Last Radio Show of the Season

Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale and Sandy LaPrelle on May 3, 2014.
Alice-Gerrard_7865_HiRes_by-Irene-YoungThe Floyd Radio Show is an old-timey variety show with original comedy skits, stories, music and more, hosted by Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt. Celebrating old time and traditional music. The next show is Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm with special guests Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale and Sandy LaPrelle.
Simply put, Alice Gerrard is a talent of legendary status. In a career spanning some 40-plus years, she has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has in turn earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music. Alice is particularly known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s. The duo produced four classic LPs (recently reissued by Rounder on CD) and influenced scores of young women singers — even The Judds acknowledge Hazel and Alice as an important early inspiration.
Cliff Hale grew up listening to all kinds of American Roots music thanks to a sharing father who had a deep appreciation for the same and a great music collection! From a singing family, he was coaxed to join in with the family quartet as a child and has been singing ever since. While attending WVU, he had the good fortune to play and sing in a band of talented musicians who shared passion and respect for hardcore bluegrass. Originally from West Virginia, Cliff is proud to call the Old North State home for the past dozen or so years. You may have seen him out and about singing with the Piedmont Melody Makers, the Rye Mountain Boys or starring as Hank Williams in the Cape Fear Regional Theatre production of Lost Highway.
Sandy LaPrelle grew up singing the traditional songs her mother and father sang to her at home. Her formal music training included 2 years of piano in elementary school and 6 years of viola during junior and senior high school, as well as high school chorus. As a counselor at summer camp she sang and taught others to sing folk songs around the campfire, and of course sang to her own kids at home. In the late 1980’s Sandy performed early music with the Solstice Assembly out of Chapel Hill, NC. Now that her daughter Elizabeth is performing regularly, Sandy provides harmony vocals for the family duets.
The Floyd Radio Show is an hour followed by a bonus concert with guest musicians and co-hosts. The first hour only of the show is streamed live online, and is later available as a podcast. Many of the past shows are re-broadcasted by partnering radio stations, please stay tuned for broadcast listings.

Tickets for the Floyd Radio Show are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. Tickets are available online at, phone at 540-745-4563 and at the store. The Floyd Radio Show appears on the stage of the Floyd Country Store, a traditional and historic live music destination and is a production of DLP Concerts, Inc.


What: The Floyd Radio Show

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 PM

Who: Public welcome. Tickets Necessary. $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

Where: Floyd Country Store, 206 South Locust Street, downtown Floyd, VA


Heather Krantz (540) 230-6714

Floyd County Virginia High School Art

floyd-va-high-school-art“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

Floyd is about creativity; especially expressed in music and art, but also creative problem solving. Even though countless studies have shown that students that participate in the arts have fewer behavior problems and do better academically, art departments budgets are usually the first to get cut. So what to do when the high school art program is struggling with yet another budget cut? Musician and artist, Jenny Traynham posed the question to the Floyd Artists Association and they rose to the challenge.

During the summer months, the members of the Floyd Artists Association located in The Station across from the Floyd Country Store, will be working to raise funds for art supplies for the Floyd County High School. Since the mission of the Floyd Artists Association is to support and promote artists of Floyd County and contribute to the creative arts culture of Floyd, the co-op of artists will be helping in a variety of ways.

A contribution Coin Can will be put on the desk in the Floyd Artists Association, so that the community and visitors can support the arts in the high school. Each artist from the FAA will be contributing a portion of their sales. And each first Friday of June, July & August, FAA will be accepting donations of art supplies to go to the high school art department, so artists around Floyd can help by contributing art supplies they no longer use. A poster in the gallery will show how the Floyd Artists Association is doing on meeting their goal of one thousand dollars for the high school art department. Stop by on the first Friday of each month to drop off art supply donations for the high school students. The Floyd Artists Association is located at 203 South Locust Street in The Station. If you wish to mail a contribution, make it to FAA, P.O. Box 729, Floyd, VA 24091 and put High School Art Supplies in the comment of your check.

