A Message from the Executive Director


Dear Friends,


Thank you for being an important part of the Bower Center for the Arts’ vibrant and creative community.

As 2021 comes to a close we have seen major changes to our world, but our mission has stayed the same.  We are still committed to providing a place where you can connect with others and enjoy an atmosphere of learning and personal growth through entertainment and education in the visual and performing arts.  

COVID-19 has impacted all our homes, but we remain dedicated to finding new ways to fulfill your creative spirit.  We have ventured into virtual classes and exhibits, online shopping of our art, provided links to fun resources for all ages and returned to offering hands-on learning and in-person exhibits with the implementation of health and safety controls.

In 2021 after more than 15 months, we returned to offering our youth summer camps where more than 150 campers explored the arts through nature, music, theatre, clay, mosaics, painting, drawing and more!  AND, after more than 20 months we returned to live performances with a fall concert series that included jazz, bluegrass, a combination of traditional and Irish holiday music and a Christmas Carol One-Man show.  


We have ambitious plans for 2022, including new exhibits and events, community collaborations, art outreach programs, a full year of live performances, learning opportunities and much more.  We look forward to continuing to be YOUR community arts center and look forward to seeing you soon!

As always, we appreciate your support, whatever the amount.  Thanks to the support of our community the Bower Center has been able to sustain our current activities, develop new programs, and be ready to tackle any new challenges that may come our way.  If you would like to make a donation, please CLICK HERE for our online opportunity.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


With Gratitude,


Susan Martin

Executive Director





Upcoming Events in the New Year!


See ME! Cultural Reflection Discussions.

January 9th, 1:30pm-3:45pm

    Join us Sunday, January 9th from 1:30-3:45pm at Bower Center for the Arts as we will be hosting Cultural Reflection Discussions in conjunction with the See ME! exhibition. The Discussions will be held in two parts, the first by visual artist, curator, and critical studies scholar Veronica Jackson, and the second led by Ryann Mason, a hometown girl from Bedford, VA who is a disability advocate, a published model, registered nurse, adaptive athlete, and member of the LGBTQIA community.

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Art Heist Murder Mystery!


Join Bower Center for the Arts and Jump into Mystery as we offer a unique experience! Each guest will enter another world and become a character when they enter the Bower Center; roles will be supplied in advance, and you will sustain it for the length of the event. This fun, interactive event will have you asking questions of each of the other guests, searching for clues, and buying or selling information using fake money. In the end, you will decide who committed a murder and Art Heist crime, the motive, and the method. 


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Current Exhibits!



Nov. 23 - Jan 22, 2022

    Let’s explore the concept that we as people are genetically the same ( 99.9 percent according to the National Human Genome Research Institute) BUT ... we are different in how the world views and separates us. Join us on January 9th for two cultural reflection discussions Veronica Jackson and Ryann Mason.

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Adam Sensel: Bardo, Bedford & Beyond

Nov. 23 - Jan 22, 2022

  "Bardo, Bedford and Beyond: an exploration of my mind’s eye, a stylized reality presented as oil on canvas paintings. The Bardo, a Buddhist term is the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth, according to Tibetan tradition. I like to describe my works as “paintings from the bardo”." - Adam Sensel

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Call For Artists Deadlines!


8th Annual Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition (NEW Junior Division)

Entry Deadline: January 22, 2022

     Junior Division: Artists aged 13- 17 who would like to begin entering exhibits may enter up to two original artworks.

    Adult Division: The adult division is open to all artists aged 18 and over. All entries must be original works (no reproductions) and created by the artists within the past three years and not been in a previous juried or judged exhibit at Bower Center.

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Itsy-Bitsy Art

Entry Deadline: March 9, 2022

    This beloved exhibit of small art that used to be shown at Art Upstairs, and later at The Electric Company, is being revived here in its new home at Bower Center.

Entry fee: $20. Enter up to 3 art works. All art must be for sale

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10th Annual National Juried Exhibition

Entry Deadline: March 23, 2022

    This exhibition is open to all artists over the age of 18. All entries must be original works (no reproductions) and created by the artists within the past three years and not been in a previous juried exhibit at Bower Center.

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Bower Center for the Arts

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