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Diane Relf, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Alexander Black House Museum & Cultural Center outdoor arts has created an interactive art project to share and receive happy thoughts!

The Alexander Black House Museum & Cultural Center

and Artists of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association Present:

Discs of Encouragement: an Interactive Art Sculpture

Spring is here and it is time to cautiously emerge from our Covid Cocoons. The Alexander Black House Museum and Cultural Center (ABHM) will be opening as soon as it is deemed safe.  In the meantime, the community is invited to visit our outdoor art and to study the exterior architectural features of the historic house.  A new feature in the outdoor art is an interactive art sculpture designed for everyone in the community to be involved. Over 200 CD’s have been prepared for painting and hanging art to be shared. Based on a Take One - Leave One idea, it gives people an opportunity to share their joy in spring and the new year with others OR to take home something that makes them happy and gives encouragement as things gradually get better. 


Take if it makes you feel happy; Leave one to make others feel happy.


Dave Angle, BRAA member, built a rebar “pergola” as the base of the sculpture, designed to hold several hundreds of these messages. Sue Hossack, Diamond Gabriel, Mary Ratcliff, and Trenia Bell have already painted lovely discs to get the exchange started.    

For CD-to-paint pick-up information contact: Sherry Kurtz


Prepared CD’s are available at ABHM to paint and hang. If you have CD’s you no longer want, you can drop them off to be prepared with drilling and a base coat of paint. In addition, boxes are being put at Gillie’s and Bolo’s with explanations and discs to have the community share good wishes, encouragement, and spring thoughts through words and art on 5” CD’s.  Watch for other locations, over the next few weeks. The new BRAA Co-Op Gallery: The Art Space @ The Artful Lawyer, will have blanks so visitors and artists can make one while they are there and leave to be picked up by ABHM or take it home to work on.   Check artspace for Gallery hours. Currently open Fridays Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m..

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