A Renaissance in Roanoke back Oct. 12

Plein air painter John Kelty (right) works on his watercolor while Bob Mansfield (left) and Cathy Eckert, both of Fort Wayne, watch during the Renaissance in Roanoke event last year in downtown Roanoke. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Oct. 12.
Plein air painter John Kelty (right) works on his watercolor while Bob Mansfield (left) and Cathy Eckert, both of Fort Wayne, watch during the Renaissance in Roanoke event last year in downtown Roanoke. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Oct. 12. TAB file photo.

Downtown Roanoke will once again be bustling with artists and art lovers as A Renaissance in Roanoke returns to town on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Presented by the Roanoke Village Inn, this annual juried art fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Roanoke.
The centerpiece of the event is its juried art marketplace. Artwork created by local and regional artists in a range of mediums will be available for purchase.
Those works will also be up for awards. Charles Shepard III, president and chief executive officer of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, will be judging the art, handing out ribbons to the pieces he considers the best in their respective category. Categories include painting and drawing; photography, printmaking and manipulated 3D; ceramics and pottery; jewelry and wearable art; and leather, glass, metal and wood pieces.
In addition to meeting artists, attendees will have the opportunity to see them give demonstrations. Woodcarvers will be among the artists showcasing their talents, says Ruth Marsh, who chairs A Renaissance in Roanoke. Painters will be exhibiting their skills, too, she adds, as they take part in the fair’s Plein Air Paint Out.
The Paint Out will see artists painting outdoors, making use of natural light and shadows. Anyone may participate in this event. Participants are required to bring a blank canvas to the Gallery at Joseph Decuis, where a fair staff member will stamp it. Painters typically get started between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., notes Marsh. The deadline to have paintings completed is 2 p.m. These works will then be judged by Abby Leon, Paradigm Gallery director at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
“That’s fun to watch those artists work,” says Marsh.
There will also be a Plein Air Paint Out for
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 children, featuring third, fourth and fifth-grade students from Roanoke Elementary School.
The fair’s young attendees will have a children’s area to look forward to. Located in Zent Commons, next to Proper Pastry on Main Street, the kids’ area will feature artistic and educational activities.
In addition to visual arts, the fair will highlight the performing arts. Musical acts Uncle Pacos and the Dumpster Drummers will perform, as will the Huntington County Children’s Choir.
“They have blessed us every year with their presence,” says Marsh of the choir. “It brings a big crowd and people love to hear them.”
Fairgoers looking to pick up some non-art items can check out a fall farmers’ market that will be held during the event. The market will boast fall produce, soaps, lotions, spices, handmade items and more.
Food and drink will be available for purchase at a food court featuring the Roanoke Lions Club, Hangry B’s and Dario’s Concessions. Local restaurants, such as the Roanoke Village Inn, Joseph Decuis Emporium and Moose and Mollie’s, will also be open.
For more information about A Renaissance in Roanoke, visit RenaissanceInRoanoke.org.