Friends whose opinion I value greatly have talked to me recently about our decision to close our studio at The Jacksonville Center and, as a result of their urgings, we have decided to remain.
The decision to close the studio, which never really reached what we felt was its full potential, was a difficult one. We were one of the original tenants at the Center and it has been part of our lives since coming to Floyd in 2004. My mother was a volunteer at the time and she brought the center to my attention when we were looking for gallery locations.
You don't mess with tradition in the green hills and hollows of Southwest Virginia. And judging from Alzora Wood's steely glare and that 4-foot-long wand she's wielding, you don't mess with her, either. Bands take shape on the corner, and a street party atmosphere prevails.