On 1/30/07, Jacksonville Center Newsletter <newsletter@jacksonvillecenter.org> wrote:

    Jacksonville Center Newsletter - January 30, 2007

    Dear Artists, Members and Friends of  The Jacksonville Center,

    We hope you are all keeping warm while the arctic front dips down to visit our region.    



    David St Lawrence has resigned his position as Executive Director, effective January 25. Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Wil Stratton thanked David for his many positive contributions to the Center during the past 8 months. David plans to continue his association with the Center as a volunteer. You can keep up with David through his web blog, “Ripples’ at http://ripples.typepad.com



    Our hardworking gallery committee of volunteers has been busy installing our next exhibit, "Not Just a Pretty Picture". This photography exhibit opens on February 2 and runs through March 31. With over 40 artists participating, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our opening, "Meet the Artists" reception will be on February 10, 6-8 pm. The "snow" date for the reception is February 17, 6-8pm. The gallery committee volunteers are: Jayn Avery, chairperson; Ernest Bryant, Carter Holliday and Laura Byler. Chris Youngblood, our gallery/retail shop coordinator, supports the committee with getting the applications out, publicizing the exhibit, answering questions, processing the applications and assisting the gallery committee with the installation along with many other details. Our exhibits would not be possible without their efforts.



    Ed Dolinger, our first visiting artist in residence, will be leaving at the end of January. We are hosting a reception for Ed on Wednesday, January 31, 6-8 pm in the Community Hall where there will be an exhibit of Ed's work completed while here at the Center. Ed conducted workshops with students at Floyd's Tekoa School for Girls and their work, abstract-expressionism paintings, will also be on display. A colleague from Utah, Greg Parascenzo, was here for part of Ed's residency and will have some of his own works on exhibit as well. All metal sculptures included in the exhibit will be available for sale. This will be a chance for folks to ask Ed what it is like to live at the Center for a month and work in freezing temperatures in the forge!



    Linda Osborne's studio, "Feel the Heat" (lampwork beads), will have a new look soon. Linda has been hard at work remodeling her space with new display cases and exciting, new inventory. She will now be offering components to make jewelry with in addition to lampwork beads and finished jewelry. She hopes to have the studio reopened by Wednesday. Linda's studio has been a popular stop for many of our visitors and we expect her new look to be a hit.

    Mark your calendars for the monthly Creativity Roundtable on Wednesday, February 7, Noon to 1pm. This well-received event is generously hosted by McCabe Coolidge and Karen Day in their studio, "The Nook." For the past several months, Karen and McCabe have provided an opportunity for folks to participate in informal discussions involving creativity. They'll provide soup. Everyone is invited to bring their own sandwich or something to share. As they say, "Everyone is creative."



    All studios are suitable as workspace or gallery.

    The studios come with the bonus of a supportive environment where Center staff will open and close your studio and provide sales support during business hours. Staff can also accept deliveries or hold packages for pickup.  Free Wi-Fi connection, four color printing services, downstairs kitchen access, basic utilities included.


    1.  One 145 sq ft studio with single window overlooking Buffalo Mountain is now available for $250 a month.  This has a sink hook up and floor drain.

    2.  A similar 145 sq ft studio, also $250 a month, with a sink hook up and floor drain will be available mid-February.

    3.  A larger studio, 208 sq ft of studio and display space with 5 windows for $375/month, will also be available mid-February. Two windows face the interior hallway and three face the        outside. This studio comes with track lighting and air conditioning. This has no floor drain.   

    For more information, please call 745-2784 and ask to speak to John McEnhill.



    We are working to update the website with information about our 2007 classes and other programs. We hope to have this completed by the end of the week. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience.



    This past week, three people from our organization attended the ArtWorks conference in Richmond. Martha Sullivan, board member and chair of the Education Committee; Chris Shackelford, Director of Educational Programming and John McEnhill, Business Manager, attended the two day conference for Virginia arts organizations. The conference offered workshops designed to help arts organizations address issues such as education, management, planning, comunication and exhibiting. Governor Kaine and many of the Virginia legislators were present at an evening reception and there were many opportunities for our participants to network with peer organizations. The conference concluded with a visit to the state capitol to advocate for increased funding for the arts -- $1 per capita was the goal.


    2007 CLASSES

    Don't forget to check out our class catalogs. These classes will start soon, so register now to reserve your space. Some courses have very limited space. If you have not received a catalog or know of someone who would be interested, call us at 745-2784 or drop us an email at info@jacksonvillecenter.org.


    Don´t forget… our winter hours until April will be Monday to Fridays, 10 am to 5pm; Saturdays, 12-5pm; and closed on Sundays.  We´ll keep an eye on our groundhog to see how much longer winter will last.

    Stay warm and safe!

    The Jacksonville Center Team

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