The Hahn Horticulture Garden (HHG) is not only a fabulous collection of living art; it is a showplace for artists from throughout the New River Valley and surrounding area. The Pavilion hosts 6 artist a year with a wide diversity of visual arts from photography to handmade paper; acrylics, watercolors and oils; mono-printing to metal work. The love of nature is shown in the creativeness of our local artists.
In 2015 the art went outside and Simply Elemental was born. Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the HHG. It is held annually from August 1st and September 30th. Simply Elemental 2018 will be accepting submissions for Visual Art and for the first time Performing Artists as well!
In conjunction with the art shows, the HHG conducts meet the artists receptions, hands-on art workshops, speakers and garden-art tours. Watch our events calendar for dates.
After receiving a BS degree from the University of Tennessee, Jean attended the New York School of Interior Design where she became very interested in color and design. This interest and the design classes led to attempts at painting and experimenting with color. Friends and family liked what she was doing and urged her to teach. This led to opening a studio and spending the next thirty years teaching, painting, selling and learning in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1994, a life change led to a move back to her hometown of Christiansburg, Virginia where she continued to paint and sell at major shows on the East Coast. After being approached by a well known wallpaper manufacturer, Jean became a designer of wallpaper and spent several years designing wallpaper as well as producing some how-to magazine articles.
Several years ago she was inspired by her brother to begin learning photography. “He even generously provided me with a nice camera so I took on the task of learning how to use a complicated new tool. I persevered with the learning thinking I would have photos to use as painting inspiration. My collection of photos has grown and grown and I find I love photography as much as painting.”
Simply Elemental is an outdoor, multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech. It is held annually between August 1st and September 30th.
The submissions have been reviewed and we are excited to see the completed pieces. For additional information on the event, please visit the Simply Elemental website