Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Now Showing: Betty Branch

Last night I had occasion to attend an event by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge at Hollins University.

The event included a tour of the The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center.

Local artist Betty Branch has a showing at the museum that runs into November. Betty Branch: Through The Crow's Eye, a Retrospective, shows off some of this fine artist's work.

My husband has always admired her because she created the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Roanoke. It is a fine piece of sculpture, one that rends my heart every time I look at it. Photos of the memorial can be seen on her website here.

The sculptures on display at Hollins are quite haunting and beautifully detailed.

I think the one above is my favorite. It is called Out of the Box.

The sculputures above are called Fire Dancer II and Fire Dancer III

The next sculptures show why this showing is called Through the Crow's Eye.

The above is located outside the museum and is a birdbath. I apologize for not getting the name of the piece.

Above is a more detailed shot of the birdbath.

These crow sculpture were in the museum, and again I apologize for not getting the names of the pieces.

The above shows a poem Branch wrote that shows on the wall with this sculpture. I wasn't able to get it all in the camera.

The musuem is open to the public. Branch's work will be showing through November 21, 2009.


  1. Now THAT'S a bird bath! Gosh I miss that place.

  2. lovely pieces.
    i am leaning toward the crow pieces.

  3. I like the Out Of The Box one too!


  4. Wait! Those birds over the birdbath are sculptures?! Not real birds?!

  5. Nice artwork. I'm definitely partial to the crows.

  6. I saw the expose last night at Hollins- what an amazingly talented artist- It's like her sculptures move as your eyes float across them.

    Very neat.


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