Working with the City of Roanoke’s Arts Commission, we selected four pieces from the City’s collection to reproduce on the exterior of four Valley Metro buses. These pieces were installed on the exterior of four Valley Metro buses and will run through March and April of this year.
“Abstraction One” by Jill Jensen
Jill Jensen is an artist, lecturer, curator and teacher, serving as artist in residence at over 20 educational institutions and art centers throughout Virginia. Her work has been included in over 100 juried and invitational exhibitions and 18 solo exhibitions in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Jensen’s work is included in many public and private collections including: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA; Pennsylvania State University; Roanoke Arts Commission Public Art Collection; James Madison University and Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. Jill has a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science in Metallurgy from Columbia University, and has received art training at a variety of art centers, including the Pittsburgh Center for Art, Art Student League of New York, and Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts.
“Henry Street” By David Ramey
David Ramey was born in Ridgeway and moved with his family to Roanoke in 1949. He began drawing at the age of five and had a dream to study art and become a teacher. That opportunity was not available and he held a number of jobs, including stints for the town of Vinton and the Roanoke airport, before Norfolk and Western Railway hired him in 1974. Promoted to conductor, he stayed with the railroad in Roanoke until he retired in 1996. He would use his lunch hour or other down times to draw. A self-taught artist David draws mostly from memory. In 2012 he published a book of his drawings, The Times and Life on Henry Street.
“Mr. Softee” By Ed Bordett
Ed Bordett was born in Long Island New York and attended New York’s National Academy of Fine Arts. He completed his schooling by graduating from Florida’s Ringling School of Art. After graduating he moved to Southwestern Virginia. “The Roanoke area supported me as a young artist” Bordett says; he made his home and studio in Roanoke for 14-15 years after first coming to Virginia. Since then he has moved both his home and his studio to Fincastle, Virginia. His studio building is located in an old auto-dealership from the 1930’s. This spacious building houses his darkroom, paint room, print room, framing, and gallery. Ed has participated in many juried shows throughout the US. Also his work is in many corporate collections throughout the USA.
“Scrumptious Pears” by Mary Jane Burtch
Mary Jane Burtch was a mixed media artist born in Franklin County, Virginia and attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida where she studied Fine Art. She exhibited her paintings, monotypes, and assemblages throughout the country as well as being a teacher and curator. She was one of the founders of Open Studios of Roanoke. Her works are located in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Mary Jane passed away in 2016 and her family donated several of her works to the City of Roanoke.