Roanoke art museum rings in 2020 with hand-made art to remember goals

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Millions of Americans have made New Year’s resolutions. It may be to lose weight or to spend less. One local museum helped the public create visual reminders today.

The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke holds weekly classes for adults, where it teaches the public new skills and techniques. Today’s class was a calligraphy lesson. The goal? Creating a visual reminder of New Year’s resolutions.

“To start off the new year, the focus is to create a piece of wall art using a beautiful hand-lettering skill to give you a phrase or a word to inspire you throughout the year,” said Stephanie Fallon, education manager at the Taubman Museum of Art.

She taught her students how to create beautiful art and calligraphy using only a pen and a little bit of weight to create different font thickness and design.

One of the students was Anya Bratic of Roanoke. She attended today’s class with her mother, Kim. Anya said she has always been artistic and decided today’s class would be a great way to immortalize an inspiring quote.

“Today, I’m going to be making a picture that says, ‘If not now, then when?'” she said, adding that it challenges one to get “out of your comfort zone.”

Classes for adults are held most Fridays at 12:15 p.m., Fallon said. Get a full list of upcoming events and classes at Taubman Museum of Art at


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