Art show captures commonality between art, science, medicine

Painting by Ann Trinkle

Among the entries in the spring 2016 art exhibition is "Ring of Fire," by Ann Bondurant Trinkle, which features oil paint and mixed media.

Scientists, doctors, and artists all share a keen eye for detail and an acute awareness of their surroundings. The next art exhibit at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine showcases these qualities.

The show, curated by local acclaimed artist Ann Bondurant Trinkle, is titled “Recent Observations and Discoveries” and features the works of six Roanoke-area artists as well as art students from William Fleming High School. Trinkle associates the theme of the exhibit with a famous proclamation by Louis Pasteur that in the field of observation, chance only favors the prepared mind, and knowledge comes from noticing resemblances and recurrences in the events that happen around us.

“Artists and scientists both practice observation with ‘the prepared mind’ and use it as a mainstay tool for their work, however disparate the end results may be,” Trinkle said. “The process is always fascinating and beautiful with the high hope that the final product will be too.”

In addition to Trinkle, the artists featured in the exhibit are: Jennifer Anderson, Betsy Bannan, Gerry Bannan, Melissa Fernatt, and Ann Glover. Also in the show are works from William Fleming High School students as part of a Young Audiences of Virginia project funded by the Roanoke Arts Commission. The show features drawing, painting, photography, and mixed media.

The exhibit opens Thursday, March 3, at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke, with a reception starting at 5:00 p.m. The show is part of the school’s Creativity in Health Education Program. Founded by Dave Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, the program strives to expand the social, cultural, and humanistic awareness of the school’s students. It also aims to involve community members in the life of the school.

The building usually has restricted access; therefore, the March 3 event will provide an ideal opportunity for the public to view the exhibition. Following the opening, viewing of the art will be by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Lynne Pearo at 540-526-2300 or lpearobaker@carilionclinic.org.

Written by Catherine Doss