People Choice Winner is The Red Caboose

          Conrad Matiuk, Lexington VA

It would be a crime to miss our next Murder Mystery Dinner!!!

Save this date: October 31, 2015.  More details to follow!!

 

Below is a video of the Bed-Turning from Heritage Day.

 

Updates: 

Friday, May 22, 2015 –

We want to take a moment to remember the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the military this Memorial Day Weekend. We also want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend. We hope you all have fun kicking off the unofficial start of summer. Remember we are open all weekend including Monday so come by and enjoy the High School Art Show while you can.

Our Picasso Diva’s class is coming up on Thursday, May 28 from 6-8pm. Remember this class fills up fast, so please RSVP.

Our summer/fall hours are in effect, which means we are open Monday thru Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.

Finally, we will be participating in the Heritage Day Festival sponsored by the Masonic Theatre on June 6. We will be set up on the Amphitheater grounds, with kids’ activities.   At the Art Center we will host the Quilt and Needlework Show along with four bed-turning presentations. For those of you who are not quilters, collectors or just do not know the lingo like me an explanation of bed-turning is helpful. Bed-turning entails knowledgeable collectors, volunteers and quilters, who show and share the history of various quilts. If you are like me, you might still be wondering why it’s called bed-turning. On June 6, in addition to the Masonic Theatre Heritage Day Festival, the C&O Railroad museum will sponsor their C&O Railway Heritage Festival and Train Show at the C&O Railroad museum. There will be train rides on a miniature train, which is fun for all ages and will cost you $3.00, you can enter the museum for a donation which helps support their mission and activities, there will be a hobo performance by Biff Downey and there will be a variety of venders for railroad modelers and collectors in the Clifton Forge School of the Arts Mill.

 

Friday, May 8, 2015 –
It has been a busy couple of weeks here at the Art Center with lots of special events and a gallery full of wonderful new art. Our Gems and Jeans event was a huge success. If you didn’t make it out you missed a fabulous evening. There were all kinds of delicious hors d’ oeuvres. The silent auction was a lot of fun, a huge thank-you to all who donated to the silent auction. The music was great, thank-you Cathy Lowry for being here on your birthday no less.  We still do not know who won the diamond. We had lots of fun for a great cause.

Our new exhibit, went up the next day.  This is the High School Art Show, featuring work from students at both Covington High School and Alleghany High School. It is always nice that once a year we get to display the work of talented students in our area. The show also features work for the residency artist Jill Jensen, who is a print maker and quilter. Her portion of the show is part fun and part thought provoking. Tuesday, we held a reception for both Jill Jensen and the students of Covington and Alleghany High Schools.

We have several classes coming up.

  • Watercolor Class starting May 12, lasting 6 weeks, on Tuesday’s from 10am to Noon.
  • Oil Painting Class starting May 12, lasting 6 weeks, on Tuesday’s from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Drawing Class starting May 12, lasting 6 weeks, on Tuesday’s from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Mat Cutting Workshop on Saturday, May 16, from 10am to 1pm.
  • Picasso Diva’s May 23, from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Sampler Saturday, will be June 13, all materials will be provided.
    • Drawing: 10am to Noon, $25 – Using charcoal, pencil, ink, and the basic shapes; shading, proportions, and composition tips will be demonstrated.
    • Watercolor: 1pm to 3pm, $25 – Color, composition and basic brush and application techniques will be covered.
    • Oil: 4pm to 6pm, $25 – How to get started; color recipes, brushwork and techniques will be gone over.
  • Picasso Diva’s on June 25, from 6pm to 8pm.

Looking ahead, you can catch us at the Heritage Festival, on June 6, 2015.  Also, during the Heritage Festival we will do a kids program on the amphitheater lawn. You can also, can stop by the Art Center and see the Quilt and Needle Working Show and Bed Turning.

With regards to social media you can find us on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Foursquare, Flickr, and Tumblr. All of these social media sites are in addition to our website, the Town of Clifton Forge website, the Chamber website, the VA Tourism website and the Virginia Artisan website. We are here to make a connection with you!! All you have to do is pick the media. If you can’t find us to connect, tell us where we can find you!!!!

 

Friday, April 24, 2015 –

If you have not gotten your tickets for Gems and Jeans, we still have a limited number of tickets available. We have food, folks, and fun. We have musical entertainment by Cathy Lowry. We have bubbly. We have a silent auction. If all of this isn’t enough to get you here on date night, someone is going to leave the event with an actual diamond and everyone leaves with a CZ stone, which can be made into jewelry. Here is the final revised list of all the silent auction items: a photograph by Ellen Martin, a landscape painting, 3 pieces of China and 3 silver pieces, a floral item from Country Garden, a Gift Certificate from Jack Masons, a basket from the Club Car, an Allen Hickman painting, a photograph by Deborah Herndon, a wooden jewelry box donated by Livy’s Closet, Jewelry- Beading by Roberta Anderson, artwork by Lois McMullan, a metal wine holder by Don Roberts, a small hanging quilt by Elizabeth Locher, a garden basket from True Value, a hand carved elephant, 2 wood and gilt frames (from the 1850’s), antique wooden kitchen tools and a round of Golf for Four from the Homestead. Don’t forget if you haven’t gotten your tickets to Gems and Jeans you still have time, you can’t win the diamond if you’re not here!!!!

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 –

I hope everyone who came out to Con in the Mountains had a blast. I know we did.

Saturday, is our Gems and Jeans event. If you haven’t gotten your ticket there is still time. It’s an evening of laughter, 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!” We now have a more complete list of the silent auction items, which include; a photograph by Ellen Martin, a landscape painting, 2 pieces of China and 3 silver pieces, a floral item from Country Garden, a Gift Certificate from Jack Masons, a Bari Ballou painting and a basket from the Club Car. These items are in addition to the Allen Hickman painting, a photograph by Deborah Herndon, art work by Nancy Newhard an item donated by Livy’s Closet, Jewelry- Beading by Roberta Anderson, artwork by Lois McMullan, a metal wine holder by Don Roberts, a small hanging quilt by Elizabeth Locher, a garden basket from True Value and a round of Golf for Four from the Homestead. This is the complete list of auction items. Tickets for Gems and Jeans are on sale now.

Next month we have a mat cutting workshop on May 9 from 10am to 1pm. Then in June we will be working with the children at the Heritage Festival and C&O Railroad Festival and we will host the Quilt and Needlework exhibit and the bed turning.

Finally, we are looking for volunteers. We need docents, whose job it is to greet visitors, answer their questions, remind them to sign the guest book, write up sales tickets and help the cashier as needed. Cashiers greet the visitors as they come in, answer questions, and remind visitors to sign the guest book, answer the phone and check customers out. We also need shop managers, whose job it is to take in the merchandise the consignors bring.   Shop mangers also, sign-out merchandise.   Shop managers request new items from consignors and make sure the shop is well stocked. Also, we need a scheduler who will schedule docents every two months, for two months at a time. Most docents have a set schedule and this job only involves calling volunteers that do not have a set day. You can do this job from home if you like in your PJ’s.

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.

 

 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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