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Artist Gatherings

Lyric Art Colony

Space and Time for Artists of all painting abilities to gather ~ sit, paint & share; who could ask for anything more!  The Lyric Art Colony is a group of Artists with a love and appreciation for the Arts, and in particular, painting!  The is open to all painters and meets every week.

Thursdays ~ 12:00pm-2:30pm at The Lyric First Stage Art Gallery,
510 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia
A free-will donation is sincerely appreciated!


Classes 2018

All About Autumn – Beginner Watercolor Workshop with Sarah Guy-Levar

Watercolor painting is often said to be more difficult than other mediums; this workshop is for those that refuse to believe this myth and are determined to have fun while creating beautiful fall-themed paintings.  Through step-by-step demonstrations and proven simple techniques, Sarah Guy-Levar will help students overcome the fear that is associated with watercolors.  Subjects will include autumn landscapes, leaves, grapes and pumpkins; all supplies included.  Reserve your spot today – class size is limited to 16!

Saturday, September 29th, 9:00am-4:00pm & Sunday, September 30th, 9:00am-4:00pm
at The Lyric First Stage Art Gallery,
510 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia
Cost: $125 ~ On-line registration at


The Lyric’s First Stage Art Gallery

The Lyric is committed to providing the space and environment for established Artists and emerging Artists alike to exhibit their work. Facilitateing artistic expression while creating opportunities for economic growth for both the artist and our community is what we do. The First Stage Art Gallery has been exhibiting works by Artists from across the region and the northern US since 2006. Each month the gallery showcases a new exhibit and includes an Artist’s Reception.

Lyric’s First Stage Art Gallery hours
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
The First Stage Art Gallery – 510 Chestnut Street


Gallery Exhibits 2018

Heather Tomczak  .  Photography


Karlyn Atchinson-Berg  .  Handcut Collage


Student Exhibit  . Multi Medium Student Exhibit


Native Skywatchers  .  Ojibwe & Dakota Star and Earth Knowledge
Exhibit featuring paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics; each work of art weaves together art, science, and culture in relation to the stars and Earth.


Open Water  .  A group exhibit Celebrating Ice-Out


Bill Skodji  .  Behind Closed Doors
Have you ever wondered what lies BEHIND CLOSED DOORS at a museum?
Get a glimpse of Bill Skodje’s paintings capturing the way museums handle the care and preservation of their collections.


Heidi Mae Niska and Julie Gard Collaborative works  .  Photography & Poetry


Annual Range Exhibit  .  A juried exhibit of Life on the Iron Range


Lyric Art Colony  .  A group exhibit of Colony Artists


Craig Lund  .  Neuroaesthetics


Small Works ~ Big Auction  .  Miniature Original Artwork
A November 17th Gala Reception, previewing the, “Small Works,” (original artworks no larger than 12”),
culminating in a, “Big Auction,” to raise funds for the Lyric’s capital campaign to create New Gallery and Performance Spaces!


Artist’s Holiday Market  .  Holiday Shopping Extravaganza



Call for Artists 2018

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Annual Iron Range Exhibit
Join us as we celebrate through art, what we value most about The Iron Range during the month of August.  Work, play, everyday…this is a chance to show what we’ve got to offer! Work can be 2D or 3D.  Deadline for this exhibit is July 7, 2018. Artists interested in applying for this group exhibit should submit:
    • A written narrative about your artwork – please include whether the work has been exhibited at another venue, (where and when), and whether the work will be for sale with approximate price points.
    • Artist Statements
    • Artist Bio
    • Digital images of artwork(s) you would like to have in the exhibit.  If it’s a work in progress send 6-8 images that are representative of the exhibition proposal.  Please label images in this format: ArtistName-Title-Size-YearCompleted.jpg
    • Entry fee of $5 for each proposed image paid at

Proposals Submitted Electronically are preferred to: Annual Range Exhibit: DEADLINE July 7, 2018

Questions contact
Mary McReynolds, Executive Director


Small Works – Big Auction

Small Work – Big Auction at the Lyric Center for the Arts!
Help the efforts of the Lyric Center for the Arts to foster our creative community by donating a small work of original artwork.

We hope to fill our gallery walls with art pieces no larger than 12″ in any dimension. The gallery will exhibit the artwork from November 1st through 17th.  A Gala Reception will be held on the evening of November 17, 2018 culminating in a sale to raise funds for the Lyric’s capital campaign to create new gallery and performance spaces. More details will be forthcoming about the gala.

Artwork may be dropped off at the gallery during regular hours anytime between October 1st to 27th.

Questions? Please Message us or send an e-mail to lyriccenterforthearts@gmail.comMiniature Original Art works


Lyric Holiday Market at the First Stage Art Gallery
November 24th through December 19th

Artists, Artisans and Fine Crafters! We will kick off the Lyric Holiday Market celebration, (formerly known as The Holiday Boutique), on Saturday, November 24th! Bring us your wares; we are looking for quality handcrafted items of approximately $100 or less for this year’s Holiday Market.

      • Original artwork
      • Quality prints and cards
      • Music CDs and Books
      • Hand made Fiber Arts
      • Towels, hot pads, mittens, socks, scarves and hats
      • Non-perishable food items
      • Soaps, lotions and more . . .

    Artists, Artisans and Fine Crafters, this is your chance to make some end-of-the-year sales!
    No booth fees and the First Stage Gallery handles all sales and sales taxes.
    Reduced commissions during the Holiday Market – Our gift to You!

    Questions contact
    Mary McReynolds, Executive Director

    To receive future E-mail notices,
    please send a note to and we’ll be happy to add you to our list!

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