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Opening Reception for 3 New Exhibits: New Work, Elephant in the Room, and Peak Creek

We asked area artists 'what have you been up to this year' and they responded.

Everyone is invited to come out for the New Works Opening Reception, Saturday, October 12, 5-7PM at the Floyd Center for the Arts.

The list of artists selected for the 17th Annual New Work Show in the Hayloft Gallery encompasses artists from around the region. There were 25 artists selected for this show by the Floyd Center for the Arts Gallery Committee. This yearly exhibit is a continuing reflection of the artistic growth within our community. For this show all artwork was created within the last year and not previously shown at the Center. A “People’s Choice” award of $50 will be awarded. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite piece. The winner will be announced after the end of the exhibit.

The Gallery Committee selected 25 artists for New Works, media includes

Watercolor, Pen and Ink, Acrylic and Oil Paintings, Fiber, Clay Sculpture, Copper, Bronze, Photography, Wood Work, and Needle Felted Wool.

Adrienne Anderson, Martinsville, VA

Patricia Bevan, Blacksburg, VA

Heidi Bond, Winston-Salem, NC

Maggie Rose Brindley, Westfield, NC

Patricia Carr, Roanoke, VA

Judy Crowgey, Blacksburg, VA

David Hall, Floyd, VA

Donna Hartpence, Willis, VA

Ruth Lefko, Christiansburg, VA

Delores Lemay, Floyd, VA

Nick Millinazzo, Roanoke, VA

Amy Nichols, Elliston, VA

Christina O'Hara, Vinton, VA

Marsha Slopey-Paulekas, Floyd, VA

David Pearce, Blacksburg, VA

Nathan Popp, Radford, VA

Jenna Pynn, Check, VA

Deborah Reul, Newport, VA

Gayle Rolfe, Willis, VA

Daniel Sanchez, Willis, VA

Judith Scharite, Copper Hill, VA

Kathleen Sciarine, Willis, VA

Helen Shaw, Greensboro, NC

David Troutman, Meadows of Dan, VA

Gerri Young, Blacksburg, VA

Opening the same night are exhibitions in the Falcon and Breezeway Galleries.

The Falcon Gallery exhibition, titled “Peak Creek,” is a joint installation by Ken Smith and L.S. King. Ken works in oil and Leslie's medium is carborundum photo-based prints - an intaglio process of printing photographs.

Peak Creek

By Ken Smith and L.S. King

Main Statement

For the past several years, Peak Creek is a constant in our lives. Like a family member, it rambles through our days and evenings. We have walked along its shore at sunset, run beside it during break-of-dawn exercises, and sat nearby drinking Sangria and watched the ducks content in its lukewarm water on an August day. We have seen the creek to its end at Claytor Lake and we have gone in search of its origin, realizing that mystery is larger and more complicated than either of us or Google Maps. For this project, each of us shares our own vision of Peak Creek.

Ken Smith

L.S. would say my work in this series is a vibrant meditation. I prefer to let viewers decide for themselves about what this series of oil paintings means.

L.S. King

For me, the creek is a thing of beauty, potential, and worry. As with most of my visual representation, time is suspended in some other decade than the now, as I use my camera to interrupt the landscape. I see this interlaced with the future—a positive one where the creek transforms into a tourist destination like the Riverwalk Providence in Rhode Island. But then there is the anxiety. This small body of water is something I, dare I say we, take for granted. Sure it will rise and fall with the amount of rain we receive, but are we doing all that we can to make sure it continues to flourish? I hope so.

L.S. King Process Statement

Using a process called carborundum printing, I hand-pull these limited-edition prints. Starting with a black and white photograph, I turn it into a digital bitmap. This uses hundreds of tiny dots to create a recognizable image. Then I print this onto a transparency and burn the image onto a screen (think silkscreen). Using carborundum gel rather than ink, I screen print the image onto an acrylic plate (think plexiglass). From this point, I treat the plate as I would any intaglio print or etching. Once the plate is dry, I ink it, lay it on the bed of my etching press, put a sheet of paper on top, cover both with blankets, and run the layers through the press.


Ken Smith

Ken Smith has been a professor of Graphic Design at Radford University since 2008, and is an avid history buff, designer, illustrator, reenactor, living historian, and a proud native of the great state of Tennessee.

Formerly he was Design Director/Vice President at Whittle Communications, where he designed and developed magazines, books, posters and various other media properties. He was co-founder and Creative Director of Media South, a design and marketing firm specializing in editorial media and corporate branding.

He is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Coast Guard Art Program (where he has been awarded the prestigious George Grey Award of Artistic Excellence on three separate occasions). His paintings are featured at both the East Tennessee Historical Society and the McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area museum in Vonore, Tennessee. He hold a BFA (painting) from the University of Tennessee, an MA (illustration) from Syracuse University and an MFA (illustration) from the University of Hartford.

L.S. King

King’s art explores the intersection of photography and printmaking, including serigraphy, photopolymer gravure, and piezography. As a visual storyteller, King gravitates to subjects that have a historical context and considers herself a modern Pictorialist.

The Felix Schoeller Awards committee in Germany described King’s recent series of black and white photographs depicting Virginia’s Wilderness Road as cerebral and directly affecting the hippocampus, straight out of the 1950s. And in fact, psychology and consciousness are a factor in King’s work. Though she holds a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in photography from Shepherd University, her Master of Arts from Atlantic University is in transpersonal studies, with a nod toward transpersonal psychology.

Galleries, museums, and art centers throughout the East Coast, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas have exhibited King's work, including solo shows at the College of Southern Maryland’s Tony Hungerford Gallery, Glencoe Museum, Glenview Mansion Gallery, the Green Heron Gallery, Main Street Gallery, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, University of Charleston Art Gallery and Villa Julie College Gallery. Internationally she has exhibited and presented work in Canada, Germany, and had work accepted into London’s Bankside Gallery.

Opening in the Breezeway Gallery, “Elephant in the Room,” with work by Floyd, Virignia artist, Dung Beetle, and curated commentary by Sarah Jane. Mr. Beetle’s work gives the viewer a glimpse into the mind of a person who has used art as an outlet to help them heal psychological and emotional wounds.

For more information about The Floyd Center for the Arts: or call 540-745-2784. The Center is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM.

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