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Exhibit Dates: Feb. 4-March 14, 2020

Named to honor the Center's primary benefactors, whose generous contributions have made the Bower Center possible, this exhibit features a diverse collection of 150+ artworks by 50+ local, regional, and out-of-state artists. The exhibit includes paintings, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and more. Much of the artwork is for sale and awaiting its new home in yours.

Dr. Bower’s love for the Bedford community and desire for an inclusive art center inspired this unique judged exhibit, accepting all artist entries and offering a platform for all who wish to participate. This exhibit proves each year to be varied and exciting for all ages.

Pick up a People's Choice Ballot to vote for your favorite piece, and enjoy an engaging Art Scavenger Hunt through the exhibit, fun for all ages.

Awards reception: Feb 14, 5-8pm during

2nd Fridays in Bedford
Refreshments served


Presentation of Awards and comments by judge at 6pm

Fun PhotoBooth opportunity with our giant Community heART project.


Special Announcement to be Made:

Introducing the first recipient of the Suzie Viemeister Emerging Artist Residency Program

About the Judge



Tracy Budd

I am most attracted to strong shapes, and interesting imagery that becomes my vehicle for drawing, pouring, scraping, and texturizing in the layers of my acrylic paintings. My love for organic imagery and design keeps me arranging and re-arranging shape, form, color, and line until I'm satisfied. I love acrylic paint for its watercolor-like tendencies and the heavier oil-like texture I can achieve. Deciding my emphasis, editing, and adding to a composition, enables me to express more purely my intent in paint. My goal is to begin with an idea but be open to respond to the painting as it is progressing, constantly lifting, adding, and participating in the creative moment. The longer I have painted, I have come to realize that painting for me is about building a "sophisticated surface", regardless of the subject matter. Painting is a language, and it is the means for which I express my feelings about life and the world we live in. It's the most exciting journey with no end!

Education, Shows, and Professional Opportunities

I received my BA in studio art from Bridgewater College and took further classes at James Madison University. I founded "For Art's Sake" children's camps when my children were young, and I worked as a graphic designer. I have been a faculty member at The Studio School in Roanoke VA for 17 years, where I teach a layered acrylics class and am a former gallery owner of Signature 9 Gallery in Roanoke. Artists I have studied with include Carole Barnes, Carrie Brown, George James, Carla O'Connor, Pat Dews, Jan Ledbetter, Mary Todd Beam, John Salminen, Joan Fullerton, and Linda Kemp.

I am a regular participant in local, regional, and national water media shows. I'm a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor So- ciety, the Central Virginia Watercolor Society, and have won awards and participated in national shows such as: San Diego Watercolor Society,Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Show, and Baltimore Watercolor Society.


Best In Show 2019
"Tea for Two, Missing You"
Jennifer Carpenter
Colored Pencil

People's Choice Awards

First Place 1. "Face It" Whitney Brock, oil

Second Place Tie: 2. "Flower and Wood" Larry Sledge, photography

3. "The Bend" Doreen Starling, acrylic

4. "Tribute #1" Read Viemeister, mixed media/found objects

5. "Always Looking Up" Tina Powers, acrylic