Friday, September 21, 2012

Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden dedicated

Larry Bechtel sculpture “Calling the Powers”

The Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden was dedicated in Vic Thomas Park Thursday morning. Over 100 people gathered as Mayor Bowers, the artists, Clean Valley Council, the Roanoke Arts Commission and Eric Thomas cut the ribbon.

Vic Thomas’ son Eric said the contributions Masters made to a cleaner, better environment is what his dad was about too. “He loved hunting and fishing and loved the arts – he’s very happy today.”

Ann Davey Masters was Executive Director of Clean Valley Council (CVC) from 1996 to 2009. During her tenure, she spearheaded environmental initiatives that improved the quality of life in the Roanoke Valley. As a former curator of the Art Museum of Western Virginia, she used her passion for the arts and nature to educate citizens about the importance of environmental stewardship.

Vic Thomas Park with its natural design and native plantings is the newest addition to the City of Roanoke’s nationally accredited parks and recreation system. The park’s location next to the Roanoke River and view of the mountains made it a fitting place for the Sculpture Garden. The park is part of the Roanoke Valley Greenway system.

Ann Davey Master Memorial Garden Ribbon Cutting

The three sculptures dedicated included “Calling the Powers” by Lawrence Reid Bechtel and “Annies’s Peace” by Betty Branch. A selection panel made up of neighborhood citizens, Parks and Recreation representatives and Susan Jennings chose both sculptures.

The Clean Valley Council donated the works to the City of Roanoke. The Art Museum of Western Virginia previously donated “Vertical Break” by the late Paul Ostaseski to the City of Roanoke. Masters was a friend and mentor to Mr. Ostaseski.

ADM Committee Co-Chair Laura Wasko said it had taken two and a half years to put the project together. “Ann Masters understood educating children and understood art and understood marketing. She loved and respected nature and the importance of keeping your neighborhood clean.”

Bechtel said that the “Calling the Powers” sculpture was inspired by imagining the figure climbing to a ridgetop in a high wind and then dropping to her knees and bringing her arms back in awe of the powers of nature. He said he thought it was representative of Ann Masters. “It has such power and presence.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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