Fine Art Takes Over Downtown Roanoke With 64Th Annual Sidewalk Art Show

ROANOKE, Va. (May 31, 2022) – From paintings to sculptures and from photography to jewelry, the Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the streets of downtown Roanoke will come alive with energy, creativity and inspiration during the 64th Annual Sidewalk Art Show this weekend, June 4-5.

More than 100 artists representing a wide array of media will display and sell their original artwork and fine craft during the show. The event will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and is free and open to the public.

Specialty ice cream from Blue Cow will be available for purchase during the event so guests can enjoy a treat while they browse the artists’ booths, and a Beer and Wine Garden will be set up in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden for guests to enjoy.

“What makes this event so special is the opportunity to meet and talk with the exhibiting artists,” said Cindy Petersen, executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art. “And with a wide range of price points, everyone is sure to find a beloved new artwork to take home to enjoy.”

As a juried fine art show, awards will be given in categories including the highly coveted Grand Home Furnishings Best in Show Award along with 2nd and 3rd Place; Merit Awards, which are sponsored by LinDor Arts; and a number of memorial awards given by regional families honoring the legacies of Mickie Kagey, Paul Ostaseski, Allen Ingles Palmer and the recently established J. Gail Geer Sculpture Award.

Corwyn Garman, principal at Experience Art and Exhibitions, and the former director of exhibitions and artist initiatives at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, will serve as the guest juror.

Near the Museum entrance, guests can meet “Norma the Art Car,” Roanoke College’s 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance that was painted by the well-known graffiti artist Kenny Scharf. Norma now engages with her community by delivering art kits and sharing information regarding exhibitions on view at Olin Hall Galleries at Roanoke College.

Inside the Taubman, guests are invited to visit the galleries to enjoy the works on view, including Treasures of American Art: The Cynthia & Heywood Fralin Collection, featuring more than 90 works by some of our nation’s most respected and admired artists, including Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell and John Singer Sargent.

In addition, Art Venture, the Museum’s innovative exploratory gallery for youth and families, will reopen to the public on Friday, June 3, in time for the Sidewalk Art Show. Art Venture offers 14 interactive stations where visitors can paint, draw, build, connect music with art, investigate 3D printing and printmaking, create sculptures, display artwork, and much more.

Sponsorship support for the 64th Annual Sidewalk Art Show is provided by Blue Ridge Beverage Company, Inc., Grand Home Furnishings and LinDor Arts.

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