October events slated at Center for the Arts

The following events are scheduled at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts during the month of October.
• Upcycled: A free opening reception will be held October 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. “Upcycled” is a curated exhibition by Susan Icove displayed in the Hayloft Gallery, the formal gallery upstairs. This exhibit consists of work by 12 artists from across the U.S. that reuse discarded materials in new and inventive ways to create art.
In addition, Chris DeMaria’s painting of the local Floyd culture and region will be on display in the Falcon Gallery downstairs. Selected winners of the photography exhibit at the Floyd Livestock and County Fair will also be on display in the Breezeway area downstairs as well.
• Open Studio, pottery: October 13 from noon to 5 p.m., $5 charge at The Floyd Center for the Art. The Pottery Studio will be open to all for $5 per session, every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be reclaimed clay, glazes, throwing wheels, a slab roller, and sculpting tools for students’ use during this time.
Participants may bring their own tools as well. They may also purchase fresh clay from the center. The Pottery Studio assistant will be on hand for answering any questions and also for giving demonstrations upon request.
• Olga Vinokur, pianist, October 15, 3 p.m., $25: Olga Vinokur is an acclaimed pianist and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene who is gaining recognition for “the strength and consistency of her artistry” as noted by the New York Times.
• Halloween Kidsfest, October 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., free. Come one, come all to the ghoulishly fun Halloween KidFest, where children of all ages (even those young at heart) will enjoy traditional Halloween inspired activities.
This annual event occurs the Sunday before Halloween. Enjoy activities like: pumpkin decorating, “gross stuff” feeling game, ghoulish goodies, freaky photobooth, fortune telling, and face painting.
• Beth Macy, October 30, 3 p.m., free. Beth Macy, the best-selling author of “Furniture Man,” will return to the Jacksonville Center for the Arts to speak about her new book, “Truevine.”

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