Plein Air Festival, August 14-19


Twenty-five prominent national artists are coming to Floyd in August.

Drawn by the beautiful landscape of Floyd Virginia, 25 artists will be setting up their easels throughout the county to capture, in paint, the picturesque surroundings.

The Floyd Plein Air Festival 2017 is a new and exciting event that grew from the success of 2016’s Floyd Plein Air Crush weekend. Expanding to a week-long event, the festival brings national and regional artists to paint the splendor of the county’s open spaces and favorite places. Partnering with the Floyd Center for the Arts in this endeavor are Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morissette Winery, Riverstone Organic Farm, Apple Ridge Farm, and the Town of Floyd, as well as several host families, businesses and farms in and around the county.

Joli Ayn Wood, one of the event leaders, said, “Our mission for the festival is to bring visibility and opportunity to the artists, participating venues, and partners, while providing an inspirational, educational, and memorable experience for the patrons attending. It is our hope that the festival will not only be an annual fundraising opportunity for the Floyd Center for the Arts, but also an activity to boost the sustainability of its partner venues and hosts.”

Others will have an opportunity to be a part of the event and meet the artists. Joli said, “You will even have a chance to purchase a work of art that features Floyd’s landscapes. Plus, we are planning a dinner with the artists and a number of receptions featuring the artist’s work. If you’d like to be included in these events we’ll be selling tickets at the Center and from the Center’s website.”

More than $3,500 in prizes will be given away to participating artists. And we are pleased to announce Valerie Craig from St. Davids, Pennsylvania, as our juror for the events.

For more information, please call the Center for the Arts at (540) 745-2784, email or visit

For more information about The Floyd Center for the Arts: or call 540-745-2784. The Center is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10– 5 p.m.