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“A Sense of Place” with local artist Clara Heaton

Photo credit : Kirsten McBride

At Bella, we are lucky to work in close proximity with some amazing artists in our community, like Clara Heaton. Clara is a prolific painter in her own right, but she also does a lot to support other artists in Roanoke and the surrounding counties. She recently completed her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting at Radford University. Through a strong mentorship with one of her professors, Dr. Halide Salam, and a passion for creativity, Clara is emerging with grace and tenacity into Roanoke’s flourishing arts community.

The passion in Clara’s paintings speaks volumes. It is a beautiful abstract culmination of her thoughts, how she interprets the beauty of her own personal experiences, and ultimately the world around her.

Dr. Salam and Clara. Photo credit : Kirsten McBride
Dr. Salam and Clara.
Photo credit : Kirsten McBride

After becoming Salam’s personal assistant, Clara saw her work for the first time. She immediately noticed connections in their work. Shortly thereafter, she also began a friendship with one of Salam’s graduate mentees, Kevin Kwon.

“Before I met Kevin, we were in a juried show together. One of my pieces was placed next to Kevin’s, and my dad pulled me aside and showed it to me,” Clara explains. “My work was very linear, and Kevin’s was incredibly organic.”

Both pieces were the start of something new for them as artists. Kevin and Clara were fascinated that, without having ever met one another, their two bodies of work had the exact same color scheme and such a cohesive presence in the room.

Months later, Kevin asked her if she would like to do a show together and Clara immediately said yes. She also suggested the include their mentor, Salam.

As serendipitous as this all may appear, the truth is, Clara’s dedication, courage, and love for art propels her forward as she pursues these opportunities.

Photo credit: Kirsten McBride

“The cool thing about art and artists is that you cannot become a powerful artist by relying on your talent,” says Clara. “You have to start dedicating hard work to it. You have to say, ‘I’m going to set time aside for this.’ If you can’t get over your ego, then you won’t ever grow.”

Opening night for “A Sense of Place,” in which Clara, Kevin, and Salam will showcase their work, will take place in the Aurora Lightwell Gallery on September 2 at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Together, the three artists from three different cultural backgrounds and levels of academic training, will respond to the feelings and perception of places unique to themselves through the discipline and practice of painting.

Visitors can also tour the gallery and view their work on weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm until September 30. For more information, visit www.aurorastudiocenter.com.

Go Red for Women Luncheon

Join us for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon tomorrow, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hotel Roanoke. This luncheon is a wonderful way to learn more about how millions of women have united to raise their voices about their number one killer, heart disease. With your help, many more lives can be saved.

2016 Bella Banner Ad“I’m honored to be involved with the Go Red for Women campaign,” says Donna Littlepage, 2015-16 Go Red for Women Chair. “It is very important to educate women on the dangers of heart disease and stroke and to continue AHA’s support of research in this area.”

Find out how you can join the American Heart Association in the fight to raise awareness and save lives by attending the luncheon. Visit their website for details.

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild Show and Sale

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild will host their 16th Annual Show and Sale from October 16-18 at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, VA. The largest all-pottery show in Virginia, it will exhibit the work of over 70 talented and renowned potters and artists.

lively 1The Show and Sale will be free and open to the public beginning on Friday, October 16 at 6 pm. Customers can enjoy refreshments as they have the opportunity to meet the potters and select from their latest work. The event will continue Saturday, October 17, from 10 am until 6 pm and Sunday, October 18 from noon to 5 pm. Demonstrations of pottery techniques such as hand-thrown, hand-built, and sculpted clay art will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

“The artistry and talent expressed by potters exhibiting their work is diverse. Anyone who attends should find something that attracts them,” says Becky Carr, co-chair of this year’s show.

Bring your children with you– they will enjoy “Kids Korner”– complete with a hands-on activity for children to experience working with clay and to learn how pottery is shaped and formed.

“This activity brings children and clay together in exciting ways while parents can enjoy looking at pottery knowing their children are having fun, too,” says Nan Fooks, Kids Korner co-chair.

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild is a non-profit organization for potters located throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond. Based in Roanoke, Virginia, their mission is to promote community awareness, understanding and appreciation of pottery. For more information on the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and this event, visit their website, www.blueridgepotters.com.



Opera Roanoke Rising Stars

Enjoy phenomenal entertainment from Opera Roanoke this Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15! Their Comedy Tonight season will conclude with, “A Weekend in the Country,” An Apprentice Artist Showcase of Sondheim and Weill, showcasing rising stars on Waldron Stage at Center on Church. The show will begin at 7:30 pm both nights.

The “Broadway Operas” of Sondheim and Weill are among the greatest written for the American musical stage in the 20th century. Best known for The Threepenny Opera and its famous ballad, “Mack the Knife”, Kurt Weill immigrated to the United States and composed a series of great works for the stage and screen with collaborators like Ira Gershwin and Langston Hughes.

Amy.color_.Hi-ResScenes from Weill’s Street Scene and Lady In The Dark will be paired with excerpts from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, and Assassins. Performed by Opera Roanoke’s acclaimed roster of young professional Apprentice Artists, under the leadership of Artistic Director Scott Williamson and Apprentice Co-Director Amy Cofield Williamson, “A Weekend in the Country” promises to be an evening filled with great musical comedy. One of Roanoke’s most beloved musicians, Judy Clark, accompanies the ensemble under the baton of Maestro Williamson.

A voluntary $20 donation per attendee is suggested, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call (540) 982-2742 to reserve your seats.   Visit www.operaroanoke.org for more information.


Ten Days of Mom: Blue Ridge Music Festival Tickets!

Ten Days of Mom: DAY EIGHT!!!


Country music fans, listen up! Today, we are giving away two tickets to BOTH days of the Blue Ridge Music Festival on May 30-31!

This is a Mother’s Day gift that mom will remember for years to come! The lineup this year includes big names like Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, and the Charlie Daniels Band. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the show starts at noon on both days.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to enter! Good luck!

2015 Community School Strawberry Festival

We are so excited for the 35th Annual Community School Strawberry Festival this weekend!

07e3e9_6b9f836805e7e2c3b02370ae209a0ea1.jpg_srz_p_224_219_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzThe festival is one of Roanoke’s most popular and well-known annual festivals. It will be held Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 in the newly renovated Elmwood Park. The festival will run 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on Friday and 10:00am -4:00pm on Saturday.

Advance sale Strawberry shortcake tickets are available at all Hometown Bank locations, and online.

Friday will feature, the full Strawberry Festival menu:  homemade strawberry shortcake, strawberry sundaes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry slushees, and strawberries and cream.
In addition “make your own” bulk kits can be pre-ordered for pickup or delivery that day. These kits can be shared with your friends and family right away or frozen to enjoy later.

07e3e9_b77812646590611e926f93409c1f2685.png_srb_p_201_301_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srbSaturday will again offer those delectable berry treats, as well as live music, arts and crafts and food vendors. We will  have an inflatable Velcro “sticky wall” and an obstacle course as part of children’s games this year, as well as, face painting, rainbow loom projects, decorate you own tye dye bracelets and more.

The Strawberry Festival, one of Roanoke’s oldest and most beloved festivals is a family-oriented event and a big attraction for kids of all ages.  Always the first full weekend in May, the Strawberry Festival signals the beginning of summer and the festival season in the valley. General admission to the festival is free and parking is available in any of the municipal lots, the downtown parking garages and on the street.