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Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson

  • Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson

West Jefferson’s Florence Thomas Art School carries on the legacy of one of Ashe County’s most talented artists.

Florence Thomas was born in Ashe County without all the many conveniences residents enjoy today. Back in 1909, there were few roads into the area, and electricity had not yet arrived in many corners of Ashe County. Thomas’ parents moved her from school to school in the county aiming to provide a fruitful education. In high school, Thomas found several scraps of canvas and was able to express her artistic abilities for the first time. Florence Thomas would continue to earn a scholarship to pursue her artistic passion, found the Blue Ridge Art Clan, and have her work featured in famous exhibitions across the eastern United States.

The Florence Thomas Art School affords locals and visitors an opportunity to appreciate local art as well as refine their personal skills as an artist. In addition to hosting workshops for artists of all abilities, there are many other events and gallery exhibits throughout the year. Visit to stay up to date with additional art events to stretch your creative abilities.

Have a Heart Animal-Themed Exhibit:

Opening Reception: February 8th, 1-3 PM.

Artist entry fees and 5% of all artwork sales at this special event will be donated to the Ashe County Humane Society. Submit a photo of your pet into a raffle to win a custom 11”14” portrait! $5 entry for raffle.

First Friday:

Time: 6-9 PM, first Friday of every month.

Learn from a professional artist and create your very own work of art. Workshops are $35 with all materials provided.

Gallery Crawl:

Time: 5-8 PM, second Friday of the month, from June-October.

Many art galleries in West Jefferson will be open for this event – free entry.

A Mixed Palette:

Time: 10:30-noon, June 8th, July 13th, and August 10th.

Learn from talented artists through open discussions and presentations – free entry.

Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts:

The Corey Anne Celebration happens during the month of August and includes a gallery exhibition, a symposium, and an expressive arts workshop.

Florence Thomas Art School’s mission is to “provide resources for instruction, exhibition and experience in the fine arts and heritage crafts for Ashe County and the region.” Drop by to experience this special venue for yourself!

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