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The Arts: Artist painting a landscape of the surrounding Highlands scenery and the Garth Newel Piano Quartet performing in Bath County, Virginia
The Arts

Visitors are always surprised by the vibrancy of the arts and culture in Virginia’s Western Highlands.

Performance at the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath CountyIt’s quite natural to us, however, because the stunning beauty of the surroundings and our wonderful way of life provide profound inspiration for our artists. Our love of music, theater and visual arts runs deep in our communities and we welcome the chance to share it with others. Some of it you can take home with you, and some of it will live on inside you for a long time.

A wonderful way to experience the arts community of the region is to explore the Explore Virginia's Western Highlands Artisan TrailVirginia’s Western Highlands Artisan Trail.

 
  • Covington
    Alleghany Highlands Arts Council
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    Locality:
    Covington City County
    450 W Main St
    Covington, VA 24426

    Fall, winter, spring performing arts series; features notable touring performers; music, drama, comedy, dance; vocal; student series during school year. Annual series also included performances by the Alleghany Highlands Choral and the Alleghany Highlands Orchestra.

    Telephone:
    540-962-6220

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/AlleghanyHighlandsArtsCouncil

  • New Castle
    Art of Momet, Artist, Therese Squires
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    Locality:
    Craig County
    553 Salem Avenue
    New Castle, VA 24127

    View original artwork: Oils, Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastels, Ceramics that take you to exotic places. Therese uses vibrant colors to create stunning floral paintings. She creates inspiring impressionist landscapes from her European travels. She is influenced by Monet's garden scenes and Van Gogh's vivid colors.The artist enjoys watching spectacular airshows. Living near the glider airport of the Blue Ridge Soaring Society has been an awesome experience making interesting new friends, hearing their stories, and watching them glide effortlessly on air currents.  She has attempted to capture the excitement of flight in her artwork.   Therese loves the charming little ceramic characters she hand paints, and her delightful garden rocks and pots. She loves to create exotic figurines and elegant vases.   Her Art Gallery and Art Studio are on the Artisan Trail at: 553 Salem Avenue, New Castle, VA 24127momet@tds.nethttp://momet.biz.tcCall 540-864-0553540-864-0553  for an appointment.   Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

    Telephone:
    540-864-0553

    Email:
    momet@tds.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/ArtofMometArtistThereseSquires

  • Clifton Forge
    Clifton Forge Masonic Amphitheatre
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    513 Church Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Masonic Amphitheatre and Park is a state-of-the-art outdoor facility and park that opened in June 2012.  The Amphitheatre was designed and built by third-year architect students from the design/buildLab at Virginia Tech.  The Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge which links historic Clifton Forge to the Masonic Amphitheatre was designed and built by the design/buildLAB students (a different class) one year later. The Theatre’s stage was repurposed from a concrete slab that was part of a wholesale tire company owned by Bill Cook.  Bill donated the land for the Amphitheatre to the Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation and the Amphitheatre became part of a complex that includes the Historic Masonic Theatre on 510 Main Street and the Masonic Amphitheatre on 513 Church Street in Clifton Forge, VA.  The two structures are adjacent to one another. The Amphitheatre’s season presents a diverse program of musical entertainment, plays, and festivals, runs from April to early October with over 40 events scheduled during the season.  The Amphitheatre seats 500 people with bench seating and the Amphitheatre lawn which invites lawn chairs and blankets for individuals and families to enjoy every event.  In the past four seasons, the majority of the programs offered are free of charge or donation only and many showcase local Alleghany Highlands’ talent. The Amphitheatre is available to rent by organizations, businesses and non-profits.  

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    masonictheatre@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/CliftonForgeMasonicAmphitheatre

  • Clifton Forge
    Clifton Forge School of the Arts
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    518 Church St
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Clifton Forge School of the Arts, "CFSOTA", is a 501c3 non-profit School offering opportunities for training in fine/applied arts to adults/children that is recreational and vocational; promotes economic development; and encourages cultural enrichment and creativity. Located in the Alleghany Highlands and the heart of downtown Clifton Forge, VA, our campus occupies graciously donated historic buildings and land that were once a 1920's hardware store, 1892 lumber mill and a grocery supplier. We have unique venues that are available for your function rental (weddings, receptions, fundraising, music, meetings, etc), which help support the programs of CFSOTA. They are: The Mill (a large repurposed lumber mill), The Gallery (our rotating exhibit hall) and The Garden (with rare trees & plants, walkways and resting areas). We publish a quarterly class schedule that features individual, ongoing and "created just for you or your group" classes in art disciplines such as: painting, drawing, fiber, music, blacksmithing, woodworking/carving, pottery, glass & stone sculpture. Our professional instructors come, from near and far, bringing a wealth of knowledge and artistic skills. Please visit with us to explore our campus of studios, art store and garden - and sign up for the class of your choice. Our office is usually open 12-2; however, we are often open much longer hours. Stop by! Questions: call 540-862-7275; website www.cfsota.org; email cfsota@lumos.net

