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Cornelia Marin of Saint-Lo in Normandy, France was able to visit after the Roanoke-Saint-Lo Sister City committee received a Mini-Arts and Cultural Plan Implementation Grant from Roanoke and the Foundation for Roanoke Valley.
Courtesy of The Market Gallery
Nan Mahone Wellborn. “Bath County Pond & Willow.” Oil.
Courtesy of The Market Gallery
Nancy Dahlstrom. “Solo Bloom.”
Courtesy of The Market Gallery
Anne Way Bernard. “Flood.” 18 by 36 inches The Market Gallery, 23 Salem Ave., is exhibiting works by Bernard, Nancy Dahlstrom, Nan Mahone Wellborn and others through May 28.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A French artist visiting through an arrangement with Roanoke Valley Sister Cities will take part in Roanoke’s Art by Night studio tour from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday.
Cornelia Marin of Saint-Lo in Normandy, France, just arrived in town Saturday. The Roanoke-Saint-Lo Sister City committee received a Mini-Arts and Cultural Plan Implementation Grant from Roanoke and the Foundation for Roanoke Valley to help fund Marin’s trip.
This is Marin’s first visit to the United States, according to a news release from the Roanoke-Saint-Lo Sister City committee.
Marin will create a temporary installation at the Wilson Hughes Gallery at 117 Campbell Ave. S.W. called “L’Evolution de la Femme (The Evolution of Woman).” Marin brings a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to her work, said Roanoke-Saint-Lo committee chairwoman Mary Jo Fassie. It’s been 15 years since the committee last brought an artist to Roanoke from Saint-Lo, Fassie said.
Marin’s artworks include paintings, sculpture, mosaics and performance pieces. Her subjects are usually women. A native of Romania, she moved to France after Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown in 1989. She’s exhibited in Paris, Germany and Italy.
She’s staying until May 13, and has a full itinerary ahead. She’s taking part in an “Explore the Galleries” program at 4 p.m. Thursday at Taubman Museum of Art and the museum’s Spectacular Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roanoke-Saint-Lo committee member Janice Kaufman will be on hand as a translator.
In 2010 Marin applied to take part in “Artview: Visions and Voices,” an art show at Roanoke Civic Center that included both regional arts and artists from some of the sister cities. The show was organized by a collaboration involving the center, Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and Roanoke Valley Sister Cities. Though Marin wasn’t chosen, her application attracted the organizations’ attention, and plans began to bring her to Roanoke. Her visit was originally being arranged through the arts council, but after that organization folded at the end of last year, artists Suzun Hughes and John Wilson stepped in and offered their studio as a place for Marin to exhibit her art.
Marin’s presence won’t be the only new addition to Art by Night this Friday. It’s only been four months since a new map was published for the tour, but the lineup has changed so significantly that the map needed to be updated again.
Two new studios are practically side by side. Painter Max Mitchell has opened Roanoke Art Works — R.A.W. at 26 Church Ave. S.W. — and in the 16 West Marketplace building next door, artist Jane Barefoot Rochelle has opened Barefoot Studios, which in addition to her work showcases glassware by Asheville, N.C., artist Kyle Keeler and Raleigh, N.C., painter Jeanne Bessette.
Villages of Africa, formerly known as the Binaba Shop, a store specializing in African handcrafted jewelry and art, will also be joining Art by Night in its current location at 307 Market St. S.E. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will also take part in Art by Night from its new offices at 128 Campbell Ave. S.E., the old Shenandoah Hotel owned by Center in the Square.
Finally there’s Birdy’s Loft, a new art gallery that will open inside Center’s newly renovated Campbell Avenue building in the space once designated for the Little Dipper ice cream shop.
Two other stops have been dropped from the lineup. Because of ongoing renovations at its former Kirk Avenue location, Roanoke artist Gerald Hubert’s POParazzi Gallery and Studio won’t return. One Block East Gallery, which for a year and a half resided in the space now filled by RSO, hasn’t yet returned downtown though co-owner Debbie Stump says she still hopes it will.
The other stops on the tour are Wilson Hughes Gallery, Studios on the Square, LinDor Arts, Signature 9 Gallery, The Market Gallery, 202 Market Square Gallery, Liminal: Alternative Artspace and the Taubman Museum of Art.
Nan Mahone Wellborn, one of the The Market Gallery’s artists, noted that she’s part of a four-artist “en plein air” show in May along with Gray Dodson, Debra Sheffer and Priscilla Whitlock. The gallery is also showcasing work by Anne Way Bernard and Nancy Dahlstrom. There will be a group reception and multiple art talks during Art by Night. To view the new Art by Night map visit roanokeartbynight.com.
New Virginia Tech theater gets name
The state-of-the-art 1,260-seat performance hall under construction in Virginia Tech’s $100 million Center for the Arts has a name.
The university announced it will be called the Street and Davis Performance Hall in honor of two couples, Nicholas and Fay Street of Bristol and William C. “Jack” and Sandra Davis of Blacksburg, in recognition of their donations to the project.
Both couples were already members of the President’s Circle within Virginia Tech’s Ut Prosim Society, which consists of donors who have given $1 million or more to the university. All have served on the school’s National Campaign Steering Committee.
At present, Jack Davis is executive director of the university’s Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. Attorney Fay Street earned an undergraduate degree from Tech in 1977.
Composer Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble are scheduled to christen the Street and Davis Performance Hall with its first concert on Nov. 1. The center is expected to open in October.
Franklin County center offers pottery classes
The Rocky Mount Center for the Arts at 220 Franklin St. is offering six-week courses in pottery from instructor Carolyn Rogers starting 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday. The $160 cost includes all materials. For more information, call 483-1317 or email email@example.com.
On the Arts blog
The Blacksburg black-light illusion group Fighting Gravity, third-place winners on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, have launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of funding a solo show in New York City. To learn more about what they’re up, to visit blogs.roanoke.com/arts.
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