On Sunday December 7 from 1:00 until 5:00 pm artist studios and galleries in downtown Bedford will open their doors to the public for a Holiday Art Studio & Gallery Tour. The tour is designed to give the public a unique opportunity to see the work space of local artists and to explore the creative imagination in downtown Bedford. Visitors will have the chance to see artists at work and experience the creative process in action. Each location will offer holiday snacks as you browse the studios and their current exhibits. The studio tour is also a great opportunity to find a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift.
Art Upstairs at Bedford Hardware offers downtowns most interesting gallery experience. The exposed brick walls, large windows and high ceiling provide an amazing venue for local art. In addition to dozen or so local artists that show regularly in the gallery, several additional vendors will be set up in the space for the studio and gallery tour. Bedford Hardware is located at 126 South Bridge Street.
Bedford Lofts, located at 412 Jackson Street, will show the work of local photographers Jean Wibbens and Robert Miller in apartment 303. The exhibition and slide show, “Liminal Moment: Inside the Woolen Mill”, features images from the now vacant woolen mill complex just down the street. Take the opportunity while you are in the buildingto explore this newly renovated tobacco warehouse.
Bower Center for the Arts will host studio tours of artists Nancy Laurent, Dotti Stone (Smith Mountain Lake Mosaics), Janie Mantooth, and Sally and Gene Carter. To encourage local art as a perfect Christmas gift, there will also be a special exhibition of art priced at $99 and under. Cornerstone Gallery, also located at Bower, includes locally crafted pottery, mosaics, and other art gift items. Bower Center for the Arts is located at 305 North Bridge Street.
The Electric Company, located at 207 East Depot Street, features work by The Electric Company Artists’ Co-op members including a seasonal exhibit. The Electric Company also includes the studios of the Artists-on-Depot – Rod Adams, Edrie Bays, Erni Houser, Perri Mason, and Peggy Markham. Roslyn Reynolds’ Retro on Depot will be open with all sorts of holiday decorations, antiques and jewelry for sale.
The artists of Old Jail Hill Art Space at Goose Creek Studio Gallery and Custom Framing– Beulah Witt, Belvia Tate, Pat Dougherty, Revelle Hamilton, Nancy Laurent, Shelley Koopmann, Gin McCabe, and Patricia Strobel – will have their studios open to the public. The gallery features work by over 30 area artists and the current special exhibition features works by Drew and Sarah Gladwell. Goose Creek Studio is located at 302 Court Street.
HeBruz Coffeehouse, located at 107 East Main Street (in the old bank building) is the newest downtown venue to feature local art. An exhibition of watercolors by Beulah Witt entitled “All God’s Critters” is the work currently featured in the coffee shop’s gallery space. HeBruz also offers a wide variety of coffee and espresso drinks, pastries, cakes and sandwiches.
Michael Maxwell’s handcrafted furniture and repurposed pinball machines will be on display at MT Maxwell Furniture and Helen Maxwell’s Bedford Yoga Center will be open for tours. In addition to being a certified yoga teacher, Helen also creates ceramic tiles which will be available for purchase. At 4:00-5:15pm, she will offer a gentle flow yoga class for a $10 drop in fee. MT Maxwell Furniture and Bedford Yoga are located at 715 Liberty Street.
Town Kitchen and Provisions is a market/bistro/cellar that features handcrafted market items, unique packaged food, culinary supplies, and local art. The space currently features the bright and whimsical folk art scenes of local artist Carol Burnett. Town Kitchen and Provisions, located in The Wharton Cottage at 309 North Bridge Street, will be open 10:00am-3:00pm.