The Floyd Center for the Arts is welcoming artists to the county for a week-long painting extravaganza. On August 12th through the 17th, 2019, thirty two artists will converge for the third Floyd Plein Air Biennial art festival. Coming from Massachusetts to South Carolina, these artists will explore the great vistas and lush hills of Floyd County. Some local, and some graciously staying at host housing, the artists will visit Apple Ridge Farm in Copper Hill, travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway to find their favorite view and sip a fresh cup of Red Rooster Coffee, lose themselves in the vineyards of Chateau Morrisette, connect with the Healing Arts program from the Carilion Clinic Foundation on the campus of the EcoVillage, and discover the lively downtown of Floyd on a Friday night for their Quick Draw Competition. On Saturday, August 17th, the public is invited to a Plein Air Biennial Exhibition and Gala, a fabulous art sale in which visitors will get to view and purchase work created during the Floyd Plein Air Biennial. Our Juror, Brett LaGue, will choose the winners from the week and help curate an exhibit that will hang in the Floyd Center for the Arts’ Hayloft Gallery.
This year’s participating artists are: David Finnell, Coakley Brown, Elizabeth Rhoades, Jennifer Young, Jeremy Sams, Kathleen Willingham, Kyle Buckland, M Stephen Doherty, Maria Reardon, Meg West, Nancy Brittle, Peg Sheridan, Russell Jewell, Andre Lucero, Rebecca King Hawkinson, Arlene Daniel, Crista Pisano, Joan Wiberg, Nan Mahone Wellborn, Paul Keysar, Stephen Haynes, Thomas Bradshaw, Ken Smith, Patricia Bonsignore, Ronald Quinn, Sean Hatter, Alison Hatter, Dan Michael, Debra Howard, and Matt Gentry.
The Floyd Center for the Arts thanks our Event Sponsors: The Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program is kindly sponsoring our Farm to Table dinner and Clark Gas and Oil is kindly sponsoring our Plein Air Biennial Grand Prize to recognize the finest work of the week. We could make this event happen without our Event Partners: @[253496498058115:274:Apple Ridge Farm], @[285730971240:274:Red Rooster Coffee Roaster], @[45202768409:274:Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant], and the @[208302019281952:274:Floyd EcoVillage].