April 7 was a cold and blustery day in downtown Blacksburg, but it didn’t stop groups of art lovers from participating in the Downtown Art Walk. Patrons were encouraged to meet the artists, try out some of their techniques and enjoy the opportunity to be immersed in the arts.
Matrix Gallery showcased the work of Jade Arditti who was onsite to answer questions and explain her techniques to interested attendees. Art Pannonia featured the work of Modern Realist Felta Virginia. “Meditations” is the title of Felta’s latest show. She seeks to portray her thoughts on spiritual and gender issues.
Blacksburg Library offered the opportunity to meet The Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA) showing how this diverse group combines a variety of materials in unique ways to create their textile artwork.
The Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation featured the exhibit “Wind chimes: Elements and Seasons,” produced by the artist collective Fiber Artists at Loose Ends. The ten members of the collective created this eight-part installation featuring the four elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth and the four seasons.
The Art Gallery at Mish Mish was the chance for the staff to showcase their many and varied talents with the annual and much anticipated “Mish Mish Employee Art Show.”
Most of the current shows will remain on display through April. The next art walk will be held on June 2.
— Submitted by Laureen Blakemore