Wolfgang Neudorfer Artist and Writer
About Wolfgang Neudorfer
In college I did a lot better in English than math. Adding some credit hours one summer, I took a writing course. For the major assignment, the one which would count toward fifty percent of the grade, I wrote a piece describing an unsuccessful job interview. I had some experience to draw on and the piece almost wrote itself. How pleasant that was compared to the mechanics of bi- and trinomials of advanced Algebra. Critiquing our efforts, the professor praised my piece, copied it and handed it out to the rest of the class. I had an epiphany then and I needed the A to balance my grade average. But I buried the epiphany because I went to law school and learned an entirely new English language called legalese: tort feasors, fee simple estates, parties of the first part, bailments and liens, among the multitude of others. It was all put to good use in a thirty-year career of legal writing with a Government agency. After twenty-nine years of sometimes mind-numbing formulaic writing and editing by committee, where the wordsmiths in power could spend an afternoon debating whether 'which' or 'that' was the appropriate word in a specific instance, I suddenly remembered my epiphany back in college. I also remembered that I had been a fairly prolific letter writer to family members and friends (this was an ice age before email) attempting to be humorously inventive with whatever event I was relating so as to strike a spark of elation in my pen pal. On top of that, Martin Luther, an old hero of mine came to me one restless night and wondered whether I would drift into a retirement fixated on the eloquence of my legal opinions, or whether I had the wherewithal to try something new. I didn't need to nail up any theses about the world being round on any church door, he said, but God I needed to do something to keep the brain from going to oatmeal. "After all, man," Luther said, his cassock whirling as he left the room (my wife swears he wasn't there) "you've got a word processor and a three-finger typing skill; glue yourself down and knock out a few pages every morning." So a book-length manuscript became my transition-into-retirement project. It took over two years of sitting down most days, writing words, sentences and paragraphs. Getting stuck and rewriting. Rereading, expunging and often wondering whether there was any merit in what I was engaged upon. But I know that regardless of the value of my manuscript, my routine of plugging away at it was good, kept me out of trouble. And one day, a year into my retirement, I was finished. Now my wife took up the manuscript and edited it for another year. Thank you and bless your heart, Carol.
My first novel, "Reflections of an Unknown Artist," has been released by Publish America. You can read about it at
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Tide" oil painting by Neudorfer
"Space Dance" oil painting by Neudorfer
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"Art in the Office" at The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge. Looking for regional artists to display works in their downtown Roanoke office. Please call 540-342-5790
Art in the Window I, II, Art at AEP, Art at DLC, Art at FNB, and Art at BB&T. The Arts Council's storefront display windows, located at 20 East Church Avenue, 26 West Church Avenue, the corner of First and Franklin Streets, the corner of Luck Ave. and 2nd Street, the corner of Market Street and Kirk Ave., and the corner of Church Ave. and First St., Roanoke VA, offers this space for display. The Arts Council invites artists or arts education programs and schools to submit ideas for a display. The spaces are free and change monthly.
Teaching Artists: The Arts Council is compiling a list of teaching Artists for children and adults. Please contact The Arts Council at (540) 342-5790
The High School Art Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition of high school artists in the Roanoke region. It is presented by The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and Roanoke Arts Commission. The show was designed to give high school students the experience of entering a juried professional exhibition in the same way that professional artists are required to do. This event now includes works from eighteen area high schools and is held in the late spring of each year. For more information, contact
The Roanoke City Art Show is a juried visual art show that features the talents of regional artists. This annual event is presented by The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and hangs in the Art Museum of Western Virginia. Cash awards are given for Best of Show and Awards of Excellence and the general public votes for a Peoples Choice Award. Artists enter by submitting slides of up to three works. For deadlines and other information contact The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge at 540-342-5790
