The Roanoke Arts Council was established in 2008 to encourage greater appreciation for the fine arts in the greater Roanoke community. To date, eight annual events have been staged by the organization. A Renaissance in Roanoke, an outdoor, juried art show and sale, brought the limit of 47 artists. They were joined by a Plein Air competition for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Roanoke Elementary School, an open Plein Air competition, and a collegiate art show and sale (cash prizes were awarded in all the competitions). In 2013 we inaugurated a college art competition with a scholarship of $1000 being awarded. In all, well over 100 artists competed in all the events. Entertainment has varied and each year children’s art activities were provided. A Farmers' Market and Food Court are also provided. The events have been well attended.
The mission of the Roanoke Arts Council is to enrich the cultural lives of the people in the greater Roanoke area by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; promoting, presenting and encouraging educational activities; and increasing the communities’ awareness and appreciation for the arts.
Historic Main Street, in downtown Roanoke, will be filled with artisan booths showcasing a variety of original works of art by regional artists. Each year the committee strives to showcase an artisan or two with live demonstrations of their particular medium to provide the public with a snapshot view into their world of creativity.
Roanoke Arts Council
- Rick Fischer - Artist: Deco Illusions
- Ruth Marsh
- Kelly Yeiter
- Sonny Marsh
- Alice Eshelman - Proprietor: Joseph Decuis
- Susan Federspiel - Artist: Sundown Studios
- Larry Wiedman - Artist: University of St. Francis
- John Nelson
- Darlene Miller - Artist
- Dana Claussen - Little River Wetlands Project, Inc.