Past Events

Sat, Oct 17
Online Paint Party
GO FISH! Virtual Paint Party
This virtual event is themed around our Orange Art Exhibition and funds raised will support future programming for the Bower. This fun and interactive event will provide all participants with everything they need to create a work of art safely from their home!
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Sat, Aug 01
Community Project
Bedford CommuniTREE
The Bower Center for the arts and The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to come together to create a piece of art to symbolize the tight knit community that Bedford truly is. Visit the Start At Home to create your leaf and help build our CommuniTREE.
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Wed, Jul 29
The Bower Center for the Arts
The 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition
This exhibit has historically seen artworks in numerous media- painting, drawing, print-making, collage, photography, sculpture, mosaics, fiber art, fabric, stained and fused glass, and more. We invite you to visit this exciting national exhibit in its 8th year online or in person. FREE admission.
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Sat, May 23
Facebook Live on Bower Center page
Music & Mindfulness Free Group Experience
1-Hr Session on Facebook Live
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Sat, Feb 29
Bower Center For the Arts
The Art of Pairing: Chocolate, Cheese & Wine
Guided tastings of 5 Select Trios
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Sun, Jan 19
Bower Center For the Arts
Cultural Reflections:
"Immigrants to America" presentation by Sergei Troubetzkoy
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Fri, Dec 20
Bower Center For the Arts
Exchange of Gifts: a play by 57 Hours Productions
Award-winning Virginia playwright Dwayne Yancey presents the story of three international students who find themselves snowbound in an American airport, unable to get home for Christmas.
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Sat, Dec 14
Bower Center For the Arts
Latin Navidad
Free community concert: Mariachi classics and music celebrated in Mexico at Christmas
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Fri, Dec 13
Bower Center For the Arts
2nd Friday December 13
Immigration Exhibition Opens, Gallery Talk with Suzanne Paddock Shop: Winter Gifts
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Sat, Nov 30
Bower Center For the Arts
Mistletoe Makers Market: Shop Small on Small Business Saturday
Gift Shopping, Music, Holiday Mimosas & More A unique market of Local & Handmade Items Only
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Thu, Oct 31
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Witching Hour
Free photobooth and trick-or-treat walkthrough, sponsored by Bank of the James
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Sat, Oct 19
Bower Center For the Arts
New Standard Bluegrass in Concert
New Standard is a young, high energy group that plays a mix of traditional Bluegrass and Gospel music, honoring Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and The Stanley Brothers.
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Sat, Sep 28
Bower Center For the Arts
Dr. Levine & the Dreaded Blueslady
The real, true blues with a booming voice and powerful slide guitar work...
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Sat, Jul 13
Bower Center for the Arts
NiteKAP in Concert
An eclectic mix of American folk music spanning several centuries and many genres.
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Sat, Jun 29
Bedford Central Library
D-Day 75th Anniversary Celebration Film Series
Multiple Dates and times: click MORE for full details
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Thu, Jun 20
Bower Center For the Arts
Open Mic: Vet's Edition
A welcoming listening room for veterans and their families and friends.
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Fri, Jun 14
Bower Center For the Arts
2nd Fridays in Bedford
Open Special Hours 5-8pm in collaboration with 2nd Fridays in Bedford THIS IS OUR SERVICE: American Vets Make Art
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Fri, May 31
Bower Center For the Arts
Opening Reception
Theatrical and musical performances, meet the exhibiting artists, and join us for refreshments in celebration of the exhibit THIS IS OUR SERVICE: America's Veterans Make Art
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Wed, May 29
Bedford
Write it Out: Vets Edition
A Welcoming Listening Room
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Sun, May 19
Bower Center For the Arts
Mountain Highway
Bluegrass Heritage - Family Harmony
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Sun, May 19
Bower Center For the Arts
Cultural Reflections
Free & Open to the Public: Presentation and Discussion The Art of the Movie Poster/Virginians in Hollywood
