7th-annual Art on the Lawn to feature art show, all-day music, Kids Art Adventure
The summer is winding down to a close. September promises the beginnings of the beauties of autumn. It’s Fall Festival time in Southwest Virginia. And Giles Arts Council is ready to present its 7th Annual Art on the Lawn juried fine art show and sale.
Saturday, Sept. 15 will see 24 artists from throughout the New River and Roanoke valleys, as well as from northern Virginia, southern West Virginia and from North Carolina, converging on the lawn of Giles County’s beautiful courthouse lawn. You’ll see watercolors, oil paintings, collages, fine art jewelry, pottery, and more. This year’s show includes 13 new and emerging artists, as well as professional artists. Each will compete for the first-place award in their own category. An award for Best of Show, as well as an award for honorable mention, will include all the artists.
Kids Art Adventure will again be an integral part of Art on the Lawn. Kids Art chairman Denise Blakeney says that the children will be working with easel painting, grapevine art and origami. Kids Art Adventure volunteers are training with Jamie Chen to learn the folds.
“We all look forward to Kids Art Adventure every year. We have great volunteers, meet terrific parents and get to work with such wonderful children,” said Blakeney. ”You can expect to see some of them participating in Art on the Lawn sometime in the future.” A juggler, Cyrus Pynn, will also be around during the course of the day to entertain the kids.
Another added bonus that will be included again is music all day. Visitors will be entertained by Stevan Jackson on celtic harp and finger-style guitar from 10 to 11 a.m.; Laura Clark, singer/guitar player, from 11:10 to 12:10 p.m.; Bill Huffman and William Penn, guitar/keyboard duo, from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m.; Marya Katz on hammered dulcimer from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Four on Six, cello/guitar duo from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, the show, music and Cascades Café’s food booth will be moved to Pearisburg Community Center’s gymnasium. Kids Art Adventure will be moved to Pearisburg Community Center’s cafeteria. So the show will go on, rain or shine.
Giles Arts Council was founded in 2006 with the purpose of providing a public arena for the visual, performing, literary and needle arts. Programs and activities are funded by membership dues, donations and grants. Membership is open to anyone interested in the arts whether they are an artist or not. Information about Giles Arts Council, Art on the Lawn and the other programs offered by the GAC can be found at www.gilesartscouncil.org.
– Submitted by Betty Herbert
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