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July 2017

Art Exhibition by George V. Wills

July 1 @ 10:00 am - August 25 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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George V. Wills is a life-long resident of Blacksburg, whose work captures both urban and natural scenes in our region - but often with a creative and fun twist. This exhibition features nine pieces highlighting his broad range of styles, including native birds depicted in oil on canvas, a contemporary drawing of the Lyric Theatre, and even a carrot riding a bike! "As an artist I enjoy combining fine art technique with clever themes, such as the acorn-capped birds in this exhibition. This combination often catches a viewer off guard, presenting him or her with a surprise - always a good thing in my opinion. I never want to bore a viewer. My work may not be compelling to those looking for art as shocking, political, or contemplative, but it is serious art, as in well-executed technically, interesting to view, and it often leaves people smiling." George V. Wills

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August 2017

Temporary Closure of the Alexander Black House

August 17 @ 4:00 pm - August 29 @ 10:00 am
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Beginning on Friday, August 18, the Alexander Black House and Cultural Center will be temporarily closed to the public while we perform routine maintenance on the front, side, and rear porches. The work is necessary in order to preserve the restored home and to allow for handicap accessibility. While we are closed to the public, our offices will still be staffed, so feel free to contact us at (540)558-0746. The work on the Alexander Black House will be completed by Saturday, August 26, just in time for the 5th Annual Alexander Black Tie Masquerade Gala, which runs from 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Proceeds from the Gala - which has quickly become one of downtown Blacksburg’s premier events - will go towards the restoration of the second floor of the home. The event includes a champagne reception, silent auction, an elegant catered dinner, live music, dancing, and more. Tickets can be purchased online here. The home will re-open to the public when we return to our regular hours on Tuesday, August 29 (Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM). During this temporary closure, visitors may still drop by the Alexander Black House and enjoy our outdoor art exhibition “The Windows of Blacksburg,” which will be on display through September 2. In addition, the St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall will be open to the public for extended hours (9:30 AM to 3:30 PM) on three occasions: Friday, August 18, Thursday, August 24, and again on Friday, August 25. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain and preserve one of Blacksburg’s most important treasures. We hope to see you at the Alexander Black Tie Gala on August 26!

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Alexander Black Tie Masquerade Gala

August 26 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Join us for one of Downtown Blacksburg's premier events - the 5th Annual Alexander Black Tie Masquerade Gala! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to dine and dance in the elegant atmosphere of the Alexander Black House. Your ticket includes dinner, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, live music, and a champagne toast. There will also be a silent auction, beer, wine, and a selection of mixed drinks. A limited number of tickets will be sold, so purchase yours early! If you would like to sponsor an entire table (for 8) for $850, please call 540-558-0746. Table sponsors receive a table reserved exclusively for your group, two bottles of wine, and recognition for your generous support. Purchase Your Black Tie Gala Ticket Today! To purchase individual tickets or to pay for a table sponsorship, please click the link below. You can also pay by phone by calling 540-558-0746. Tickets are $95.00 per person. Table sponsorships are $850 each, and include reserved seating for 8 guests at 1 table, 2 bottles of wine, and sponsorship recognition. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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September 2017

A Conversation with Kathleen Grissom and Leah Weiss

September 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Join us for a conversation with two accomplished Virginia authors as we celebrate the release of "If the Creek Don't Rise," the debut novel from Leah Weiss. Born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia, Leah Weiss describes her writing as "southern and musical and best when read aloud... always about people who are self-sufficient and hard working with humble dreams." "If the Creek Don't Rise" tells the story of Sadie Blue, a young wife and new mother living in remote Appalachia, desperate to make her own mark on the world. This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contributes a new perspective, "If the Creek Don’t Rise" is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty and homegrown grit. In her review of "If the Creek Don't Rise," bestselling author Kathleen Grissom says "This one nearly broke my heart. With deeply human characters I will not easily forget, Weiss captures the fierce pull of desperation and the formidable power of hope. An impressive debut from a talent to watch.” A reception begins at 5:00 PM, the formal program starts at 5:30 PM.

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October 2017

“On the Street Where You Live” – Art Exhibition by Martha Olson

October 3 @ 10:00 am - October 29 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Martha Olson works with altered papers to create new works of art. She begins by recycling glossy magazine pages that are altered by crumpling, tearing, cutting, and applying a releasing agent to dissolve the ink printed in the paper. Each page produces a one-of-a-kind image and color palette that gets filed and collected. She applies many layers of paper to draw the viewer in for closer inspection, allowing them to discover and experience surprise images and personal interpretations. "On the Street Where You Live" presents all new original works. This show embodies what one might discover on streets and neighborhoods near and far, real or imagined. "I have always searched for a medium to express the long unspoken artistic language that I knew was a part of me. Altered paper has provided a visual voice releasing memories of silent observation, or life experiences, or a turn of a word or a phrase." - Martha Olson

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