Annual Jax Instructors Exhibit Participants Announcement

My Sunshine by Aileen WilsonApril 13th, 5-8pm at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts,  11th Annual Jax Instructors Exhibit. This Breezeway Gallery exhibit begins April 12th and will be on display through May 31st. A Meet the Artists reception takes place April 13th, 5-8pm.

The 11th Annual Jax Instructors Exhibit will feature the work of instructors that currently have a class scheduled in 2013 or have an on demand class listed at The Jax. The exhibit will showcase The Jax educational programs and provide instructors a venue to display their work.

There are over 30 works of art included in the exhibit. Participants include: John Britt, Susan Brittingham, Scott Brooke, Scott Cole, Amanda Donley, Nell Fredericksen, Sharon Hall, Steve Kalb, Sidra Kaluszka, Elizabeth Mears, Darcy Meeker, Steve Mitchell, Holly Moore, Sarah Reyburn, Dennis Ross, Gretchen St. Lawrence, Teri Walters, Batya Weinbaum, and Aleen Wilson.

Bottle by Steve Mitchell, Wood-fired with SaltFor 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” business hours are Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm; Saturday, 11am to 4pm; and closed 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.


: Bottle by Steve Mitchell, Wood-fired with Salt
“My Sunshine” by Aileen Wilson

Concert at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts

Featuring Judy Bevans and Lynne Mackey –  Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts presents “An Evening of Music for Two Harpsichords”, on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm. The concert, featuring Judy Bevans and Lynne Mackey, will be held in The Jacksonville Center Community Room. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at The Jax. Tickets purchased at the door are $30.

The 2013 Jax Concert Series is sponsored by WDBJ7.

JUDY BEVANSJudy Bevans studied Piano at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Master of Education degree in Music from Harvard University, and a Master of Music degree in the Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory. After completing Early Music studies, she served as harpsichordist with the Cantabrigia Trio, performing music for flute, bassoon and harpsichord in New England.

Preferring music of the Baroque and Pre-Classical Periods, her harpsichord activities center on chamber music and the repertoire for two harpsichords. She has performed with numerous musicians in the New River Valley, including concerts at The Jacksonville Center, Hollins Univerisity, Radford University, Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University, as well as several concerts for two keyboard instruments sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her most recent solo harpsichord concerts featured Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.”

Judy Bevans lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Patrick, with whom she travels, bikes, hikes, gardens and listens to Bach.

Pianist and harpsichordist Lynne Mackey has performed in solo and chamber music settings in the United States and overseas, and also currently tours as an artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Ms. Mackey received graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music where she studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan School of Music.

LYNNE MACKEY1Ms. Mackey is director of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, celebrating its fifth year as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Most recent Baroque performance highlights include Bach Concerto for 4 harpsichords with the Staunton Music Festival, and Bach Concerto for 2 harpsichords with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Chamber concerts, as well as various recitals with violin, and baritone. She is currently associate professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University.

A reception in the Hayloft Gallery with a cash bar will follow the concert.

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 Friday, 10-3; Saturdays, 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.

Baroque, Bluegrass, and Blue Jeans at the JAX

Friday, September 7 – Baroque, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts for their fall benefit concert series. Pianist David Stewart Wiley, Music Director & Conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, clarinet, mandolin and fiddle player Jeff Midkiff, and soprano Adelaide Trombetta will present Baroque, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans. This concert will explore the deep and exciting connection between Baroque music and Bluegrass styles. A contest for the best blue jeans will be held near the end of the evening.

The second concert of the series is on October 6 and will feature the Kandinsky Trio, consisting of violinist Benedict Goodfriend, cellist Alan Weinstein, and pianist Elizabeth Bachelder playing chamber music. Both concerts begin at 7:30pm and take place in the community room at the center.

A Meet-the-Artist Champagne and Wine Reception to follow. Tickets are $45.00 per person for the series, $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door for each concert. Tickets can be purchased at The Jacksonville Center at 220 Parkway Lane in Floyd, by calling (540) 745-2784, or online at

Only a few days left to purchase tickets for the September 7 concert entitled

16 Hands Fall Tour in Floyd Virginia

November 23-25, Friday & Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fall Tour: Stacy Snyder will not be showing in the upcoming tour. She will re-join us in the spring.  David Crane will be exhibiting this fall at the studio of Rick Hensley and Donna Polseno.

