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“Chromatmos I” (top) and “Chromatmos II,” by Truman Capone. Each piece measures 5-by-19 inches. The works were selected for a juried show in Florence, Italy, and Capone was awarded the grand prize.
Courtesy of Tracey Lockwood
Detail from “The Power to Choose,” which is among the works on view in “The Energetic Sketches of Medium Tracey Lockwood” at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Artists and performers will bring classical music, gospel, silly children’s songs, kaleidoscopes, balloons and more to seven Roanoke parks starting next month.
The new program, called Parks & Arts, began as a collaboration between the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
The $100,000 initiative was made possible by a $50,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. To meet the match, the symphony contributed $5,000; the city contributed $43,000; and $2,000 more came from an anonymous donor, said Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings.
“The majority of the funding is going to pay the artists and the performers,” Jennings said.
Each Parks & Arts event happens on a Saturday in a different park. The series starts June 8 in Washington Park, with performances by Roanoke Chamber Brass, gospel singers the Moyer Brothers, children’s songs by Rob Smith of the band Silly Bus, as well as performance art orchestrated by Roanoke filmmaker Matt Ames.
Leaders from neighborhood organizations gave suggestions as to what kind of performances their communities would want to see, and a committee comprising artists and art leaders reviewed the applications.
In January, the Roanoke Arts Commission took proposals from artists and performance groups for family-friendly acts with educational elements for the park shows. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra handled contracting with the artists who were chosen.
The entire effort ties into the goal of the city’s Arts and Culture Plan to bring art to more neighborhoods.
All performances take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., except for the final performance at Elmwood Park, which begins at 2 p.m.
Originally organizers had planned to open the series at Elmwood, but given the ongoing construction, they decided to make it the site of the finale instead, Jennings said.
The dates, venues and acts are as follows.
June 8, Washington Park: Roanoke Chamber Brass, Moyer Brothers, Silly Bus children’s music from Rob Smith, Matt Ames.
June 15, Jackson Park: “Art Is Happening,” a presentation by the Taubman Museum of Art, Opera Roanoke, Mill Mountain Theatre and Southwest Virginia Ballet. Balloon-making by artist Darcy Meeker.
June 29, Kennedy Park: Randolph Walker performs “Green Eggs and Ham” rap, Roanoke Children’s Theatre performs scenes from “Stuart Little,” pop-rock music from Electric Chameleon, art therapist Gwyn Hall.
July 13, Mill Mountain Park: Rob Smith with Silly Bus, bluegrass players The Wright Kids, Roanoke Chamber Brass, kaleidoscope workshop by Jacob Smith.
July 20, Eureka Park: Rob Smith with Silly Bus, Jefferson Center Music Lab, woman singers Upscale Band & Show, balloons with Darcy Meeker.
Aug. 31, Highland Park: Theater from the YoYo Players, The Wright Kids, Rob Smith, art therapist Gwyn Hall.
Sept. 15, Elmwood Park: Randolph Walker, gospel music from Larnell Starkey & Spiritual 7, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performs “Peter and the Wolf” with Southwest Virginia Ballet, kaleidoscopes with Jacob Smith.
For more information, call Jennings at 853-5652 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete schedule, visit roanokeva.gov/parksandarts.
Blacksburg artist wins international prize
Blacksburg artist Truman Capone , a professor emeritus and former director of Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Arts, had works “Chromatmos I” and “Chromatmos II” selected for “S mall Wonders, Piccole Meraviglie,” a juried show that took place at LINEA Spazio Arte Contemporanea (the LINEA Contemporary Art Space) in Florence, Italy, from April 20 to May 4.
The show’s jury awarded Capone the grand prize, which includes full participation in the Florence Biennale, to be held Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 in the Fortezza da Basso. Capone’s art in “Small Wonders” competed against artists from 17 other countries.
According to a bio provided by Virginia Tech, Capone received his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a master of fine arts degree from Radford University.
Capone’s art has encompassed digital collage, painting, jewelry and sculpture, with works in more than 75 national and international art shows. He has works in the permanent collections of museums in France, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand.
For more about the artist, visit www.trumancapone.com.
Tracey Lockwood, a self-described “professional medium” who gives psychic readings to folks in Roanoke and Blacksburg, has a 17-piece art show called “The Energetic Sketches of Medium Tracey Lockwood” on display at in the cafe areas of Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, 1319 Grandin Road S.W. in Roanoke, through June 10.
In an email, Lockwood offered this description of the images she created: “Each piece was created during a psychic reading and represents the images, colors and symbols as seen by the artist in the energy field around the client. The figures and settings that are demonstrated within them span this world and cross into the next.”
For more about Lockwood and her art, visit fb.com/theuniversalmind.
On the Arts blog
Ferrum College has announced the new Blue Ridge Performing Arts series to fill the void left by the closing of Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre. Read more at blogs.roanoke.com/arts.
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