Sample the Artisan Trail, exhibits in Floyd

The Floyd Center for the Arts will present three new exhibit openings on Thursday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“SAMPLER: A Sampling of What You Might Find Along the 9th Annual Floyd Artisan Trail,” will open In the Hayloft Gallery, the Center’s main gallery. The exhibit is comprised of artwork and other items from various sites along this year’s Artisan Trail tour, which will be held Friday through Sunday, June 7 – 9.  Featured works in this exhibit include furniture made from local hardwoods, pottery, paintings, sculpture, fiber art, glass, instruments, a display from a honeybee sanctuary and more.

The Center also will welcome “Floyd Musings,” Oil Paintings by Howard Wenger.  The works in this exhibit are representative of the 12 years he has lived and painted in Floyd.

The Floyd County High School Spring Semester Art Show will be held in the Breezeway Gallery.  This exhibit is made up of artwork created by students and includes pottery, paintings, sculpture and more.

An opening reception for the trio of exhibits will be held on Thursday, June 6, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Floyd Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served. A cash beer and wine beer will also be offered. Many of the featured artists will be available to meet with the public and to answer any questions about their work. 

This reception is also designed as a kick-off for the Artisan Trail tour weekend and an opportunity for visitors to learn more Artisan Trail tour, which is a 3-day tour featuring sites across Floyd County with activities at artisan home studios; galleries and shops; farms and farm markets; and restaurant and lodging sites. 

Site activities include the sales and exhibit of fine art, hand-crafted and farm products; classes and demonstrations, and talks at sites throughout the county. Demonstrations and talks including furniture-making, pottery, patchwork quilting, woodworking, painting, farming and gardening, alpaca ownership and products, honeybees, and more.

Artisan Trail Sites include studios: Abby Reczek Pottery, Calico & Old Lace, Charlie Brouwer, Frog Hollow Pottery, Images by Reneé, Jessie Benson Fine Art, Phoenix Hardwoods, Poor Farm Pottery, Purple Barn Studios, River Farm Studios, Sarah McCarthy Pottery, Wild Weeds Studio, Wrenn Pottery, A Very Crafty Gal; galleries: Bell Gallery and Garden, Filamina Jewelry LLC, Floyd Center for the Arts, New Mountain Mercantile and The Maggie Gallery.

The trail also includes farms and other venues. For more information, visit floydartisantrail.org online or the Floyd Center for the Arts, located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Virginia 8, and the Floyd County Visitor Center (downtown).

Henry Wenger’s oil paintings will be among the works on display during the Artisan Trail tour in Floyd. The tour will be held Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9.
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