Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shockoe Bottom Lights Up!

1708 Gallery invites you to the Third Annual InLight Richmond on Friday, October 22 in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip.

From 7:30 p.m. to midnight, streets, walls, facades and interiors along Cary Street between 12th and 14th Streets and along 13th Street between Main Street and Canal will be transformed by 37 light-inspired art installations.

While experiencing InLight Richmond 2010, take advantage of some of Richmond finest restaurants, many of which will feature $17.08 specials including:

  • Bistro Bouchon - Cheese and Charcutrie Platter
  • Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar - Shrimp and Andouille Ravioli
  • Kobe Japanese Steaks & Sushi - Tuna Teriyaki or Hibatchi Shrimp
  • La Grotta Italian Ristorante - Beef and Fontina Ravioli with walnuts and cream sauce
  • Morton's The Steakhouse - 3 Prime Mini Cheeseburgers, Chicken Goujonettes, Mini Iceberg Wedge Salad
  • Sam Miller's Restaurant- Whole Lobster with truffeled sweet potato fries and braised kale
  • The Dining Room at The Berkeley Hotel- Prime Rib and Baked Potato
  • The Tobacco Company Restaurant - Two Glasses of Virginia Wine with our housemade butter cake
  • The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe - Grilled Cheddar and Apple sandwich ($7.08),
  • Pumpkin Ice Cream ($1.70), Harvest Coffee Cider and Hot Apple Cider ($1.70)

    For more details about InLight Richmond 2010, click HERE.



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Virginia Arts & Letters LIVE

Virginia Arts & Letters LIVE is coming to the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Friday, October 15, at 7:00pm. Virginia actors read short stories by Virginia writers, accompanied by Virginia musicians. The acclaimed Pat Carroll returns to host the 2010 Show.

New this year: Support The READ Center by attending their pre-show reception and purchasing your VALL tickets through them. The READ Center Board of Directors invites you to a Cocktail and Hors d'ouevres Reception at 6:00pm in the Gumenick Art Gallery. The reception plus VALL tickets are $50. (Checks should be made payable to The READ Center or pay online.) $30 supports the READ Center Student Curriculum Fund and is tax deductible. $20 covers admission to Virginia Arts & Letters LIVE. The reception will highlight stories of personal enrichment and positive change in our community resulting from the Center's adult literacy programs.

You may also purchase tickets directly from the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 261-ARTS (2787). More information at James River Writers.

Friday, October 15, 2010 7:00pm

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

261-ARTS (2787)

Virginia Arts & Letters LIVE is just one of many events that comprise the Library of Virginia's NEW week-long Literary Festival in October.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

1708 Gallery's InLight Richmond

Bring your lantern and help 1708 Gallery kick off InLight Richmond 2010 with a Community Lantern Parade on Friday, October 22 in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip.

We will gather in the James Center's Atrium at 12th St. and Cary St. at 7 p.m. where you will receive a LED candle for your lantern. The parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wear your cobblestone-friendly shoes. Paid parking is available at the James Center.

First Fridays Free Lantern Making Workshop
7 to 10 pm, all ages, free
Featuring PAPER HOUSE LANTERNS with Richmond painter, sculptor
and printmaker, Matt Lively and other artful lantern designs.

VELLUM LANTERN Workshop with George Ferrandi
1 to 4 pm, ages 15 and up, $25, Visual Art Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St.
George Ferrandi is a Brooklyn artist who has conducted lantern
workshops in Philadelphia and Baltimore for lantern parades.
Pre-registration is required at www.1708gallery.org/inlight. Space is
limited to 25 participants.

RECYCLED LIGHT Workshop with Noah Scalin
5:30 to 8 pm, ages 15 and up, $25, 1708 Gallery, 319 W. Broad St.
Noah is a local designer and creator of Skull-A-Day, a yearlong Webby
Award winning online art project. Pre-registration is required at
www.1708gallery.org/inlight. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Lantern Making at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
9:30 to 10:30 am, all ages, free, Visual Art Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St.
Create a variety of artful lanterns as part of the Visual Arts Center of
Richmond's Art & Coffee Series.

Side by Side Saturdays at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
10 am, Adults w/ kids 5-15, free, Visual Art Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St.
Side by Side is a fun and free studio art program for children and
families at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Sign up for one or all
three workshops. Pre-registration is required at www.visarts.org. Space
is limited.

Family Lantern Making at Quirk Gallery
4 to 7 pm, all ages, free, Quirk Gallery, 311 W. Broad St.
Help 1708 Gallery celebrate Quirk's birthday by making a variety of
artful lanterns at this neighborhood party. Lantern making from 4-7pm,
short and fun, family friendly films til 9pm. Music spun by WRIR
Community Radio.

Lantern Making at The Children's Museum
For the month of October, The Children's Museum of Richmond is
offering lantern making in the Art Studios at both the Short Pump and
Downtown locations. Lantern making is free with admission.
Go here to plan your visit.

InLight Richmond 2010 is the third annual public exhibition of contemporary art inspired by light. This year, Shockoe Slip will be transformed by 39 art installations presenting a mix of visual, performance and interactive art showcased in a variety of unexpected spaces - including sidewalks, alcoves, walls, storefronts, building facades, instant gallery spaces and more. Fun for the whole family, you won't want to miss this opportunity to experience and participate in public art!

