In honor of Black History Month, the Bower Center celebrates two local African American visual artists. This week we feature the work of BCA Studio Artist, Veronica Jackson.

     Her artwork entitled, In Memoriam: For Those Who Labored for His Happiness was made in 2018 and consists of seven “treebands.” These felt bands were wrapped around thick-barked trees in a grove along the Rivanna River (aka “Jefferson’s River”) in Charlottesville, VA. They document a few of the many enslaved people at Monticello—the third President’s home and working plantation. Each person’s name, birthdate, and occupation were embroidered into an individual length of black fabric. Reminiscent of traditional armbands, these physical reminders memorialize those forgotten and invisible laborers who either produced goods transported down the Rivanna, or watermen who worked beside its banks, or stone masons whose extant markings exist at dams along various points of the waterway.

     Artwork and photographs courtesy of the artist.


Concert This Weekend!


John Bullard & Company

February 19, 7-8:15pm

    With qualities evocative of harpsichord and lute, the banjo makes a natural place for itself in particular within the works of Bach and other composers of the Baroque—and Bullard has established a strong repertoire in the music of that period. Yet he continues as well to expand the banjo’s classical reach, with a growing focus on new commissioned work.

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Exhibit Awards Announced!


Curry Bower Art Heist & Murder Mystery Event


February 26, 7-10 pm

Advanced Registration is Required!

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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Call For Artists Deadlines!


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

305 N. Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523


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