• 3rd Biennial National Juried Fiber Arts Awards & Winners
  • The Art of Pairing: Tacos & Tequila
  • Summer Concert: Kinnfolk, Celtic Duo
  • Saturday Salsa with Lynchburg Salsa at Bower Center 
  • Fall Class Preview
  • Get Involved: Volunteer Today!
  • How To Donate To The Arts

3rd Biennial National Juried Fiber Arts Exhibition Awards Announced

The Awards Reception for our 3rd Biennial National Juried Fiber Arts Exhibition took place on Friday, July 21st here at Bower Center for The Arts. Ina Dixon, daughter of judge Elsabe J. Dixon, was here in place of her mother to share comments and insight to the winners. 

To view the live broadcast of our awards ceremony CLICK HERE.
To view judge Elsabe J. Dixon's award selections and comments CLICK HERE.

The exhibition will remain on display until August 19th.

Stop in and browse this diverse exhibition and don't forget to drop a vote for YOUR favorite in the People's Choice Ballot in the lobby!


Bower Annual Fundraiser
The Art of Pairing: Tacos & Tequila

Our Annual Fundraiser, The Art of Pairing: Tacos & Tequila is quickly approaching and now is the time to grab your tickets!

This event will be a fun, interactive evening offering tacos and tequila pairings, live music by Music Road Co, salsa dancing with Lynchburg Salsa, art making experiences, silent auction and more, all while being immersed in one of Bower Center's largest and most diverse exhibits, the 3rd Biennial Fiber Arts National Juried Exhibition. 

The evening will feature guided tastings of tequila, margaritas, Mexican fiesta menu and beverages catered by Suzy Q, etc. Guests will have an opportunity to take a memorable photo in our photo booth and participate in our silent auction featuring art, local gifts, restaurant certificates, hand crafted items and more!

If you or your local business would like to contribute by donating an item to our silent auction, please contact Susan Martin at


Upcoming Summer Concert!



Kinnfolk- Celtic Folk Duo!

Saturday, August 26 at 7pm

Advance Tickets: $15


Josh and Julie Kinn weave bouzouki, bodhran, and smooth vocal harmonies in their Celtic folk music from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

As their notoriety has expanded worldwide, their music has been featured on podcasts and radio programs across the globe. The pair recently received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and the City of Roanoke to create a body of work exploring the history and folk legends of their town.



Saturday Salsa with Lynchburg Salsa

We are excited to be partnering with Lynchburg Salsa for this fun evening of dancing on Saturday, August 5th!
Lynchburg Salsa will be doing pre-tickets sales for this event as space is limited. Please email to reserve your ticket. They will be offering a discount to those who reserve their tickets by July 31, 2023.

Doors open at 5:45pm
Beginner Lesson from 6-7pm
Social Dancing from 7-10pm

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance!
No partner is required to attend.
Recommended attire is dressy casual.
Flip flops are not recommended. 

There will be a cash bar for this event.
For more information, please contact Lynchburg Salsa

Fall Class Preview

Summer is beginning to come to a close and that means we'll soon be announcing a full Fall schedule of workshops and classes for adults and youth alike! 

Clay classes, watercolors, acrylics, mosaics and more- we've got so much in store for the Fall semester here at Bower Center for The Arts

Stay tuned and keep up with all of our upcoming events, classes, concerts, exhibits and more by bookmarking our website!


Volunteer Today!

We are looking for volunteers to work as Front Desk Guest Services & Gallery Attendants during our hours of operation, Tues-Sat, 11am-3pm. Responsibilities include greeting guests, offering building tours, fielding questions, processing sales and registrations, and ensuring the safety and cleanliness of public spaces during open hours. This is a public volunteer position that requires mission-driven professionalism at all times.


Your Support Makes A Difference!

"Thanks for all the wonderful programs and opportunities you've coordinated and offered. Bedford is a better place because of people like you, Bower Staff, and organizations like the Bower Center!" Parent of Youth Summer Camp Attendee

Arts experiences contribute to a higher quality of life, offering opportunities for citizens to gather, connect, learn new skills, and gain confidence through the process of making and enjoying art.Your gifts make these programs and experiences possible!Consider donating to your local arts community!



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