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Sat, May 18
Bower Center For the Arts
Opening Reception
A reception to honor heroes and celebrate the new additions to the Wharton Garden.
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Sat, May 04
Bower Center For the Arts
Makers Market
Free Admission - indoor handmade market featuring live music, brunch, mimosas, and kids' activities.
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Sat, Apr 27
Bower Center For the Arts
JoJo Stockton & Solacoustix in Concert
High-energy mash-ups: Top 40, pop, old school, R&B, americana, blues, rock, jazz, & country...
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Sun, Apr 07
Bower Center For the Arts
Gallery Talk with artist Helen Hubler
Free and open to the public
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Thu, Mar 21
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Open Mic
Open Mic Night: Free and Open to the public!
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Sun, Mar 10
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Open Jam
Free and Open to the Public All Skill Levels Welcome
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Fri, Mar 08
Bower Center For the Arts
2nd Fridays in Bedford
Open Special Hours 5-8pm
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Sat, Feb 23
Bower Center For the Arts
Hiroya Tsukamoto: Cinematic Guitar Poetry
Eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing; International acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.
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Wed, Jan 30
Bower Center For the Arts
Wings of Art Community Art Project
The #WingsofArt community project is complete!
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Thu, Jan 17
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Open Mic
Monthly listening room for musicians and poets Originals and Covers welcome
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Sat, Dec 15
Bower Center For the Arts
Mistletoe Makers Brunch
Shop local handcrafted goods and enjoy mimoas, brunch, live music, and a Kids Makers Workshop!
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Sun, Dec 09
Bower Center For the Arts
7th Annual Art Studio Gallery Tours (Canceled)
CANCELED Shopping sales, artist demonstrations, live music and more presented by a collaborative creative community.
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Sat, Dec 08
Bower Center For the Arts
The JoyBells Gospel Choir
Free Holiday Concert
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Sat, Dec 08
Bower Center For the Arts
Art Attack!
monthly drop-in art experiences for kids and adults
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Sat, Dec 01
Bower Center For the Arts
Parade Day Open House
Enjoy punch and cookies and a photobooth with Ellie the Elephant during the Bedford Christmas Parade!
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Tue, Nov 27
Bower Center For the Arts
#GivingTuesday: Day of Giving
A community-building initiative to install a movie theater at Bower Center for the Arts!
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Sat, Nov 24
Bower Center For the Arts
Small Business Saturday
Support local! Shop our Giving Tree and visit open artist studios
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Sun, Nov 18
Bower Center For the Arts
Cultural Reflections
Free & Open to the Public: Presentation and Discussion The Art of the Movie Poster/Virginians in Hollywood
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Fri, Nov 16
Bower Center For the Arts
Inspirare on Broadway
Join Inspirare as we bring your favorite show tunes to the stage!
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Thu, Nov 15
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Open Mic/Open Jam
A collaborative community of musicians and poets. OPEN MIC- 3rd Thursday of every month, 7-9 pm OPEN JAM- 2nd Sunday of every month, 2-4 pm
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Sat, Nov 10
Bower Center For the Arts
Art Attack!
monthly drop-in art experiences for kids and adults
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Fri, Nov 09
Bower Center For the Arts
2nd Fridays
Special open gallery hours in conjunction with art-happenings throughout Bedford
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Sat, Nov 03
Bower Center For the Arts
Suzie Viemeister Gala & Art Auction
An event to honor the legacy of Suzie's passion and support of the arts. - Hors d'oeuvres included - Cash Bar - Black tie optional -
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Sat, Oct 20
Bower Center For the Arts
New Standard Bluegrass
Focusing on quality sound and entertaining performance, New Standard Bluegrass keeps bluegrass music alive for our generation and future generations to enjoy.
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Sun, Oct 14
Bower Center For the Arts
Bow Wow at the Bower!
