• Awards Reception for 3rd Biennial National Juried Fiber Arts Exhibition
  • Final Summer Camp of the Season: The Art of Good Health!
  • The Art of Pairing: Tacos & Tequila | Silent Auction Donations OPEN!
  • Kinnfolk LIVE in Concert!
  • Volunteer Opportunities at Bower Center
  • How To Donate To Support The Arts

3rd Biennial National Juried Fiber Arts Exhibition & Awards Reception

An awards reception for our 3rd Biennial National Juried Fiber Arts Exhibition will take place this Friday, July 21st from 5-7pm at which time daughter of Judge Elsabé J. Dixon will share with us her remarks regarding the winning pieces.  The reception is open to the public and all are welcome! 


This exhibit includes all forms of fiber art: functional, wearable, and fine art, original in concept and design from across the country!

Stop by to browse the exhibit and be sure to drop your favorite selection into our People's Choice Ballot in the lobby.

Exhibition ends August 19th.


Final Summer Camp of The Season: The Art of Good Health

Explore your creativity while practicing physical, academic, social, and emotional wellness. Throughout the week, you will work on art projects and participate in activities to enhance all areas of wellbeing. The creation of art can help us explore social and emotional wellness and connect us to the world around us. An example of activities will include practices for supporting our emotional health & wellbeing through yoga, movement, meditation and fostering mindfulness; learning the art of fostering positive body images and how to treat our bodies with respect; an introduction to nutrition and the art of food preparation; outdoor activities and exploring nature; and exploring creativity through painting, drawing, clay and more!

Open to ages 6-15.


Bower Center Annual Fundraiser | The Art of Pairing: Tacos & Tequila

The Bower Center for the Arts is excited for our upcoming annual fundraising event designed for adults to enjoy an evening out while supporting the Bower Center’s mission and programs. The Art of Pairing – Tacos & Tequila, presented by Loper Financial, will be held on
Saturday, August 19 from 7 PM – 10 PM in the beautiful & historic Bower Center for the Arts. 

This event will be a fun, interactive evening offering tacos by Suzy Q Catering with 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. 

As a 21+ event.. The evening will feature a guided tequila tasting with additional food and drinks catered by Suzy Q. Catering. Beer + wine will be available for purchase. 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!

Individual Registration: $55
Couples Registration: $100

We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction! If you're interested in supporting this event as a sponsor, please contact Susan Martin.


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.



2023 Volunteer Needs

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.

Volunteer today!


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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