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July at the Taubman Museum of Art!

The Taubman Museum of Art is the perfect destination to spend the middle of summer exploring new things. Relax with the art galleries and make new friends while exploring art. The Taubman is a mini vacation placed in downtown Roanoke that can help influence your creative side this summer.

The Taubman will host and facilitate a community art project for the residents in Roanoke. Community Collage will take place July 20-23 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and July 24 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. They invite you to add your artistic mark to a large collage in the atrium inspired by traveling and permanent exhibits. Adding to this exhibit creates a symbol of unity for the area and how many different parts can create something beautiful. The event is free and open to the public.

Even though the Taubman Museum of Art is for admiring art, you can also learn to create different forms. They will be holding an Adult Studio Class: Intro to Oil Painting on July 23 and 30 from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Learn the basics of oil painting from experts! Participants will learn about setting-up to mixing colors. Fee includes a supply charge; all materials will be provided. Members are $135; non-members $150.

In addition to oil painting, you can also play around with illustration. Adult Studio Workshop: Intro to Illustration on July 29 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. will take your doodles to the next level and teach you how to tell a story with your own art. Using materials such as, pens, watercolor, and markers, you will bring characters to life! No experience necessary to learn this amazing art. Members are $20; non-members $25. Registration is required and available online.

Enjoy the third Thursday in July with Third Thursdays: Celebrating the Permanent Collection with Friends and Neighbors on July 21 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Soak in the art during happy hour on the Taubman patio and take a mini-tour of the rarely seen work from the permanent collection. Tours will be at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. in the exhibition, Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection. The event is free and open to the public.

All of these events can create more than just art. Art creates unity and can help us understand more of the world than just surface. Appreciating art can help challenge your mind and give you a sense of peace. The Taubman’s events also give every participant the opportunity to meet new friends. Try something different in July and study the world of art!

Written by Stacy Shrader

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.