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

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

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

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.

 

http://www.floydartists.com/

The 9 Members are:

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

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