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.
“A Beautiful View” by Jared Bader
Jared Bader, a freelance artist and muralist, holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and an MFA from the Memphis College of art. He has worked in conjunction with the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia and numerous community organizations, corporations and schools to create public murals throughout the city and across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Highlights include working with the entire Milton Hershey School student population to create a mural detailing the 100-year history of the school and an 85-foot conceptual mural about Abraham Lincoln for the Mural Arts Program and the Lincoln Financial Group. Bader also has created murals for private, corporate and university clients, working with such organizations as the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, Temple University and Franklin and Marshall College. While creating murals he also works as a freelance fine artist and graphic designer.
* The entire mural can be viewed under the Main St. bridge in the Wasena neighborhood
“A Rolling Canvas” By Nancy Stark
Roanoke artist Nancy Stark attended Lafayette College, and then the University of Virginia where she received a Master’s degree in Special Education. Fifteen years later, she launched her art career through taking workshops, traveling with fellow artists, reading lots of books and magazine articles and spending countless hours in the studio. Her artwork is included in the collection of Norfolk Southern Corporation, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Augusta Medical Center, Carilion Clinic Hospital, CapCo Machinery,
HomeTown Bank and numerous private collections. Her work has also been included in many publications including 27 Best Watermedia Paintings of 2014, Watercolor Artist Magazine February 2015, La Passion du rail, Pratique des Arts No 114 31janvier/28mars 2014, 15 Best Watermedia Paintings of 2008, Watercolor Artist Magazine February 2009 and others. Nancy comments “Strong sunlight and cast shadows are often the inspiration for my artwork. My paintings are a response to the pattern, shape, texture and line observed in the world around me. My railroad car series consists of large scale, close up views and I leave out as much or more of the subject as I paint. The viewer is invited to enjoy the artwork and fill in the missing pieces.”
“Springwood Farm” By Lucy Hazlegrove
Lucy Hazlegrove was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where she was a Studio Art Major. In 1987 she came back to Roanoke. Reenrolled in Hollins’ MALS program. Graduated in 1996 she has been married to Wilbur Lee Hazlegrove for almost 65 years. They have four children. All of their children are artists.
“There are so many fine artists (writers, musicians, painters, sculptors) living in the valley. So much talent is here. It is a wonderful place to work. And to be in touch with others who share the same compulsion to “make stuff”.” said Hazlegrove.
Her paintings can be found in several Public Collections; The City of Roanoke, Hollins University, Virginia Western Community College, Longwood College, North Cross School, St John’s Episcopal Church and in Carilion’s “Healing Arts” collection.
Hazlegrove says, “And now, the thought of a painting of mine traveling Roanoke’s city streets on the side of a big City bus makes me laugh out loud with pleasure. What fun!!!”
“Market Lady” by Cheryl Foster
Multimedia artist, Cheryl Foster was born in Washington, D.C. Like a chameleon, her medium is forever changing. The only constant is her passion for her craft. She feels the “vision” dictates its medium. This Howard University graduate’s large scale projects grace the plazas, streetscapes, gateways, and private and public facilities along the east coast. She is known for designing and fabricating large scale public art using stained glass, metal, or tile. Beyond her emotion packed, mammoth installations and vibrant mosaics, Cheryl Foster is an accomplished arts educator. She serves as Senior, Master Artist in Residence for the John F. Kennedy Center’s Community Partnerships and authors, coordinates and presents Children and Family programs. From puppetry to quilling, students at all grade and skill levels are provided with exciting and often therapeutic outlets. In traditional school settings, as well as detention center environments, science, math language arts, social studies, history and character building, all are enhanced and reinforced, using art experiences. Cheryl Foster’s art residencies serve as a search engine for a fantastic voyage of self-realization and wonder for the student, teacher and artist. Three other mosaics by Foster grace the entrances to the Roanoke City Market Building.