Top 7 favorite stories in the arts
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Top 7 favorite stories in the arts

One of the first big profiles I wrote as arts reporter grew from a huge retrospective exhibition held in 2009 at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins highlighting the career of Roanoke artist Betty Branch. The creator of a number of the valley’s most impressive public sculptures, including the Fallen Firefighter memorial in front of the Virginia Museum of Transportation and “Once Upon a Time” at the downtown Roanoke public library (and who also happens to be a mother of eight, many of them established artists in their own right) Branch and her works are inspirational. A bronze Fallen Firefighter monument sculpture by Betty Branch with an inscription that reads, "dedicated to those firefighters who gave their lives in service to the citizens of Roanoke," is covered in snow outside of the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times A tip from Roanoke County gallerist Bill Jones led me to a retired Norfolk and Western Railway conductor who cranked out lively color pencil drawings depicting his memories of Henry Street, Roanoke’s once thriving black business district lost to urban renewal. Before his death in 2017 at age 78, the outsider […]

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