“Sunflower Comment” by Burton Center of the Arts and Technology Welding Class, Roanoke County Schools.  (Photo by Linda Correll)

Simply Elemental  

Art and horticulture join forces in Blacksburg

From Sunday, August 1 to September 30, the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech will feature the 7th annual Simply Elemental Art in the Garden event.  On opening day, the gardens will be open to the public and feature horticulture, outdoor sculptures, music, poetry, and refreshments sponsored by Matrix Gallery Fine American Crafts in downtown Blacksburg.

All activities and light refreshments (sponsored by Matrix Gallery Fine American Crafts in downtown Blacksburg) will take place in or near the pavilion

  • 8:30 am: gardens open to the public

  • 4pm - 4:45 pm: Renate Kehlenbeck on classical guitar

  • 5pm: presentation of the first Simply Elemental Sculpture Award presented by Charlotte Chan, president of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association

  • Followed by readings by local poets.

  • 5pm - 5:45 pm Julia Fallon on the harp  

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Gourd Garden by Linda Correll. (Photo by Linda Correll)

BRAA members who participated this year:

Dave Angle

Linda Correll

Delbert Jones

Jennifer Lovejoy

Diane Relf

Robert Smith

Rhonda Whitehurst

Henry Whitehurst

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Spiral by Linda Correll. (Photo by Linda Correll)

The $100 award recipient will be determined by a jury. Additionally, three gift certificates will be presented to other artists by New River Art and Fiber, a downtown Blacksburg art and fiber shop.

The gardens open to the public at 8:30 a.m. Visitors are invited to stroll the lush, often shaded, garden paths, while enjoying the creative spirit of local artists and their array of sculptures. Photos of all sculptures can be viewed after August 1 at

No parking permits are required at Hahn on weekends. Weekday parking information is available at (scroll to bottom of page)


“Circle of Sound” by Henry Whitehurst, 

(Photo by Linda Correll)