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“Best in Show” Opens to Huge Crowds

Over 500 people attended Friday night’s opening at the Taubman Museum.

“Best in Show,” an art show that benefits the Roanoke Valley SPCA, launched last Friday, at the Taubman Museum of Art. All of the entries in the ongoing show – more than 300 paintings and sculptures of pets and animals – were on display.

Barbara Dalhouse, SPCA board president, reports that the number of entries in the show is almost double that of last year. All of the art is for sale, with artists agreeing that at least 50% of the proceeds go to the SPCA. In addition, juror Charlie Brouwer, a retired Radford University professor, has chosen eight prize winners, including the Best in Show that went to Marie Gobble Levine for “Chuck’s Chew Toy.” A packet of note cards printed with images of the winning artworks are now available for sale.

Brothers Cyrus and James Pace provided the music, and Norah’s Cafe provided free food. In addition, those who came to the reception had free access to the Taubman’s second floor galleries, where the Rembrandt exhibit is still showing.

The show has now moved to The Market Gallery on Roanoke’s City Market at 23 Salem Ave. S.E., where it will stay through Saturday, March 6th. The Market Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more info, call 342-1177.

Next,  the show will continue, relocating to The Shenandoah Club from Monday, March 8th to Friday March 19. The club is open Mondays through Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. For more info, call 345-1576 ext. 211.

Purchased works and artists who need to collect their canvasses can do so beginning Tuesday March 23rd at the Market Gallery.

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