Harrisonburg artists to host one-night gallery exhibition

On Friday, Feb. 3, the Harrisonburg community will have the opportunity to experience the Guerilla Gallery Art Show, a one-night-only exhibition by local artists. The event is free and open to the public.

It will take place from 6-9 p.m. in the Newman Ruddle Building at 2 North Main Street, on the corner of Market and Main Streets on Court Square. The Newman Ruddle Building is also home to new business Court Square Coffee, which will be open during the event.

The exhibit will showcase artwork from a number of local artists, including Hannah Johnson, Laura Waldo, Ashton Hill, and Aaron Harris. “Harrisonburg is full of artists,” says exhibit organizer Laura Waldo. “This is a great chance for those artists to be recognized for their abilities to make beautiful things and to interact with the Harrisonburg community.”

Waldo and co-organizer Hannah Johnson are no strangers to downtown Harrisonburg. Both work at Clementine, where they often have the opportunity to meet local artists that exhibit in Clementine’s lounge. This also provides them with the ability to meet other people in the community, like Newman Ruddle owners Jim and Diane Orndoff. The Orndoffs support “an expanded arts presence in our revitalized downtown” and welcome new ways to continue this mission. The Guerilla Gallery Art Show and the Newman Ruddle space are a perfect example of elements of the local arts scene coming together.

As word spreads, more artists are asking to have their work shown in the Guerilla Gallery. “I think this could be the start of something big for the arts community in Harrisonburg,” says Johnson.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/220487844704206.

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