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Support the Arts in October!

We love all of the local talent showcased this month! Check out a couple of our favorite events below, and share your photos at those events with us on Facebook!

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild Show and Sale at Patrick Henry High School will open at 6:30pm on Friday, October 13. The show will continue through the weekend, allowing those in attendance to enjoy refreshments as they peruse the potters’ latest works and shop for holiday gifts at more than 50 booths. The largest all-pottery show in Virginia will be open Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Demonstrations for adults and kids will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. A favorite feature for both participants and customers is the Gallery. This year’s theme is “The Garden.” The Gallery is open to all Guild members to enter a piece based upon their interpretation of the theme. A wide range of work will be available at this event as more than 70 Blue Ridge Pottery Guild members are expected to participate! Visit www.blueridgepotters.com for more information.

The 42nd season of Opera Roanoke opens with a new production of Tosca on October 27 at 7:30pm and October 29 at 3pm in the Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center. The show features a cast of Opera Roanoke returning favorites including Dinyar Vania (La Traviata ’16), Thomas Cannon (Madama Butterfly ’11), and Emily Johnson (Falstaff ’08). This Puccini selection is riveting and perfect for Halloween weekend. When romance and politics mix, the result is a thrilling melodrama focused on the haunting aftermath of jealousy, sabotage, and betrayal. To purchase tickets, visit www.operaroanoke.org.

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.