UPDATE: This just in from gallery director Talia Logan:
The opening lecture and reception for tonight is still on schedule but those of your who are unable to make it this evening the Roanoke Valley Reef will have an additional opening reception for this exhibition Friday February 8th from 6-8 in Olin Hall Galleries.
Staff writer Lindsey Nair has this feature on the Roanoke Valley Reef, an exhibition that combines art, crafts and science, opening today in Roanoke College’s Olin Gallery. (Full disclosure: my wife Anita contributed to the creation of the reefs, especially the “bleached reef” described in the story.)—MikeA
A common thread
Olin Gallery’s latest art exhibit, the Roanoke Valley Reef, is a colorful and educational model of a coral reef made almost entirely of pieces crocheted by local volunteers.
By Lindsey Nair
The stony structures known as coral reefs are formed by colonies of living creatures called corals, which leave deposits that build up over thousands of years.
An art exhibit that opens in Roanoke College’s Olin Gallery this evening was created in much the same way. It may not have taken a million individuals or thousands of years to build, but it couldn’t have happened without lots of time and community involvement.
The Roanoke Valley Reef exhibit is a colorful model of a coral reef made almost entirely of yarn. It contains more than 2,200 separate pieces crocheted by some 250 local volunteers. The Roanoke reef is a satellite of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, which was created by the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Institute For Figuring.
On a purely aesthetic level, the exhibit is stunning. But just beneath the surface, visitors will find lessons in mathematical theory, marine biology and needle arts, not to mention the benefits of teamwork.
The Roanoke Valley Reef
>> What: A satellite of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of The Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles.
>> Where: Olin Gallery, Roanoke College
>> When: 1 to 4 p.m., Jan. 25 through March 4. Lecture by Paul Snelgrove, 6 p.m. tonight; opening reception, 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Smoyer Gallery
>> Cost: Free
>> Info: crochetcoralreef.org; roanoke.edu/A-Z_Index/Coral_Reef; email@example.com; 375-2332