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Art Underground

Join us as we support The Aurora Artisans (Susan Egbert, Meridith Entingh, Miki Overcast-Kallan, Susanne Sellars and Nancy Stellhorn) and their 1st Annual Art Show, “Underground Art” at Aurora Studio Center this weekend. The show will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, March 20, from noon-4pm.
This two-day show and expo will feature over 20 artists across disciplines including painting, print-making, sculpture, pottery, mixed-media, photography, mosaics, fabric, and glass. Works will be on display AND available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and directly support our local economy.
IMG_3959The Aurora Studio Center is located on the lower level of the newly renovated AURORA building at 110 Campbell Avenue SW in downtown Roanoke. It features 10 commercial studios, a visual arts classroom, a movement studio, and galleries. When visiting, please enter at the Campbell Avenue entrance and head down the stairs to the Lower Level Studios and Event Space.
Best of all– Art Underground is FREE, family friendly and welcome to everyone! Check out their Facebook page for event updates and additional information. We look forward to seeing you there!

A Weekend at the Taubman Museum of Art

If the rain is chasing you inside this weekend, consider visiting some of the unique and beautiful exhibits at the Taubman Museum of Art!

Rachel_Hayes_maquette web_0Currently on display, a fabric sculpture by Rachel Hayes entitled Not Fade Away has transformed the atrium of the Taubman. The multi-colored nylon, light gels, and thread culminate in a  stained glass-like canopy that manipulates the space with colorful light. It will remain on display until Sunday, November 6.

kuba vmfa Ngaady Mwash MaskWhile you are there, be sure to visit the Fortune, Courage, Love exhibit featuring arts of Africa’s Akan and Kuba Kingdoms from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. On display from Saturday, September 26 until Sunday, January 3, 2016, this will be a grand presentation of the extraordinary design of regalia and related arts of the Kuba Kingdom in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Djenne people of Mali, and the kingdoms of Ghana’s Akan people.

There are many more amazing fall exhibitions planned for the next  couple of months. Visit www.taubmanmuseum.org for more information.

Posh Pad Projects: the CoverUP

With spring cleaning season upon me, there are always a few projects that I intend to start; projects that I have postponed for months, maybe even a couple years.  You know the ones– the bag of beads you bought at the beach hoping to string a necklace, or, the pillow shams you’ve been meaning to sew with the fabric you bought on sale.  I have countless potential projects that could turn out to be extraordinary finished products. Unfortunately, I am either too distracted with other minutia in my free time or I’ve changed my mind about the original idea. 

chair2One project that I have been putting off for about three years is re-upholstering a chair I purchased from a consignment store.  The chair is short, squatty and green.  Not a delightful emerald green or luxurious fabric.  Nay, the fabric is avocado green and yellow stripe cotton and needs to be burned.  Though the color was off-putting, I didn’t care.  The chair is perfect for a dressing room and I love it.  It has sat in my bedroom since I bought it, and whatever changes were made to my bedroom décor, the chair never changed.  So this spring cleaning, I decided to spruce it up and toss out the old avocado with the garbage. 

I don’t have a lot of experience re-upholstering furniture, so I enlisted the help of my crafty sister who has a gift when it comes to giving new life to old furniture.  First, she and I removed the old fabric using pliers to extract the brads and tacks (reserving them in a bowl for later use).  Then, we measured the new fabric for the top and bottom halves of the chair.  After measuring, we started stretching the fabric over the bottom half.  Making sure the fabric was smooth and pulled tight, we then secured it with a staple gun.  For the front of the chair, where the fabric wraps around the legs, we reused the old fabric brads to give it a polished look. 

chair1Once we made sure the fabric was secured on the bottom cushion, we began working on the top of the chair.  This is where it gets tricky.  A little patience is necessary, as hammering in brads can be tedious and scrupulous work. 

All you need for this project is a beautiful fabric of your choice, a hammer or mallet, upholstery brads, and pliers.  It really is a fairly simple, at home DIY that can save you a little cash; rather than sending it off for someone else to do.  The finished product is something you can feel good about accomplishing on your own. 

Spring is a time of renewal and things coming back to life.  It was time I gave new life to my favorite old chair.  I appreciate it now more than ever.

Written by Caitlin Cheatham
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