In honor of Black History Month, Bower Center for the Arts celebrates two local African American visual artists. In this final week, we feature the work of Donald Parker, a native of Bedford where he was born, raised, and died in April 2013 at the age of 57. He graduated from Liberty High School and was an accomplished craftsman who loved working on cars, building and creating with his hands, and as evidenced by this watercolor, also a skilled artist. Fortunately, an admirer and collector of his artwork loaned this watercolor for display in the African American art exhibition at the Sedalia Center last June. As a result, Parker’s art practice was brought to the attention of Bower studio artist Veronica Jackson. Unfortunately, the title and date of this watercolor are unknown.


Artwork courtesy private collection, Bedford, VA. Photograph by Virginia Dickens, 2021




Curry Bower Art Heist & Murder Mystery Event

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 22 at 5pm

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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We are looking forward to offering a variety of opportunities this Spring and Summer that appeal to different audiences.  At this time we are looking to begin scheduling Spring classes or workshops for late March or early April and running into June, and Summer Classes beginning in late June or early July.  If you have an idea or interest in offering something please complete the online form by clicking the link below.

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Classes Coming In March


Mosaic Steppingstone

March 1 - March 29, Tuesdays 2-4:30pm

  Steppingstones can be put along the edge of a walkway to be a colorful accent or put in place as a pathway. They can be set into the ground (grass or soil) or a bed of pea gravel to set them off.

Tuition is $125, with a $35 supply fee.

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Mosaic Beyond the Basics

March 17 - April 28, Thursdays: 6-8:30 pm

  Mosaics: Beyond the Basics provides information and training projects to help those who wish to advance their mosaics to the next level. A workbook and Power Point for each student provides additional instructional materials.

Tuition is $175, with a $35 supply fee.

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Wheel Throwing and Hand Building Basics for Adults

March 22 - May 10, Tuesdays: 9:30am-12pm

  Ready to try your hand at the potter’s wheel and or handbuilding? There will be helpful demonstrations and lots of hands-on time in this session. You will be learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration in this fun and casual class, taught by instructor Kim Clarke.

Tuition is $180 for the class, clay, and glaze.

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Mosaic Open Studio

2 Sessions Begin in March: March 8 & March 24

     The Mosaics Open Studio Time is for those who want to work in a classroom environment, build on their skills, and receive occasional additional instruction while working on their own individual projects. Tools not in use will be available, otherwise students should bring their own. Attendees should bring their own supplies, or they may be purchased from the instructor.

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Current Exhibit


8th Annual Edna Curry John Bower Exhibit

Now- March 12, 2022

     Currently in both our Terrace Gallery and Sara Braaten Gallery is the 8th installment of the Curry Bower Exhibition, Named in honor of Bower Center donor John Bower and his Wife Edna Curry. The show is available through March 12, so if you have yet to see the show make sure to make a trip to the Bower Center to see this phenomenal exhibition!

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Bower Center for the Arts

305 N. Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523


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