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 www.floydartists.com to check on class schedules. To make suggestions for other classes that you would be interested in, please send e-mail via floydartists@gmail.com 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 www.floydartists.com

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

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 jacksonvillecenter.org 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 jacksonvillecenter.org 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.

Annual New Works Exhibit at the JAX

CLOSE ENCOUNTER BY ELIZABETH STUCKMay 18th, 2013

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 jacksonvillecenter.org 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.

Photos:

Close Encounter by Elizabeth Stucki
Wild Flower Present by Linda Russo

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 jacksonvillecenter.org 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.

Photos

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

16Hands Spring 2013 Studio Tour

16hands-spring-3013May 4th and 5th

16 hands offers 2 studio tours each year – Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in May.  The next Studio Tour will be May 4th and 5th 2013.

After many wonderful years, David Crane will no longer be showing at the 16 hands studio tour. He will continue to create His work and show his pottery at galleries and at his studio in Blacksburg. You can visit his web site for more information at www.davidcraneceramics.com

There are five visiting artists in the Spring 2013 Tour

16hands-Chris-GryderChris Gryder

There is a subtle architectonic logic which pervades the artwork I make. I think of this aesthetic as a sort of “organic tectonic”; a construction involving a language of natural forms, an assemblage of patterns associated with systems of phenomena which make up the natural world. Inspired by the life sciences, including the fossilized record and the amazing worlds opened up by electron microscopy, I create a world where botanical and geological forms seep into an organic/geometric matrix. “Earth forming,” my novel process of making is a technique which involves carving intricate one-off molds out of sand and clay. These fragile earthen “form works” last only long enough to capture my clay creations (containers, vessels and relief tiles), until they can be excavated and eventually fired.

Chris is exhibiting with Silvie Granatell

16hands-Sandi-PierantozziSandi Pierantozzi

My pieces are slab built from cone 6 Porcelain. After rolling a slab with a rolling pin, I use rectangular or circular templates as a starting point for each pot. I then either cut out darts or pinch the clay into the desired form. I often work from sketches I’ve made, or just let the process guide me into the form. My forms are inspired by many sources such as nature, architecture and beads. My surface decoration is mostly inspired by fabric and clothing. Making pots is meaningful to me because I appreciate food, celebration, and setting a beautiful table. In this “age of communication,” where most communicating is done electronically, and food is eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam, my hope is to communicate through my pots, by bringing some creative life into eating and drinking. A handmade pot contains the soul and energy of the maker, and when used, a human connection is made. These basic connections between people keep our souls alive.

Sandi is exhibiting with Brad Warstler and Ellen Shankin

16hands-Neil-PattersonNeil Patterson

I am lucky enough to have discovered early in my life that I am a potter. I form my stoneware pottery on the wheel and by hand building. I feel certain that for as long as I am alive I will take the Earth’s body into my hands and form it into containers for sustenance. To experience the potters’ attention to volume, texture, weight, color, and space while savoring a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup is one of life’s sublime pleasures. More recently I have been making sanctuaries to creation and animal forms in addition to pottery. My more sculptural work enables me to extend the conversation and my hope is that you will slow down enough to wonder, and be curious, and ask questions. We live in a violent world. I consider it my mission to help create a culture where hand made objects matter deeply, where they enrich our lives. To create a world where destruction, consumption and violence are overcome by creation, respect and non-violence. To create a world worthy of our perfect natural one. One piece of clay at a time.

Neil is exhibiting with Brad Warstler and Ellen Shankin

16hands-Sarah-McCarthySarah McCarthy

I am drawn to functional ceramics for its usefulness and its ability to enhance the beauty of a given moment, whether in sharing a meal or having a cup of tea. I am driven in the studio by experimentation and creating interesting surfaces on my pots. My new work is playing with the contrast of bright colors on a more organic matte surface. My surface designs are inspired by my daughter’s drawings and the naturalness of kid art.

Sarah is exhibiting with Donna Polseno and Rick Hensley

16hands-Julie-CovingtonJulie Covington

When I make pots it is with the hope that they will nestle comfortably into the lives of the wild and wonderful artists and farmers and musicians all around me and beyond, who seem to be forever raising the bar of what it means to walk around on this earth in a good way. I aim to create simple, sturdy tableware that works well, has a hearty, cheerful feeling, and is equally at home on a cozy dinner table or on the floor of an old pick-up truck.

I make functional, high-fired pots that tend to lean in the direction of everyday tableware – cups, plates, bowls, teaware – with a healthy smattering of things like corked bottles, little boxes and fermenting crocks thrown in for good measure. My forms are fairly simple and sturdy, ranging from earthy tones to brighter hues, and are usually sporting playful brushwork decoration like scratchy circles or wandering vines.

Julie is exhibiting with Josh Copus

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.

www.agnesseebass.com
www.16hands.com

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

by appointment

www.floydartists.com  Email: floydartists@gmail.com  – Facebook

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

Email floydartists@gmail.com
Phone 540-745-7367
Website    http://www.floydartists.com
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.”