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! 

 

Updates: 

Friday, April 17, 2015 —

Tomorrow, April 18, Clifton Forge Public Library is sponsoring the first ever Con of the Mountains. The Art Center will be on-site, ready to apply make-up. If you bring us a photo of your favorite superhero or super-villain, we will do our best to make you look like that character. Your can find us in the library. The Con is shaping up to be a seriously fun event for gamers and not-gamers alike. If you have never been to a Con before this is a great way to check and see what it is all about. Looking at the schedule there will be 5 games running at all times and after 11am , there will be 18 tables of games running. Some major players in the gaming world will be present. It is not just about games and sci-fi. There will be all kinds of workshops from drawing to puppets to beading. The Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo will be there. The Lego Community Build will be at the library from 10am to 3pm. Rumor has it that you might if see Capt. Jack Sparrow and R2D2 roaming not only throughout Con, but all of downtown as well.

On April 25 we will host the Gems and Jeans fund-raiser from 7-10pm. It’s a great evening of laugher, musical entertainment, hors d’oeurves, a bit of bubbly, some great silent auction items and a CHANCE TO WIN A DIAMOND from Gray’s Jewelry store in Covington. Some of the Silent Auction items include artwork by Lois McMullan, a metal wine holder by Don Roberts, a quilted hanging by Elizabeth Locher, a garden basket from True Value and a round of golf for four from the Homestead. These items are in addition to the Allen Hickman painting, a photograph by Deborah Herndon, artwork by Nancy Newhard, an item donated by Livy’s closet and beaded jewelry by Roberta Anderson. We will have many other items as well, so check back to see what else we have added to the list. Tickets for Gems and Jeans are on sale now. Stop by the Art Center to get your tickets.

Looking to the future we have a mat cutting workshop on May 9, from 10am to 1pm. Then in June we will be working with the children at Heritage Day Festival and C& O Railroad Festival.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 –

Show of hands how many of you met Artist Nancy Dahlstrom yesterday? Okay, I guess we will call that an April Fool’s Day joke, since you can’t actually show your hands. If you were not here yesterday, you missed a grand time with Nancy. She pretty much held class by answering everyone’s questions on how she created her art work. We had the three F’s, food, folks and fun.

April will be a busy month for us.

Michael Farrar will be offering a three week Watercolor Class starting April 11. This class meets on Saturdays, from 1-3pm. Our next Picasso Diva’s night will be Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6-8pm. Remember to stop by and RSVP your spot, as this class fills up fast.

On April 18, Clifton Forge Public Library is sponsoring the first ever Con of the Mountains. The Art Center will be on-site, ready to apply make-up. If you bring us a photo of your favorite superhero or super-villain, we will do our best to make you look like that character. The Con is shaping up to a seriously fun event for gamers and non-gamers alike. If you have never been to a Con before (yes, my hand is raised) this is a great way to check it out and see what all the hype is about. It is not just about games and sci-fi. The Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo is going to be there. They are having a Lego Community Build. Rumor has it you might even see Capt. Jack Sparrow, roaming the Con and the rest of town.

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. 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 item donated by Livy’s Closet and Jewelry- Beading by Roberta Anderson. These items are in addition to the 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.

You may have noticed we have made several changes to our website. We want to make The Art Center internet and social media presence more visitor centered and customer friendly.   We will be making more changes to the website in the future.   However, in an effort to reach our customers and potential customers, we are expanding our social media presence as well. You can now find us on Tumblr, Flickr, and Snapchat. Again, if there is something you would like to see on our website that is not there, just let us know. If there is someplace on social media we have not yet reached and you would like to find us there, please feel free to let us know.

 

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.

 

 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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