Studio Artists

Bower Center is home to working studios of local artists covering many disciplines from painting with oils, watercolors, acrylics, to mosaics, installation art, photography, stained glass, sculpture, torn paper collage, pottery, and more.

Studios are open to the public Tues-Sat. 11am-4pm

Dotti Stone

Dotti Stone

The timeless beauty and versatility of ancient mosaics and the ease with which it integrates into modern society is what attracted Stone to this medium. Creating mosaics and inspiring others to enjoy, appreciate and learn about this versatile art through exhibiting and teaching is her passion.


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Perri Mason

Perri Mason

I love the challenge of painting with watercolors.  Although I occasionally work in other mediums, watercolors give a softness and translucency to my work. I usually paint with a lot of water and use several glazes of color to give my paintings a realistic depth. 


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Veronica Jackson

Veronica Jackson

 Jackson’s visual art practice is comprised of 3D installations that critically examine and elucidate the visualization of gender and race in America by specifically focusing on the portrayal and perception of black women in popular media of their time. 
 

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Jane Barefoot Rochelle

Jane Barefoot Rochelle

I paint paper. 

​I tear it into tiny pieces to
create meaningful artwork.

  How delightful!


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Suzanne Paddock

Suzanne Paddock

I am an oil painter. I grew up with not having much and not fitting in very well with my peers. This may sound sad or disastrous, but it was really the perfect storm for someone like me, who excelled in daydreaming. I know I drew and painted through way more than half my childhood.


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Virginia Dickens

Virginia Dickens

Virginia Lee Dickens (a.k.a. FRATCH), born in 1963, is a photographer, artist, and graphic designer. She graduated in 1984 from the Ringling College of Art and Design. Her major was illustration. Directly after Ringling, she continued her studies in Advanced Portfolio at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. 

 

Virginia creates her art by combining her photographs, paintings and sketches in Photoshop. The mixed media piece is then built up layer-by-layer, adding pieces of her photographs as she goes. Virginia says, “When I create my art, I fall away from myself... almost trance-like. I feel I am simply the conduit for some other intention.” These creations may have 60 layers or more and take 20 hours to complete. Virginia prints her creations on many varied substrates, including canvas, metal and fine art paper in her studio. She assembles the frames and hand stretches her canvas works. Some canvas prints receive another round of painting with acrylics and gel mediums.

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Janie Mantooth

Janie Mantooth

What I like most about art is that it gives you an outlet for your creative mind, a world in which there are no hard and fast rules. I also like making art because it creates beauty and it inspires and elevates people. Heaven knows, we all need more beauty, elevation and inspiration in our lives! It feels good to me to be a part of something that does this for people.


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Sally Carter

Sally Carter

Sally's interest in Japanese culture led her to be a part of a U of MD program in Japan funded by NEA to help write curricula on the subject for Maryland Middle School students. Information learned in this program was the basis for the St. Mary's College credit course. Variations on the Raku method remain her favorite working style. "I want to make one-of-a-kind pieces, mostly functional, which I hope will give a little more meaning to the things, often mundane, that we do everyday."


Lori Stetson

Lori Stetson

My artistic talents developed right alongside this furred and feathered obsession and for thirty years I painted animal portraits. Stepping outside of my comfort zone in 2002 I began producing works from my head and heart and exploring new mediums. Wire sculpting, oil painting and the study of trees and water are all current areas of interest My work has been featured on the covers of an international veterinary magazine and homes across the country.


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HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm

Gallery admission is always free.

305 N. Bridge St. Bedford, VA 24523

540-586-4235 ​​​​    Contact Us

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