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The Art Center's annual Photography Exhibit is in the Gallery through December 27, 2021. Twenty-two local and regional artists present their work. #virginiacommissionforthearts ... See MoreSee Less

FEATURED FRIDAY ARTIST - Bob Anderson was one of our earliest consignor having his first work in the Arts & Crafts Center some 32 years ago! The work we have remaining in the gallery is probably shot on color slide film and emphasizes the rich and vibrant colors of the subjects and the seasons. ... See MoreSee Less

FEATURED FRIDAY ARTIST - Bob Anderson was one of our earliest consignor having his first work in the Arts & Crafts Center some 32 years ago! The work we have remaining in the gallery is probably shot on color slide film and emphasizes the rich and vibrant colors of the subjects and the seasons.Image attachmentImage attachment

Come shop with us on Black Friday! We will be open 10 am - 4:30 pm Friday & Saturday, and Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm. Shop for lots of unique gifts or purchase a Gift Certificate for that special someone! ... See MoreSee Less

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So many great ideas Gift wrapping too.

6 days ago

Rosalinda Hernandez Duby

This weekend Dave and I enjoyed a wonderful getaway in Clifton Forge, Va. We stayed at Hillcrest Mansion Inn and were treated with impeccable service. The innkeeper, Martha, has the gift of hospitality, truly. And I must mention her 90 year old mother and step-father who are such an adorable pair and dress up in butler attire to serve you breakfast. Seriously! The final picture posted is of Martha’s mother who as a child spent time in Hollywood where she danced and played the accordion during the Sherley Temple days. Martha attended to the smallest of details which made our stay unforgettable. Like the chocolates and dessert liqueur by our bedside with turn-down service. She is a self trained chef and delighted us with a lovely three course breakfast. I wish I had taken a picture of the final course. It was a pear pound cake with a coffee ice cream and was all too intoxicating. Who serves ice cream for breakfast? Martha, that’s who! What brought us to Clifton Forge was the Kriskindle Market and while I wish there had been more vendors, the artisans present displayed and demonstrated a passion for their works of art. For being a small community Clifton Forge has a quaint downtown with unique shops that I absolutely adored. I wish I’d taken pictures but I was so taken by it all. What the area is famous for is the Clifton Forge School of the Arts and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center. Remarkable that a community this size values the arts and invests in their artisans. I’m definitely going back and may even sign up to take a class. If you’re looking for a place to go for a getaway or even for the day, consider going to Clifton Forge. Go visit Martha at the Inn and ask her for a tour of her lovely home. Grab lunch at Jack Mason's Tavern, coffee at Caffé Museo, and dinner at Cafe Michel. ... See MoreSee Less

And the People's Choice Award for the 2021 Fall Festival Exhibit goes to......Sarah Williams for "Look at You, Look at Me"! Congratulations!!!Honorable Mention in Oil/Acrylic for "Look at You, Look at Me" by Sarah Williams ... See MoreSee Less

And the Peoples Choice Award for the 2021 Fall Festival Exhibit goes to......Sarah Williams for Look at You, Look at Me! Congratulations!!!

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Congratulations, Sarah!! I’m very proud of you ❤️

Congratulations Sarah!

So awesome!!! Congratulations Sarah Williams!! 🥰

Congratulations 👏

Absolutely my favorite! Congratulations!

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Congratulations!

Gallery worthy! 👍

Congratulations Sarah Williams

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FEATURED FRIDAY ARTIST --
Midge’s association with the World Organization of China Painters opened doors to a worldwide network of artists with many different views on painting porcelain. Always studying with leading teachers and learning new techniques, has kept Midge’s work fresh while retaining the age-old process that make painting on porcelain a prized commodity today.

Seminars with leading artists in the U.S. and from abroad stretched Midge’s visions. While her talent is not natural, through her consistent education in art principles, including color and design, she has achieved success.

Midge sells her work at art festivals and craft fairs and has a following of customers who seek her out at shows with their desire to have a piece custom painted.
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FEATURED FRIDAY ARTIST --
Midge’s association with the World Organization of China Painters opened doors to a worldwide network of artists with many different views on painting porcelain. Always studying with leading teachers and learning new techniques, has kept Midge’s work fresh while retaining the age-old process that make painting on porcelain a prized commodity today.

Seminars with leading artists in the U.S. and from abroad stretched Midge’s visions. While her talent is not natural, through her consistent education in art principles, including color and design, she has achieved success.

Midge sells her work at art festivals and craft fairs and has a following of customers who seek her out at shows with their desire to have a piece custom painted.Image attachmentImage attachment

Massie: "Outside" Kriskindlmarkt Features Many Unique Vendors; Great Food & More ... See MoreSee Less

Robin Poteet's Watercolor and Wax class created some wonderful art this weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

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Two days of painting with watercolor and wax. Everyone did awesome paintings. Thank you AHACC for inviting me. zWe'll do it again in the spring!

They had the best time and Robin is such a grand teacher. We are so lucky she came to teach this class!

FEATURED FRIDAY ARTIST
Chuck Almarez - After 10 years of military service (four years as a photo intelligence analyst), Chuck formalized his photography education with a degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. He participated in the Shroud of Turin project undertaken in 1979 and later worked as a staff photographer for Santa Barbara Research Center, a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft.
In 1982 he joined a fellow Brooks graduate in operating a commercial photography studio in San Francisco. Years working in technology marketing intervened until a move to Glen Wilton, Virginia in 1989.
In1994 he started Kid Pix Photography, shooting team and sports photos in Clifton Forge, VA., and by 2002 he had made a transition from film to digital photography. In 2014 Chuck completed a Master’s degree program in Digital Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He teaches photography courses at Clifton Forge School of the Arts, the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center in Clifton Forge, and Blue Ridge Community College in Wyers Cave, VA.
“There’s no one particular subject that I like to shoot, but when the light is right any subject can be interesting. One thing I do enjoy is creating images that tell a story. Many times they are images the camera never captured but are composites of several.”
To see more of Chuck’s photos go to:
www.almarezphoto.com
or find him on Facebook @ chuck almarez
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We are so fortunate to have an artist of Chuck's caliber in CF. His work is stunning and he contributes so much to the community.