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RIDE Solutions, Greater Roanoke Transit Company, and the Roanoke Arts Commission Partner to Combine the Arts and Public Transit

Annual Art by Bus Program offers slate of visual arts, music, and literature on public transit

Roanoke, VA., March 3rd, 2016 – Every successful performance deserves an encore, so RIDE Solutions, the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Greater Roanoke Transit Company are thrilled to be bringing art back on the buses this spring. The Art by Bus program works to promote the value of public transportation to our community by bringing visual arts, musical performances, and inspired writing onto the valley’s bus network.

For the second year in a row, selected works from the City’s public arts collection will be displayed on the exterior of four Valley Metro buses. “The goal is to bring more awareness to the fact that the city has a regional art collection and encourage people to explore the work within public buildings by literally taking it out into all parts of the city,” said Roanoke Vice-Mayor David Trinkle.

The Roanoke Arts Commission chose four works of art from its collection of 130 works, nearly 100 of which are by artists currently or previously living in the region. The works are: Hotel Roanoke: A New Day Dawns by Eric Fitzpatrick; Catawba by Harriet Stokes; Tinker View of Carvin’s Cove by Nan Mahone Wellborn; and Hen House by Kate Woods. Artists Eric Fitzpatrick and Nan Mahone Wellborn were on hand for the unveiling of the pieces.

Also returning is the Writer by Bus program. Meighan Sharp, of Hollins University, was selected through a competitive process by a panel of arts commission and community members. She will ride various buses throughout March and April to produce literary works about her experiences, the people she meets, and the neighborhoods she travels through. Her work can be followed at the Writer by Bus Facebook page,, with the final works appearing on the RIDE Solutions webpage after April.

Finally, RIDE Solutions will work with local musicians to sponsor a series of short concerts on the Star Line Trolley throughout the duration of the Art by Bus program. Dubbed the Star Line Trolley Performance Series, the musical performances will feature violinist Erin Hunter, trumpeters John Stump and Ernie Freeman, saxophonist Justin Pinckney, and sets by local duo Another Roadside Attraction.

Carl Palmer, General Manager of The Greater Roanoke Transit Company, praised the cooperative effort. “By displaying selections from the City’s art collection on the exterior of four of our buses, we’re proud to show off the creative spirit of our citizens and the commitment of our city to its artists. We also hope that by showing off our buses in this way, we will remind those who have never taken the opportunity to ride the bus to learn just how easy it is to get on Valley Metro.”

More information on Art by Bus and the participating artists can be found at