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Roanoke's Annual Driving Tour of Art Goes Online


Planners of a nearly 20-year art exhibit in Roanoke say they were up to the challenge when the pandemic hit.

Instead of visits to homes and studios, this weekend’s Open Studios Tour will be virtual, including live tours and exhibits on social media.

Sarah Muse, one of about 25 artists featured, designs custom jewelry.   She says the online tour was something they had been considering anyway, and may consider moving to two hours a year.

"We can reach a broader audience," she said. "One of the things that does happen sometimes, when you have a whole bunch of people in the studio or in the home, there are typically 3 artists that are there.  We have lots of people that come through.  And so you don't always get that one-to-one touch with everyone. So this actually broadens that horizon, we can actually talk about some of our processes."

The tour also features painting, sculpture, and photography.  Muse says the group hopes to re-schedule the regular driving tour this fall.

The tour lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and will include live tours and demonstrations on Facebook Live and Instagram. 

More information can be found at the Open Studios Tour Roanoke website.