September 1 Opening Reception & Art Walk
Open Table: TBD

Along the Spice Route, curated by Paula Golden and Ann Reardon, is an exhibit of 41 wall-quilts designed and created by 41 artists interpreting a spice used in cooking today and showing something about its country of origin.  In addition to the artistic interpretation of a spice, the goal of the exhibit is to provide education on the origins of spices and the importance of early trade routes and the connection between countries.  The artists in this exhibit have interesting and varied career and educational backgrounds. Gallery programming will include an artist’s lecture, art reception, several community tables where a food sharing experience based on the spices in this exhibit are explored in a culinary setting. 

The Forest

Reception: November 3, 5 – 7 p.m.
 Program:    October 18 – 20  Noon – 5 p.m.
October 24 – 27  Noon – 5 p.m. The forest as community. 
Open gallery during creation of  exhibit for visitors to see process and ask questions.

The Forest is an exhibit which explores the subtle connections between things unseen yet which are all dependent upon each other for life.  An experience based on nuance and the powers of observation, the installation combines technology and traditional art forms to help the viewer connect to the power of fleeting moments that may occur while on forest walk. 

 Pippi Miller | Dragon's Mist | Photograph

Ray Kass: Silk and Water
Silk Collage and Mixed Media
January 16 – March 3
Reception Friday January 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

Ray Kass, Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus is an internationally recognized artist whose work is influenced by the natural world.  Kass is the founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshops, an on-going collaborative experience in Appalachia where community members and students learn and work together with prominent artists such as Howard Finster, John Cage, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jiro Okura, and M.C. Richards. These unique workshops blend dialogue with art making on topics ranging from the environment to world affairs, while building concepts on what it means to be “in community.”

Exhibited at Perspective Gallery this winter are Kass’ painted collages and ocean wave series of watercolors.  The silk collages synthesize imagery of water and earth in bold compositions, which play through the veil of silk. The mixed media pieces of ocean waves capture the energy of water in the moment.  Part of a university-wide exhibition of Kass’ work, Silk and Water is part of Perspective Gallery’s semester focus on the importance of water as an irreplaceable resource.

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Ray Kass | Crested Iris-Whirlpool, 2005 | Water media and silk on laid mulberry papers

What Color is Water?
March 17 – June 3
Reception March 16 , 5 – 7 p.m.
Programming TBD

Since April 2016, Perspective Gallery’s Art Reach Program has collected paintings on 9” x 9” watercolor paper that consider the question What Color is Water?  Designed as a Socially Engaged Art Project the question prompts awareness of what affects water quality.

Participants create an artwork of their perceptions about the color of water and engage in a dialogue about whether the color of water they painted is drinkable and why. 

Collaboration include, Virginia Tech Student Environmental Coalition, SEEDS Blacksburg Nature Center and Virginia Master Naturalists.  These associations have provided opportunities to discuss the science of water quality and link it to watershed health while participants painted.

Perspective Gallery interns, staff, and volunteers (Art Reachers) present the project through “Pop Up Art Events” in Squires Student Center, on the Virginia Tech Drillfield, and at Earth and Sustainability Week Events.

Perspective Gallery Art Reach also provided children and their parents the opportunity to participate in What Color is Water activities at the Wednesday Blacksburg Farmers Market, at SEEDS Blacksburg Nature Center, and public schools in the area and around the country.  In 2016, a one-week summer camp with SEEDS (Seek Education Explore DiScover) provided 16 teens the opportunity to explore the James River Watershed from the Virginia Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. Paintings from this trip are included in the exhibit.

The exhibit includes a wide range of styles including the first paintings of two-year olds to the art of well-known regional artists. 

As national attention has turned to the issue of water-quality in our cities, this project is designed to encourage our youngest citizens, guided  by Virginia Tech students concerned about living in a clean world, to become viscerally connected to one of our most vital and fragile resources, water.

If you would like to participate in our What Color is Water Exhibit please see our website for details

Amanda Luo
The Color of Water