Red Balloon Series of Childrens Art Classes
Mar
2
May 25

Red Balloon Series of Childrens Art Classes

This is a 7 session series of art classes with hands-on art activities led by teacher Robin Stewart. The activities are designed for children in grades K - 6th grade. There are only 20 spots available and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. $80 for all 7 sessions! The first class is Thursday, March 2nd. Youth will meet every-other Thursday night from March 2nd until May 25th. The session begins at 6 pm and will end promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Registration Forms are available by stopping in at the Beckley Art Center Office during regular office hours of Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, please call us at 304-253-9226.

Cupcakes and Canvases
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Cupcakes and Canvases

  • Beckley Art Center

Artist Holly Pittman will lead you in re-creating this adorable acrylic painting of a cow. All supplies included! $35 payable in advance by calling 304-253-9226.

Fun Art Not Fine Art
Apr
4
6:00 pm18:00

Fun Art Not Fine Art

  • Beckley Art Center

Artist Debbie Lester will guide you in this acrylic painting using a PALETTE KNIFE. All supplies included. $35 payable in advance by calling 304-253-9226.

Papier Mache MONSTERS
Apr
5
Apr 12

Papier Mache MONSTERS

  • Beckley Art Center

Day 1 will introduce students to the art form called Papier Mache. They will create a magical creature/ Papier Mache Monster/body or frame. Then, when they return on Day 2, the students will paint and decorate their Papier Mache Monsters. Ideal for children ages 7-17; younger children welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Christina Hototo. Maximum class size: 40; $15 all supplies included.

Bellydance Workshop
Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Bellydance Workshop

This three-hour workshop will be team-taught with three fabulous and professional dancers/teachers. Participants will start the afternoon with an hour titled "Zills and Hips" by teacher Susan Hughart.  Instruction will be given on playing fingers cymbals called zills. Participants may bring their own zills, or purchase a pair from a vendor that afternoon. Then, an hour of instruction titled "Entrance/Exit - Now How Do I Dance? Valuable advice will be given by teacher Sandra Stewart , a.k.a. Alexandria on stage presence from a performer who has danced and taught on an on-going basis since the late 1970s. Finally, the afternoon will wrap up with Tribal 101, instructed by Kali Martin, from Charleston, WV, who is hailed as "West Virginia's Star of the Tribal Style of Dance." Her troupe has performed in many venues around the state.  These three ladies have a cumulative experience of more than 50 years dancing. This workshop is appropriate for both men and women of all ages, all experience levels, and all fitness levels. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing (yoga pants and a t-shirt or bellydance practice wear are acceptable). Tiled floor; slippers recommended but not required. This workshop will be held in the upstairs gallery space at the Beckley Art Center, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley, WV.

The Beckley Art Center will enforce the policy of the instructors of no cameras or video during this workshop. If you would like to have a picture taken with one of the instructors following the workshop, you may request that at the end of the workshop.

Workshop Fee: $30 if paid by March 24. $35 thereafter; space is limited to the size of the facility, and this workshop will sell out fast. We recommend that you reserve your seat soon. If space is available, $35 at door.

Workshop fees are to be made payable directly to Sandra Stewart, 127 High Street, Beckley, WV 25801, or by calling 304-253-1516. If you are part of a troupe or plan to dance in the evening's show/hafla, please register your troupe together.

 

Stars Over the Pyramids Show
Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

Stars Over the Pyramids Show

This evening performance is open to both the general public and workshop attendees from the afternoon's bellydance class. Tickets are $10 per person if purchased prior to March 24th. If purchased on or after March 25, the ticket price is $15. Seating is limited to 100 people, and this show will sell out quickly. We advise you purchase your tickets in advance; remaining seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the door the evening of the show for $15 each.

Enjoy an evening of choreographed bellydancing with The Shades of Amber, led by Beckley resident Alexandria. Performances by Kali and Susan, both from Charleston, WV, and others!

If it is Egyptian, Turkish, Tribal, or various styles of belly dance you are seeking, then the Stars Over the Pyramids Show will most assuredly delight you!

This is a family-friendly dance performance. Price of the ticket includes food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Beckley Art Center will enforce the performers' request for no videos or cameras during this performance. Anyone recording video will be asked to leave and will forfeit their ticket entry fee. Pictures with performers can be requested at the end of the evening.

Doors open at 6:45; Performance will start at 7 p.m. with an opportunity for audience members to dance at the end of the evening.

