Creekmore Law Firm opens offices for community events
BLACKSBURG — Since moving to its current location in September 2011, the Creekmore Law Firm has held several community-related events at its 318 N. Main St. office in Blacksburg.
Attorneys at the law firm have been working to build a strong, family-friendly relationship with the community through art. The firm opened a nonprofit art gallery called “The Artful Lawyer.”
The gallery, located inside the law firm, exhibits local artists and artisans year-round and is open Monday through Friday. The firm also holds quarterly gallery shows and special events in this space.
Owner James Creekmore moved his office from Roanoke to the New River Valley because he believed the business community in Blacksburg was much more friendly and cohesive.
Wednesday night, Creekmore opened the firm’s door to the public, as he’s done several times in the past. This time, children and parents walked the halls judging pieces of artwork crafted by children.
Several K-12 students living in Montgomery County created pieces of art that hung on the firm’s walls for the Wednesday event. The artwork was part of the firm’s Color Your County art contest to benefit the Montgomery Museum and the Lewis Miller Regional Arts Center in Christiansburg.
Students were challenged to create artwork that depicted something of historical significance related to Montgomery County. Students were split into three age groups and could participate in five categories; painting, pottery, mixed media, pen and ink, and other.
The general public was invited to the People’s Choice Voting Night, and they voted for the top five art pieces in each category. The winning pieces will be transported to the Montgomery Museum for the Christmas Gala and silent auction to benefit the museum’s Help Raise the Roof campaign.
The remaining pieces will be exhibited at the firm through January.
Diana Francis, the firm’s marketing manager, said the event was designed to raise awareness for the Montgomery Museum and to encourage children’s interest in local history and the arts.
“It is really inspiring to see 38 pieces from kids hanging on the walls here,” Francis said. “This goes beyond the law firm; it’s about having the students connect history and art.”
Local artists Felta Virginia and Steven White, also known as “Sketchy Steven,” were on-hand to show some of their own artwork. The two artists are leasing the firm’s old space, which they’ve transformed into a studio called “The Artful Place,” at 106 Faculty St.
Justin Craig and several of his students from Renaissance Music Academy entertained gallery-goers with various music selections throughout the evening. Wine, cheese, cookies and drinks were also available.
Creekmore said he has always been committed to the community and knew when he moved into the current location that he wanted to share the beautiful environment and building with the community.
“It was just too perfect, and it’s right in the heart of downtown,” Creekmore said. “I felt like it would be more fun to share it with everybody else than to keep it to ourselves.”
“That’s why we’ve hung art on the walls, and that’s why we hold gallery events.”
For more information about The Creekmore Law Firm, visit www.creekmorelaw.com.
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