Sunday, April 29, 2012

16 Hands Is Next Weekend in Floyd County

 Come stay with us at Mountain Song Inn for this wonderful artisan tour. You won't be disappointed with your bed and breakfast get away or in the talent of our local artist and the guest artist that are a part of the tour. Make it your new Spring tradition.

The 16 Hands Spring Studio Tour Is Coming

It is time again for the 16 Hands Spring Studio Tour! The tour will take place the weekend of May 5-6th, and the studios’ hours will be Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm.
This semi-annual event involves a self-guided tour through several local art studios along the scenic roads in the Floyd, VA area, featuring the work of local and regional artists.
From their press release:
Visit our four studios in Floyd County, VA. Meet our guest artists and enjoy beautiful hand crafted pottery, woodworking, sculpture and jewelry. This year our guest artists come from Floyd County, Wytheville, VA, Asheville, NC and Mexico City, bringing you some of the finest crafts around. We are proud of the beautiful work these guest artists will bring to the studio tour.
We hope in addition to the 16 Hands members work, you will have an unforgettable experience. Join us for refreshments, meet the guest artistes, and enjoy this beautiful spring, while you wind your way to each of the 16 Hands Studio’s.
You can download a map from our web site and get more detailed information about each artist participating.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012



The following article is from our Jacksonville Center for the Arts News Letter; I copied and pasted to make sure all the information on up-coming classes are accurate. What could be more fun than a Mother's Day gift of a weekend in Floyd taking a class of your choice and have one on one time with Mom. It would be the perfect gift for Mother/Daughter, Mom/Dad, Mom/Mom, or Girlfriend/All Moms. The only thing that would make it the over the top gift of a lifetime would be to pair it with a stay at Mountain Song Inn, one of Floyd County's premiere bed and breakfast. We are full for Mother's day because of Virginia Tech's graduation, but  you can celebrate anytime. We would be happy to send a gift certificate. Hope to see you here soon.

April Showers bring May Flowers...and New Instructors too!

Treat your special mom to an adventure in creativity with one of our special 
May 2012 classes. The Jax has invited a group of special instructors to try 
their classes out at the Jax and now is your chance to get creative with them. 

May classes begin with a rainbow of color in Scott Cole’s Kaleidoscope 
making class. Scott comes to the Jax from his home in western North Carolina 
where he teaches regularly at The John C. Campbell Folks School. He 
has been making his beautiful copper, brass and aluminum encased 
and etched kaleidoscopes for over 20 years and brings his master level 
skills to the Jax on May 11-13.

Precious Metals Clay artist, Annie Armistead will visit the Jax on Sunday, 
May 13th for a 5 hour workshop on making jewelry from precious metal 
clays. PMCs are a special malleable material with precious metals powder 
mixed in, allowing the user to hand form jewelry that will be fired to solid 

GowenE_plein air (4) 2The Jax also looks forward to a
long weekend
out-of-doors with Bedford-based 
plein-air artist, Ed Gowen
May 18-20. Although essentially 
self-taught, Ed has studied 
under such masters 
as Kevin MacPherson, Ralph 
Oberg, and Charles
Sovek. In his paintings, he 
manages to establish 
the effect of space and has a 
technique that wields the power 
to suggest mood—some of his
works shining with the brightness 
of life while others brood with the depth of shadow. This class will take 
their inspiration directly from the Blue Ridge Mountains by spending at 
least half the workshop outside on the Parkway or other space around

The month will draw to a close in our pottery studio when Mike Lalone, 
Pottery Studio Manager at the John C. Campbell Folk School, brings his 
special skills in sculptural work to the Jax for a week long workshop 
on ceramic portraits, May 21-25. Learn the special skills involved in 
sculpting facial features in clay in a fun and creative environment. 
Mike’s special love of clay and years of teaching both children and 
adults the art ceramics makes this class a sure-fire way to unwind 
and grow at the same time.

Click on class for more information:

(Remember that we offer gift certificates and they make great gifts too!)

All classes at The Jacksonville Center require pre-registration. Register online or call during business hours at 540-745-2784. Our new 
satellite location, The Jax Galleria, offers class registration downtown at The Station.

220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd Va - 540-745-2784 -