Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation will display “Trace Elements: An Installation” by
Local artists Amanda Lechner and Michael Borowski Aug. 30 through Sept. 28, in the Alexander Black House main galleries, 204 Draper Road SW.
Admission is free. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Trace Elements reception open to the public will be held on Friday, Sept. 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music and refreshments will be provided.
Lechner and Borowski were invited by the Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation to create an art installation responding to objects in the museum’s collection. The resulting collaboration is a conversation between their art, museum artifacts, and items from the Virginia Tech Geoscience Museum and the New River Valley area environment.
Lechner’s paintings, created using handmade ink from locally collected walnuts, oak gall, and
collected oxidized iron, engage with Borowski’s series of cyanotypes processed using the water from Yellow Sulphur Springs in Christiansburg. Both artists’ works reflect on time, place, and
materials, connecting with the spaces, archives, human history, built environments, and geologic
history of Southwest Virginia.