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September 2018

“Paintings of Blacksburg and the New River Valley” by Donald Sunshine

September 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Donald Sunshine FAIA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Virginia Tech, is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past president of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Arizona. In addition to the many buildings he has designed and his seven books, his architecture and art has been widely exhibited. Prior exhibits include Chicago’s Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as exhibits in Virginia, Florida, and Hawaii. Professor Sunshine and his artist and collaborator wife Joanna live on their family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and in the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida, where they continue to pursue architecture, art, and writing. "As a young student – about 1000 years ago – I began drawing. Perhaps it was my grandfather, an artist who didn’t know it, who first introduced me to art. I consider my art a 'way of life' and a means of seeing. Shunning photo realism . . . after all we do have cameras these days, my impressionist watercolors, primarily of Southwest Virginia, present my way of 'seeing.' My abstracts provide another way of 'seeing,' and finally, are my paintings of art as commentary. I share my artist wife Joanna’s passion for search and discovery. My architecture, sketching, painting, sculpture and writing are interrelated and a life’s pursuit, as well as a way of seeing, and a means of commentary." - Donald Sunshine

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October 2018

Meet the Artist Reception: Donald Sunshine

October 5, 2018 @ 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 reception honoring Donald Sunshine, whose latest exhibit "Paintings of Blacksburg and the New River Valley" features some of Blacksburg's most iconic buildings. Each building is depicted as a sketch, watercolor, and abstract, showcasing the artist's range and providing different perspectives. Additional scenes from the New River Valley are depicted in watercolor. Donald Sunshine FAIA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Virginia Tech, is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past president of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Arizona. In addition to the many buildings he has designed and his seven books, his architecture and art have been widely exhibited. This reception is part of the Art Walk sponsored by Donald Blacksburg, Inc.

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Blues, Brews, and BBQ

October 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, 203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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Join us for our Fifth Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ event. With 6 bands on 2 stages, great food, beer, and wine, you are sure to have a good time! The event is free, though donations are encouraged. Click here for more information.

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November 2018

“Music to Your Eyes”

November 2, 2018 - November 24, 2018

Crossroads, Robert Johnson by Ken Pease Now on exhibit until November 24. Ken Pease has been listening to loud music, and painting colorful pictures for more than 20 years. He is inspired by great music and musicians, his family, and stuff that makes folks laugh and feel good about this crazy world we all live in. Ken uses acrylic paint on repurposed wood scraps, cabinet doors, drawers, and a variety of found objects. The “Music to Your Eyes” exhibit features tributes to some great musicians, and some of Ken’s characters, including the Blues Hounds and Slappy Green. The other work focuses on positive vibrations: art that makes you feel good about yourself and the world.

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February 2019

Soul Food Sampling

February 9
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, 203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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TICKETS SALES FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW CLOSED. Check back here next year for the 6th Annual Soul Food Sampling!   Food is important to every culture Ingredients, and traditions that define procuring, preparing, and consuming food differ as cultures develop over time and places. Soul Food Sampling will include a brief discussion about 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. 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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