• Upcoming Concerts & Mistletoe Makers Market
  • Artists Corner : Calls For Artists & Winter Gifts Participation 
  • Volunteer Needs
  • Upcoming Class Schedule & Registration
  • What's Next! Upcoming Concerts, Events, & Exhibits
  • Donate & Volunteer Today!

Upcoming Concerts


SML Harmeneers
November 11th

Join us for an afternoon of beautiful acapella melodies with The Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers as they present:
Under The Boardwalk!

Along with guest quartet Razzmatazz. The Harmeneers' Mission is to sing four-part Barbershop harmony of a caliber that gives enjoyment to our members and audiences while promoting a true spirit of fellowship within our Chapter. In addition to preserving an old American institution, we also engage in a variety of activities that benefit the communities in which we live. This is sure to be a concert that you don't want to miss!

Saturday, November 11th at 2:30pm
at Bower Center for The Arts

Tickets: $12 advance
$15 at the door


New Standard Bluegrass

on November 18th

New Standard brings together a variety of styles and influences ranging from traditional artists to contemporary bluegrass and gospel artists. The band was founded in October, 2011 by Zach Brown, Spencer Blankenship, and Mason Thomas - all students at Virginia Tech at the time. One month later, Stewart Scales was asked to be a part of the band as the bass player and the band began performing at local restaurants in the Blacksburg area. 

In the following years, the group played more festivals such as Sedalia, and has performed at the Harvester in Rocky Mount on two occasions, once as a solo act and another opening for the Lost & Found. Zach Gilmer & Jason Wheeler have played banjo with the group in the past. Robert Overstreet was added on banjo in 2018, and the band continues to expand its performance horizons up and down the Blue Ridge today. In late 2019, the group wrote several new songs to be featured on a 2021 release entitled 'One More Tear' which was recorded and mastered at Hambone Productions in Lynchburg, VA.

You don't want to miss this! ALWAYS A SELL OUT CROWD!

Saturday, November 18th at 6pm
at Bower Center for The Arts

Tickets: $15 advance
$20 at the door


Mistletoe Makers Market

November 25th | 10am-3pm

Celebrate Small Business Saturday and shop local handmade goods at Bower Center for the Arts!

With over twenty-five exhibitors from around the region, you are sure to find the perfect holiday gifts!  Free gift wrapping will be available.

This event will also include concessions, chances to win door prizes, free face painting, caricatures with Kyle Edgell, selfies with Santa & Mrs. Clause and art activity stations for families!

Admission is $2/adult at the door or a donation of art supplies for the Bower Center's Little Free Art Gallery! Children 12 and under are free.

Donations from this event help support Bower Center's Free Little Art Gallery. Molded on Little Free Libraries, the Free Little Art Gallery (FLAG) makes art accessible to all in our community.  FLAG encourages visitors to take pint-sized artworks, art instruction and creative writing books, and youth art supplies home or to leave behind creations of their own to share with others. 

Vendor Spotlight!

Each week we'll be spotlighting some of the wonderful artisan vendors you'll see at The Market!

The Clean Canine

The Clean Canine was developed to provide all natural and safe products to keep your furry family members clean and happy! All of their products are handcrafted by a Licensed Veterinary Technician who has 12 years of clinical experience with specific training in toxicology. 👩‍🔬 All products are also safe to use on cats and made with plant based soaps, oils, and lightly scented with pet safe fragrances. If you've got fur babies, you're not going to want to miss this vendor!

Moonlight Mountain Designs

Say hello to Moonlight Mountain Designs! If you're a lover of crystals and gems, you're going to adore this maker! Specializing in handcrafted copper electroformed crystal jewelry, Moonlight Mountain owner Sara East does an impeccable job at designing and making individual pieces to fit any style. Each piece is completely unique and a one-of-a-kind design!


Artist's Corner

Current Calls For Artists


This annual exhibit is an all-media judged exhibit to honor Edna Curry and Dr. John Bower, Bower Center's primary benefactors. 

Exhibit will take place February 13– March 30, 2024. 

Entry Deadline: January 17th, 2024 at 11:59pm 

Adult Division: $30 For up to 3 pieces of Art
Junior Division: $10 for up to 2 pieces of Art

12th Annual National Juried Exhibition

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. 

Works will be accepted in numerous media including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, print-making, collage, mixed media, photography, mosaics, sculpture, fabric, and glass (stained and fused).  

Entry deadline is March 2, 2024, 11:59 PM. 

$35 for up to 3 pieces of art. Additional $10 for a 4th piece of art.

Art In Motion National Juried Exhibition

Regardless of the medium this exhibit is meant to express the excitement of movement. Entries may be 2-D or 3-D, wall hung, suspended in space, supported by a pedestal, or free-standing on a floor.

Kinetic Art is any medium that contains movement perceivable by the viewer or that depends on motion for it's effect. So show us your mobiles, or any art that has moving elements or gives the feeling of motion. This exhibit is for art that's GOT THE MOVES! 

Online entering will be open in the fall, check our website to stay updated! 


Winter Gifts
Artist Participation

Now accepting artisans to participate in Winter Gifts.  You may register online or download the form below and submit via email or dropping off at Bower Center.

Participation Form


Winter Gifts, Bower Center’s Annual Art Fundraiser is comprised of smaller size works that make giving arts and crafts to friends and family an easy choice. This fundraiser features one-of-a-kind gifts such as pottery, jewelry, paintings, home decor, holiday ornaments, gnomes, and more from regional artists where 50% of the sales benefit the overall operations and programs at Bower Center for the Arts. Find something by your favorite local artist for yourself or someone on your shopping list! 

Shop Local, Support Local! Complimentary gift wrap is available.


Volunteer Needs!

Volunteer to help us with our outreach program!

We have volunteer needs for next Wednesday, November 1, from 9:45-10:30 and Tuesday, November 7, from 9:30-10:45.


If you're available and would like to volunteer for these programs, please contact our Programs Coordinator Lauren Hood at

Find all of our volunteer opportunities and information on our website


Classes & Workshops

Adult Clay Open Studio

Thursdays from October 26-December 7th
$135 for class & clay

Youth Clay Handbuilding

Thursdays from October 26-December 7th
$80 per child
Ages 11-15 years

Beginning Wheel Throwing

Thursdays from October 26-December 7th
$160 for class & clay

Ceramic Heirloom Ornaments Workshop

November 6th & 13th
$50 per person

Needle Felting Ornament Workshop

December 6th
$30 per person

All That Jazz! Adult Dance Class

January 10th-March 27th
$210 for full class

For more information on our complete Fall class & workshops schedule, click below!


What's Next!


The mission of the Bower Center for the Arts is to make visual and performing arts available to the entire Bedford population; to become a creative force and an educational resource for the community, and to harness the economic vitality of the arts.
Get involved today!



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