Artistic Encounters -Meet the Artist essentially takes the artist from behind the camera and welcomes them into the Blue Ridge PBS studio. This provides our arts loving audience the opportunity to meet the featured artist while they introduce their works one on one. Specially curated pieces from their collection will be on display during the reception and for three weeks afterwards with many available to take home by making a donation to Blue Ridge PBS. Additionally, each artist will donate one piece to Blue Ridge PBS which will then be auctioned the night of the artist’s reception. Proceeds benefit the artist and allow Blue Ridge PBS to continue its mission of enriching people’s lives by providing educational, informational, and cultural programming that fills a unique role as a positive and lifelong resource for the communities we serve.
OUR FEATURED ARTIST:
Pierrette Le Roux Williams: Born and raised in the Mediterranean French town of Marseille, Pierrette was captivated by the unique, wonderful light that has attracted artists for centuries. Deeply influenced by the works of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall, she studied art, literature and linguistics (fluent in Italian, English, French) at the University of Aix en Provence. She painted and sculpted (alabaster, marble) with different local artists while showing in cafés, restaurants, and local galleries in Provence. During the mid-seventies, Pierrette met her future husband, Don, who worked for G.E. near Marseille. They married in his hometown of Nashville and then travelled the globe living in China, Korea, Italy and France where Pierrette eagerly absorbed the different artistic cultures. Finally, they settled in a place they both loved, the Roanoke Valley where an art critic offered a show in her Richmond gallery. Pierrette has successfully shown her work since 1994. Her paintings are owned and displayed by private owner, in the USA, England, France, and in the Roanoke area where she has had many solo shows (WVTF, Grandin Theatre). Most of her paintings are reminiscent of the South of France and are filled with color and energy.
A special thank you to everyone who attended the reception and visited the exhibit.
Our next featured artist will be announced soon!
In order for the series to continue we need funding and artists! Please reach out to ArtisticEncounters@BlueRidgePBS.org