Art Show To Depict The Beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge 

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"Making Tracks through the Blue Ridge," by Whitney Brock, is one of more than 100 pieces of art depicting the diversity and uniqueness of the area that are on display at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine until Aug. 30.
“Making Tracks through the Blue Ridge,” by Whitney Brock, is one of more than 100 pieces of art depicting the diversity and uniqueness of the area that are on display at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine until Aug. 30.

The upcoming art show at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will pay tribute to Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, encompassing the cities of Roanoke and Salem and counties of Botetourt, Roanoke, and Franklin.

The exhibition is co-hosted by Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, the official destination marketing organization for the region promoting tourism, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, events, and things to see and do.

The art show will be officially on display starting with an opening reception on May 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the medical school, located at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke, part of the Innovation Corridor.

The theme of the art show, titled, “Virginia’s Blue Ridge, a Metro-Mountain Adventure,” will feature the beauty and uniqueness of the region through acrylic, oil, watercolor, and photography.

“We chose the theme of this summer’s art show with the sheer beauty and diversity of the Blue Ridge Region in mind,” said Dave Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture at the medical school. “From scenic overlooks and recreational activities to wineries, arts and culture, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 42 local artists exhibiting in the show had a wide open canvas.”

With a population of over 300,000 people, Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a vibrant destination with world-class amenities.  Landon Howard, president of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge stated, “Congratulations to the artists who have visually captured the essence of the region’s beauty. Virginia’s Blue Ridge is truly a great place to live, work, and visit.”

Trinkle added, “A big piece of VTCSOM’s success is in its ability to attract top-caliber students, faculty, and researchers to the Roanoke Valley. The beauty of our surrounding area, our outdoor amenities, and the promotion of our region by Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge go a long way in making this happen.”

Sponsored by the school’s Creativity in Healthcare Education program, the exhibition is one of three held annually for local artists to showcase their works to the community and to reinforce to medical students the importance of having a community connection.

The show runs through Aug. 30, 2019, and is open to the public. If you miss the opening reception, you may arrange a time to view the show by contacting Courtney Powell at [email protected] or 540-526-2588.

Note concerning parking: Riverside Drive is partially closed due to construction. Visitors should enter the campus from Reserve Avenue. Ample parking is available in the deck. More information about construction plus a map to navigate around it is available on the Virginia Tech Carilion website.