Floyd Artists Association Offers Many Activities

floyd-artist-association-3832The Floyd Artists Association was founded in 2007 with six members that had painted together in the Floyd Figures Drawing Group, some for many years. They were first located as the first tenants in the newly-renovated space under the Sun Music Hall and their business name was “Art Under The Sun”.

Subsequently, they coincidentally became the first tenants in the newly-renovated Station just across the street, opposite the Floyd Country Store. They have continued to grow and now have more than 17 members. They operate as a cooperative gallery, with each member putting in work time on supportive activities and “manning the store”.

The gallery has continued to offer classes and space to guest artists. Their opening receptions for the guest artists include refreshments, as well as extensive publicity for the artist. Many have benefited from this opportunity to find public exposure and recognition. They come from many of our surrounding counties and their work hangs for one month in the gallery.

First Friday receptions are held each month to celebrate the opening of a guest artist exhibit at the gallery. Hours are 5-8 pm and refreshments are served. The public is welcome to attend.

“Our Mission is to support and promote artists of Floyd County and contribute to the creative arts culture of Floyd by providing a downtown, professional setting that fosters creativity, quality art and interaction between artists, patrons and the public.”

FAA is currently developing programs to support the Floyd County public school art programs and in February, the gallery featured the work of two talented high school seniors as guest artists. Many of the FAA artists have exhibited their work throughout the Southwest Virginia region. The gallery will be providing exhibits in the Bent Mountain Bistro and Tuggles Gap beginning in March.

In addition, they are working out arrangements with a venue in Roanoke where FAA artists will be exhibiting their paintings. There are many opportunities at the gallery to take classes from qualified members in various media. Ron Campbell has offered many of his popular pen and ink drawing series and will continue to do so in the future.

Karen Sewell continues to hold her popular “Anything Goes” classes every Wednesday afternoon from noon until 2:00. She teaches students to work in all media and provides them individual instruction as well. In addition, she is currently offering a 6-week course meeting each Wednesday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm entitled “Perspective, Value and Composition”, covering drawing basics.

Gretchen St. Lawrence has held several classes on the basics of pastels. FAA hopes to expand on the number and types of classes that are scheduled. Go to the FAA web site to check on class schedules. To make suggestions for other classes that you would be interested in, please send e-mail via To register for specific classes, call 540-695-0003.

Spring hours at the Floyd Artists Association Gallery are as follows: open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-5; Sunday, 12-4. Later in the Spring, the gallery will be open seven days a week. For more information, please call the gallery at 540-745-7367 or check the web site

FAA is a co-op gallery, showcasing both 2-D and 3-D art in all media, sterling silver and stone jewelry, pottery, books from local authors and textile art. Come join in on the fun!

By Gretchen St. Lawrence


skit-night-color-webFloyd EcoVillage

Wednesday, April 30th, 6pm – 9pm

Got skits? We do!

The excitement is building for Floyd County Skit Night—a great Floyd tradition that is being revived again this year by students at Blue Mountain School.

Skit Night gives you an opportunity to perform in front of a friendly audience. Talent is optional. You can perform whatever you want: rehearsed skits, improv, spoken word, poetry slams, singing, dancing, music, acrobatics, juggling, forensics, stand-up comedy—anything is possible, and that is the charm of Skit Night. So long as you walk off the stage feeling fulfilled, you have succeeded at Skit Night.

So if you can act, juggle, tell jokes, mime, sing, dance, do acrobatics, tell stories, read poems, play music, or just want to get up in front of a crowd, contact Brien Egan at or (757) 822-8675 & tell him you want to perform.

The skit night is a FUNdraiser run by Blue Mountain School students to help them raise money to go to Charlotte, NC later this year.

There will be baked goods and snacks for sale, as well as 50/50 raffle!

We guarantee you will have a TON of FUN!

Ticket prices: Public$5; Performers $2; kids 9 & under FREE

9th Annual Jax Instructors Exhibit Ends Friday, May 31

STEVE KALB - SHOOTING CREEK 3 A.M.The Jacksonville Center for the Arts presents 9th Annual Jax Instructors Exhibit. This Breezeway Gallery exhibit will end Friday, May 31.