If you are a dancer or a member of troupe interested in dancing in the show, please contact Sandra Stewart at 304-253-1516. She will need a CD with the music you are requesting to perform along with a description of your dance and a brief bio. She has only a few spaces left in the show!

All other questions can be directed to the Beckley Art Center at 304-253-9226. Our gallery office hours are Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Free Remake Learning Days Book Art Workshop
May
19
5:00 pm17:00

Free Remake Learning Days Book Art Workshop

  • Beckley Art Center

Space is limited to 75 participants in this FREE family-friendly workshop designed for younger children. Adults and older children welcome, too! All supplies included. You must register for a seat prior to the workshop. RSVP by calling 304-253-9226.

Free Remake Learning Days Digital Storytelling Workshop
May
26
5:00 pm17:00

Free Remake Learning Days Digital Storytelling Workshop

  • Beckley Art Center

Join us for this FREE family-friendly Digital Storytelling workshop. This workshop is designed for older children and adults, but younger children are welcome so long as supervised by parent/adult. Space is limited to 75 participants. RSVP by calling 304-253-9226 Wed. - Sat. 11am - 5pm. Participants encouraged to bring your iPad, Tablet, or smartphone if you have one. If you don't, that's okay, too. Materials and handouts supplied.


Open Mic and Poets Cafe
Mar
25
6:30 pm18:30

Open Mic and Poets Cafe

Door Open at 6:30; Readings begin at 7 p.m. 5-minute intervals. Sign up to read at the door!

We welcome:
Poems
Short Writings and Short Stories
Readings from a Book or collection of stories
Musical Compositions (all instruments welcome)
And anything in between...

Admission is FREE and open to the public; donations are welcome: we are collecting youth art supplies for Spring and Summer art classes!

Manga Club Meeting
Mar
25
3:00 pm15:00

Manga Club Meeting

  • Beckley Art Center

The Manga Club will meet on Saturday, March 25th starting at 3 p.m. This is a FREE club; attendees are encouraged to bring a sketchpad and pencils/pens/markers.

Learn and Create
Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

Learn and Create

  • Beckley Art Center

Join artist Ginger Danz as she introduces you to the life and work of renowned artist Paul Klee. Become inspired by Klee's work as you then create your own works of original art using various art supplies. $10 per adult; $5 per child includes all art supplies and materials. RSVP required by calling the gallery at 304-253-9226. Office hours are Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Figure Drawing at the Beckley Art Center
Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Figure Drawing at the Beckley Art Center

  • Beckley Art Center

Artists meet for 3 weeks (every Saturday) to draw from a live model. March 11, 18, and 25 from 1 PM - 2:30 PM. This is an independent study time in an open studio with no instructor. Bring your own supplies. Standing easels and table easels available. Call to register: 304-253-9226. Office hours Wed. - Sat. 11 am - 5 pm. $15 for Members(includes all 3 sessions); $35 for Non-Members (includes all 3 sessions).

Acrylics Painting Class for Beginners
Mar
15
11:00 am11:00

Acrylics Painting Class for Beginners

  • Beckley Art Center

Join artist Ginger Danz for this Acrylics Painting class designed for Beginners! All supplies are included for the $50 registration fee. Snacks served. Call to register: 304-253-9226 Office hours Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

March Fun Art Not Fine Art
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

March Fun Art Not Fine Art

Artist Liz Fisher will guide you in this landscape acrylic painting. This is the perfect workshop for beginners as well as advanced students interested in having fun and socializing with others in a no-stress, no-fuss environment. Beverages and snacks served. $35 includes all supplies. You may bring your own apron to protect your clothing, or wear one of ours! Register by calling 304-253-9226 Office Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cupcakes and Canvases
Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

Cupcakes and Canvases

Join artist Holly Pittman as she guides you in recreating this adorable owl painting using acrylic paint. This is the perfect class for your creative youngsters, or for anyone wanting to reconnect with their inner child. Cupcakes will be provided!

$35 includes all supplies. You may wear your own apron to protect your clothing from paint splatter, or use one of ours. To register call the gallery at 304-253-9226. Office hours are Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Stop By Our Booth!
Feb
18
9:30 am09:30

Stop By Our Booth!

Stop by our Booth at the 2017 Bridal and Prom Show at the Raleigh County Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 18th for a chance to win a Facility Rental valued at $200!

Fun Art Not Fine Art
Feb
7
6:00 pm18:00

Fun Art Not Fine Art

This is a guided-painting party using acrylic paint. Follow the instructions of artist Debbie Lester as she guides you in creating a beautiful landscape painting. All supplies included for the $35 registration fee. BYOB; snacks and some beverages provided. Register by calling the gallery office during normal business hours of Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 304-253-9226. If calling outside of these hours, leave your name and phone number and indicate that you wish to register for the February Painting Party, and we will return your call.

