December 2017 - February 2018
Quilters and KnitWits
Fiber Arts Exhibit
This winter we are sharing the beautiful quilted pieces and knitwear made by the women who gather at the church each month to share their passion for these fiber arts. The Quilters and the Knitwits welcome new members from the church and the community.
March 2018 - May 2018
Art Exhibit: Come by the library to see the excellent photography of Richard Mallory Allnutt, a British-born photographer living in Blacksburg. He focuses primarily on portraiture, but his passions for aviation and the natural world also play a strong role in his repertoire. He has won several significant awards for his work. He will speak at an Art Forum on April 15.
June 2018 - August 2018
September 2018 - November 2018
Colored Pencil Drawings
The Ruth White Fisher Endowment for the Arts
Ruth White Fisher was a nutritionist by profession but her first love was art. After a career in nutrition, she spent many years painting and being a leader in the art scene in the Blacksburg area. In 1961 she established the Palette Art Gallery, which was a self-supporting cooperative gallery for many years. Ruth was a charter member of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association and the Palette Art Gallery Association.
Ruth and her husband were members of the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church from 1936 until their deaths.Ruth served as teacher of the college age Sunday school class, chairman of dinners, circle chairman and vice-president of the Women of the Church. She was given a life membership in the Women of the Church in 1977.
At the time of her death in 1984, then pastor George Telford encouraged her husband to establish an endowment fund for the arts in her name. This fund has allowed BPC to commission two major works of art for the building and to pay for worship banners, the chancel stained glass windows, and other pieces. The fund was also used to bring Catherine Kapikian of Wesley Seminary in Washington D.C. to Blacksburg in 2007 to guide us in making the building a more worshipful and dynamic space. We continue to use the proceeds from this endowment to enrich the experiences of the BPC family.
The endowment is responsible for some of the beautiful art work throughout the church including....(list of pieces by name). It was also used to commission the Nativity sculptures by Larry Bechtel.