Classes Coming In March & April


Step Into Spring! Clay Garden Markers

2 Day Workshop!

Mon. Mar. 21 & Thur. Mar. 24 from 6-8pm

    Join us for this timely evening workshop series. We will make identifying ceramic plant markers for your herb or vegetable garden, or fun decorative markers for potted plants. These ceramic markers will be fully useable for numerous seasons, and can be a unique addition to a potted plant.

All materials will be provided in the $35 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: Beyond the Basics

Apr. 7 - May 19, Thursdays: 6-8:30 pm

     This class offers an in-depth look at refining skills and different techniques: design planning, andamento (what is it and why is it important?), blending colors for gradations that achieve a natural gradient color flow, design elements: tiles (size, shape of cuts, texture, types of tile or found objects), tonal range, and perspective.

$175 for the semester, $35 supply fee

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Mosaic Gazing Ball

Apr. 12 - May 10, Tuesdays 2-4pm

    Learn how to prep a simple inflated ball and make a colorful mosaic using glass tiles and other materials suitable for interior or exterior use. Learn to cut glass and porcelain tiles if you are new to mosaics.

Class Fee: $125 for the semester, $35 supply fee

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Mosaic Open Studio

2 Session: one is 6 weeks, the other is 4 weeks

6 Sessions: Apr. 14 - May 19, on Thurs. 6-8:30pm

    $120 for 6 sessions

4 Sessions: Apr. 19 - May 10, on Tue. 2-4:30pm

    $80 for 4 sessions

    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.

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Beginning Wheel Throwing

Apr. 19 - May 24, Tues. 3-4pm

    We provide attentive hands-on wheel throwing instruction in our very small group class size with a 3 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Beginners will receive an introduction to throwing techniques: centering clay, forming cylinders, bowls and plate forms. Glazing applications are also covered.

Class Fee: $160

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Teen Ceramics (Ages 11-15)

Apr. 19 - May 24, Tues. 4:30-5:30pm

    Geared towards experiencing many aspects of clay making, the students in this class will create handbuilt pottery and sculptures by acquiring basic skills of pinching, coiling and working with slabs, and also an introduction to the potter's wheel. Students will also be glazing all works with our studio’s array of colors.

Class Fee: $85

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Adult Clay Open Studio

Apr. 19 - May 24, Tues. 6-8pm

     For students looking for studio time without instruction. Will have access to wheels, tools, glazes. Fire and work at your own pace! No limits on quantity.  Class size limits : 3 wheel throwing slots, 4 handbuilding spots

Class Fee: $135

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Youth Acrylic and Watercolor Painting with Judy Hylton

Apr. 20 - May 25, Wed. 4:30-5:30pm

Ages 9-17

    Have fun being creative with basic to advanced painting with 3 lessons in acrylic and 3 lessons in watercolor techniques. Students will begin with themes like animals, sea and landscapes, and Folk Art. Students are encouraged to explore and have input as to what they would like to paint.

Class Fee: $65

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BCPS Elementary Art Show!



Wed, Thurs, & Sat, 11am - 4pm


11am - 7pm


The Mayker's Market is Back!


Saturday, May 7, 10am-3pm

Celebrate spring and shop local handmade goods at Bower Center for the Arts! With over two dozen exhibitors from the Bedford region, you are sure to find the perfect Mother’s Day gifts and spring treasures at the Spring Mayker's Market!

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Call For Artists


**Deadline Extended**

10th Annual National Juried Exhibition

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.  


Entry fee: $35 entry fee for up to 3 works of art. Additional $10 for a 4th art entry

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National Juried Paper Art Exhibition

DEADLINE: May 4, 2022

    In 2022 Bower Center is hosting Paper Art, a new national juried exhibit that is discipline specific in that the entries must be created with paper, another media on paper, or mixed in with paper.  There are almost limitless types of paper, each with its own properties and unique way of being cut, twisted, wrapped, layered, and modified to become beautiful, creative works of art. They may be 2-D or 3-D, wall hung, suspended in space, supported by a pedestal, or free-standing on a floor.


Entry fee: $35 entry fee for up to 3 works of art. Additional $10 for a 4th art entry

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Virginia Hollow

April 2, 2022 6-8:30pm

    Virginia Hollow is a band and a sound born from the hills, valleys and mountains of Appalachia. Their performances and music take you on a journey fraught with raw emotions and stories of love, trust, betrayal, and longing. When all is said and done, the haunting melodies of Carrie Hinkley's soulful voice are hard to shake off and instead keep returning and playing in one's mind, like an untamed mantra of beauty and tragedy. This is a band whose time has come to be reckoned with. 

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Bower Center for the Arts

305 N. Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523


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