The art Center will host its first opening reception in more than 15 months – since the Covid pandemic began – on Saturday, June 26, 5 – 7 pm. Opening that night will be: “The Gift of Art: 26 Years an Art Center” in the Hayloft Gallery, “Confessions”, by Maggie Schallmo in the Falcon Gallery and “The Floyd County High School Art Show” in the Breezeway Gallery. Also opening that night is The Appalachian Center for Photography, located a few steps away from the main building.
All three galleries and the Appalachian Center for Photography will be open to the public for this event. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free.
“We are so excited to once again invite the public into the Center to gather in celebration of art”, said Becky Lattuca, Floyd Center for the Arts' Executive Director, “we were pleased to at least provide virtual art experiences for everyone to enjoy from home when we could not safely gather”, she continued, “but there is no real substitute for the shared experience of standing in an exhibit space filled with amazing artwork and surrounded by a roomful of the artists who made it and the art-lovers who support their work”, she finished.
“The Gift of Art: 26 Years an Art Center”, in the Hayloft Gallery, displays the work of artists, makers, and teachers that have supported the Floyd Center for the Arts over the past 26 years and made us who we are. The work of 39 artists is featured in the exhibition. “The Gallery Committee was really pleased by the quality and volume of work we received for the 26th Anniversary Exhibition open call. There’s a great mix of artists in this show including artists that have been with the Center since it started, and artists that began their relationship with us recently.” said Kate Skelly, Floyd Center for the Arts’ Director of Programming. “We weren’t able to gather as a community for the Center’s 25th Anniversary last year due to the pandemic, so this Anniversary Exhibition opening reception is especially meaningful.”
A “People’s Choice” award of $50 will be awarded. The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece. The winner will be announced after the end of the exhibit on August 7th. “Confessions”, by Maggie Schallmo, in the Falcon Gallery is, according to the artist, “…a collection of art in a variety of media that when in the same room tell an incredible story.” Maggie Schallmo is a senior honors student at Radford University pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education."My work is my way of expressing my deepest emotions and life changing experiences, and they together tell my story as a student, from high school to now," says Schallmo. “The Floyd County High School Art Show”, in the Breezeway Gallery, features 2D and 3D work by students of Floyd County High School Art teachers Kimberly Ingram and Aven Tanner. For part of this exhibit the students were asked to produce artwork related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The project was very successful in pulling out a variety of student emotions.”, Ingram said, “Many enjoyed their time at home and being able to spend more time with their families. A few students expressed more emotional thoughts of body image, cancelled events, Covid issues, hard working nurses and worldly issues.” The Floyd Center for the Arts is also pleased to announce the newly opened Appalachian Center for Photography (ACP). The ACP, which is located adjacent to the Floyd Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia will showcase photography exhibitions from both internationally and regionally known photographers. The Center includes a photographic gallery, camera gallery, walk-in sized camera obscura, and library & media room. The ACP will be open to the public from March 15th through December 15th every year, and always by appointment, both for individuals and class groups.
Founder and Managing Director of the Appalachian Center for Photography, Russ Young, holds a Master's degree in photography from The University of Texas and a Doctorate from Saint Andrews University in Scotland. Young’s plans for the Center include completing a working black and white photography darkroom by next Spring, as well as offering hands-on photography workshops and lectures. Artists included in “The Gift of Art” exhibit include: Charlotte Lou Atkins, Check, VA Loretta Bedia, Roanoke, VA Heidi Bond, Winston Salem, NC Zoe Breeden, Blacksburg, VA Edie Bryan, Fancy Gap, VA Ernest Bryant, Check, VA Ron Campbell, Check, VA Pat Carr, Roanoke, VA Kristine Carter, Willis, VA Kathleen Dawe, Ferrum, VA Debbie Freed, Blacksburg, VA Kathryn Gauldin, Eden, NC Barbara Gillespie, Floyd, VA Mike Gillett, Meadows of Dan, VA Sarah Greene, Floyd, VA Donna Hartpence, Willis, VA Kaitlyn Houston, Floyd, VA Debra Howard, Omena, MI Lyn Jordan, Boones Mill, VA Steve Lash, Roanoke, VA Rina Lucas, Riner, VA Nick Milinazzo, Roanoke, VA Catherine Pauley, Floyd, VA David Pearce, Blacksburg, VA Maggie Perrin-Key, Roanoke, VA Timothy Porter, Winston-Salem, NC Suzie Ross, Floyd, VA Jeanette Roth, Hillsville, VA Karen Sewell, Willis, VA Jennifer Spoon, Riner, VA David Troutman, Meadows of Dan, VA Machiko Oshima Turner, Christiansburg, VA Randall Wells- Floyd, VA Wendy Wrenn Werstlein, Floyd, VA Shaun Whiteside, Radford, VA Starroot, Floyd, VA Teri Walters, Floyd, VA Artists included in the “Floyd County High School Art Show” include: Andrew Martin Annalee Owens Annalise Britton Breanna Torres Brianna Bergstrom Carly Quesenberry Caroline Hale Daniel Huff Hedmelainda herme Jaden Nichols Johanna Morrison Jordon Ingram Joseph Ocampo Josiah Banks Jude Jungman Kaidyn Chaffin Karissa Brown Kerrie Bergstrom Kesla Hubbard Laila Bolt Leah Gray Liam Burke Lizzy Finn Maggie Bower Mary Burnette Melanie Stout Nevaeh Wells Olivia Nichols Olivia Yates Rachel Bower Rachel Hylton Randy Link Rhiannon Kajdasz Rosemary Anang Samaya Tanner Sarah Hall Serena Keith Stephanie Thompson Tanyan Sutphin