Artists, artisans to have their day at Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday

Rebecca Justice-Schaab, of Waterloo, was one of several plein air artists who painted on the street during the 2016 Renaissance in Roanoke art fair. The plein air artists, along with booths by artists and artisans, food, entertainment and children’s activities, return this year on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Rebecca Justice-Schaab, of Waterloo, was one of several plein air artists who painted on the street during the 2016 Renaissance in Roanoke art fair. The plein air artists, along with booths by artists and artisans, food, entertainment and children’s activities, return this year on Saturday, Oct. 14. TAB file photo.

Artists and artisans will line the streets of Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 14, during the Renaissance in Roanoke.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The juried and fine art show, sponsored by the Roanoke Arts Council, also features artists engaged in the act of creation, buskers, entertainment, food and activities for the kids.

Local and regional artists will line Main Street in downtown Roanoke, showcasing their original works. Several artists will give demonstrations. Ribbons will be awarded for best in show in each category of artwork.

Works created by third, fourth and fifth grade students at Roanoke Elementary School will also be on display.

The Plein Air (open air) Paint Out will take place throughout the day. Artists will set up their easels around Roanoke to paint the scenes in front of them. All painting ends at 2:30 p.m., when the artists will take their paintings to the Gallery at Joseph Decuis to be judged by Charles Shepard III. Some of the paintings may be for sale after the judging.

The Huntington County Children’s Choir will open the festival with a 10 a.m. performance.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joe Justice will entertain the crowd with music ranging from rock to country, including older tunes from the ’50s and ’60s.

Buskers — street performers — include Huntington’s Maria Nava, a professional hoops dancer, and the Dumpster Drummers of Fort Wayne.
Nava integrates hula and other hoops into her interpretive dances. She will perform at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., with each performance lasting about 20 minutes.

The Dumpster Drummers is a Stomp-like group that encourages recycling by demonstrating that anything can become a musical instrument, pulling assistants of all ages from the audience. They will perform over lunchtime.

Buskers traditionally make most of their income through audience donations, and both performers will have places to accept donations. There is no obligation to make a donation.

In the children’s activity area, young visitors can create one of three nature-themed crafts, each using a clay pot and saucer. Participants can simply paint the pot and saucer, or they can use it to create a birdbath or a toad house.

Also during the day, the Fall Farmers’ Market will offer apples, soaps, lotions, spices, fall produce and other handmade or homegrown products.

Local restaurants offering specials include Moose and Mollie’s, The Emporium and La Dolce Vita. Additional food offerings can be found in the food court, where JB’s, Head to Hock, Boy Scouts, the Roanoke Lions Club and the Roanoke Masonic Lodge will be situated.