Exhibition Showcases Emerging Artists

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A montage representing works from this year's artists.
A montage representing works from this year's artists.
A montage representing works from this year’s artists.

Floyd’s Jacksonville Center for the Arts will mount an exhibition of artistry from emerging and young creators in its Hayloft Gallery. The show opens April 4, 2014 and runs through May 31. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held April 12 from 5PM to 8PM, which will celebrate not only these new artists, but also the Jacksonville Center’s talented instructors, whose works will be shown simultaneously in the Breezeway Gallery.

The Center’s New Voices: Young Innovators exhibition allows emerging artists to show a significant body of work (about 8 pieces from each exhibitor). The showcase allows young professionals to share their experiences and tips/techniques with the public and their peers, and to become inspired by other innovators.

“This year, we have widened our pool of exhibitors,” said Leia Wood, Educational and Gallery Programming Director. “As a way to honor outstanding students beginning their artistic careers, we’ve asked regional university professors to recommend current and former students. From that process, works from 11 New Voices have been selected to exhibit in this exciting showcase.”

2014 participating artists include: Kyri Lorenz (Hollins U.), MaKayla Songer (Hollins U.), Jonathan Murrill (Roanoke College), Sean Hatter (Floyd), Wesley Wenger (Floyd),  Adam Lake (Floyd), David Troutman (Floyd), Abby Reczek (Floyd), Bonnie Catron (Radford U.), Karie Edwards (Radford U.) and Aaron Forrester (Radford U.).

These artists have developed unique styles to give voice to their visions, using tools learned in school as well as in their professional and personal lives. The exhibit gives the community fresh inspiration and a view into the initiation of a professional artist’s growth and maturation.

The public will have the opportunity to meet these exciting artists on April 12. The reception is free and open to the public, and will include demonstrations of artistry from a variety of the Center’s corps of instructors, including some performance art.

The Breezeway Gallery provides an opportunity for the public to see the quality and diversity of techniques, mediums, and possibilities available to students who sign up for classes during the Center’s 2014 educational season. “We have about 70 scheduled classes just waiting for students to register,” says Wood. “In addition, we have an OnDemand program in which students can schedule their own classes. Discounts are available for Jax members, for Early Bird sign-ups, and for bringing a friend or family member along to take a class with you.”

For more information about The Jax visit jacksonvillecenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The Jax is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Hours Starting April 1: Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM; Sunday, 12 – 5PM.