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Opening Reception—3 Galleries

June 6, 2019 : 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sample the Artisan Trail – OPENING RECEPTION

Floyd Center for the Arts is pleased to present three new exhibits opening on Thursday, June 6, 5-7PM. In the Hayloft Gallery, the Center’s main gallery, is “SAMPLER: A Sampling of What You Might Find Along the 9th Annual Floyd Artisan Trail”, an exhibit comprised of artwork and other items from various sites along this year’s Artisan Trail tour, which takes place Friday through Sunday, June 7 – 9, 2019. Featured works in this exhibit include furniture made from local hardwoods, pottery, paintings, sculpture, fiber art, glass, instruments, a display from a honeybee sanctuary and lots more!

In addition to SAMPLER, the Center also welcomes “Floyd Musings”, Oil Paintings by Howard Wenger. The works in this exhibit are representative of the 12 years he has lived and painted in Floyd. Artist’s Statement: “A few years ago a friend of mine suggested that I needed to decide whether I wanted to be a farmer or an artist. I had just shown her some of my paintings and also pictures of new grape vines and blueberry bushes. I let her statement settle within me for a minute and then the questions exploded: what about Wendell Berry? And what about Monet? A farmer and poet and a beautiful garden! And who was it that said that he lived with his head or was it his heart in the stars and his feet on the ground?
When I came to Floyd I thought I would retire and paint. But the land called out to me and an atavistic urge rose up inside me to plant and grow. And I began to go from the garden to the studio and back to the garden and have felt these divine graces feeding each other and feeding me. Is my head in the stars when I am in the studio or is it when I am in the garden? Are my feet on the ground when I have my hands in the soil or with a paint brush? I invite you to share my thoughts, dreams, hopes, and sometimes bewilderment that I am calling Floyd Musings.”
– Howard Wenger

In the Breezeway Gallery, the Center is pleased to welcome back the Floyd County High School Spring Semester Art Show. This exhibit is made up of artwork created by the students of Ms. Ingram’s and Ms. Tanner’s spring art classes. It includes pottery, paintings, sculpture and more.

An opening Reception for all 3 exhibits will be held on Thursday, June 6, 5–7pm at the Floyd Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served and a cash beer and wine beer will also be offered. Many of the featured artists will be available to meet with the public and to answer any questions about their work.

This reception is also designed as a kick-off for the Artisan Trail tour weekend and an opportunity for visitors to learn more Artisan Trail tour, which is a 3-day tour featuring sites across Floyd County with activities at artisan home studios; galleries and shops; farms and farm markets; and restaurant and lodging sites. Site activities include the sales and exhibit of fine art, hand-crafted and farm products; classes and demonstrations, and talks at sites throughout the county. Demonstrations and talks including furniture-making, pottery, patchwork quilting, woodworking, painting, farming and gardening, alpaca ownership and products, honeybees, and more.
This year’s Artisan Trail Sites are as follows:

Abby Reczek Pottery
Calico & Old Lace
Charlie Brouwer
Frog Hollow Pottery
Images by Renee’
Jessie Benson Fine Art
Phoenix Hardwoods
Poor Farm Pottery
Purple Barn Studios – Artist Sydney Wellman
River Farm Studios
Sarah McCarthy Pottery
Wild Weeds Studio
Wrenn Pottery
AVery Crafty Gal

@Bell Gallery and Garden
Filamina Jewelry, LLC
Floyd Center for the Arts
New Mountain Mercantile of Floyd, Inc
The Maggie Gallery

Field’s Edge Farm
Mellowspring Family Farms
Ocotilla’s Mountainside Alpacas
Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary

Eat, Drink and Sleep:
Five Mile Mountain Distillery
Chantilly Farm
Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
Dogtown Roadhouse
The Floyd Country Store
Hotel Floyd

More information can be found at floydartisantrail.org. More information is also available at the Floyd Center for the Arts and the Floyd County Visitor Center (downtown). Stop by to pick up a brochure and map, or additional directions.


June 6, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Floyd Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Lane S
Floyd, VA 24091 United States
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