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.

3rd Annual String and Pig Pickin’ Fundraiser

string-and-pig-pickinSaturday, June 21st – Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd Annual String and Pig Pickin’ Fundraiser to benefit Floyd County Public Schools. Presented by the Ridgeview Rider’s ATV Club of Floyd, this one day event features performances from the legendary Seldom Scene, and one of Bluegrass music’s most acclaimed female vocalists,Sierra Hull! Get your tickets today atwww.chantillyfarm.com/tickets

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.

Floyd County Skit Night by Blue Mountain School

Floyd County Skit Night by Blue Mountain School

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 – Come to the skit night at the Sun Music Hall

This skit night is a FUNdraiser run by Blue Mountain School students to help them raise money to go to Washington DC later this year.

If you want to perform, contact Jamie Reygle at jamie@bluemountainschool.net or (540) 745-4234.

There will be baked goods for sale, Dogtown’s great pizzas, and a photo booth for kids of all ages: have your photo taken with movie or make-believe characters!

Get your tickets at the Harvest Moon, Black Water Loft, Blue Mountain School, or on the night if there are any left.

We guarantee you will have a TON of FUN!

Ticket prices: Public $5; Performers $2; 6 & under FREE