Spring Tour: Join me to welcome Agnes Seebass at the 16 Hands Spring Studio Tour. Agnes will be showing her collection at Granatelli Pottery studio once again this fall. Agnes has been creating jewelry for over twenty years. All of her work is handcrafted and includes small series as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. Ever since Agnes began working with metal, mostly silver, she has been fascinated by its possibilities. She never stops discovering new ways to transform her ideas into silver. Agnes’ designs are a mixture of her German heritage and the Mexican culture she lives in. Forms from nature are an inspiration combined with a love of simple geometric shapes and precise craftsmanship.
About the Tour

In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an enclave of craftsmen who have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical, and professional support over the past 25 years. Drawn to the area by it’s beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life.

From the beginning they shared many common goals and apprehensions, offering each other feedback, assistance and courage. In the fall of 1998 this commonality blossomed into a formalized association called 16 Hands. They recognized a shared desire to deepen the relationship with the people who appreciate their work by inviting them into their studios.

Over the years many of them attempted this in individual ways, hosting sales independent of one another and on different dates. It became apparent that by joining resources they could offer a broader more enjoyable experience to a greater number of people by creating a tour of all the studios on the same weekend.

So, the 16 Hands Studio Tours came about, offered twice yearly: the fourth weekend in November and the first weekend in May.In the spring of 2000, each craftsmen opened their doors to welcome visitors year round. If you are interested in viewing their work, other than at tour time, e-mail us for a brochure about studio hours and other details.

Anne Vaughan Designes Distinct Handmade Designer Jewelry

AAnne Vaughannne Vaughan, a Floyd jewelry designer, is an entrepreneur as well as an artist. Anne creates one-of-a-kind jewelry comprised of earthy materials and semi-precious stones using fine metals as well as vintage base metals in designs.  She has fashioned tens of thousands of pieces of distinct jewelry, and each piece is unique.

I visited Anne and her lovely employees as they did their creative work on a sunny afternoon.  With the skylights in the studio, the girls hovered over their current pieces and traded comments as to their beauty and construction.  Anne showed me around and explained that she had just returned from a large bead and jewelry show in Philadelphia, that she was really “jazzed” about what she had gleaned there.  Already testing the methods she learned, she talked me through the process of fold forming: a pair of earrings was all ready to go – very chic – and she turned them out very quickly with a heat – hit – fold repetition.

Besides the classes which helped to open up new possibilities for Anne, she did some shopping for materials while up north. I saw where much of it was sorted and stored, and the color palettes which are consulted in creating for each new fashion season.  Pretty and impressive!

She showed me her office, her inventories, and how orders were fulfilled and parties and shows planned. The creating/marketing/packing/shipping flow was ornately staged. She definitely has an eye for aesthetics, and the photos which accompany her work are meticulous. She told how her work is showcased at retail events, stores and festivals, as well as by private home shows.

Because the process was streamlined and perfect for Anne’s lifestyle, I asked about the details. I was not surprised to learn that she was a teacher (thus the organizational skills), but she shared how her current business complimented her focus on being a mom and wife – mom to Gabe, 5, and Autumn, 7, and wife to Aaron Vaughan.

She has learned to be disciplined with her time. She said “home time is home time, and work time is work time”. I asked the girls their thoughts about the work and the construction of new studio space which is underway. As we walked through the studio-to-be, Anne described each area: for silversmithing with ventilation, kitchen and bath, office and work areas, and a display area for customers. Ann plans to have open studio hours one day a week.

“It’s exciting to be able to visualize…” said Allison Sutphin of Copper Hill.  She was doing some modeling when she met Anne, and she began work related to inventory and bookkeeping, but now she’s mostly making jewelry and working on her own design ideas.

“It’s great!  I really enjoy the work,” says Hona Knudsen, who lives near the Parkway – she’s a pottery apprentice also, and does part-time work for Anne and others.  “She has great attention to detail”, Anne said.

