Monday, January 5, 2009

New Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke

Roanoke's newest museum and in the opinion of this innkeeper - quite fascinating!  81,000 square feet is definately Roanoke's most contemporay structure.  You cannot miss it if you are traveling past downtown on Highway 220.  Just a short frive from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast - take Hwy 220 North for 22 miles and you are there! 

Located in Downtown Roanoke - 110 Salem Avenue, Roanoke VA 24011  540.342.5760  Open Each day from 10am til at least 5pm.  For driving directions click here

http://www.taubmanmuseum.org/

It is also across the street from one of my all time favorite museums O. 
Winston Link - the famous railroad photographer from days gone by.  If you have the opportunity to visit O. Winsto
n Link Museum you will be glad you did!   540.982.5465  10
1 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke VA 24016 - located right on the main train interchange.  Here is the website: http://www.linkmuseum.org/

Some info on The Taubman Museum of Art

The new Taubman Museum of Art, an 81,
000 square-foot Museum in downtown Roanoke, has been constructed. The new facility, designed by architect Randall Stout, is transforming western Virginia with an architectural achievement like no other. The facility houses state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, a stellar permanent collection, and an education center that provides innovative and exemplary education initiatives that will enhance and improve K-12 and higher education progr
ams in the region.

The Taubman Museum of Art is the boldest public-private economic development project ever undertaken in the western region of the Commonwealth. It will fuel economic development, attract new businesses and employees to western Virginia, create jobs, revitalize downtown Roanoke, and add significantly to the quality of life in Roanoke and the region. As a major tourist destination, the Taubman Museum of Art will attract record numbers of visitors to Roanoke and western Virginia. The new facility will enable the Museum to properly showcase its rapidly growing, nationally important permanent collection, and to grow its education and outreach programs to meet continually increasing demand for quality art education programming and family experiences. The new Museum will become the signature attraction for Roanoke and western Virginia in the twenty-first century.

Some info on The Taubmans

Taubmans share memories of Romania
Nick and Jenny Taubman have returned to Roanoke from the country where he served as U.S. ambassador. 

The movie “Cold Mountain” was filmed there. Vlad Dracula, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel, came from there, though he never drank blood. And part of the country is indeed named “Transylvania.”

Beyond that, how much do most Americans really know about Romania — a picturesque, rapidly evolving country in far eastern Europe? 

After spending three years in the Romanian capital, Nick and Jenny Taubman know more than most. Nick Taubman was appointed U.S. ambassador to Romania by President Bush in 2005.

Taubman is a native Roanoker and the retired president and chief executive officer of Advance Auto Parts, founded by his father, Arthur Taubman, in 1932. 

It is the only Fortune 500 business located in the Roanoke Valley.

Bulgaria-born Jenny Taubman is a former model and fashion designer who ran a consulting business, Personal Image, in Roanoke in the 1980s. Fluent in six languages, she has lived in Israel, where she once served as a sergeant in the Israeli army.

The Taubmans, who have a long history of political and charitable involvement in the Roanoke Valley, have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates and political action committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political contributions.

The Taubmans also are the largest contributors to Roanoke’s new art museum, which bears their name.

Jenny Taubman was head of the capital campaign for the $66 million museum when the call to Romania came. She continued to co-chair the museum’s fundraising efforts from overseas.

During their stay in Romania, the Taubmans helped bring a NATO summit to Romania in April 2008, which involved a three-day visit by Bush.

The couple also befriended Romania’s King Michael and Queen Anne and attended the royal couple’s 65th wedding anniversary. “A number of the crowned heads of Europe were there,” Nick Taubman said.

And they found time to admire Romania’s cultural treasures, including its jewel-like painted monasteries. 

“Spectacular,” Jenny Taubman said.

Before leaving the country recently, Nick Taubman was awarded its highest civilian honor, the Star of Romania, by Romanian President Traian Basescu. 

Basescu praised Taubman for helping strengthen defense, economic and cultural ties between Romania and America. 

(Article taken from Roanoke.com and Photos by Stephanie Klein-Davis | The Roanoke Times)

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