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Roanoke College Exhibits and Lectures

Roanoke College has announced several upcoming events with a theme centered on “The Next America.” These programs  will explore the challenges and opportunities for the United States in the immediate future and ways in which the country can respond to these situations.

January events on the Salem campus include the following:

Lecture/Workshop: Art Exhibit.

Lecture: “Resonance.” January 20, 5 p.m. Olin Hall room # 231. Opening Reception: January 21, 6-8 p.m. Smoyer Gallery.

Exhibit opens with reception, continues through February 20, Smoyer Gallery.

“Resonance” is an exhibit of paintings and drawings that includes pieces created by artists who use meditation as a primary vehicle for creating their work. Featured artists include: billy bob beamer, William Driscoll, Dorothy Gillespie, Alison Hall, Russ Havard and Wes Mills.

The exhibit will open with a lecture and workshop on using meditation and art as a means of stress and pain management. The event will be conducted by John Heil, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Pam Rhodes, Certified Consultant, and exhibiting artist billy bob beamer.

As part of his evolution as pain sufferer and artist, beamer has begun to teach others how they also might merge art and meditation. He uses art as a means of dealing with chronic pain and the accompanying stress, and he describes his work as a “quiet active meditation”. He has exhibited in over 60 art shows throughout the USA and at the Ancient High House Museum, Staffordshire, UK.

Art Exhibit and Lecture: “Silent Nature”

Lecture: Friday, January 21, 5:30 p.m. Olin Hall room # 231.

Exhibit: opens with lecture, continues through February 20. Olin Gallery.

The exhibition will open on January 21 with a lecture by Kurt Steger. He and artist Char Norman will create a site-specific sculpture intended as an entrance from the outside world into the sculptural environment of Steger’s solo exhibition in Olin Gallery.

Norman, associate provost at Columbus College of Art and Design and a working fiber artist, will join talents with her brother, Steger, to create a sculpture that incorporates his expertise as a woodworker and hers as an innovative maker of paper.

Presentation: “Shroud Encounter.”

Wednesday, January 26, 7:30 p.m. Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom.

This presentation is sponsored by Roanoke College’s Colket Center.

The event is a production of Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc., and will be presented by its president and founder, Russ Breault, who is an international lecturer and researcher. The presentation is a fast moving, big-screen experience using over 150 images covering all aspects of research. The Shroud of Turin, which bears the faint front and back image of a bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in the Bible, is the most analyzed artifact in the world, yet it remains a mystery. Millions of people over the centuries have believed the 14-foot long linen cloth to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus. The historical trail tracks back through Italy, France, modern-day Turkey and may have originated in the Middle East, according to botanical evidence. “Shroud Encounter” will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the cloth’s image may have been formed.

Dialogue: “What can Christians and Jews Learn from Each Other?” Thursday, January 27, 7:30pm, Antrim Chapel.

This presentation is sponsored by the Center for Religion and Society.

Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn will dialogue with Dr. Gerald McDermott. Korn is the American Director of The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel, where he co-directs the center’s theological activity and its Institute for Theological Inquiry. McDermott is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College.

All events are free to the public.

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