The second Saturday in October Roanoke’s charming Main Street creates the perfect frame for the town’s annual outdoor art show called Renaissance in Roanoke. Started by local artists and business owners to highlight the renovated beauty of Roanoke's downtown, it offers a picturesque family setting with activities for all to enjoy.
Renaissance in Roanoke features over 50 juried local and regional artists who are on-hand to display and sell their original art with live demonstrations by some of the artists. Visitors to the event are encouraged to vote for their favorite artist. Also on display are three scholastic art competitions: College, High School and the local Roanoke Elementary School.
A favorite part of the day is the plein air competition. These artists arrive as early as 8 a.m. and set up their easels around town to begin painting or drawing. They capture a scene in Roanoke and as the day passes visitors to the event can watch the images emerge on canvas.
This is an invitational and juried show which offers the unique opportunity for the public to support the arts and to interact and purchase directly from the artist. There are children’s art activities, music and food vendors. More information is on the Art Council website at www.RenaissanceinRoanoke.org.