The Bower Center for the Arts is going to the dogs in honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Month!
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Thu, Sep 20
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Songwriter Series
music and poetry open mic
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Sun, Sep 09
305 N Bridge St
5th Annual Bedford's Finest Fare
***ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED: TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE***
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Sun, Aug 26
Bower Center For the Arts
New Works Initiative
Free! Original works written by local playwrights to be performed one night only!
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Sat, Aug 25
Bower Center For the Arts
After Jack with Opener catherine the great
Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack.
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Fri, Aug 10
Bower Center For the Arts
2nd Fridays in Bedford
A collaborative night of art-happenings throughout Bedford, VA!
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Thu, Aug 02
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Open Mic Night
music and poetry open mic
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Sat, Jul 28
Bower Center For the Arts
NiteKAP
A trio of local Bedford musicians who perform an eclectic mix of American folk music.
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Fri, Jul 27
Bower Center For the Arts
Exhibit: No Borders/No Boundaries
In the wake of current and nearly continuous national disasters and man-made violence, people all over the world have awakened and responded in the truest form of the spirit. We are seemingly at our best when confronted by our worst.
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Thu, Jul 19
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Writers Round
Local songwriters Caroline Guske, Josh Sosin, catherine the great
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Thu, Jul 19
Bower Center For the Arts
Bower Power Hour: Inaugural Open Mic Night
music and poetry open mic and songwriter/poet series
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Wed, Jul 18
Bower Center For the Arts
Little Mountain Boys (1)
A toe-tapping wholesome night of bluegrass, country, and gospel by the Little Mountain Boys!
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Mon, Jul 16
Bower Center For the Arts
Art Camp: Exploring, Building & Creating with 3D Materials
July 16-20 Grades 3-6 Playful Exploration of 3d Materials: Exploring, Building and Creating
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Tue, Jul 10
Bower Center For the Arts
Tuesday Night Music Club (1)
Meet your instructor, Catherine Backus, and spend 4 weeks in a workshop that will provide the tools and the feedback you need to improve your songwriting and performance skills. Discover what makes the best songs so great, learn to be your own editor and learn to be the best YOU!
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Tue, Jul 03
Bower Center For the Arts
New Works Initiative
Free! Original works written by local playwrights to be performed one night only!
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Sat, Jun 30
Bower Center For the Arts
Little Mountain Boys
A toe-tapping wholesome night of bluegrass, country, and gospel by the Little Mountain Boys!
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Thu, Jun 28
305 N Bridge St
No Borders/No Boundaries Exhibit Entry
Entry fee for No Borders/No Boundaries Exhibit at Bower Center for the Arts
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Sat, Jun 23
Bower Center For the Arts
Hamiltunes
Love the musical Hamilton? Know the songs? Or just like to sing? Join us at the Bower Center for the Arts for "Hamiltunes", a sing-a-long of songs from the Tony Award winning musical! *Tickets are Free*
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Mon, Jun 18
Bower Center For the Arts
Art Camp: Digital Design, Drawing & Painting
June 18-22 8:30am-12:30pm 4-6 graders Explore the worlds of digital design, drawing and painting in this fun and educational camp.
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Mon, Jun 11
Bower Center For the Arts
24 Hour Theatre Project
June 11th-22nd, Monday-Friday 2 pm - 5 pm Rising 8th - 12th Graders In 24 hours over the course of 2 weeks, students will write, rehearse, and perform their own productions!
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Sat, Jun 09
Bower Center For the Arts
Echoes of Appalachia
Going back to our roots! Echoes of Appalachia will have you stomping your feet and singing along as Spectrum Arts Society brings you Bluegrass and folks songs.
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Mon, Jun 04
Bower Center For the Arts
Comic Book Mosaics Camp
June 4-8 8:30am-12:30pm Ages 9-13 For one week only, two worlds collide for Comic Book Mosaics Camp! Create your own comic and a mosaic cartoon stepping stone. POW!
