BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) – Bower Center for the Arts will be celebrating 15 years of bringing art to the Bedford community.
The center hosts weekly classes for experienced artists and beginners just starting to find their own artistic expression. The focus of the current art classes is mosaics.
“We’re launching into our fall semester right now and the classes are for both youth and adults and there is a wide verity of options,” said Susan Martin, Executive Director of the Bower Center for the Arts.” You do not have to have any experience necessary.”
Many in the class find it therapeutic and have been attending classes yearly.
“I’ve been coming here for about 4 years off and on in various capacities. I first started out as a volunteer cause I wanted to know something about the Art Center, I was new to town and then I found out there were all these interesting classes.”Karen Cavanaugh – Student / Volunteer – Bower Center of the Arts-
Students and instructors work within social distancing guidelines and also wear masks.
“We’ve really taken every effort to provide a safe healthy atmosphere while we’re following the state and federal level, obviously mask-wearing, smaller groups, we’re doing temperature checks and things like that before they come into the classroom,” Martin said.
They do offer live virtual classes and have pre-taped courses in the works.
“We have in-person classes and now we’re working by offering virtual live classes and we’re also going to be moving into some pre-recorded classes as well where you can actually purchase all your supplies, your kit and you get the pre-recorded classes to do at your own time.”Susan Martin – Executive Director – Bower Center for the Arts