Roanoke City proclaims 2020 the “Year of Color, Light, and Motion” in honor of artist Dorothy Gillespie

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Roanoke City has proclaimed 2020 the “Year of Color, Light, and Motion” in honor of artist Dorothy Gillespie. (Photo: Aaron Farrar/WFXR News)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The city of Roanoke declared 2020 the “Year of Color, Light, and Motion” in honor of the late artist Dorothy Gillespie.

Gillespie, who died in 2012, was born in Roanoke 100 years ago. The Taubman Museum of Art has a special exhibit celebrating her work through July 26 — Celestial Centennial: The Art and Legacy of Dorothy Gillespie. The exhibit was partially funded through a grant from the Roanoke Arts Commission.

Her work was known for its abstraction and vibrant colors.

Gillespie’s creations could be seen in the Roanoke Valley, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and abroad in Europe.

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