For our 30th Anniversary we are raffling off a hand painted bench by Nancy Smith.  We are only selling 1000 tickets.  Tickets are now on sale, stop by the Art Center and get yours today!!


Nancy Smith Bench



Friday, October 31, 2014   Happy Halloween, we hope you all have a safe and spooky fun time.  Our Felted Purse Class has been cancelled.  Our watercolor and oil painting classes are underway.  We have scheduled our next Picasso Diva’s night, which is back on THURSDAY nights, November 6, 2014.  Also, our first Game Night in the Gallery of the fall is November 7, 2014.  Fun was had by all who attended our Murder Mystery Dinner.  We will be post pictures of that soon.  Our Fall Festival Show has been up.  You can come by and vote for your favorite piece in the show.  We will also, place pictures from the show soon as well.  Check back often for updates and new classes and events.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – If you have not seen our Chuck Almarez exhibit, you have until Friday so see it, the show will come down at 3pm this Friday, October 10, 2014.  Our next exhibit is our Fall Festival Show.  I will open on October 17, 2014 at noon.  If you plan to be in the area for Fall Festival, stop by, see the show, and look around.  It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas.  We had a great time at the Heritage Day Festival this past weekend.  There were lots of Halloween masks made, by children.  Mark your calendars, our Fall Attic Treasure Sale is Saturday, October 18, from 10:30am to 4:30pm.  Again if you are planning on being downtown for the Fall Festival, by all means come in and see if you can find your treasure.  UPDATE, Picasso Diva’s will be on WEDNESDAY, October 29, 2014 from 6-8pm this month.  Our Oil Painting and Watercolor classes will begin at the end of the month.  We will be hosting a wreath making class.  These wreaths are a little different than what your used to, so it should be fun.  There will be two wreath making classes; one on the evening of  Monday, Oct. 20 6:30 – 7:30pm and one on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1:30 – 2:30pm.

Monday, September 15, 2014 – We had a blast at our 30th Birthday Party on Saturday.  The rain did not damper our fun, we just moved the party indoors.  I hope all who were here had fun and for all of you who were not here, we missed you.  Up next here at the Center is our Picasso Diva’s, this workshop will be on September 18, from 6-8pm.  Also, this month we have a needle-felting, witch pin workshop at the end of the month on September 27, from 10am-2pm.  Check back often as we will be updating our website with pictures from our Birthday Celebration as well as Chucks Exhibit.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – September brings in a new exhibit, There and Back Again, A Photographer’s Journey, by Chuck Almarez.  It is amazing, he has some photographs from New York City and some from here in Clifton Forge, VA at the C&O Railway maintenance shops.  There will be a reception for Mr. Almarez, Thursday, September 4, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  A week from Saturday, September 13, is our big 30th birthday celebration.  It starts over in the Sonabank Plaza, at 10am, and from there will move across the street to the Art Center where we will host an open house and refreshments.  Come join in the celebration.  Later this month, we have another Picasso Diva’s class on September 18, from 6-8pm.  Next month we have two events, our Fall Attic Treasure Sale, on Oct. 18 and at the end of the month on Oct. 25, we will host a Murder Mystery Dinner starting at 6pm; check back for more details on that.  Save these dates and come join the fun!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – Our watercolor and oil painting classes are underway.  Those taking the monoprint class last week had a really good time.  Last week we also, had our Picasso Diva’s class.  We have set a date for our next class, September 18, 2014.  We have made some changes regarding this class; when you register for this class you must pay at least $10.00 to hold your spot, the rest of the payment is due by the day of class.  Also, new you must give us 48 hours notice if you will not make it to Picasso Diva’s, so we can give those on the waiting list a chance to make the class.   As a reminder our 30th Anniversary/Birthday Celebration is Saturday, Sept. 13.  It starts at 10am in SonaBank Plaza, then moves over to the Art Center at 10:30am for refreshments and our open house.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Finally, your going to want to mark your calendars for our Fall Attic Treasure Sale, it will be Saturday, October 18, during Fall Festival.  We are always looking for volunteers, if you have time, feel free to call us or stop by to see what volunteer opportunities are available.


 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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