The Art Group is a non-profit cooperative of Shenandoah Valley Artists whose goal is to promote the art and artists of the Shenandoah Valley in a fun and relaxed community atmosphere. Art works of resident and visiting artists are displayed for viewing and sale throughout the building. The Art Group offers classes, workshops and demonstrations on various artistic techniques and mediums. Many of these classes are hands-on experiences allowing the participants to unleash their creative potential in a supportive and cooperative environment. The Art Group building has display windows fronting on Route 11, the main street of Mt. Jackson and the main thoroughfare of the Shenandoah Valley. This gallery is open for rent to visiting artists on a monthly basis. There are also various size wall display spaces and a limited number of combined studio/display spaces for those artists who would like to work on the premises. All forms of art are welcome, including, but not limited to painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, and stained glass. Come to our 1st Friday Celebration music and art show. For more information, 5906 Main Street (U.S. Route 11), Box 676, Mt. Jackson,VA 22842. (540) 477-4131 and visit
Art and Artisans Program. In keeping with the Blue Ridge theme of Virginia's Explore Park, The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and Explore Park are looking for artists and fine craftsmen to work and display their art at various locations at Explore Park. As an artist, you would work on location and have a chance to display your art at a highly visible and FUN location. There will be no entry fees and only a small 10% commission taken from the artists. We will choose artists through a slide process. For More information, call 540-427-1800
The Bank of Botetourt features an artist of the month at each of their five branches. In addition to hanging your work in their lobby, it is advertised in the Neighbors section of the newpaper each week. Each lobby can hold from 10 to 12 paintings. Contact Michelle Alexander at 966-3850
Blacksburg Regional Youth Symphony Orchestra - Our region's premiere youth symphony orchestra, the only one of its kind, providing a unique musical, educational and cultural experience for student musicians, fostering individual discipline and nurturing a lifelong love and respect for the arts while enhancing the cultural development and quality of life in our community. For more information, call 552-4501
Blue Mountain Fine Arts Gallery Inc. is seeking artisans working primarily in 3D media.The gallery is especially interested in showing stained glass, batik, metal work, smaller scale sculptural pieces and uniquely designed work suitable for holiday gift giving. Blue Mountain is located at 19827 Main St., in the historic " Downtown" area of Buchanan Va. Please contact the gallery at (540) 254~9708 or Tina McConchie at (540) 473~3082 for an appt. to show work. Photos or slides may be mailed to the gallery for review at P.O. Box 241, Buchanan Va. 24066. All material will be returned to the artist.
Blue Ridge Public Television has refurbished their lobby. They have installed digital transmitters. They have a new community room, and they have rebuilt their studio. Now they need ART! Blue Ridge Public Television, a community owned station adjacent to Virginia Western Community College, has many visitors and special guests. They would like to offer area artists the opportunity to showcase their work in the lobby. This "mini museum" will feature one artist's work at a time on a rotating basis to showcase the rich and varied talent in our region. Works may be for sale and they will put potential buyers directly in touch with the artist. Please contact Barbara Spenser at Blue Ridge Public Television 540.344.0991 or 888.332.7788.
Blue Ridge Traditions Magazine - History and Lifestyle of the Blue Ridge Mountain Area. Franklin County, Virginia. 540.489.3735
Buck Mountain Grille at its new location on 3603 Franklin Road (the old Pizza Den in front of Townside Festival Mall) is using the dining room as an art gallery called "Gallery at the Grille". The restaurant is inviting area artists to hang their work on a monthly rotation. On the first Monday of each month, from 4:30 to 6:00 there is an Opening Reception to meet the artist. The Grille invites its regular patrons and each artist is given invitations to distribute to their clients or prospective buyers. The restaurant provides hors d'ouvres and there is a cash bar for the reception. The gallery can hold up to 25 pieces for each show and prefers to showcase one artist at a time. The Grille does not expect a commission. If you are interested in having a show at the Grille, please contact Sara Brooks at 982-2554.
Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc. provides transportation for non-profits and civic events. The group also educates the public on the history and future potential of transit. For more information, call 540-342-2383
Dorothy Doss is offering private art lessons, ages 7 - 100, in her studio, 810 Brookshire Drive, Vinton, VA. Call 890-1659 for information.
Gallery 108, LLC & The Framer's Workshop - Artists' Coop and Gallery On Roanoke's historic market - 108 Market Street. Jewelry, painting, enamel, sculpture, portraits, stained glass,etchings, framing and more. Names: A.B. Stringfellow, Margaret DuBois, Toni Yokum, Janet Sachs, Susan Egbert, Sheila Wiley, Miki Overcast, Rebecca Talbot, Susan Lockwood, Susanne Sellars, Gail Geer, Betty Williamson, Skip Higgins, Darcy Meeker, along with over 35 other regional artists. 982-4278
The Gallery at
Jefferson Center is a community art space featuring
the work of local and regional artists on exhibit year-round.
Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday thru
Friday, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., one hour before
and after events in Shaftman Performance Hall, or by
appointment. Receptions are held on the first Monday of
the exhibit, whenever possible, in the Fralin Atrium, 5:00
- 7:00 p.m. Two hundred thirty-three running feet of wall
space are available on the second and third floors.
Grandin Court Conservatory for Music and the Creative Arts: Offers instruction in music and the visual and performing arts..
Grandin Theatre has gallery space just waiting for you art work. The upstairs lobby of the Grandin Theatre is available for art shows. We have 3 HUGE WALLS that have a picture railing at the top for hanging. [At this point in time, we recommend hanging pieces rather than sculptural work--our floor space is limited.]
PERKS: The Grandin provides a small amount of space in our Fri/Sat/Sun newspaper ad to announce the artist and reception (if the artist wants to have a reception/no alcohol) for the first week of the show. We prefer to run shows on a monthly basis to make programming easier, however we are flexible. [If the show could run 2 months, I would recommend it.] There is no charge to exhibit.
OTHER DETAILS: The artist is responsible for hanging and taking down their work. NO HOLES or sticky stuff on walls. The Grandin Theatre can not be held responsible for damages or theft--this has never even come up in all the years we have had shows, knock on wood! :) This is strange to mention, but it amazes me that people don't advertise themselves: please make a sheet about your self and/or contact info so that people who are interested in your work can contact you. The Grandin Theatre prefers the artist to handle the sale of their work directly.
Indigo Sky Artists Collaborative: A new gallery store has opened in Floyd. Indigo Sky Artists Collaborative will offer wonderful art and unique crafts featuring local, regional and international artists and artisans. Look for whimsical delights to please the eye and heart. Indigo Sky will be a relaxing beautiful place where artists and art lovers meet, play and exchange.
Miles AHead, an upscale hair salon, is seeking local artists to display their work. They have had local art hanging for several years, but now their walls are bare. The display areas are away from "wet" areas. They don't mind if you sell your work and they don't want commission if you do. They are interested in contemporary art that can hang on the wall, 2D or 3D. Please call Frances or Tommy ASAP if you are interested, 776-8090. Miles AHead Salon, Inc., Tanglewood Professional Center, 4358 Starkey Road, Suite 3-B, Roanoke, VA 24014.
Patrick Henry Community College: Call for Slides. Patrick Henry Community College has an ongoing call for slides for possible exhibition in their gallery space. Shows tend to exhibit for 6 weeks. There is no fee to enter but be sure to include a SASE for return of your slides. Send resume and slides to Gerry Bannon, PHCC, PO Box 5311, Martinsville VA 24115. For more information, call 540656-0336.
Percival's Isle Coffee & Tea in Lynchburg is looking for acts for Friday and Saturday nights, and perhaps other nights during the week. Contact Sophie Scruggs at (804) 847-3059.
Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. Premiere non-profit community music school serving southwest VA; only school in NRV offering Suzuki instruction. Only school in NRV certified by National Guild for its quality. Lessons in piano, strings, early childhood music. Scholarship assistance. Students accepted age 3 - adult. For more information, call 540-552-1383
The Rescue Mission: Art on a Mission. Art on a Mission, selling art, antiques, and gift, is open at Tanglewood Mall. Pieces are sold on consignment with proceeds used toward operating costs of a new medical clinic at the Rescue Mission. Art on a Mission is a venue for local artists to showcase their work while helping offer free medical and psychiatric care to the city's homeless. For more information, please call 540-343-7227
The Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center offers residencies of up to two months to visual artists and writers. Lodging is provided in the restored 19th century homestead located on 717 acres in the first rise of the Blue Ridge. A private studio is available. A stipend may be arranged in exchange for adult or in-school workshops. They also welcome resumes and slides from potential exhibitors and studio art teachers. For information, write to the Reynolds Homestead, Route 1 Box 190, Critz, VA 24082, or call (540) 694-7181.
Riverviews Artspace: Live/Work space available in Lynchburg, VA. Riverviews Artspace is a housing cooperative being created in a the former Craddock-Terry shoe warehouse at 9th and Jefferson Streets. For more information, call Louise Gregory, President 804-384-5836 or write: Riverviews Artspace PO Box 526 Lynchburg VA 24505.
