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Bower Center for the Arts

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309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
540-586-4235 www.bowercenter.org

August 2016

Sculptural Revelations

August 30, 2016 - October 1, 2016
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Sculptural Revelations will be exhibited from August 30th through October 1st at the Bower Center and includes works by Bobby Fuller, Patrick Ellis, J. Gail Greer, Robert Mason, Sarah E.K. Muse, Joe Collins, Frederic Crist, Darcy Meeker, Nol Putnam, Millicent Young, Aggie Zed, and Lori Stetson.  

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September 2016

Bower Concert with Ken and Alli, Bedford’s folk duo

September 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Ken Horne and Allison Johnson will perform at the Bower Center on Saturday September 17th beginning at 7:30 PM.   Tickets are $10 in advance bought at lynchburgtickets.com or Bower Center.   Tickets at the door are $12.  The price of the tickets is kept low because of the Town of Bedford’s Government Challenge Grant and the VCA. Ken and Alli treat their audiences to a show spanning several centuries and many genres of American folk music. From contemporary Americana to sixteenth-century…

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November 2017

The Giving Tree: A Miniature Art Fundraising Exhibit

November 7, 2017 @ 11:00 am - December 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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At the heart of the holiday season is a spirit of Giving. Throughout the months of November through December, a hand crafted Giving Tree will be presented in the main lobby of Bower Center. It will be filled with special mini-sized art works awaiting their places in the community as cherished gifts. Exhibit Dates: November 7 - December 22, 2017 50% of all sales will be given to the Bower Center to assist in its ongoing mission: To enrich the cultural life…

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Lynchburg College Jazz Ensemble with Chris Magee

November 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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A night of big band jazz! Under the direction of Dr. Chris Magee, you'll hear selections from the LC Jazz Ensemble and the LC Community Jazz Band. Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 at the door Ticket Locations: Bower Center Office, or Online Cash Bar Available Chris Magee has played lead trumpet for such artists as Wayne Newton, The Temptations, The Four Tops and the O’Jays, and he was staff trumpeter and arranger at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. …

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December 2017

The Joybells ~ Holiday Concert

December 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Come out to Bower Center during 2nd Friday, December 8th and hang around for the free concert. Seating is limited, so come early! Cider, hot chocolate, and bottled water will be available for purchase. Complimentary coffee will be available.

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April 2018

Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Bedford Get Together is planning a celebration of Earth Day in Bedford on April 21 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.   This year’s theme for Earth Day is to end plastic pollution, a very ambitious goal but one that we can all begin.  Bedford Central Library, Wharton Garden and Bower Center for the Arts will be the main sites for the exhibits and activities.  In case of rain the activities will move into the Library and Bower Center. At least…

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Makers Brunch at the Bower Center for the Arts

April 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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The Bower Center is hosting its first Makers Brunch to celebrate local and regional artisans, providing an opportunity to offer their handcrafted goods for purchase.  Shoppers will enjoy sipping mimosas, breakfast beers, brunch and live jazz while browsing at our "Urban Indoor Makers Market"!  Food trucks will be parked around the building offering varieties of tasty brunch fare.  

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May 2018

Lenny Marcus Trio at the Bower Center

May 12, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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From Roanoke, Virginia, Lenny Marcus Trio is not simply a local jazz group. With the success of three albums, “Sun Ray: A Tribute to Ray Bryant,” “Tonk: A Tribute to Ray Bryant, Vol. 2” and the recent “Second Set,” Marcus and his band are scoring some high-class gigs. All three CDs have sold well and made jazz radio playlists. The act has traveled internationally, backing such artists as Sonny Fortune and Frank Foster at the Barbados Jazz Festival and the…

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June 2018

David Haught in Concert

June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Virginia-born, Brooklyn-based alt-country singer David Haught melds rock 'n' roll, Americana, bluegrass, and honky-tonk influences into a self-described "Different Kind of Country" that, above all, stays true to its straightforward storytelling roots. Tickets are $15.00 and are available online at www.bowercenter.org  Haught will be playing his newest album, and 4th release: https://davidhaughtmusic.bandcamp.com/album/david-haught

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July 2018

Exhibit: No Borders/No Boundaries

July 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - August 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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In the wake of current and nearly continuous national disasters and man-made violence, people all over the world have awakened and responded in the truest form of the spirit. We are seemingly at our best when confronted by our worst. “One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags, no countries and the only passport will be the heart.” - Carlos Santana, musician If that day were tomorrow, where would your heart take you? Judge: Gina Louthian-Stanley *Our…

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2nd Fridays at the Bower Center for the Arts

July 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Exhibit: No Borders/No Boundaries Awards Reception In the wake of current and nearly continuous national disasters and man-made violence, people all over the world have awakened and responded in the truest form of the spirit. We are seemingly at our best when confronted by our worst. “One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags, no countries and the only passport will be the heart.” - Carlos Santana, musician If that day were tomorrow, where would your heart…

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NiteKAP at the Bower Center for the Arts

