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A free self-guided tour of artists’ homes and studios.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Spring has come to Roanoke, which means it’s time for artists to open their studios once again to a weekend’s worth of visitors.
This year’s Open Studios of Roanoke tour features 26 artists at 13 stops, including new arrivals and familiar faces in new places.
Max Mitchell, 26, has opened Roanoke Art Works, abbreviated “R.A.W.,” at 26 Church Ave. S.W. His father, potter Steve Mitchell, has been a mainstay of the Open Studios tour for many years. Max Mitchell, a painter, has moved back to Roanoke after attending Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and living in Philadelphia for seven years.
“I never really liked being in the city,” he said. “I always liked being in the mountains.”
Steve Mitchell will have work on display in Roanoke Art Works this weekend, as will Roanoke painter Greg Osterhaus.
The father-son duo made waves in the regional art scene even before Max Mitchell moved back — in 2011, he won the grand prize at the Biennial Juried Exhibition at Roanoke College, and his father won second place.
Guest artist Stephen Brailo joins the tour for the first time. A native of Croatia, Brailo has a studio at 1731 Grandin Road S.W., where he makes elaborate mosaics out of colored stones, recreating ancient techniques of the Byzantine Empire.
Ann Glover, one of the tour’s founders, had to move from her Campbell Avenue studio last year when Roanoke inspectors condemned the building. Her new studio in the Roanoke Industrial Park at 1921 Power St. S.E. marks the farthest point east on the tour map, though Ann Bondurant Trinkle’s studio at 1860 Ninth St. S.E. isn’t far away.
The upheaval doesn’t seem to have hampered Glover. Roanokers might be most familiar with her sculpture “Trojan Dog” that sits beside the fire station on Memorial Avenue Southwest — but at the moment you also can find her work in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Her show, “A Common Light: Paintings of Roanoke and Los Angeles,” will be on display in the VMFA’s Pauley Center until July 12.
Other newcomers and returning guests such as painters Elaine Fleck, and Tim and Anne Pfeiffer join established regulars such as Mary Boxley Bullington and Eric Fitzpatrick. The self-guided tour is free. Download a map at www.openstudiosofroanoke.com. Call 774-4905 or email info@OpenStudiosOfRoanoke.com for more information.
Open Studios of Roanoke 2013
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
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