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Florence Thomas Art School opens its doors in Downtown West Jefferson

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Originally published: May. 9, 2013
Last modified: May. 9, 2013

Staff Reports

The Florence Thomas Art School will be having an open house on Thursday May 16th at the new location 10 S Jefferson Ave, in downtown West Jefferson.  The 3500 sq foot building has been renovated to support an art studio for classes beginning in early June and will also include a retail gallery space with original works of the late Florence Thomas, as well as local artists and visiting instructors.

The open house will kick off with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 12:00pm, followed by artist demonstrations from 12:30pm - 5:00pm and a reception from 5-7pm.   The demonstrations will include water color and oil painting, basket making, book making and more.  Participating will be artists include Stephen Shoemaker, Lenore De Pree, Robert Way, Cathy Purvey, Sue Boggs, Cora Mae Pipkin, Doug Monroe, Wes Waugh, Cheryl Roberts, Susan Van Wky, and Sharon Sharp.  Everyone is welcome everyone to come by through out the day.

The school will provide more than 30, one to three-day workshops in the fine arts, heritage crafts and master crafts from June to October 2013. Local artist Lenore De Pree will kick off the season with a three-day Fearless Oil Painting workshop on June 3-5.

New this year the school is providing evening classes on most Tuesdays and Thursdays. And for those who would like to try a new medium they are hosting one-day beginner workshops on Saturdays that include use of materials for a nominal material fee.  

Along with the adult programming the school is once again offering the ever popular FLO Kids, children's fine art classes, for students entering Pre-K - 6th Grade during June, July and August.

Florence Thomas Art School is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization established in 2007 by an endowment from Ashe County native, Florence Thomas; a soft-spoken farm woman who was probably the greatest artist – with many hundreds of paintings – the High Country has ever produced.  For more information, visit http://www.FlorenceArtSchool.org or contact 336-846-FTAS (3827).
 
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