    Telephone:
    540-862-7275

    Email:
    cfsota@lumos.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/CliftonForgeSchooloftheArts

  • Hot Springs
    Garth Newel Music Center
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    There is no better place to hear live music than Garth Newel Music Center. Our picturesque concert hall with superb acoustics allow us to perform chamber music as it was intended – in an intimate and informal setting for small friendly audiences. Where else can you enjoy a gourmet, five-course meal with musicians who just performed for you? Sip a glass of wine during a concert? Stroll to your room in an historic manor house after an enchanting evening? Garth Newel is located in scenic Allegheny Mountains of western Virginia, an an exciting escape from the rush of every day life. With over 50 concerts each year, we are one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Call or visit our website to learn more about our summer festival and weekend holiday packages.

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018
    Phone2: 540-839-5018
    Fax: 540-839-3154

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/GarthNewelMusicCenter

  • Covington
    R/C Covington Movies 3
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    Locality:
    Covington City County
    139 North Maple Avenue
    Covington, VA 24426

    Three Cinema venue with snack bar and clean restrooms!

    Telephone:
    540-962-8888

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/RCCovingtonMovies3

  • Covington
    River Rock Amphitheater at Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex
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    Locality:
    Covington City County
    870 W. Edgemont Drive
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex is located at 870 W. Edgemont Drive directly across from Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc. Complex amenities include five lighted softball fields, basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, playground equipment, walking areas, picnic areas, restroom facilities, press box, concessions and a newly constructed amphitheater. See the link below for more information and a recent schedule.

    Telephone:
    540-965-6300

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/RiverRockAmphitheateratJacksonRiverRecreationSportComplex

  • Monterey
    The Highland Center
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    61 Highland Center Drive
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Highland Center, a non-profit community and business incubator, is housed in a 1922 school building that is listed on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the building you will find the Highland County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center as well as working artist studios, art displays, concert space, theatrical performances and more.  During summer months you can catch the Highland Farmers Market at The Highland Center Pavilion, Fridays from 3:30 to 6 pm.  Maple syrup and other Highland-made products are available year-round.  The Highland Center is also available to rent for meetings, weddings, retreats and more.  Book your next special event at this historic landmark in Virginia's Little Switzerland!

    Telephone:
    540-468-1922

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/TheHighlandCenter

  • Clifton Forge
    The Historic Masonic Theatre
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main St
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Circa 1905, originally an opera house and Masonic Lodge in the downtown historic district of Clifton Forge, VA, the Historic Masonic Theatre is Virginia's oldest continuously operating Theatre. On July 1, 2016, the Historic Masonic Theatre opened its doors to the public once again after a 6.5 million dollar renovation.  A  movie theatre and a performing arts venue, the four story building has a state of the art auditorium, an underground cafe and lounge area, a balcony with seating and conference room and an upper level ballroom suitable for wedding receptions and gatherings. The Theatre's history includes performances bythe world famous Count Basie Orchestra, appearances by Tex Ritter, Lash LaRue, and Cowboy Bob Steele and political speaker William Jennings Bryan.

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    masonictheatre@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/HistoricSites/TheHistoricMasonicTheatre

  • Millboro
    Weaving Arts Studio
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    686 Mill Creek Road
    Millboro, VA 24460

    Oftentimes, an Artisan has worked in other fields before finding their heart in the passionate pursuit of their craft.  Such is the story of Mary Barnes.  Mary is a Weaver. Her Weaving Arts Studio is located in the tiny village of Millboro in the eastern most portion of the county.  Mary was a school teacher.  When she retired early she set out to find yet another "professional" job. While studying at the Pendle Hill Quaker Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, she found herself embracing her artistic side.  She had been an accomplished seamstress and dabbled in embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, quilting, upholstering, making slip covers and caning chairs - and now her heart told her to weave. And weave she does, working with unique fibers to create a variety of clothing items like ruanas, shawls, vests, kimonos, mobiuses, cocoons and more - no two creations are exactly alike.

    Telephone:
    540-997-9179

    Email:
    marybarnes@weavingarts.us

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/WeavingArtsStudio

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