OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, September 6th, 5:30-7:30PM

Nina Frances Burke: For Spare Parts They Broke Us Up

featuring a collab with Andy Foster

exhibit dates September 6-29

Nina Frances Burke works with found objects, kinetic sculpture, and installation, utilizing a complex strata of form, materiality, and context .  In this exhibit, recycled food packaging materials, single use plastics, and cast sculpture come together in a non-linear narrative, questioning how our commodity culture influences interactions with our history, our neighbors, and the objects we come in contact with every day.  

“Vocabulary of Objects”, Nina Frances Burke - photography by Daniella Chadwick

“Vocabulary of Objects”, Nina Frances Burke - photography by Daniella Chadwick

“Really I’m still that kid with weird stuff in her pockets!  I think about objects all the time. There’s a certain lonely magic in the process of finding.  Lately I’m thinking a lot about gentrification and displacement of vulnerable populations; many objects in “Vocabulary of Objects” come from demolition sites close to my home, where historic houses are coming down to make way for development.  In the work titled “Miss Maxine Says Better Get a Coat On”, I collected fragments of the front porch from a recently demolished home to create an installation honoring the history of a neighbor who often sat on her porch and scolded me for not wearing a better coat.” 


Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, Juried Annual Show


In 1991, a handful of local watercolor artists under the leadership of Edith Arbaugh and Marion Hansen formed this organization for water-media painters. The term “water media” as used here embraces traditional transparent watercolor as well as gouache, acrylic, and other water based media. Today the guild has a membership of over one hundred artists. The CVWG goals are: to foster the advancement of all forms of water-media painting, to promote the highest levels of excellence in the use of these media, to inform and educate the general public about the use of water-media in painting, to encourage and promote the study of these varied media, and to provide an exchange of information about activities of artists working with these tools.

Our Juror for the 2019 CVWG Annual Exhibition is Roanoke artist Nancy Stark. She is best known for her vibrantly colored, large-scale paintings of railroad cars. Early paintings in this series were representative in nature and done in transparent watercolor on paper. More recent work has been done on gessoed wooden panels with fluid acrylics and found objects. Nancy’s railroad artwork was featured in “Getting Down the Essentials” Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2007 and in “La Passion du rail” Practique des Arts, No. 114, 2014. Traveling around Roanoke, you may see one of her train paintings on a Valley Metro bus.

Robin Harris