Paul Villinski at the Taubman Museum of Art

The Taubman Museum of Art Paul Villinski

Taubman Museum of Art.

One of my favorite local outings is to head downtown to the art museum. The Taubman Museum of Art is located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, at 110 Salem Ave SE.

There are numerous parking garages and lots (many of which are free during the daytime on weekends) and also on-street parking (For all you parallel parking experts out there. Don’t count this Florida native into that mix!). The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. While there are occasionally exhibits that require an admission fee, entrance to the museum and all the other galleries are free!

Miss Sunshine’s fall travel soccer season usually keeps our weekends tied up. I hadn’t realized how long it’d been since we’d visited the Taubman and was pleased to see many new exhibitions.


Paul Villinski: Farther

As promised in the sneak peek last Friday, today I’m sharing some of the pieces from my favorite gallery. An exhibition by the artist Paul Villinski titled Paul Villinski: Farther.


Woven Belts.

This is only a small fragment of this piece. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to write down the name of this piece. I think it is a part of Quilt and Comforter. This piece is a segment of a large piece with woven belts. In some places, there are items inserted into the weaving, such as liquor bottles and books.

I chose to focus on this area because it includes a children’s book called I Can Fly. I thought it was interesting to have a children’s book and a bottle of vodka below.

Also, most of his works include an element of flight, so I was drawn to this view based on that fact as well.


One of the things that I admired in Villinski’s work was his choice of items in which to create his works. This piece titled Aerialist is a set of wings made from knives.




This piece is titled Gyre. The aluminum cans are found on the streets of New York. The butterflies are cut out by hand or with a laser cutter. Butterflies feature significantly in many of his works. They are a symbol of transformation and rebirth.



This piece is titled Marfa.  It is created from found wooden objects (a weathered ladder, door, and chair) and aluminum (found cans), wire and soot.


In the background of the photograph of Marfa, you get a glimpse of the installation of Burst. This art piece covers an entire wall in the gallery. I’ve only captured a tiny segment of it.

The birds in Burst are created from discarded vinyl LP records.

Wishful Thinking.

Who can really say why you are drawn to some art pieces? When I saw this piece titled Wishful Thinking, I was really hoping that my photography skills would do it justice. There was just something about the way it was suspended there, with its shadow cast by the lighting in the gallery, that made this piece so beautiful to me.

However, what do you think of this piece?


This piece is titled, Lepidopterist. It is, perhaps, my favorite piece. Although I’d struggle to choose between this and Wishful Thinking. A Lepidopterist refers to a person who studies and/or collects butterflies and moths. This piece is a self-portrait of the artist.

Did you enjoy these Paul Villinski works?

If so, which piece is your favorite?

The Taubman Museum of Art Paul Villinski

This exhibition runs at the Taubman Museum of Art until July 15, 2018. It’s been on display since June 16, 2017.

Now can you see what I mean about my weekends being tied up in the fall!

I can’t believe that this was my first time seeing this exhibition.

Also on display at the museum is Villinski’s piece titled Passage, which is a large-scale sculpture of a balsa wood style plane covered in butterflies.

If you are planning to be in the area, I highly recommend stopping into the Taubman Museum of Art. Hopefully, you can make it while the Paul Villinski exhibition is still on display.

Art washes aways from the soul the dust of everyday life - Pablo Picasso

Let your light shine!


17 thoughts on “Paul Villinski at the Taubman Museum of Art

    1. They were stunning. I loved that Marfa piece as well. I actually tried to capture a shot of the butterflies from below and through the chair, but didn’t succeed in capturing it the way that I wanted. His work was amazing.

    1. They were quite magnificent! I wish I were talented in a metalworking way. My dad taught me to weld a few summers ago…but I don’t have a welder here.

  1. Wow. That’s all I’ve got – wow! The creativity … the detail … I wouldn’t even know where to start. I’m trying to wrap my head around the creative thinking that goes into deciding to weave belts – still with their buckles – or to hand cut butterflies out of aluminum cans.

    Your photos are amazing, and I can only imagine what the effect is when seeing the whole! LOVE ❤️

    1. Yes! It was quite amazing. I’m always fascinated by the creativity that some people possess. The piece hanging in the foyer of the museum is covered in 1,000 butterflies!
      I’m thinking that I may have to go again and just stroll around this gallery. <3

  2. Beautiful. I dunno, I really like the ones with the open space element. To think that way, in spatial terms out of linear, concrete ideas, that’s really brilliant. Honestly though, those belts!

    1. I’m always amazed by an artist’s creative visions and how they manage to create that vision.

  3. Wow, I think Gyre would be my fav. But they all look so amazing. I would have loved to see something like this. Thank you for sharing your experience xx

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Gyre was quite impressive. Artistic visions never cease to amaze me!! xx

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