The mission of AVA is to connect visual arts and community in personal and experiential ways because art makes people and communities better.


Digital Photography
from 125.00

JUNE 2, 3, 4

(consecutive evening course)

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

This course is designed to instruct you on practicing strong, fundamental techniques of digital photography that you will be able to apply in your next set of photos. Whether you are a photography enthusiast, have your first DSLR or simply want to take better photos every time, this class gives you a lot of tools in a short time. This class has limited space, so expect a small group with a highly experienced, hands-on instructor.

Topics Include:

-Various types of equipment (lens options and uses, flashes, memory cards)
-Getting out of AUTO mode
-Understanding exposure (ISO, shutter speed, aperture)
-Depth of Field/ F-stops
-Composition (rule of thirds, etc)
-Shooting in RAW
And then we go outside and practice what we've discussed!

Post Processing
-Editing RAW files
-Running actions
-Basic Retouching

Kim Feisley, Instructor

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Exclusive AVA Supporters Event at the Studio of Isaac Duncan III

Isaac Duncan III is a local sculpture artist who has achieved international acclaim. After several years of working for renowned sculptor John Henry, Isaac opened his own studio in 2008.  Since then he has installed numerous pieces for both private collectors and public installations.  If you’ve been to Alleia Restaurant or driven down Main Street you have probably seen his work shown above.


Spirit Moves:

Works by Allyson Mellberg Taylor and Jeremy Taylor

May 22-June19

The Association for Visual Arts will host an exhibition of work by husband and wife artists, Allyson Mellberg Taylor and Jeremy Taylor. The artists reside in Harrisonburg, VA where Allyson is an Associate Professor in the School of Art Design and Art History at James Madison University, and Jeremy is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Piedmont Virginia Community College. They both received their MFAs from UNC Chapel Hill.
Both artists work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting and more. Allyson’s work is rooted in dystopic sci-fi and the lovely/uncomfortable space we humans attempt to occupy in nature. Jeremy’s work is built from a strong reverence for animals and nature. He explores issues of fear, domination, exploitation, manipulation and control. In his work, Jeremy uses traditional forms that are reminiscent of Japanese block printing, children's book illustrations, comic books, and Flemish engravings. His work finds the space where these illustrative formats converge to slur ideas of innocence and experience; where fantasy merges with ominous realism. Allyson and Jeremy frequently collaborate with each other, and this exhibit will feature some of their collaborative drawings, as well as their individual artwork.
The opening reception for the exhibit will take place Friday, May 1 from 5:30-8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
What: Spirit Moves: Works by Allyson Mellberg Taylor and Jeremy Taylor
When: May 22-June 12
Opening reception: May 22, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Avenue
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free


Capture is a unique, Community-Sourced 48 Hour Film Project. Led by AVA, the aim is to encourage and empower the community. Anyone with access to a digital HD Camera, smartphone (iPhone, Droid, etc.) or other digital video device can participate by coming together to shoot and upload video to Capture's video library where professional editing teams with use the videos to create three short competing films. Watch our 2014 short films presentation below. Get more info at our Capture website:



March 6th DRIVEN  Reception work by AIM Center members


Dec 2, 2014 - AVA Members Jury Show 



On a beautiful October afternoon our AVA Members enjoyed an exclusive tour of Sculptor John Henry's gallery and were treated to a preview of his  Sculpture Fields installation. John spoke to our member guests about it's progress and the mission to create this cultural destination. Thanks to John and his staff for a great experience. The Sculpture Fields will be an important artistic asset for our city and region.


The 4 Bridges Arts Festival celebrates our 15th year of bringing fine artists from across the U.S. with a diverse array of mediums. Join us Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th at the First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga, TN. More info at