The 9th Annual Jax Instructors Exhibit features the work of 19 instructors that currently have a class scheduled in 2013 or have an OnDemand class listed at The Jax. The exhibit showcases The Jax’s educational programs and provides instructors a venue to display their work.

Steve Kalb, an accomplished blacksmither, has “Shooting Creek 3 A.M.” on display, a metal sculpture createdBATYA WEINBAUM - REMOVER OF SORROWS using a French method called Repousee. He is teaching a class at The Jax titled “Beginning Repousee” on June 29-30. Sharon Hall is displaying a large wool appliqué design and will be teaching a “Traditional Fiber Arts” class for seniors starting July 13 and another for youth starting July 17. Batya Weinbaum will be instructing and leading “Painting from the Divine Feminine” and holding a public reception for the artwork at the conclusion of the class on June 1. She has “Remover of Sorrows” displayed currently as well.

The next Breezeway Gallery exhibit will showcase student art from Floyd County High School and begins June 7. The next Hayloft Gallery exhibit, Chiaroscuro, begins May 24. The 11th Annual New Works and Chiaroscuro exhibits are sponsored by The Bank of Floyd.

For more information about the Jax visit 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 hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sunday, 12-5.

Donna Polseno is the Featured Artist at the JAX!

Donna-PolsenoThe Jacksonville Center for the Arts has named this year’s Featured Artist, sculptor, Donna Polseno. Donna was involved in the early years of The Jacksonville Center. The Featured Artist program is designed to welcome back artists that worked with The Jacksonville Center in the past and left to continue their growth as an artist elsewhere. Donna Polseno received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to the mountains of Virginia after graduation and has been a studio artist since 1974. She started her career creating pottery, which she continues to make today, but has diverged to a parallel career of making figurative sculpture in the 80’s.

“Donna Polseno is one of Floyd’s original professional career artists,” said Dennis Ross, a Jacksonville Center board member. “She has been an early leader in the development of Floyd’s art culture, and of The Jacksonville Center. As this year’s featured artist she continues to help maintain and build the local community, even as her national and international scope widens.”

Donna envisions multiple art lectures for 2013-2014 as The Jax’s Featured Artist. Her first lecture, “An Evolution of Sculptural Work”, will be held on Thursday June 6, at 6pm. During her inaugural lecture, she will lead the audience on a tour of her sculptural artwork using slides, starting with where she came from to where she is going next as an artist. Donna will socialize with guests after the lecture and light refreshments will be served.

Donna has shown her artwork in major galleries all over the country. She was included in the “21st Century Ceramics in the US and Canada” traveling exhibition in 2003. She has received two National Endowment of the Arts Grants and a Virginia Museum Fellowship. Essays about her work have been published in many magazines including two articles in “Art & Perception” (most recently “Potter’s Space & the Earthbound Goddess” by Wayne Higby), several in “Ceramics Monthly”, and most recently in “Studio Potter”. Donna is in several books about pottery and sculpture including the cover of “Sculptural Ceramics” by Ian Gregory. Donna has been a presenter at several National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts conferences (2009 panel “Potters/Sculptors, Sculptors/Potters”), a resident at the “Archie Bray Institute”, honorary chair of the Kansas City Art Institute artist’s auction, and a juror for the American Crafts Council. She has taught many 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.

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, as well as, showing her sculpture in the annual “Concreta” exhibition in Certaldo.

Locally, Donna has been teaching ceramics at Hollins University since the inception of the ceramics program in 2004. At Hollins she has also created “Women Working with Clay”, an annual symposium. She is currently serving as the adjunct curator for ceramics at the Taubman Museum.

For more information about the Jax visit 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 hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sunday, 12-5.

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 a historic dairy barn in Floyd, Virginia, the center pursues its mission through year-round educational opportunities, housing resident studio artists, mounting rotating exhibits that feature local and regional artists and artisans and more.