Roanoke Camera Club: Varied levels of experience including professional photographers working in differing media inclusive of digital. Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month in Center in the Square, 5th floor, 6:45 pm. Monthly photo contest and photo outings. For more information, write P.O. Box 565, Roanoke, VA 24003-0565.
Roanoke Valley Star Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. Every Tuesday, 7:30 PM. St. John Lutheran Church. Vocal Barbershop Harmony produced by 4 voices: Lead, Tenor, Baritone & Bass. For more information, call 540-774-7860.
Salem Choral Society. Community Choir that sings 4-6 concerts and other events a year, including premiere compositions. Choral literature is generally classical but includes carols and lighter music as well. Accompaniment ranges from piano to full orchestra. An excellent singing opportunity open to prospective members. For more information, call 540-389-4963
The Shenandoah Valley Arts Network: The purpose of ShenandoahMusic.com is to encourage the growth of the arts and music in the Shenandoah Valley. They are accomplishing this by creating a local network of artists and musicians who use the there web site to network with other artists in the valley. They have posting boards, calendars and forums we all can use to connect with other artists in our area. Contact Mark Barreres for more information at 540-335-8190. Shenandoah Valley Music.
Studio Assistant/apprentice: Sculptor Ed Dolinger is looking for both administrative and shop apprentices. A variety of training, access to welding shop and some salary in exchange for boring and tedious, but necessary tasks around the studio. Ed works in welded steel for public art commissions, gallery pieces and private commission work around the country. Call 434/929-0827.
Studios on the Square has artists studios on the second and third floors at the Angell Building at 126 West Campbell Ave, Downtown Roanoke. The Angell Building was originally built in 1903 and has been restored to its orignal character. Seventeen studios have been completed in the renovated, former hotel. The studios are designed around a central lightwell, which has plenty of natural light through a large roof skylight and windows. There are smaller skylights in other individual studios. There are north-facing windows on the front of the building. The rear windows face onto an enclosed but well-lit courtyard. There is a common area on each floor. The studios are served by an elevator, as well as stairs. There is full handicapped access to all floors. The studios vary in size from 150 - 300+ square feet.
The studios are occupied by a number of the leading artists in the Roanoke area. Represented in the studios are painters, graphic artists, photography, portrait, ceramics, and custom framing. To ensure the quality and caliber expected in keeping with our standards, artists and craftspeople have to be accepted by a jury to rent a studio. Hours are: Monday Saturday, 10:00AM 5:00PM. The phone number is: 345-4076.
Studio School Classes, Jefferson Center, Suite100 drawing, painting, floorcloth workshops, papermaking workshops, collage, jewelry workshops. Peyton Klein, Lee Baker, Jane Frank, Vera Dickerson, Ann Glover, Tracy Budd, Jean Dodson, Sarah Muse, etc. For info. or brochures, call (540)344-5404.
TAPestry Gallery at Crystal Tower. Total Action Against Poverty has an Art Gallery. Just as a tapestry is known for its richness of design, the TAPestry Gallery at Crystal Tower represents the richness in the diversity of our community. Artists will represent the many cultures of the community and will present their work in a setting just as magnificent gems are displayed in a beautiful crown of jewels. TAPestry features artists who have established themselves in the avant-garde along with those whose works are budding into full bloom. It also presents the work of featured groups on a quarterly basis---included will be ---the art of Appalachia---the art of Youth---the art of Teachers--- the art of Prisoners --- and more. Join them to see what art is---what art can be---and what art will be.
A Call for Virginia Music. Studio Virginia co-host Cara Modisett is seeking recordings of music by native or Virginia-based musicians in all styles. Tracks will be run and credited in Studio Virginia's weekly arts calendar; CDs preferred for sound quality.
Suzuki School The Blue Ridge Suzuki School is a new program that offers Suzuki violin and guitar lessons to children ages four and older.Children receive individual and group instruction, and parents are involvedin the learning process. Lessons are offered in Roanoke and Floyd County.
Recently The West End Center for Youth surveyed its students to find out what extra-curricular activities they would enjoy having at the Center. Art was one of the top interests. In order to make this a reality the Center needs help from the community.
Virginia Gentlemen, The Barbershop Harmony Society of Roanoke (SPEBSQSA): Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus. - Shenandoah Valley Musicians
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