Cupcakes and Canvases
Jan
31
6:00 pm18:00

Cupcakes and Canvases

  • Beckley Art Center

Cupcakes and Canvases is an artist-led, guided painting workshop ideal for both the beginner student interested in exploring art and painting techniques, to the experienced. The class is designed for youth ages 7 -17, but is open to younger children (as long as they are supervised by an adult; if the adult paints, there will be a separate charge for the adult), parents, and anyone who is a child-at-heart. The paintings are bright and whimsical, fun and fresh, and they will look lovely hanging on your gallery wall space at home. Encourage your your child's artistic talents by signing them up for this class. Did we mention that cupcakes are served, too? $35 workshop fee includes all supplies; students will leave with a completed painting. Taught by artist and art teacher Holly Pittman. Registration REQUIRED by calling 304-253-9226.

Poets Cafe
Jan
21
6:30 pm18:30

Poets Cafe

  • Beckley Art Center

Doors open at 6:30; readings begin at 7:00 p.m.
FREE Admission; Donation of art supplies encouraged (drawing paper, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.)

Coffee with a Cop
Dec
7
8:30 am08:30

Coffee with a Cop

  • Beckley Art Center

No speeches, no agendas. Just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!

Small Business Saturday Shopping
Dec
3
11:00 am11:00

Small Business Saturday Shopping

  • Beckley Art Center

Can't make it out to the Beckley Art Center on the Traditional Small Business Saturday, November 26th because you are too busy shopping with our artists in downtown Beckley? That's okay! The Beckley Art Center is having our own Small Business Saturday on December 3rd! Come out for our Open House on Friday night, and then again on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for some great offers - including a free gift with any $25 purchase!

As a small non profit, it's tough to compete with bigger companies. Small Business Saturday is important to small businesses and non profits in our state. Here at the Beckley Art Center, 80% of the sale price goes directly to the artist entrepreneurs whose artwork is featured in our gallery. Show your support of the creative economy by shopping with us on Saturday, Dec. 3rd.


Free gift wrapping available! FREE Holiday Greeting Card or Ornament on any $25 purchase
when you shop in our gallery on 12/2/2016 - 12/3/2016

 

Dec
2
3:30 pm15:30

Holiday Open House

 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Friday, Dec. 2nd, you are invited to the Beckley Art Center Open House
 

Enjoy a festive shopping experience including:
-Holiday Music
-Hot Cocoa and Cookies
- Visit with Mrs. Clause
- Face Painting and Crafts for Children and the Young-at-Heart
-Tours of the Gallery and Artist Workshop Space
- Lots of Information about our 2017 Exhibits and Events
-Free gift wrapping available!

Can't make it out on Friday? Come back and shop on Saturday...

Poets Cafe Open Mic
Nov
19
7:00 pm19:00

Poets Cafe Open Mic

  • Beckley Art Center

Musicians, Spoken Word Artists, and Writers will share the mic for an evening of entertainment and fun. You are invited to join us. We will be collecting art supplies at the door for our Winter Kids Workshops. FREE and Open to the Public. Please consider bringing a donation - every little bit helps: crayons, pencils, construction paper, glitter, etc.

Tips for Publishing and Tactics to Promote Your Book
Nov
16
5:00 pm17:00

Tips for Publishing and Tactics to Promote Your Book

  • Beckley Art Center

Tips for Publishing and Tactics to Promote Your Book
November 16 • 5pm – 8pm
Beckley Art Center
$20
The rise in self-publishing has made it easier than ever to publish your own book. During this three-hour workshop, Vanessa Lowry will give an overview of the self-publishing process, discuss a designer’s approach to creating a dynamic cover, share examples of effective marketing tactics, and answer your specific questions. You’ll leave with a list of more than 50 ways to publicize, promote, and market your book.
Vanessa Lowry is a marketing consultant, graphic designer, writer, and professional doodler. She leverages more than 30 years of design and marketing expertise to support authors, consultants, small businesses, and marketing departments. She has assisted nearly 100 authors in their publishing journey over the past seven years. Vanessa has coauthored nine nonfiction books on a variety of topics and published two coloring books. www.VanessaLowry.com
The daughter of Jim and Alma Lowry of Daniels, Lowry moved to Georgia in the early 80s to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta. While continuing to live and work in metro Atlanta, she enjoys visiting family and friends in the Beckley area as often as she can make it home to the hills of West Virginia.

