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The Alexander Black House & Cultural Center will host an artist’s reception to highlight their new exhibit “The Green Tunnel: Works by Matt Gentry.”
Appalachian Trail Hikers commonly call Virginia “The Green Tunnel.” Virginia has more of the famous footpath than any other state with 550 miles of trail out of the 2,185 miles and 14 states that the Appalachian Trail runs through. This exhibit explores Virginia’s Green Tunnel as it meanders through the Roanoke and New River Valleys.
Matt “Sharpie” Gentry is a Blacksburg citizen, artist, and photographer for the Roanoke Times. Gentry completed a three decades long section hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and continues his involvement with the trail by volunteering as a trail maintainer.
The exhibit is a companion to another exhibit, “Blacksburg’s Hiking Culture,” which explores what hiking does for our community, what hiking opportunities are available in and near Blacksburg, and what goes into making these trails safe and available for people. Matt Gentry’s work will be on display until July 28; the hiking exhibit will be on display until September 1. The artist’s reception is part of the Art Walk sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.