Two new exhibits at Appalachian Arts Center are being held in conjunction with Southwest Virginia Community College’s Festival of the Arts, the 2012 theme of which is “Viva Italia!” A special juried exhibition entitled Bel Paese (which translates as beautiful country) features works of art created by the local community in response to Italian art, landscape or culture. The exhibition includes watercolor paintings, photographs, drawings, fiber art, poems, and mixed media works.
Also on display is Appalachian Paisanos: An Oral History of Italians in the Two Virginias. Gathered by Jameson Jones, this collection of stories and vintage photographs explores the Italian influence on Appalachian culture.
Both exhibits will run from April 18- June 16, 2012. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st from 1:00-3:00p.m. at Appalachian Arts Center. All are welcome.
These exhibitions are generously sponsored by Consolidated Steel.
Appalachian Arts Center will offer a Botanical Watercolors workshop on Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 10am- 4pm. Organized through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Office of Statewide Partnerships and taught by instructor Dawn Flores, this workshop teaches watercolor techniques through exercises designed to help the participant understand different color properties and improve brush control. Information on paper, paint, and drawing techniques used in botanical art will also be discussed. Basic drawing skills are required to draw the botanical specimen from which you will paint an elegant botanical watercolor. The audience for this workshop is middle school through adult. To see examples of instructor Dawn Flores’ artwork, visit www.dawnflores.com. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants, registered on a 1st come, 1st served basis, with a registration deadline of May 12, 2012. Tuition for the workshop is $30.00, with some scholarships available. Please contact the Arts Center at...