Brandi Gray assists with public relations and marketing for AVD.

Anne speaks very highly of these helpful ladies and has focused recently on her staffing and helping them to advance in their skills and in life.

Anne Vaughan Designs was founded in 2006 as a way to create and work while also focusing on being a mom.  Anne is a valuable member of the community, and gives back a portion of profits to local endeavors and charities, such as breast cancer awareness, United Way and Floyd Young Life.

In an effort to be more socially progressive as well as economically conservative, Anne Vaughan Designs has launched Virtual Trunk Shows. This is beneficial to the community because it allows people to earn cash by hosting an online show where 15% of sales are contributed to a charity of their choice. AVD offers trunk as well as virtual trunk shows. Contact the girls if you are interested in coordinating a fundraiser event.

It is anticipated that the new studio will be completed during the Fall/Winter season. AVD announces open studio/open house events on Sundays, December 11 and 18, 2011. You are invited but you must RSVP…

Anne Vaughan Designs 2116 Franklin Pike Floyd, VA  24091
PH: 540.745.7947 •

Written By: Dee Wallace

Floyd Virginia Artist Exibit First Friday

Floyd Artists Association – First Friday, November 4th – Niki Perillat, Carol Chafin & Bill Hubbard. Artist reception from 5-8pm. Show will hang for the month of November.

Each month on First Friday we feature a different Artist that is not one of our members.  We invite Artists to take advantage of this opportunity to show their work, whether it is their first show or they are professional artists that would like to be “seen” in Floyd. The Featured Show hangs for one month and we have an artists reception the First Friday of each month from 5 – 8 pm.

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.

We are a co-op gallery located in the heart of Floyd, directly across the street from the Floyd Country Store.  Our gallery showcases paintings in all media, sterling silver and stone jewelry, books from local authors, and textile art.

Our current professional members are: Paula Caldwell, David Hall, Andrea Marshall, Alita McManis King, Gayle McTighe, Cheryl Mackian, Marsha Slopey Paulekas, Karen Sewell, Patricia Robin Woodruff.

We also have student /hobbiest members. Niki Perillat, Celeste Fontana,
Dee LaMay and Carol Chafin
203 South Locust Street, Floyd, Va 24091.

SUMMER GALLERY HOURS Tue-Wed-Thurs-Sat 11-5, Friday 11 – 8, Sunday12 – 4 or

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Art On The Parkway At Tuggles Gap in Floyd VA

Saturday, October 13, 10am-5pm and Sunday, October 14, 10am-5pm

Art On The Parkway At Tuggles Gap

Art on the Parkway is an annual festival hosted by Floyd Artists Association and Tuggles Gap Restauratnt and Motel. Artists show and sell their creations on the grounds of Tuggles Gap Restaurant & Motel in Beautiful Floyd County. The event is located at at the intersection of Rt. 8 and milepost 165.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and held during peak autumn color, Art on the Parkway connects “leaf peepers” and art patrons with area artists and musicians. Last year, several hundred people came to see and buy art, making it a very successful event for artist vendors.

We anticipate even larger crowds for 2012

Fee for a 10 x 10 space:  $55  / College art student fee:  $35 Security provided on-site Saturday night Each artist vendor will receive show postcards to give to customers

Phone 540-745-7367
3351 Parkway Ln. South, Floyd, VA, 24091

“Watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Parkway from the porch of your room at our historic motel. Enjoy freshly prepared meals in our wonderful restaurant.  Open everyday. Local crafted wines and beer. Located just 6 miles from the famous Floyd Jamboree and galleries in the picturesque town of Floyd.” “Two miles from Rocky Knob and the beautiful Saddle Overlook on the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway. Affordable lodging and meals. Friendly and fast service in our fabulous restaurant.”

Watercolors with Patricia Woodruff – Floyd VA Artist

I spent the morning talking to Patricia Woodruff a local artist  in Floyd County Virginia. She walked into the Blackwater Loft for a cup of coffee like I did. We sat down and chatted about her latest work. She told me that she and her daughter Coriander just got back from an Art inspired educational trip to Tennessee. Pat showed me some of the pictures she took of the places they’ve visited. You have to love smart phones and photo sharing! She explained that she get’s her inspiration for her artwork from the places she visits. I found out that her daughter is passionate about photography and showed me a piece she recently shot. The photo was that of a girl in a wedding dress, standing by a creek. It has a magical yet dark feel to it. I liked it a lot.