Nov
14
5:30 pm17:30

Special Meeting for Ronald McDonald House

  • Beckley Art Center

Join us Monday, November 14 as we welcome Linda Sumner to the Cynthia Bickey Gallery to discuss the NEW Ronald McDonalds House. She will share ways that our community can make a positive impact on the lives of those who use the services of the Ronald McDonald House by purchasing much-needed supplies for the NEWRonald McDonald House!

Free to the public. RSVP not required, but always appreciated by calling the gallery office at 304-253-9226 during normal business hours of 11 am - 5 pm Wednesday - Saturday.

Intro to Digital Storytelling
Oct
24
6:00 pm18:00

Intro to Digital Storytelling

Beckley Art Center presents Intro to Digital Storytelling.  In this two-hour class, participants will be exposed to the basic concepts and elements involved in composing a digital storytelling piece or video poem.  This workshop will utilize the Apple iPad as the primary tool.  Students will be introduced to equipment and apps used in creating digital stories and poetry such as iMovie, Adobe Premier, audio capture, video capture and scanning techniques.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have a basic understanding of the structure of a digital story and what tools are available to compose a personal work.

Ghosts - A Poet's Cafe Special Event
Oct
22
7:00 pm19:00

Ghosts - A Poet's Cafe Special Event

  • Beckley Art Center | Cynthia Bickey Gallery

We invite you to attend Poet’s Café sponsored by the Beckley Art Group and Beckley Writer’s at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery on Johnstown Road.  There will be readings of old favorites from literature, poems and essays by members of the Beckley Writers and we hear there will even be a storyteller or two presenting.  The theme of the evening is “Ghosts” so come prepared to be scared!

Aug
6
6:30 pm18:30

It's All in the Packaging Fundraiser

It's All in the Packaging Mystery Auction

to benefit the Beckley Art Center

August 6, 2016 within the Cynthia Bickey Gallery, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $25 per person

To purchase tickets, call the Beckley Art Center Office at 304-253-9226

during the hours of 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday

Hors d'oeuvres and Donation Bar

Intro to Digital Storytelling
Jun
11
9:00 am09:00

Intro to Digital Storytelling

  • Beckley Art Center

In our first Digital Arts Lab workshop, Beckley Art Center presents Intro to Digital Storytelling.  In this half-day class, participants will be exposed to the basic concepts and elements involved in composing a digital storytelling piece or video poem.

Jun
3
Jun 4

Art Safari Trip to Winston-Salem, NC

What better way to make new friends and explore art than an overnight trip with an art group? Join us for this great adventure to Winston-Salem, NC. $200 per person before May 15th; $350 thereafter to accommodate late joiners. Only 3 seats remain! Register with payment TODAY by calling 253-9226! Our itinerary includes the following:

FRIDAY

10 AM meet at gallery for a brunch before boarding our chartered vehicle with SUNSHINE TOURS (2.5-3 hour commute with snacks provided)

Guided bus tour of downtown/historic Winston-Salem

A relaxing check-in at the Holiday Inn Express (a safe, centrally-located just 9 minutes from the downtown arts district with free wifi, swimming pool, free hot breakfast, and a free shuttle)

After-hours Art Gallery Hopping beginning at 7 PM - 10 PM

Explore the Downtown Art District at your leisure. Streets are closed for a safe and festive atmosphere with artist demonstrations, music, dance and the excitement of the arts community!  Here is a brief list of the art galleries and shops you might be interested in browsing: Artworks Gallery (an artist-run cooperative gallery in business since 1984); Fiber Company (a partnership with members and a working weaving studio. Fiber Company artists create hand-woven clothing and accessories and carry local artist works on consignment from jewelers, potters, woodworkers, and photographers); Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. (Guild-founded by craft artists and collectors to honor the work of its members, this non-profit is dedicated to the promotion of fine traditional and contemporary craft/art representing nearly 400 of the Southeast's most talented artisans); The Other Half (Ron and Tamara Propst opened the gallery to exhibit Ron's pottery, fine crafts in wood, glass, clay and metal, mixed media, paintings and well designed commercial works); Karma Salon and Gallery; Center City Frame Gallery; Delurk Gallery (We will be learning more about the international art project known as Art-O-Mat as it encourages art consumption by combining the worlds of art and commerce in an innovative form. There will be time to talk to an Art-O-Mat technician about how the Beckley Art Center artists can become Art-O-Mat artists); Fourth and Trade; Inter-Section Gallery and Art Space; and Gateway Gallery.