July 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Originally known as “Ken and Alli”, Ken Horne and Allison Johnson have been joined by Paul Brockman to form NiteKAP, a trio of local Bedford musicians who perform an eclectic mix of American folk music. Their stage show spans several centuries and many genres of American folk music. From contemporary Americana to sixteenth-century Childe ballads, from classic blues to country music standards (and some that ought to be), NiteKAP offers a wide variety of musical styles and arrangements. Allison's sparkling…

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August 2018

After Jack with Opener catherine the great

August 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio couples a modern sensibility with distinctly old-time energy to blend bluegrass, gospel and folk elements. Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack. http://www.afterjackband.com/video.html Opener: catherine the great https://catherinethegreatmusic.com/ catherine the great is…

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September 2018

Bedford’s Finest Fare

September 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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A Street Festival offering the best of Bedford's foods and breweries, wine, artisan crafts, and live music. Lots of great food, music, kids’ activities, and fun for the entire family. "Touch-a-Truck" provided by the Bedford Fire Department.     Tickets $20 (including $10 value for food/beverages) Kids 12 and under free Limited exclusive VIP Tickets $40 (including $20 value for food/beverages and exclusive shaded area with tables and chairs) Bedford's Finest Fare will take place on North Bridge Street between…

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October 2018

Yoga Fundraiser for BUG

October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Bedford Urban Gardens will be hosting a morning of yoga at Bower Center for the Arts (305 North Bridge Street in Bedford) on Saturday, October 27, 9 am-12 noon. Local yoga teachers Mitchell Bond, Ellen Mackey, and LeAndra Shepherd will each offer a 50-minute practice. Bond will offer a gentle flow practice beginning at 9 am. Mackey will follow with a healthy back practice beginning at 10 am. Shepherd will conclude the morning with a yin practice which includes holding…

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Bower Witching Hour

October 31, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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A spooky forest will take over our lobby on Halloween... We are right on your trick-or-treating route! Skip the sidewalk and walk through our spooky, magical, witchy forest, ending in a free photobooth. This walk-through event will be "spooky and magical" but not scary, and appropriate for children and adults of all ages. Free and open to the public Photobooth provided by Amy Ellis Photography

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January 2019

Beginner Drawing with Arnulfo

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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18+ In this class, students will have the opportunity to express themselves through art while building upon the basic principles and foundations of drawing, including different grades of paper and pencils, light and shadow, and perspective. Because each student is unique, projects may be altered and one-on-one instruction will be given to suit each student’s skills, talents, knowledge, and interest level. Students will be encouraged to produce at least one illustration that will be matted. Session/Date Topic Project Session 1…

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Intro to Watercolors Workshop

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Have you always wanted to paint with watercolors but have heard they are “unforgiving”? Fear not! In this easy, breezy beginners class, we will use a limited palette to experiment with basic watercolor techniques. Techniques to be explored will include painting a flat wash, painting a gradual wash, using masking fluid, lifting paint, and glazing for depth. After some experimentation, we will use these techniques to create a simple seascape. $60 All supplies will be provided. Questions? Please email Perri…

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Intro to Pottery & Ceramics

January 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until February 26, 2019

Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Learn and explore the wonderful world of clay! In this class we will use techniques such as coil, pinch and slab to create decorative and functional ware. Instruction will include treatment of clay in various stages of moisture, wedging, finishing techniques and glazing. There will be an introduction to wheel- throwing to form bowls, cups, bottles etc. The Instructor is Kim Clarke. "When asked to describe her own work, Clarke already has a perfected artist statement ready to go. “Tim…

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5th Annual Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition

January 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until March 9, 2019

Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Annual judged non-theme exhibition to honor Bower Center's primary benefactors, Edna Curry and John Bower Gallery admission is always free during open hours- Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm Entry deadline for artists: January 19th 5 Judges: Artists in the Blue Tablecloth Society The Blue Tablecloth Society was originated by the well-known Virginia artist Ron Boehmer and functions as a critique instrument and professional barometer for its membership, which is limited to five. The goal is to examine work, learn from each piece, and…

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Intro to Mosaics with Dotti Stone

January 29 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 26, 2019

Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Feel the excitement of learning a centuries-old art form... and prepare to be addicted! Learn the basics of mosaic design, some of the different materials used, the tools used, how to cut glass and porcelain, and two direct methods of constructing a mosaic. Supply fee will cover the first two small projects. Instructor: Dotti Stone Dotti studied art at Richmond Professional Institute – ‘65, (now VCU), Richmond VA. Previously, a professional photographer and stained glass artist in Northern Virginia. Stone…

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Knitwits: Beginner Knitting Class

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 26, 2019

Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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We will learn the basics of knitting and make a cozy pair of slippers. Once you learn to to cast on, knit and purl, there is no end to what you can make! Instructor: Suzanne Warner, a retired middle school teacher in Bedford. "I have been knitting since around age 10. Knitting helps me relax and deal with a crazy world!" Kids 10+ welcome when accompanied by an adult Registration is required

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Acting Out Open House!

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bower Center for the Arts, 309 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA United States
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Curious about the hoopla and hullabaloo? Not sure that an after school drama club is where you want to be? Join us for an Open House and experience a day in the life of our Acting Out Members! There'll be snacks and games, and the opportunity to meet with some of our student directors to talk about our Spring production. ***** Acting Out is open to students in 5th through 12th grade. Buses drop off from Liberty Middle and High…

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