by Gretchen St. Lawrence
For the third year, the members of the Floyd Artists Association have held their Valentine SweetheARTS Chocolate Affair in their Gallery located in The Station, downtown Floyd. This year, with more donations than previous years, the event on February 9th drew larger crowds than ever. As always, proceeds go to the Floyd County High School Art Department for their supplies.
The Valentine event coincided with the annual High School Senior Art Class exhibit at the Gallery. The many students exhibiting showed works in oil, acrylic and watercolor, as well as felting, pottery, papier mache and many imaginative sculptures from a variety of materials. This exhibit will remain on display throughout February.
Again the members had provided numerous homemade chocolate delights to sample or take home. The elaborate Gift Baskets, each worth over $500, were larger than ever with member donations and many luxury items donated by our generous local businesses. The two winners, whose names were drawn in the auction at the end of the event were right nearby in town and quickly returned to claim their baskets.. Lucky winners were Dana Korneisel and Jean Leedy.
There were auctions also for the many donated door prizes and some fancy baked goods. Member Dave Hall, acting as the auctioneer, had a busy afternoon!
The Floyd Artists Association and the High School art students would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of this annual event: Cocoa Mia, Blue Ridge Cafe, Pizza Inn, Floyd Country Store, Harvest Moon, Buffalo Mountain Brewery, Bell Gallery and Garden, Gallery 511 and Republic of Floyd.
Many thanks also to the community for their enthusiastic support of this Valentine's Chocolate event each year. The FAA Gallery and art students really appreciate it. See you all next year!!