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February 2018

Soul Food Sampling

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, 203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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Food is important to every culture; however, the role, ingredients, and traditions that define procuring, preparing, and consuming food differ as cultures develop over time and places. The Soul Food Sampling event will include a brief discussion on the history and traditions of soul food, the recollections of residents of the former New Town neighborhood where the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall is located, and samplings of traditional soul foods. Enjoy great food as we explore the origins of this cuisine that developed through the imposed privations of enslaved people as they persevered and prospered by creating “food families.” The remarkable cooks who devised the cuisine not only put food on the table but also made it taste good! Today, “soul food” describes certain tastes and ingredients as well as the traditions of survival, community cohesion, and caring family relationships. Guests will enjoy typical soul food in an atmosphere of lively conversation, informative discussions, and excellent examples of this truly American cuisine. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.  Please try again next year if you were not able to join us! Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Foundation, the merchants of the North End Center, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Champs, and Blue Ridge Catering & Wikiteria.

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March 2018

Exhibit Opening and Reception: “Neologism” by Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA)

March 15 @ 10:00 am - March 24 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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What do a guiltar, giraffiti, and smombies have in common? They are all neologisms - new words or phrases that are added to English dictionaries each year, illustrating how our language continues to evolve. Members of the art collective “TAVA” - Textile Artists of Virginia -  created a series of quilts inspired by various neologisms that found their way into modern English. Some of the neologisms were created more recently, such as white-fi and facetime. Others, like the word zipper, are now well established and recognizable by just about anyone. TAVA and its members are some of the most accomplished textile artists of our time. TAVA has exhibited locally, at the Virginia Quilt Museum, and the Taiwan International Quilt Festival.   Members are part of an exhibit that has toured nationally over the past three years. Karin Tauber organized the Blue Ridge Quilt Festival that took place in Blacksburg for many years, Marietta Price is the owner of a fabric store, and Paula Golden has taught internationally and continues to teach here in Blacksburg. Please join us for a reception to meet members of TAVA, to see their beautiful creations, and to hear the stories behind their art. The reception takes place from 3 to 5 PM, on Thursday, March 15. Light refreshments will be provided. The exhibit will remain on display until Saturday, March 24.

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Art to Mail: Make Your Own Quilted Postcards – with Paula Golden

March 22 @ 5:30 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 fun & creative workshop where you will create a small "art" quilt suitable for mailing, framing, or hanging. It's a fast and fun activity. The possibilities are endless - it will be hard to stop at one! All supplies will be provided for this 1 and 1/2 hour workshop. You will learn how to design using pre-printed fabrics, how to use fusible adhesive, and what the US Postal Service regulations are if you'd like to mail these small treasures to a friend! The workshop will be lead by local artist & quilter Paula Golden.  Selected as “2001 Teacher of the Year” by The Professional Quilter Magazine, Paula has been quilting since the early 1970s and teaching for over twenty years, including the International Quilt Festival, Houston. Her quilts, patterns and articles have been published in various magazines and books. Paula is past-president of the Board of Directors, Virginia Quilt Museum and co-author of the book Quilts of Virginia: Birth of America through the Eye of a Needle. She trained as a medical technologist and completed her Master of Independent Study in print-making and surface design. Paula is certified in administering the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and incorporates the concept that understanding oneself increases the creative process. For more information, visit www.paulagolden.com The workshop will be offered on March 22 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. The cost is $20 per person. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today to reserve your spot! "Art to Mail" Workshop Tickets: $20 per person CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE “Using fiber as a creative means to communicate is intrinsic to my very being. It links me to the continuum of men and women who have stitched their lives in fiber to provide warmth and nourishment for the body and soul.” Her passion for the stories behind the quilts is a leading theme in her work. While the history of stitching is important as a documentation of issues of concerns and art, it is also a means of expressing joy and humor." - Paula Golden

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April 2018

Meet the Artist Reception: Christy Mackie

April 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Please join us for a "Meet the Artist" reception with local artist Christy Mackie, as we open her new exhibit "Explorations." The reception is part of the April 6 Art Walk sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.  

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“The History of Montgomery County Coal Mining” by Jim Glanville

April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Merrimac Mines. Courtesy of Historical Photograph Collections, Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Tech. Independent scholar Jim Glanville will share his research on coal mining in Montgomery County, which goes back as far as the late 1700's when coal was mined on a much smaller scale for blacksmith operations. Coal production in the county increased following the creation of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, eventually leading to the development of mining communities including Coal Bank Hollow, Merrimac, McCoy and Wake Forest. This is also a great opportunity to view our exhibit "A Way of Life: History of Coal Mining in Blacksburg" which will be on display until May 5.

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