Leigh Ann Beavers + Sam Van Aken

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Saturday, October 27
6-8 pm Opening Reception
6:30 Artist Lecture by Leigh Ann Beavers in Olin Gallery

Olin Gallery- Leigh Ann Beavers

Inattention Correction (Whitethorn)
Inattention Correction (Whitethorn), is an ongoing, mixed-media project centered around a small, ubiquitous tree-the whitethorn-found in Irish hedgerows and gardens. Through a varied series of creative inquiry, Beavers explores the whitethorn's color, form, and context. Her work underscores the simple observation that this is just one of 8.7 million species in the world. In her statement, she notes, "My work is a quiet signal of distress, asking viewers to notice the other life around them." Leigh Ann Beavers teaches Drawing and Printmaking at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Smoyer Gallery - Sam Van Aken

Open Orchard
New York based artist, Sam van Aken, returns to Roanoke College to elaborate on The Tree of Forty Fruit project currently housed in the courtyard outside of Olin Hall Gallery. Created through the process of grafting, The Tree of Forty Fruit is a single grafted tree with the capacity to grow over 40 different varieties of stone fruit including peach, plum, apricot, nectarine, cherry, and almond. In Smoyer Gallery, a series of botanical drawings of threatened heirloom species will display fruit varieties that are preserved through the project. The prints from Sam van Aken's Seed Packet Grafts, which are "grafted" together by way of collage, will also be included in the exhibition.

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Image credits from left to right : Leigh Ann Beavers, (Detail) Study Of Whitethorn Colemans Well, 2016 relief print, watercolor, collage
Sam van Aken, Chinese Apricot/ Stanley Plum, 2011, inkjet print on archival paper, 40"x30", edition of 8

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Leigh Ann Beavers + Sam Van Aken
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  • Salem, VA 24153
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