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To make visual and performing arts available to the region; to become a creative force and an educational resource for the community; and to harness the economic vitality of the arts.


Our programs foster creative expression, reflect and expand community interest, and encourage citizens to gather, connect, learn new skills, and gain confidence through the process of making and enjoying art.  We offer classes for all ages, exhibits for you to enter & view, live performances for your enjoyment and special community events.  Shop for that piece of art to brighten your space, visit our studio artists, and host your next personal or professional event in one of our beautiful spaces.  It's all here for you!

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This supportive creative community welcomes and awaits you: what will you create? Check out our upcoming classes, exhibits, performances, events and more!

Big Easy Visions by Dotti Stone on Art On 3rd

The Bower Center for the Arts is excited to announce a fresh new mosaic display featured in our Art On 3rd!

Dotti Stone's Big Easy Visions bring the wonder and energy of New Orleans to life here in Bedford, Virginia! Interest in New Orleans grew out of Stone’s living in Baton Rouge for several years, which was only a short drive away. She visited frequently while living there in the mid-late 1980s and visited often after returning to the Northern VA/DC area in 1988.

The real fascination with that area led to reading about the history and culture, that is quite unlike that of other parts of the country. With numerous photographs to use as reference material, Dotti began to entertain the idea of creating a series of mosaics she refers to as “Big Easy” Visions! Reading about South Louisiana’s history helped to increase an understanding of the area and led to an expanding fascination for New Orleans.

This wonderful series is now on display on our 3rd Floor here at Bower Center for The Arts

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Current Solo Exhibits | Tammy Kushnir & AnaMarie Liddell

From August 29th- November 11th we will have dual solo exhibits on display here at Bower Center for The Arts!

Tammy Kushnir- UNSTABLE: Exploring The Emotions of Mental Health will be displayed in our Braaten Gallery and hallway.
An artist reception and gallery talk will take place on September 8th from 5-7pm at Bower Center for The Arts.

AnaMarie Liddell - WANDERINGS: Graphite Drawings by AnaMarie Liddell will be displayed in our Terrace Gallery and hallway.
An artist reception and gallery talk will take place on Friday, October 13th from 5-7pm here at Bower Center for The Arts.

Find more information in our Exhibits section.

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Learn more about what's going on at Bower Center or find a fun art activity for the family. Be sure to check out our Happenings at the Bower and opportunities for you and the family to get creative here or at home!

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