Floyd Artists Documentary Screening

floyd-virginia-artist Monday May 13th at 6pm

in celebrating the release of a unique film – about 12 amazing artists living in Floyd and what it takes to fuel creativity and living the authentic, artistic life! Three years in the making – this documentary will take you behind-the-scenes in to those sacred spaces and places wherein the featured artists find their inspiration to create – you will get a peek into how living in Floyd County, a community that is exceptionally supportive of artistic expression, factors into life and art…

Directed and produced by Parv Sethi, and written by Mara Robbins, this film is a one-of-a-kind tribute to and acknowledgement of – the remarkable community of artists who call Floyd – home.
Please join us as we celebrate the release of this important film and bear witness to the transformative and inspirational power of art and creativity.

Tickets are $20 at the door and will include Natasha’s delicious appetizer menu and your own copy of the DVD. Please RSVP
Check out Natasha’s cash bar as we view parts of this film, and time to get your copy of the DVD signed from the budding artist in your family/friends!

The program will include:
* Opening remarks and acknowledgement of the 12 featured artists in this film by the Director – Parv Sethi
* Screening of 10-15 minute interviews of 5-6 of the featured artists
* Showing of a special ‘Photographic Tribute to Floyd Artists’ – a 10 -minute slideshow, topped of by a powerful Spoken Word piece by Mara Robbins – also on the DVD.



The Jacksonville Center and Floyd Virginia Lodging Association Partner to Create Artfull Escapes

ARTFULL ESCAPES LOGOThe Jacksonville Center for the Arts is partnering with the Floyd Virginia Lodging Association to create a new vacation program entitled ArtFull Escapes. The programs main purpose is to increase tourism to Floyd County from the surrounding region during the weekdays. It evolved from brainstorming sessions on how to increase participation in classes at The Jax by out of town visitors and has been in the works for more than a year.

“The Floyd Lodging Association is excited to partner with the Jacksonville Center for the Arts with a new package showcasing the unique classes and lodging that the two organizations can provide for people visiting the area,” said Derek Wall, Manager of Hotel Floyd. “Visitors interested in the arts should take advantage of this opportunity for a hands on experience and a unique lodging destination offering anything from small cabins and B&B’s to larger inns/hotels with local art and furniture. Floyd has it all!”

ArtFull Escapes is geared toward a group of four people. These people could be friends, family or co-workers, who are interested in a creative group learning experience in beautiful rural southwest Virginia. The program is comprised of a one or two day class at The Jax chosen by the group, a lodging voucher that can be used at participating Floyd County lodging establishments, coupons and discounts to various local shops and eateries, and a gift certificate to a wine tasting at Chateau Morrisette.

Classes that may be taken are part of The Jax’s OnDemand class offerings and are all taught by local instrutors. Class choices include: Felted Scarves, Hot Glass Beads, Stained Glass, Ceramic Sculpture, Wood Turning, Blacksmithing, Shibori (Japanese Tie-Dye), Papermaking, Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel, and Polymer Clay.

Participating lodging establishments are Ambrosia B&B, Beaver Glen B&B, Bella La Vita Inn, Blue Ridge Real Estate, Hotel Floyd, Inn The Hollow, Mountain Rose Inn, Mountain Song Inn B&B, Tuggles Gap Restaurant and Motel, Oak Haven Lodge, Stoney Meadow Inn B&B, The Room Upstairs at Bell Gallery, and Woodberry Inn. Other businesses participating in ArtFull Escapes by offering discounts and coupons are: Bell Gallery and Garden, Chateau Morrisette Winery, Dogtown Roadhouse, Harvest Moon Food Store, On The Water in Floyd, and Winter Sun Clothing.

For more information about ArtFull Escapes, such as prices and availability, please CLICK HERE or email

For more information about The Jax, visit 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. “Winter” hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-3; Closed on Sunday. The Jax will resume regular business hours on Sunday, May 5th. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sunday, 12-5.

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 a historic dairy barn in Floyd, Virginia, the center pursues its mission through year-round educational opportunities, housing resident studio artists, mounting rotating exhibits that feature local and regional artists and artisans and more.

New work of Susan Icove – Artist – Floyd Virginia

Troika-Susan-IcoveFriday – May 3rd –  ABOUT: Troika Contemporary Crafts

Troika Contemporary Crafts is a unique gallery with a warm and inviting atmosphere that allows visitors to shop for handmade arts and crafts in a comfortable setting. Troika prides itself on showcasing art that blends the traditions of Southwest VA with the current and ever-changing nature of art. The work is made by established professional artisans, many working in their field between two and four decades and most come either from Floyd, Virginia or nearby regions.

