Art Exhibits

SALEM, Va.─Roanoke College's Olin and Smoyer galleries will open two exhibits March 16 and will run through April 10. The opening reception will be March 16 at 7 p.m. The galleries are open daily 1-4 p.m. For more information, please call (540) 375-2332.

Exhibit I: Michael Kalmbach, a German artist who works in watercolor and sculpture, will give an artist lecture March 16 at 6 p.m. in Olin Hall, Room 231. Kalmbach's work has received a lot of recognition, and he is represented by one of the best galleries of contemporary art in Berlin, Germany. He has exhibited all over Europe and currently has a show in New York City.

Exhibit II: Roanoke College Art Faculty - Joel Gill, Scott Hardwig, Cole Hartson, Eliz.S.-K. Heil, Richard Moon, Beatrix Reinhardt and Kate Shortridge.

Gill will display a collection of paintings in which he has attempted to capture a sense of history and mystery. Gill aspires to create art that does not answer all questions. He feels that the best contemporary paintings hold the history of art within them, and with that history comes the understanding that a great painting needs to hold mystery. In 2004, Gill received his master of fine arts degree from Boston University, and he began working at Roanoke College and Virginia Western Community College as a member of the adjunct art faculty. He is also the owner and operator of Visual Entertainment.

Hardwig will showcase a selection of the work he completed during his sabbatical at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris in spring 2004. While in Paris, he became intrigued with the intersection of private and public spaces in the city and how they are separated and demarcated. He also became interested in the various ways public monuments and memorials were used to organize these spaces and how over time many of these sculptures seem to have lost their power to convince or commemorate meaningfully. His models are attempts to respond to these thoughts and to deal with the notion of loss and remembrance. Hardwig received his master of fine arts degree from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has been a member of the Roanoke College faculty since 1977.

Hartson will be displaying a collection of print designs with similar appeal. He received his bachelor of science degree in fine arts from James Madison University in 1997 and has been designing in the Roanoke area for eight years. He is currently the prepress department manager at Magnets USA in Roanoke. Hartson joined the Roanoke College faculty as an adjunct professor in the art department in 2003.

Heil will display new media. New media is a medium of changing forms and techniques. Her interest in the development of imagery is closely tied to the structure of the visual process. Today, the computer and the image maker are integrated. The code is invisible and the tools of the computer have become traditional to the visual artist. Heil earned her master of fine arts degree in printmaking and drawing from Northern Illinois University. She joined the Roanoke College faculty in 1981.

Moon will show a collection of work done in clay. He is attracted to the work of artists who are not necessarily formally trained in art but feel compelled to create. He feels that these outsider artists often create without concern for the work of other artists, and he admires their internal compulsion and innate need to create. Moon earned his bachelor of environmental design degree with a graphic design major from North Carolina State University in 1992. He is currently an elementary resource teacher for the Roanoke County Schools and has been a member of the adjunct art faculty at Roanoke College since 2000.

Reinhardt's work is centered around the politics of space and the way individuals express themselves through how they organize, use and decorate their spaces, and how this can be seen as an expression of cultural values, ideals, beliefs and individual taste. She is the Olin Hall Galleries director for Roanoke College. She received her master of fine arts degree from Illinois State University.

Shortridge is influenced by landscapes and how through observation it becomes something more than nature; it becomes a place. It is the expression of this observation that interests her as a painter. Her current work focuses on interpreting how the everyday world that we encounter shapes us. Shortridge received her master of fine arts degree from Indiana University and joined the Roanoke College faculty in 2003 as an assistant professor of art.