Gems and JeansCon Of The Mountain

Stop by Con of the Mountains on April 18, and then join us the following Saturday, April 25 for Gems and Jeans! 



Wednesday, March 25, 2015 –

Our new exhibit “Gardens and Grasses” by Nancy Dahlstrom is up. You should stop by and see it, especially if you are a gardener, painter or printmaker-or if you want to be one of those. We will host a reception for the public to meet the artist on March 31, 2015 from 4pm – 6pm. Stop by, see the exhibit and meet the artist.

Con of the Mountains keeps sounding more exciting each time we hear about it. There will be so many great activities, including a space where we be applying make-up for anyone who wants to look like their favorite superhero or supervillain. (Bring a picture, so we have something to go by!) We will be there from 10am to 5pm. Con of the Mountains will be April 18, 2015 from 10am to 10pm. We hope to see you there.

On April 25, we will host the Gems and Jeans fun-raiser from 7-10 pm. It’s an evening of laugher, musical entertainment, hors d’ oeuvres, a bit of bubbly, some great silent auction items—and a chance to win a DIAMOND FROM GRAY’S JEWELERS IN COVINGTON. We want to thank Meadwestvaco for their support and all those who are donating items for the auction. Gray’s Jewelry Store has donated a diamond and all the CZ stones for the event. (These make sparkly jewelry too!) To find out if you are the lucky winner you can visit Gray’s for the magic words “It’s the diamond!” Some of the silent auction items include an Allen Hickman painting, a photograph by Deborah Herndon and art work by Nancy Newhard. We’ll have many other items as well, so check back weekly to see what else we have on the list. Tickets for Gems and Jeans are on sale now. Stop by the Art Center to get yours or check out the poster here on the website.

We have added the next date for Picasso Diva’s to our workshop listings. Join us on April 23, 2015, from 6pm to 8pm. Remember, this workshop fill fast and we keep it to a dozen participants so everyone get plenty of attention, so be sure to RSVP as soon as you can!

We have made some changes to our website. Please e-mail us, tweet us, comment on Facebook, or leave a post on Google+, to let us know what you think of them. We want to know what you would like to see on our website. We want you to be able to find what you are looking for easily, so give us your input.


Friday, March 20, 2015 –

Today is the first day of spring, we have put some new items in shop, for spring and Easter.  Stop by the Art Center and see what is new.  Also, you may notice we did a little spring cleaning on the website as well.  We have moved a few things around.  Let us know what you think on our facebook page.  Do you like the change?

Our six week oil painting and watercolor classes start Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Watercolor is from 10am to Noon and Oil Painting is from 2pm to 4pm. On Saturday, March 28, we have two workshops. Easter Bonnets in the morning from 10am to 1pm and Gem Tree’s in the afternoon, from 1pm to 4pm.  We will hold an Artist Reception on March 31, 2015, from 4pm to 6pm. Stop by and meet artist Nancy Dahlstrom.

Looking ahead at April, Con of the Mountains is on April 18, 2015. Con of the Mountains is sponsored by the Clifton Forge Public Library to increase literacy awareness. The Con is from 10am to 10pm. If you are a gamer or are just curious, stop by and see what it is all about.  A week later on April 25, we have our Gems and Jeans event.  Everyone walks away with a CZ stone, but one lucky winner will walks away with a diamond.   You have to visit Gray’s Jewelers in Covington, VA to confirm if you have the CZ or the diamond.  There will also be a silent auction at the Gems and Jeans.  Tickets are now on sale. Stop by the Art Center to get yours


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Who else is tired of the snow and cold?  Spring is around the corner. Since it is not here yet, why not come by the Art Center, where it is nice and warm? You can take a look around or even take a class.  We have our 6 week oil and watercolor classes starting on March 24, 2015, Watercolor is from 10am to Noon and Oil Painting is from 2pm to 4pm.  This month we will offer a 3 week, Saturday oil painting class, starting on March 14, 2015, from 1pm to 3pm.  We will offer another monoprint class on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 10-4.  In April, we will offer a 3 week, Saturday, watercolor class starting on April 11, it is also from 1pm to 3pm.   We have in the works a Gem Tree class and an Easter Bonnet class.  Please check back for dates and times.

On April 18, 2015 The Clifton Forge Public Library will host the Con of the Mountains.  If you are interested in volunteering, a volunteer meeting has been scheduled for March 7, 2015 at 12pm.  Lastly do not forget about our Gems and Jeans event on April 25, 2015. You do not want to miss all the fun.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you have not seen our current exhibit it really is a must see.  It still blows me away when I walk in the gallery.

We have many new classes starting at the end of the month and in February and March.  We have our annual Valentines for Vets card making classes on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10-2, Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 2-4, and Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10-1.  The valentines you make will be delivered to 250 residents at the Salem, VA Veteran’s Hospital.   Also, on February 7, we have a Mat Cutting class from 1-3:30.  Our first Game Night in the Gallery is Feb. 13, from 6-9:30pm, please note the time change.  We will be offering a 3 week oil painting class on Saturdays from 1-3pm beginning on February 14, 2015.

Looking ahead to March, we will offer  our 6 week oil and watercolor classes starting on March 10, 2015, times are still the same for both classes.  Also, in March we will offer a 3 week, Saturday watercolor class, starting on March 14, 2015.  We will offer another monoprint class on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 10-4.

Lastly do not forget about our Gems and Jeans event on April 25, 2015, you do not want to miss all the fun.  You can always stop by the Art Center or visit us on social media if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year!!  We have reopened!!! Our winter hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 4:30pm.

We have a new exhibit up.  I am not even able to think of words to describe this exhibit.  Well maybe one word, fun.  We have a new round of classes starting.

Watercolor and Oil Painting started yesterday, but it was the first class, so you still have a week to sign up if you would like to join.  We have a mat cutting class coming up on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, class size is limited and the class fills up fast so please be sure to register as soon as you can if you would like to take the class.  Our next Picasso Diva’s class is going to be on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm.

 Just a preview of the fun YOU can be a part of at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, located in Clifton Forge, VA.


Come take our Picasso Diva’s Class. 

Picasso Diva's

Picasso Diva’s


Fun was had by all at our Art of Chocolate Festival and Peep Show.

Chocolate Festival 2014

Chocolate Festival 2014

We even have classes for those with a little more experience with the paint brush.

Our instructor Michael conducting an Oil Painting Demo

Our instructor Michael conducting an Oil Painting Demo


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