Jones, Cedar Kayrum, Jessica Kingrea, Telia La Rock, Cody Link, Bailey Long, Fiona Mahar-Milani, Jahpa Martindale, Leanna Mattson, Daniel, Memitt, Kaitlin Mills, Mia Nichols, Tai Ross Nunez, Haley Phillips, River Roberts, Summit Roberts, Jessica Ratcliff, Stephanie Reed, Holly Roop, Alexis Roop, Satya Rotella-McCarthy, Mollie Royal, Sarah Schula, Kelsi Silcox, Amanda Smith, Crystal Spraker, Rachel Terrill, Chris Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson, Taylor Tuck, Mark Tueller, Hawea Ursomarso, Heather Underwood, Christian White, Lewis    Williams, and Mekaila Young.

Mark your calendars now for the next exhibit in December 2011 and come to see what the next class of talented young people will dream up!

About The Jacksonville Center

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts seeks to showcase, support and facilitate artistic endeavors and rural creativity throughout Southwest Virginia. Located in an historic dairy barn in Floyd, Virginia, the center pursues its mission through rotating exhibits featuring local and regional artists and artisans, educational opportunities throughout the year, resident studio artists and more.

Beginning April 1st, Jacksonville Center will resume regular hours, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – Sunday 12:00 am – 5:00 pm.
For more information, visit or call (540) 745-2784.

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This story was published in Floyd Magazine Spring/Summer 2011 ~Senior Editor Dee Wallace







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