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Oops, Your FLY is OPEN

Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 11:48 PM

I'd like to first thank Veita Jo Hampton--a well known author and contributing artist at The Fly--for loaning me the catchy title. Now, it has come to my attention recently that many people are still not sure that The Fly Art Center is open to the general public, even the locals. We had two people in the gallery last week, both from the area, who said they were hesitant about coming in because they weren't sure it was open [to the public].

If you've been reluctant to drop in at The Fly, I urge you to stop by for a few minutes and check us out. It's a comfortable place where you can find craft workshops, art classes, theatrical plays, community events, etc. Take a stroll through our new Art Gallery, where you will find art and fine crafts designed and created by local area artists, adjacent to which is the Bedford County History Museum...displaying wartime relics and an impressive arrowhead collection, among other things.

And if you missed the Art Gallery's reception last Monday featuring my work on display this month, it's not too late to see the exhibited pieces, so I encourage you to drop in before it's replaced (the exhibit will come down at the end of the month). The reception was a huge success last week. The gallery was packed with art/fine craft enthusiasts, and I had the opportunity to meet people who have been following my blogs on the t-g, and who [for some reason] enjoy my work. It was a lot of fun, in spite of the difficulties with the air (we had a problem with the system and the temperature was extremely hot, but the issue has been resolved and the gallery is once again cool).

For those of you who missed it, the exhibit will be up the rest of the month so please stop by. Several things have already been aquired and may continue to go through the rest of the month, so try to make it soon or you'll miss seeing the best work. I have a unique and varied style, so there's sure to be something to appeal to your interests...especially my new walking horse and Steam Punk pieces. And don't forget the 22 other [local] artists whose works are on display. Stroll the gallery, tour the museum, see the coral reef fiber guild display all in one place and all for FREE!!!

The Gallery and museum are always FREE to visit and the Gallery hours are M, T, TH, Friday 11:00am-4:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm.


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You have a very interesting array of art work in the exhibit, Shawna. I like all your different styles and I think your layered photos are my favorite.

-- Posted by jbillswms on Tue, Jul 19, 2011, at 12:53 PM

Thanks jbillswms. It's always great to talk with you, and yes I think the layered pieces are my favorites too. I think people were really surprised to find Bedford County has so many talented citizens. Dina's equestrian paintings are truly amazing, as are Carol's animal portraits and Susan's pottery, Julie's jewelry, Gina's metal sculpts...there are just too many great pieces/artists to list. Hope people reading this will take the time to check it out...I they'll be pleasantly surprised.

We have homemade soaps, hand-cut cards, art dolls, felt hats, silver-clay jewelry, Indian bead jewelry, blown-glass jewelry, Steam Punk jewelry, wood-carved jewelry, mixed-media art, wire sculpts, metal sculpts, Blessings pottery, unique photography, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, pencil drawings, natural earth sculpts, polymer clay sculpts, driftwood art, mosaic art, sticker art, photo books, art books, journals and so much more. There are small, simple pieces and large, elaborate pieces and all sizes/types in between....who knew, right here in our own home town!

-- Posted by shawna.jones on Tue, Jul 19, 2011, at 7:47 PM

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A once self-proclaimed entrepreneur with a strong background in photography, computer assembly, and digital arts/graphic design, Shawna is a dual-major graduate who was forced to leave a middle-management position after a serious accident and illness left her unable to work. As a mother of six and former teacher, she is now homeschooling her two youngest children and volunteers her time as an educator for the Bedford County Enrichment Homeschool Program.