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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Time to Dance . . . holiday classic graces NRV stages

Famous for its whimsical take on one girl’s dream, “The Nutcracker” ballet, in all its glitter snow and sugar plum glory, was first performed in December of 1892 in Russia. At the heart of the narrative, it is simply a fairy tale love story told through dance. When Clara, following her family’s boisterous Christmas Eve

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Music for Everyone ~ 30 Years and Counting

It started with a compliment and an exhortation to bring music instruction to the community. Nearly 30 years later, the Renaissance Music Academy is making Blacksburg and the New River Valley a place where music thrives,...

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

One Glass Bubble

Parker Stafford was 12 years old when he remembers first being impressed by glass. He had traveled to England with his grandparents and was awestruck by stained glass windows. After graduating from high school in Floyd County,...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Approaching Art . . . Like an Athlete

Hani Naji spends most all his mornings into the afternoon drawing at Mill Mt. Coffee & Tea in Blacksburg. His seat of preference is a far back corner wood bar stool at the left-side tip of the...

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Friday, July 29th, 2022

Still Excited About Life!

Imagine my surprise when I asked Pat Buckley Moss recently what is her favorite thing to paint, and she reached for a pendant she was wearing on a long chain. It is … … a...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Candle-Making and Dancing through High School

The entrepreneurial bug can bite young, and Lindsay Santos, 15, doesn’t remember a time when she did not want to start a business. She would daydream about it and even sketch out business plans and marketing ideas....

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Montgomery Museum of Art and History

Formerly known as the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center and perched behind Montgomery County Courthouse on Pepper Street since circa 1980, the Montgomery Museum of Art and History went through a rebranding about four...

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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

The Spunsters: Lovers of Fiber Arts

There is much to recommend fiber arts as a creative outlet. It has the vibrant colors of painting without the mess of cleaning brushes. It won’t cut or burn like stained glass, and it won’t dry out...

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

A Very Sketchy Super Power

For Mike Wade, the memory of first falling in love with art is as vivid as a 64-pack of Crayola crayons. Though he was only 5 years old, Mike recalls going to the local five & dime...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

7 Decades of Local Art and Creativity

Small art associations come and go. Struggles to survive seem to be part of the fabric as times change over the years. I joined the Blacksburg Regional Art Association (BRAA) in 2010 soon after arriving in town...

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