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Message from Executive Director

Susan Martin

Dear Bower Family & Friends,


Summer seems to be flying by.  It's hard to believe we are half way through our youth summer camps and are beginning our planning for fall and winter programming and events.


This summer we've introduced a new opportunity for everyone in our community to share their talents at our monthly Open Mic Nights.  Join us every 3rd Tuesday with DJ Showtime, Jon Hayden and share your talents through music, comedy, dance, spoken word and more!


Thanks to our Open Mic Night we were introduced to comedian, L.A. Preston from Roanoke and are excited to add a Comedy Night to our performance calendar on August 27.  We hope you'll enjoy a fun evening with L.A. and his friends.


Today we are excited for the opening of our first National Juried Paper Art Exhibition, a new national juried exhibit that is discipline specific in that the artwork has been created with paper, another media on paper, or mixed in with paper.  Visit between now and August 20, gallery admission is always free or view the exhibit online HERE.


I hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer and if you're looking for opportunities to beat the summer heat, check out our website for upcoming classes, live performances, events and more!  Visit for details.







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Artist Spotlight

     Join us for the Christmas in July Maker's Market!  This event includes wonderful artisan & food vendors, live entertainment and family activities while we celebrate summer and get a head start on shopping for the holidays!

    Celebrate summer and shop local handmade goods at Bower Center for the Arts! With 25 exhibitors from around the region, you are sure to find the perfect summer treasures and early holiday gifts at the Christmas in July Maker's Market!

    You can meet Santa when he swings by the Bower on his summer vacation from 11am-1pm and sing Christmas Classics with Andrea Plunkett from 12pm-2pm! 

    This event will also include our popular Mimosa punch, chances to win door prizes, a Gift Basket raffle, free family activities and a maker’s space for kids to get creative!

     Donations of crayons, markers and colored pencils and other school supplies will be collected to support the Back-to-School Drive-Thru Backpack program in Fall 2022.

    Click HERE for more details and to see a vendor list.


Join Us on July 19th!

Suzanne V. Paddock


    Suzanne V Paddock grew up in Putnam County, NY and earned a BS in Visual Arts at SUNY New Paltz in 1993. Her early career was in production at various places including Archie Comics, in Mamaroneck, NY. Her next big step was into a community of outsider artists in the Hudson Valley which garnered exhibits, studio tours, and representation at Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY.

    Paddock moved to Central VA in 2012 and joined the local arts community of Bedford County in electrifying its’ amazing potential. She was a founding member of the first co-op art gallery in the town of Bedford, worked at the Sedalia Center, in Big Island, taught drawing classes, presented art talks, held studio tours, and showed in solo exhibits.

     Paddock joined the exhibition committee at Bower Center for the Arts, in the town of Bedford, in 2015. In early 2019, she was asked to assist in curating “This Is Our Service: America’s Veterans Make Art”, an exhibit presented by Bower Center in partnership with the National D-Day Memorial to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Looking Back

June 2022

Bower Center For The Arts

305 N. Bridge Street

Bedford, VA


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