Category: Floyd County
Published on Thursday, May 31 2012 17:03
Written by NRVNews
Dive into summer and learn something new, experience local art and music, or celebrate Floyd County regional arts and fine crafts by going to a community reception. How about attending an event? The 2012 Jax Juried Exhibit
runs July 6 through September 15 in the Hayloft Gallery at The Jax. This is the third year in a row the Jax will host a juried exhibition. The center is committed to hosting one juried exhibition a year, offering substantial cash prizes and professional and public recognition for artists. This year’s juror will be Jim Moon.
The 2012 Jax Juried Exhibition Reception is Saturday, July14 from 5-8pm. North Carolina artist and juror, Jim Moon, will hold a juror’s talk for the first hour, followed by an awards presentation and reception. The Floyd Rhythm & Vine Festival
(A Benefit for Floyd County Cares and The Jacksonville Center for the Arts) is Saturday, July 7 from 11am-6pm. Crafters, artisans, food vendors and Virginia wineries gather for a full day of Fourth of July fun. Sip wine, shop and bring a blanket to enjoy live music on a cool mountain afternoon. The band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will perform from 11 am to 1 pm, and Sons of Bill will play from 2 pm to 5pm. Admission is $18 advance/$25 gate and includes wine tastings, glass and entertainment. VIP tickets are $50 and include VIP services and preferred seating in VIP Tent with VIP menu not available to the general admission ticketholders. To purchase tickets call 540.745.2784, or purchase online at www.floydrhythmandvinefestival.org
Or, how about taking a class? A Bonsai Experience with Sam Williams
on July 1, 8, 15 from 1 to 4pm. Practice the art of bonsai in a 3 day series class. The three days of class will build on each other, leading to stronger confidence while introducing different styles of bonsai. Day one will include the history of bonsai, encouraging the solitude and enlightenment of cultivating a small plant on a life long journey, as well as sharing of the experience. From there, Sam will explore the styles of bonsai, i.e. formal upright, informal upright, cascade, wind-swept, slanting, building a forest style, and the variations of these styles.
Days 2 and 3 will be dedicated to understanding the styles, selecting a style to pursue during the class, and completing a bonsai. Each participant should be able to complete at least one bonsai per class. Time permitting; Sam will also introduce Bonsai using native Southwest Virginia specimens. Jax Member $91/ General Public $112/ Deposit $20 Introduction to Borosilicate Glass with Elizabeth Mears
on July 21 and 22 from 9am to 5pm. Learn to use borosilicate glass, otherwise known as Pyrex, for sculptural work. The focus of this introductory class will be learning basic techniques of manipulating glass rods in the flame of the bench torch: making a gather, fusing two pieces of glass together, drawing out glass in a taper or a twist, making marias and transitional shapes, and adding texture to other simple shapes. Learn about the different types of glass, color mixing and basic forming techniques.
This discounted weekend class includes directed study with Master Glass Artist Elizabeth Mears, followed by half-day practice sessions. The first half of the day 1 will begin with safety procedures and information about the studio set-up and torches. That will be followed by discussion and demonstrations by Liz and torch-time for students. The second half of the day will be practice time, overseen by studio assistant Lara Davis Phelps. Minimum Age: 18. Jax Member $82/ General Public $96/Deposit $25/Materials Fee $20 Soldered Pendants with Gina Louthian
on July 2 from 9am to 4pm. Learn to create a collaged or vintage-style image and then make a unique metal frame by encasing it in soldered silver and glass. This mini frame can then be made into a pendant, ornament, earrings, or any other creative use. The instructor will provide tools and materials. Some collage materials are included, but students are encouraged to bring personal treasures such as images, beads, lace, etc. to incorporate into their own personal piece. Students should be able to make 2-3 pendants. Minimum Age: 18. Jax Member $72/ General Public $88/Deposit $25/Materials Fee $12Penny Rugs with Betsy Orlando
on July 4 through 6 from 9am to 5pm. Penny rugs date back to the 18th century when frugal women used scraps of wool too small for hooking or braiding rugs to create decorations for their homes. The term “penny rug” came from coins used to make circles that were stitched onto burlap or feed sack backings to give them weight. The penny in early days was much larger than today’s penny! Artists also appliquéd other shapes, including animals, people, florals, etc. These “rugs” were not made to be used on floors, but rather on beds, table tops, and mantels, or as pillows and wall hangings. Minimum Age: 18. Jax Member $243/ General Public $300/ Deposit $75/Materials Fee $20 Fundamentals at the Forge with Charles Orlando
on July 4 through 6 from 9am to 5pm. Stoke your creative fires with Master Blacksmith and instructor, Charles Orlando. Beginning and intermediate students will learn or improve upon the basic forging skills blacksmithing requires. Participants will practice fire management, drawing out, shaping, punching, cutting, welding, and heat treating. These skills will be applied on small projects for the beginner, and larger projects for those with some experience. The class will stress efficiency in the use of time and tools while working around the anvil. Minimum Age: 14. Jax Member $243/ General Public $300/ Deposit $75/Materials Fee $30 Garden Sculpture with Jayn Avery & Lee Chichester
on July 9 to 13 from 10am to 1pm.
Design and build your own sturdy, weatherproof garden sculptures that are light enough to move when you want a change-up in your garden. Participants will design, assemble, shape, and manipulate a lightweight under-structure, then finish it with a weatherproof skin on which paint/plaster/tile can be added to create a fantastic or realistic sculpture. Information about materials, resources and an overview of design and function possibilities will give students all they need to set up their own projects at home. Jax Member $153/ General Public $188/Deposit $50/ Materials Fee $20-$40 Rings & Things in Precious Metal Clay with Annie Armistead
on July 21from 9am-5pm. Take your PMC skills to the next level! Students will be making a textured ring band, learning the techniques used for incorporating an irregular shaped stone into a PMC pendant, and how to use PMC paste, sheet and syringe to create and embellish a vessel. The class fee includes the use of all studio tools, 16 grams of PMC3 clay, one package of PMC sheet and 9 gram PMC syringe and a stone. Since the size of each individual project varies, extra clay will be available for purchase during the workshop. Previous PMC experience is required. Minimum Age: 18. Jax Member $81/ General Public $100/ Deposit $25/Materials Fee $120
For more information about these classes, exhibits and more, visit www.jacksonvillecenter.org
or call (540) 745-2784.