Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
That’s one problem that Farmville has solved. Whether you are looking to pick up a paint brush, turn a pottery wheel, or maybe just add a more creative spark to your life, here are four unique ways to re-discover your inner artist right here in town.
Get Hands On
For all you kinesthetic learners, nothing beats learning by doing.
As far as art and creativity go, downtown Farmville has two excellent options: Mainly Clay and Red Door 104, both right on Main Street. Mainly Clay is a pottery studio and gallery with a wide variety of classes available, from pottery wheel to hand building. At Red Door 104 all types of art classes for every age and experience level are available in an inviting and open atmosphere, as well as workshops and paint parties. Both Mainly Clay and Red Door 104 have open studio time available for the more free-spirited types. Hours and schedules are available on both the Red Door 104 and Mainly Clay website.
Sometimes nothing gets your creativity revved more than seeing the work of other talented, creative people. J. Fergesen Gallery and Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, both tucked conveniently into downtown Farmville, feature varying art installations. At J. Fergesen Gallery, the exhibits blend the work of local artists with nationally recognized names. The Longwood Center for The Visual Arts displays a wide variety of exhibits in every type of medium, from photographs and paintings to sculptures and pottery. Details about current and past exhibits can be found at the J. Fergesen Gallery website and LCVA website.
Go Back to School
No, not for a degree or extra credit, but for art. With not one but two colleges in close proximity to Farmville, both Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College provide diverse sources for artistic exploration, while also offering courses in art appreciation and instruction. Take a stroll along Longwood’s Brock Commons, stretching the length of the campus. It is filled with lovely fountains and gardens as well as sculptures by nationally-known artists. To keep things fresh, each piece is switched out every two years. Just down the road at Hampden-Sydney College, the Esther Atkinson Museum’s East Gallery features a rotating display of traveling exhibitions, many featuring the history and stories of the school and its alums. To find current exhibit listings go here.
Nothing beats the inspiration that is the beautiful outdoors. A view of the sunset from High Bridge, with the wide sweep of the sky and the rolling piedmont hills may just inspire you to paint, draw or just take a deep breath and drink in the beauty. A paddle down the snaking waterways of Farmville’s Blueway could reveal a certain way the afternoon sunlight falls on the Appomattox or maybe just a clearer, and calmer, mind. Click here to find out more about the Blueway and High Bridge.
Whichever way you pick, whatever creative outlet suits your fancy, one thing is certain. Art and art lovers, abound in Farmville.