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Sat, Jun 02
Bower Center For the Arts
David Haught
Alt-Country artist bringing his newest 4th solo acoustic album to Bower Center.
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Fri, Jun 01
305 N Bridge St
Learn to Crochet (Adults) (2)
Learn the basics of crochet!
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Thu, May 31
Bower Center For the Arts
Advanced Sewing: Refurbish Your Wardrobe (1)
Upcycle thrift store finds, or refashion your own wardrobe into something new with guidance from a master seamstress.
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Thu, May 31
305 N Bridge St
Learn to Crochet (Adults) (2)
Learn the basics of crochet!
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Thu, May 31
305 N Bridge St
Pottery/Ceramics (1)
Learn and explore the wonderful world of clay! In this class we will use techniques such as coil, pinch and slab to create decorative and functional ware.
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Sat, May 19
Bower Center For the Arts
Hiroya Tsukamoto: Cinematic Guitar Poetry
Eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing; International acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.
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Sat, May 19
Bower Center For the Arts
Guitar Workshop: Hiroyo Tsukamoto
Introduction to Composing for Guitar
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Sat, May 12
Bower Center For the Arts
Lenny Marcus Trio
From Roanoke, VA, Lenny Marcus Trio has headlined at globally recognized Jazz places like Blues Alley, the vaunted Washington, D.C., jazz and supper club.
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Sun, May 06
Bower Center For the Arts
6th Annual National Juried Exhibition Entry Fee
6th Annual National Juried Exhibition Entry Fee
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Sat, Apr 28
305 N Bridge St
Makers Brunch
Mimosas, brunch and live music awaits you at this exquisite Urban Indoor Makers Market This event is free and open to the public.
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Fri, Apr 27
Bower Center For the Arts
Beginner Sewing for Adults
Learn basics and alteration techniques that can help you fix things in a snap in this 4 week course!
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Thu, Apr 26
Bower Center For the Arts
Advanced Sewing: Refurbish Your Wardrobe
Upcycle thrift store finds, or refashion your own wardrobe into something new with guidance from a master seamstress.
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Thu, Apr 26
305 N Bridge St
Pottery/Ceramics
Learn and explore the wonderful world of clay! In this class we will use techniques such as coil, pinch and slab to create decorative and functional ware.
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Wed, Apr 25
Bower Center For the Arts
Children's Beginner Drawing with Perri Mason
Students ages 8-12 will be introduced to basic techniques and foundations for drawing.
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Tue, Apr 24
Bower Center For the Arts
Hand-building with Clay: Kids
A fun and encouraging beginners clay class for elementary-aged students.
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Mon, Apr 23
Bower Center For the Arts
Yoga for the Young
Yoga helps ripple wonderfulness into the world! For 4th and 5th graders.
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Sat, Apr 21
Bower Center For the Arts
Liya String Quartet
An exciting mix of 20th Century Works brought to Bower Center in collaboration with Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR)
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Sun, Apr 15
305 N Bridge St
Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear
Meet Eleanor Roosevelt, as portrayed in a one-woman show by actress Jane Van Boskirk. The show is sponsored by Bedford Professional Women.
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Thu, Apr 12
Bower Center For the Arts
Kids Can Knit
Discover what all this crafting buzz is about. Join the party of makers!
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Wed, Apr 11
Bower Center For the Arts
Zip, Zap, Zop!
After-school improv workshop for 6th-8th graders -- practice by playing!
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Tue, Mar 27
Bower Center For the Arts
Smalti Mosaics
Learn how this vibrant glass is made, the differences, (depending on the manufacturer), and how to use the traditional hammer and hardie and modern wheeled cutters for cutting and shaping.
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Mon, Mar 26
Bower Center For the Arts
Meditation Mondays
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm. Calm your mind and settle your body with mindfulness meditation, mantra meditations, guided imagery, yoga nidra and more.