SATURDAY

Enjoy a FREE hot breakfast at the hotel, or choose from a selection of eateries within walking distance of the hotel to start your day.

This day will be devoted to touring the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Reynolda Village, and the Formal Gardens. An art activity will be offered for anyone who has brought their art supplies (whichever medium you prefer; sketchbooks and charcoal/pencil highly suggested, as well as a camera for photography).

At Reynolda House, we have the unique opportunity to view an exquisite collection of black and white photographs taken by photographer Ansel Adams in their exhibit titled "Eloquent Light". Here is their except detailing the exhibit:

Ansel Adams (1902-84), perhaps the best-known photographer in American history, developed a system for creating luminous, vivid landscape photographs in sharp contrasts of black and white. He then printed his film negatives with meticulous attention to craft.  Adams’s manner of framing and capturing both magnificent, large-scale landscape formations, and small, exquisite natural objects created icons of the American wilderness.

These forty breathtaking photographs by the renowned artist-photographer have never been on view together, and Reynolda House is the exhibition's only venue.

Adams subscribed to the romantic tradition of American landscape, an artistic lineage that included major American painters—including Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt —whose work anchors the collection of Reynolda House Museum of American Art. 

Adams took his first photos with a Kodak Brownie camera at age 14 during a family vacation to Yosemite National Park, and he would return to Yosemite regularly throughout his life. An early and passionate environmentalist as well as an artist, Adams advocated powerfully for wilderness preservation, national park creation, and the Sierra Club, with which he was affiliated from the age of 17.  His goal was “to rekindle an appreciation of the marvelous.” 

This exhibition’s debut in North Carolina coincides with the centennial of the National Park Service, which marks its 100th anniversary in August 2016. The National Parks Conservation Association has joined Reynolda House as the National Outreach Partner for the exhibition. During the exhibition season, Reynolda House will embark on a series of events and talks focused on themes of sustainability and preservation, highlighted by an Earth Day event co-presented by Wake Forest University.

Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light has been organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. 

LUNCH and DINNER on your own (unless otherwise noted); there are several dining options in the Reynolda Village to choose from; details will be given to the attendees.

7 PM: Depart Winston-Salem, NC;  Arrive back to Beckley, WV by 10 PM. Times are subject to change due to congested travel routes, etc.

May
21
4:00 pm16:00

Paper Art Workshop: Critters

The divine paper artist, and owner of Next Chapter Crafts, Jessica Hill, will lead you through a step-by-step process of creating some magical, fun critters (check out the hedgehog on our facebook page!) in this easy-to-follow class. Past workshop attendees are raving about the ease of Jessica's classes, and the beauty of their finished projects. So what are you waiting for? All supplies are included, and the class is just $27 a person! Call to register with payment: 253-9226

May
21
2:00 pm14:00

Pinterest-Inspired Workshop

Join artist Holly Pittman as she guides you through a Pinterest-inspired art project. This workshop will get your creativity flowing, and will make take the intimidation out of those intimidating-looking Pinterest projects by breaking down the steps with an approachable, patient instructor. These are fun classes taught by a fun lady! Call to register: 253-9226.

May
21
10:00 am10:00

Cupcakes and Canvases

Are you ready for some FUN?? Join artist Darci McKinnon as she guides you in a fun painting party that we call Cupcakes & Canvases. Yes, there will be cupcakes (free for attendees) and there will be canvases (all supplies included in the $35 class fee). This month you will create an adorable tree frog. Please see our facebook page for more details. Call the gallery office to register with payment: 253-9226.

May
21
10:00 am10:00

Doodle a Rhododendron

As part of the Rhododendron Festival line-up of events, stop by the Beckley Art Center and have some no-pressure, relaxing fun as you doddle a rhododendron. Participants can also color a rhododendron (adult color book)! All supplies provided, including colored pencils. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Work tables will be provided in the gallery, and an over-flow space in our artist's workshop will be provided as it is available if needed. Groups of 5 or more are encouraged to RSVP by calling 253-9226.

May
18
Jun 18

West Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibit

You will NOT want to miss the fabulous 2016 West Virginia Watercolor Society Aqueous Juried Art Exhibit while it is here at the Beckley Art Center. The exhibit will be on display for one month to the public. All our exhibits are free and open to the public during gallery hours of 11 am to 5 pm Wednesday - Saturday. Also, join the artists for their Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony on June 4th. Doors will open to the public at 6 pm that evening.