Thursday, August 11, 2011

August Art By Night

Forgive me if I've mentioned this before ~ the first Friday of each month is Art By Night in downtown Roanoke. The art galleries all stay open late, have special showings, and sometimes have refreshments. I look forward to this night each month. Last Friday night, DH and I walked around the renovated building in the center of the square downtown. This building houses the International Food Market which is a big draw downtown. It will be opening again very soon. The sidewalk all around the building was redone and made wider. An artist laid mosaics into beautiful scenes at the four entrances. I didn't have the right lens on my camera to get each entire scene in a photo. So, here are bits and pieces of each scene. They are so colorful and well done I really wanted to share them with you.

This month, my friend, John, had a show called Antique Match Book Art. Being the wonderful artist that he is, he framed some of the match book art and they were spectacular. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a photo of one to show you. It's always fun to visit John's shop, Appalachia Press.

This adorable puppet hangs in the window at Appalachia Press. Love it!!

John ~ always with a smile on his face. John was one of the first people I met when I moved here to Roanoke ~ he's been a good friend ever since.

The Taubman Museum of Art is directly next to Appalachia Press. We had dinner in the museum at Norah's Cafe before we started on our Art By Night walk. It was another fun evening!


yoborobo said...

Wow - Roanoke seems to be a pretty artsy place. My kind of town! :)) I love the mosiacs, and John's matchbook art looks pretty cool, too. Sounds like a wonderful night out! xox

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Wow, thanks for the great tour of the mosaic art and your beautiful town! I would so enjoy that art by night every single month. Something to look forward to, that is for sure. xox Corrine

Jan said...

Those mosaics are spectacular! Thanks for sharing. Seeing things like this makes me realize how much I miss, living out here in the sticks. But then city people miss so much that I get too, so it is all a trade off.