The gallery exhibits contemporary design and ideas, which fits beautifully in rustic cabins as well as contemporary homes. It shows a broad range of distinctive objects made by the hands of 25 local and regional artists using typical craft techniques and traditions.  From woodworking to pottery, there is something for everyone.

Although some of the artists in the gallery share a profession, their styles are their own.   Brad Warstler and Benjie Osborne are featured wood workers that bring two beautiful approaches to the art .  Warstler, an accomplished artist, has a broad range of work including custom furniture, period chairs, lamps and turned accessories. His work is traditional, sleek, smooth and polished.  He has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. Osborne leans towards more of an Asian/Shaker style.  He uses clean simple lines but  allows for the  natural textures of the wood.  He makes practical functional pieces that also boast grace and style.

Fiber workers, Carolyn Moore and Teagan Dobkin, are ladies of a lost art.  Moore has over fifteen years of weaving experience.  She uses a conventional floor loom and achieves different effects through changing the structural set up of the loom.  She weaves everything from tea towels to shawls.  Dobkin specializes in one-of-a-kind handcrafted headwear.  Artisan inspired, designed, and crafted, her collections feature modern twists on time-honored styles, such as Fedoras, Cloches, Porkpies, and Wide-brims.

Anne Vaughan and Agnes Seebass are staples of the jewelry collections at Troika and in their regions.  Vaughan  handcrafts innovative and quality earrings, bracelets and necklaces.  She creates jewelry for an everyday look.  Seebass designs contemporary metal jewelry, using a mixture of German and Mexican culture.  The forms and contrasts of Mexican nature are an inspiration for her simple smooth designs.

Potter and founding member of “16 Hands” Ellen Shankin has been a studio potter in the mountains of Virginia since 1977.  Her pottery is known for taking on the forms and feel of nature.   Josh Copus, founder of Clayspace Co-op, was raised in Floyd County. The local traditions of crafts and agriculture, blended with the new ideas and outlook of the alternative community formed the basis of Josh’s life philosophy and strongly influences his work in ceramics.

The artists listed are just a few in the many featured at Troika.  The owners themselves are locally based artists.  Silvie Granatelli of Silvie Granatelli Porcelain, Susan Icove of Icove Lighting and Gibby Waitzkin of Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio each bring their own unique, sophisticated tastes and design sensibilities to Troika.  Troika, along with other art galleries and shops, is located in The Station across from the Floyd Country Store.

The gallery hosts an Opening Reception every few months, on the first Friday of the month, that features selected artists.  Folks are encouraged to stop by for the festivies and enjoy a refreshment, speak with the artist and browse the newest collection.  The shows for 2013 are as listed: June will feature art made from wood, August will be jewelry, October will focus on upcycled work and November will be paper artists including owner Gibby Waitzkin.

Annual New Works Exhibit at the JAX


The Jacksonville Center for the Arts presents its 11th Annual New Works Exhibit. This Hayloft Gallery exhibit will be on display through May 18th.

“New Works” showcases the work of 43 artists and includes over 80 pieces of artwork. The exhibit gives an opportunity for artists to exhibit their new work. All art has been created in the past year and has not been exhibited at The Jacksonville Center or elsewhere.

A “People’s Choice” award of $50 has been anonymously donated. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite piece. The winner will be announced after the end of the exhibit.

The 11th Annual New Works exhibit is sponsored by The Bank of Floyd.

WILD FLOWER PRESENT BY LINDA RUSSOFor more information about The Jax visit 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. “Winter” hours are Monday to Friday 10-3; Saturday 11-4; Closed on Sunday. The Jax will resume regular business hours on Sunday, May 5th. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sunday, 12-5.

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 a historic dairy barn in Floyd, Virginia, the center pursues its mission through year-round educational opportunities, housing resident studio artists, mounting rotating exhibits that feature local and regional artists and artisans and more.


Close Encounter by Elizabeth Stucki
Wild Flower Present by Linda Russo