The Fine Arts Center is inviting artists from the New River Valley and beyond to participate in one or more opportunities to share their art.
NEW RIVER VALLEY – With its mission to support the arts and artists of the New River Valley, The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley is announcing multiple opportunities for local artists to showcase their talents.
Applications are available on the center’s website at facnrv.org/artist-opportunities.
The first is an expansion of the popular Rhythm & Ribs concert event to be held in Jackson Park in historic downtown Pulaski on Saturday, Aug. 13, called Art in the Park. In addition to a day of food, fun, and musical performances, the event will include an opportunity for local artists to display and sell their original, handmade art. The musical lineup will include Billboard chart toppers Nu-Blu opening at 11 a.m. followed by Virginia Hollow, the Thrillbillyz, The Kind and other community performers throughout the day.
August will mark the opening of the community art exhibit Menagerie, one of the center’s most popular exhibits that has been on hiatus the past two years. All interested NRV area artists 18 years or older are encouraged to apply. Multiple forms of art will be accepted.
Because of the challenges for all artists the past two years, the application price has been reduced to $5 for nonmembers and free for members, and fee-waivers are available upon request. The center’s goal is to showcase the wide range of talented artists from the area and does not want cost to be a barrier. Participating artists are encouraged but not required to offer their works for sale. Deadline for application is July 31, 2022, and this year’s show will feature a $100 prize for the People’s Choice Award.
Artists who would like to establish a longer term relationship with the arts center may want to apply to sell their work in the center’s newly renovated Artisan Gift Shop or to teach a class. To be considered for the gift shop, art work must be original, hand-crafted, and ready for display. The center has long offered classes for children and adults, and artists interested in teaching a class or workshop can apply online. The sessions can be a two-hour workshop, a one- or two-day class, or a series of workshops or classes over several weeks. Applications for all of these opportunities are available on the center’s website at facnrv.org/artist-opportunities.
The Fine Arts Center is located at 21 West Main St. in historic downtown Pulaski. The center is supported, in part, by funding from the Town of Pulaski, Pulaski County, the C. E. Richardson Benevolent Foundation, the Randolph Foundation, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and through membership and donations. For more information about the Fine Arts Center and to view other events or to sign up for a class, visit their website at FACNRV.org.