Art in the Garden

art in garden logoThere's always something going on at the Hahn!

Fabulous speakers, seminars, symposia, hands-on workshops, free garden walks, plant sales, and other events happen throughout the year - check back frequently for the latest!

Be sure to pick up a Visitor's Permit from Parking Services or the VT Visitor's Center if attending an event in the garden during weekday business hours (M-F, 8-5). Faculty and staff can only park in F/S spaces (limited).

The 3rd annual Simply Elemental Exhibition will take place August 1 to September 30. Learn more

Currently on display through August 31st: Photography with Aileen Fletcher

Artist's Statement:      Born in Washington, DC and growing up in suburban Maryland,  I had the advantages of great public schools and children’s classes at the Corcoran School of Art. I always loved art. I graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase high School in 1960 and went on to  Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va. Both sets of my grandparents lived there so I was familiar with the area. I had spent many summers exploring my Gibson grandparents farm. In my freshman year at Randolph Macon, I met my future husband, Peter Fletcher. We were married at the end of my sophomore year. Peter went on to study math at the university of North Carolina and I transferred to Duke University where I received a BA in studio art in 1964. In 1966 he finished a PhD and we moved to Blacksburg where he began teaching at Virginia Tech. We have remained in the area ever since although we moved from town to the Long Shop area and then to Riner, Va. where we bought a Victorian house at an auction. We were only planning to buy furniture. 

We adopted 2 children who still live in this area.  We enjoy grandchildren too. My kids often accompanied me on photographic trips around our area. The whole family also travelled to Finland, to Washington, DC and to Florida.  I began teaching art at New River Community College in 1979. Teaching is fun except for grading papers. I enjoyed teaching all my art classes, but photography was my favorite. I retired in 2011. 

Photography became my passion when I decided to buy a new camera to replace my Kodak Instamatic. I became so confused by all the types that I decided to take a photography class. I loved the artistic possibilities of photography but I also loved the technical side too. I sometimes combine photography and painting by painting on my photos. In 1996, I ventured into digital photography.  Although I miss the darkroom, it is now the way I work. As I am growing old, I hope to enter more shows, have more exhibits and continue to work  for many years.

Upcoming Shows

  • Sept/Oct: Joe Kelly (sketches)
  • Nov/Dec: Pat West (acrylic)

Related Links

For more information about BRAA, please go to or visit the Community Arts Information Office on College Avenue in Blacksburg.  The artists of BRAA eagerly share their work with the local community.  If you wish to purchase a piece, please contact the artist directly.

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