Pat has worked in sculpture, cast metal, stained glass, wood carving, ink, colored pencil, computer art, pencil, oils… but she is better known for her watercolors and pastels. She said that her inspiration and creativity are rooted in the mountains. In this case a trip to Tennessee. I learned that her  favorite color in her watercolor palate is a bright magenta. Although Pat won’t want me to say, it’s worth mentioning that she is a founding member of The Floyd Artists Association and Art Under The Sun Gallery, located on the main thoroughfare of Floyd.

Gotta run… Thanks Patricia!

If you want to check out her blog on

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

For me, creating art *is* like being in love. When I am separated too long from being able to do art, there is a feeling of restlessness and longing. Once I have immersed myself in painting, there is the heart-glow of creating and a sense of timelessness. I feel connected to the Source of Creativity. It’s as if the painting is coming through me, rather than “me” creating it. It’s the mystical timelessness of being totally in love. I may look up when I’m done a painting and be surprised that it has grown dark outside!

Patricia Robin Woodruff
Patricia Woodruff <>

Floyd Artist Association — An Abundance of Art!

I spent a part of my afternoon talking to Andrea Marshall one of nine members that make up the Floyd Artist Association. They have a gallery at the Station in downtown Floyd Virginia. The nine members make up a core of talented artist living and working right here in Floyd.

The gallery is a collaboration effort to showcase some of the work coming out of these mountains. For some of the artist this is the first gallery where they display their work to the public for the first time. Andrea told me that they sold quite a few pieces today and had a nice amount of visitors.

The mission of the Floyd Artist Association 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.

The 9 Members are:

Alita Marie
Andrea Marshall
Cheryl Mackan
David hall
Gayle Mctighe
Karen Sewell
marsha Slopey Paulekas
Patricia Woodruff
Paula Caldwell

Tue-Wed-Thurs-Sat 11-5
Friday 11 - 8
Sunday12 - 4
or by appointment

A Visit with Eric Bolling Floyd Virginia Potter

As a life long resident of Southwest Virginia, I learned about the arts and crafts of the mountains from my family and many other fine country people on the porches and back yards of Appalachia. From Cumberland to the Blue Ridge, I learned to work with my hands in many mediums. I chose clay and steel because they remind me of my earliest childhood memories. The smell and feel of earth, steel, and coal fire takes me back to my grandparent’s farm in Esserville, Wise County Virginia.


When I put a fresh lump of clay on the wheel and set it in motion, I’m thrilled at the thought that this piece of earth can take any shape I imagine, but most of my pots look like the things I saw on my grandma’s table. When I put an iron in the fire, I hear the echoes of hammers ringing in my past and I try to do my teachers justice by pulling out the elegant lines that add grace to utility. Much of my inspirations comes from the natural beauty that surrounds me in being immersed in a community of amazingly talented artists.

I work in my studio on my farm in Floyd county Virginia. I strive to make all my work tactile, as well as visually pleasing, and I am constantly seeking to add an organic feel to my work. I aim to instill a natural, homey feeling in all of my pieces. It is a privilege to do what I love. I enjoy sharing my work with others and put the quality and durability into my product that I expect for myself. I use only food safe glazes on all of my wares, and my pots are dishwasher safe.

The gallery was opened by Bill St. Pierre in the Fall of 2010. He is a master wood craftsman and makes custom furniture with the best materials here in Floyd County Virginia. The two room gallery is staffed by one of a dozen or more artist who display their art on custom furniture created by Bill. Next door, the Floyd Community Market  will open the first Friday of May were you will find even more local art and on Saturdays fresh local fruit and vegetables.

Hours Wednesday through Saturday from 11-5pm
Eric Bolling
Functional Mountain Pottery
Wheel Thrown in Floyd, Virginia
Mulungeon Forge and Pottery
540 745 2667