Hollins University is kicking off Roanoke’s annual Marginal Arts Festival on Thursday, February 16 with a day-long schedule of events that showcases the campus community’s remarkable talents, including a theatre production, art demonstrations, exhibitions, artist lectures, and more.
“Hollins is offering a very New Orleans-flavored beginning to this year’s festival,” said Amy Moorefield, director of the university’s Eleanor D. Wilson Museum. “Works by two artists who grew up in the Crescent City, Margaret Evangeline and Hunt Slonem, are on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Wilson Museum’s Bayous and Ghosts exhibition, which continues through February 18. And at 8 p.m., the Hollins Theatre Department is presenting its production of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Hollins alumna Natasha Trethewey’s book, Bellocq’s Ophelia. The volume of poetry was inspired by Ernest J. Bellocq’s arresting photographs of New Orleans’ red light district in the early 20th century.”
Tickets to Bellocq’s Ophelia are $10 general public and free to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff. (The play will also be staged February 15, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and February 19 at 2 p.m.)
The Wilson Museum will present lectures by Evangeline and Slonem at 6 p.m. in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center’s Niederer Auditorium, followed by a reception honoring the two artists and Trethewey in the museum.
Additional highlights of the Marginal Arts Festival on February 16 at Hollins include:
- Making your own Andy Warhol-inspired, 90-second screen test. Footage will be included in the Wilson Museum exhibition, “In the Event of Andy Warhol,” opening May 31 (second floor, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, all day).
- Presentations and discussions with Hollins art department faculty members Alison Hall (“Painting with the Masters and 30 Strokes Painting,” Room 303, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, 9 – 11 a.m.); Nancy Dahlstrom (tours of the Visual Arts Center, Room 201, 9 – 10 a.m.); and Jennifer Anderson (“Prints: Removal and Ink,” Room 307, Visual Arts Center, 10 – 11 a.m.).
- An altered book creation and contest (Coffee Commons, Wyndham Robertson Library, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.).
- A selection of work made by students during Fall Term 2011 and Short Term 2012 (second and third floors, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, all day); To the Moon, an exhibition of paper silhouettes made by students in Anderson’s Mixed Media class (Jessie Ball duPont Chapel, all day); She Needed a Sweater, where various landmarks on the Hollins campus will be temporarily clothed by a student knitware designer (campus-wide, all day); and Untitled, an installation of pine cones made from photographic images depicting everyday objects that go unnoticed (between Turner Hall and the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, all day).
- An open studio with Hollins Artist-in-Residence Beverly Rayner (Room 207, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, 3 – 4 p.m.).
- A screening of the classic silent film, Fall of the House of Usher, scored by Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Matt Marshall (Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, 1 – 2 p.m.).
With the exception of Bellocq’s Ophelia, admission to all Marginal Arts Festival events at Hollins is free.
Now in its fourth year, the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival is six days of “art beyond the predictable” that nurtures local identity and promotes contemporary art from the local to the international. For more information, call the Wilson Museum at (540) 362-6532 or visit the Marginal Arts Festival website: http://www.marginalarts.com/.