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Rockbridge Artist Brings Color to Lexington

Local Artist Josh Ronnenberg poses with art in the background. Photo courtesy of Josh Ronnenberg.

Local artist Josh Ronnenberg leaves colorful traces in businesses like Domino’s and Kenny’s. Ronnenberg is a familiar face in town for his chalk pieces in several businesses, as well as drawing faces, caricatures, napkin art, and even commissioned paintings.

 Ronnenberg started art around the age of six and felt he had a natural talent. Later on in high school, he painted a mural in the hall of Rockbridge County High School  depicting the Eiffel Tower and a cafe scene. He also drew comics for the school paper.  Now, he’s facing the struggles of being an adult artist. Although art is a very prevalent part of the community, making profit can be difficult.

“If you’re really committed to it you could live off of it.” said Ronnenburg. However, he stated he sells art more so to “cover the supplies”. 

“Art has been a huge getaway for me. It allows me to express myself and show others how I’m feeling,” said Ronnenburg. 

Furthermore, he likes people being able to recognize his art through being in a smaller town, especially with his caricature work and a unique style. Noting, if he were in a bigger city it would be more about competition. 

Ronnenberg makes napkin art in local restaurants and enjoys doing caricatures at local events. He even helps decorate the movie theater in Lexington. You can find his work at local events or contact him at [email protected]

 Finally he said, “I love being an artist here and I know a lot of others do too.” 

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Ireland Bateman
Ireland Bateman, Reporter
Ireland Bateman is a first year journalism student who is in 12th grade. She chose this class to grow her interpersonal skills and become a better writer. Although she doesn’t participate much in sports, she enjoys the gym and extracurricular clubs after school like FBLA and FCCLA. On the other hand, in her personal time she loves goofing around way too late with her friends and doing things like going to Waffle House at 2 in the morning. Besides that, she also likes painting and her job at the movie theater in Lexington. Once school is over she’s very excited to finally graduate and hopefully get to explore many new places and things.  

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