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Sun, Mar 25
Bower Center For the Arts
No Borders/No Boundaries Entry Fee
Artist entry fee for No Borders/No Boundaries Exhibition
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Tue, Mar 20
Bower Center For the Arts
Tuesday Night Music Club
Meet your instructor, Catherine Backus, and spend 4 weeks in a workshop that will provide the tools and the feedback you need to improve your songwriting and performance skills. Discover what makes the best songs so great, learn to be your own editor and learn to be the best YOU!
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Sat, Mar 17
Bower Center For the Arts
iPad Animation: Animate Your Favorite Animal
Everyone loves animation and has a favorite animal... or two, or three! Come and join us to learn the basics of animation using iPad apps. Flex your creative spirit and learn to animate, or improve your skills.
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Wed, Mar 14
305 N Bridge St
Ballet & Creative Movement II
Children are invited to join in the joy of dance as they learn the fundamentals of ballet in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. This class is designed for 4-6 year olds and will run Wednesdays from 12:30pm-1:15pm.
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Wed, Mar 14
305 N Bridge St
Ballet & Creative Movement I
Children are invited to join in the joy of dance as they learn the fundamentals of ballet in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. This class is designed for two and three year olds and will run Wednesdays from 11:30am-12:15pm.
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Tue, Mar 06
Bower Center For the Arts
Drawing Basics
Learning how to observe is one of the most critical skills you can acquire when learning to draw. Join Suzanne as she steps you through the drawing process.
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Sat, Mar 03
Bower Center For the Arts
Eli Cook Concert: Up Close and Personal
Blues Musician Eli Cook is coming to the Bower for an intimate, acoustic concert.
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Sat, Mar 03
Bower Center For the Arts
Advanced Blues Guitar Workshop
A rare and exciting experience to learn from and jam with national acclaimed Blues guitarist Eli Cook.
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Mon, Feb 26
Bower Center For the Arts
Open Studio Mosaics
Want to take a few sessions of mosaics during the regularly scheduled Introduction to Mosaic classes to work on unfinished projects or to start something new? Work in a classroom environment, receive instruction as needed, and have the use of tools at Bower Center with Open Studio Mosaics.
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Thu, Feb 22
Bower Center For the Arts
Introduction to Mosaics
Learn the basics of mosaic design, the different materials used, several methods of construction, cutting glass and porcelain tiles, and explore options for various type projects. Complete one mosaic and possibly a second, depending on size and complexity of design.
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Sat, Feb 10
Bower Center For the Arts
Dixieland Mardi Gras with Chris Sharp
Bower Center brings a taste of Mardi Gras to its performance stage with Chris Sharp and his Dixieland Jazz band.
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Sat, Feb 10
Bower Center For the Arts
Getting Started with Portraiture in Oil
Learn oil painting basics, the Cezanne method, what colors to mix, and learn a few tricks as well!
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Fri, Jan 26
Bower Center For the Arts
Paint with Lori & Peggy: "Old Barn in Winter"
Gather your friends for a night of sipping and painting! You'll get to paint your very own "Old Barn in winter" with Lori Stetson and Peggy Markham.
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Sat, Jan 06
Bower Center For the Arts
Elizabeth Wise in Concert
Virginia native blues and folk singer-songwriter Elizabeth Wise performs a variety of styles including her original compositions and arrangements, and updates old classics with funky folk overtones while her smooth vocals run the gamut from soothing to tearing down the bar.
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Fri, Dec 08
Bower Center For the Arts
The Joybells
Bower Center's free holiday concert. The Joybells is a family group and sings a cappella and has produced four releases.
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BOWER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

305 N. Bridge St.

Bedford, VA 24523

540-586-4235

info@bowercenter.org

 

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS


Sun, Mon, & Tues .........................Closed
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday...............11 am - 2 pm
Saturday................11 am - 3 pm

Gallery admission is always free.