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Upcoming event in Roanoke

Community members are invited to participate in the 14th annual Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Roanoke.

This event is a “unique opportunity” for the public to support the arts, interact with artists and craftsmen and purchase works directly from the maker.

Event Co-Chair Ruth Marsh says that this aspect of the event is one of her favorite parts of Renaissance in Roanoke.

“My favorite part is getting to know the artists and building relationships,” she said. “You get to know people and you see them around at other art shows and get to recognize people.”

Renaissance in Roanoke is one of the ways that the Roanoke Beautification Foundation raises money to continually make improvements to Roanoke.

This year’s event will feature artists with original artwork in a variety of mediums, as well as children’s activities, live music, Plein Air competitions, a farmer’s market and food vendors.

More than 50 local and regional artists and craftsmen will line Main Street in downtown Roanoke for the event, showcasing their original works. Artists working in a variety of mediums will display work including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, pottery, weaving, jewelry, wearable art, leather, glass, metal and woodworking. Ribbons will be awarded for Best In Show in each category of the juried art show.

Plein Air competitions, which comes from an artistic tradition dating back centuries, is the art of painting in the open air and making use of natural light and shadows with the enjoyment of nature, landscape and the great outdoors. Artists will set up their easels around Roanoke starting at 8 a.m. and return their canvases to the gallery at Joseph Decuis by 2 p.m. for judging. Artwork may be sold on the sidewalk after judging.

Roanoke Elementary School students grades 3 through 5 will be displaying their plein air paintings from a September competition.

Children’s activities will take place all day in Zent Commons on the south end of Main Street, featuring artistic and educational endeavors for all ages. Live entertainment will also be provided  by Joe Justice from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Fall Farmer’s Market will feature apples, soaps, lotions, spices, fall produce and other handmade, home-grown products. Items such as pumpkins, gourds, mums, produce and plants will also be made available.

There will also be a food court available featuring on-site food trucks and vendors, such as Dato’s Concessions, BEE-BQ’s, the Roanoke Lions Club, JB’s Cuisine Machine and Chimney Cakes. Local restaurants such as The Roanoke Village Inn, The Patio Pizza & BBQ, Joseph Decuis Emporium and Moose & Mollie’s will be open for meals and new establishments such as Proper Pastry, A Spoonful of Sugar and the Parker Grace Tea Room will be open for family-friendly treats. The Copper Still and Trubble Public House pub will be open for adults.