InLight Richmond is organized by 1708 Gallery, a non-profit arts organization committed to presenting exceptional new art located at 319 W. Broad Street.

For lantern making ideas and to learn more about InLight Richmond, please call 1708 Gallery at 804.643.1708 or visit our website.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Young Artists at Work

From Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities:

Richmond, VA - The city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host an art exhibit featuring the works of several of Richmond’s emerging young artists. The exhibit, titled “The Up and Comings,” will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 1 at the Spotlight Gallery, which is located at the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Rd.

“This exhibit is an opportunity for the public to be introduced to these talented young adults as they move toward their artistic maturity,” says Shaun Casselle, who works with the department’s art programs. “The featured artists are either college students or recent graduates, and their artwork is fused with both traditional and contemporary techniques.”

The exhibit will be on display through November 5. Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Family Peace Festival - Today!

Sunday, September 19, 2010
11 am to 5 pm
Mary Munford Elementary School,

Richmond, Virginia

It's free! It's fun! It's family!
The Peace Festival is for you and your children and friends: our community. Come and enjoy a world with no borders—just curiosity and mutual respect. And ...


(Check our PROGRAM page for schedule.)

  • Cooperative games
  • Arts & crafts, and community exhibitors
  • New this year! Art Contest: What does peace look like? 139 entries received! Awards will be given at the Festival
  • Arts and Crafts tent for children's creativity
  • Diverse exhibits by cultural, religious, educational and advocacy groups
  • And—yummy food! Chef Khan, La Milpa Mexican Restaurant, Back to Earth Foods, Ice Cream Connections, Balkan Bakery Cafe

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Art 180 Weekend Schedule

Not because it's been a rough week, but because there's so, so much to DO this weekend! Never ones to miss out on a good time, ART 180 has inserted ourselves in much of the fun to be found this weekend...

Friday (9/17)
Tonight (Friday), we're tending not one but two bars at the 6-9 p.m. opening at Crossroads Art Center. There's always an abundance of art to discover at this enormous facility at 2016 Staples Mill Road, and tonight's opening exhibitions range from workby Hispanic artists, to Damask weaving, to a collage show--PLUS, live music all evening, food, and magic! Visit their website for more details.

Saturday (9/18)
Start the day with Yoga Classes for Charity. To celebrate their 5th anniversary, 4025 Yoga on MacArthur Ave. is collecting donations for ART 180 in exchange for yoga classes. Mindful Morning Hatha is at 10 a.m., and Young Yogis (for ages 9-14) is at 11 a.m.

Then, head to the Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the "crafty excellence" that is the Bizarre Market. Proceeds benefit SOHO: Space of Her Own, the art-making, mentoring, community-building program VisArts and ART 180 lead for girls from Gilpin. Some former mentors will even be there, selling handmade bracelets to further benefit this meaningful program. Julie Karr and all-girl band Catnip Dreams will be playing starting at 1 p.m., and food will be available from Sprout and Boka Taco.

Sunday (9/19)
If you're not pooped, come out for the Family Peace Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mary Munford Elementary. And if you are pooped, this event will surely reinvigorate and inspire you. ART 180 volunteers will be there, leading a chalk mural project as part of the worldwide mural project Chalk4Peace. There will be other children's activities, games, food and entertainment by Latin Ballet of Virginia, Hotel X, Chief Red Hawk, Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company, BreadWinnaz Peace Rappers, and Chinese Dancers. It's free! It's fun! It's family! Go here for deets.

Fill your belly--and your pantry--and help ART 180
Rest up from the weekend and head west next Hump Day to Whole Foods Short Pump, where ART 180 will earn 5% of store sales on Wednesday, September 22. Come eat, shop, and stock up on all the goodness you can carry, knowing the store will share some of your spending with us. Enjoy live music by brother-sister duo Erin and Basil Frye from 5:30-7 p.m., and challenge Squiggle Champion of the World Matt Lively from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (maybe your squiggle will be including in our new book!). Spread the word far and wide to all your friends, especially those who live or work in the West End.

We also need volunteers to bag groceries and chat up customers that day, so please let us know if you or someone you know is looking for a fun, easy, community service gig.

Okay, okay, I'll stop. But there's plenty more in the weeks to follow. Check out our events page for info on a benefit golf tourney, the Minority Art Exhibition (African American and Latin American artists), the Splinters exhibition (art on skateboards), etc., etc., etc.

And coming soon: info on our 15 fabulous fall programs with young people!

Art is an experience from your mind
that tells you what you feel inside...
I can draw mad or scared!

-Anastasia Johnson, 12
Capital One Boys & Girls Club

Art 180 Website

ART 180
0 E. 4th St, Studio
Richmond, VA 23224

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gabrie Prosser and the Slave Revolt of 1800

A lesser known part of Richmond history is the story of a slave known as Gabriel Proeser. Gabriel as he is now referred to, planned and led a slave revolt known as Gabriel's Rebellion in August of 1800. A combination of bad luck and bad weather led to his downfall and he and his cohorts were later executed. The city plans to commemorate this sad chapter in Richmond's history as part of the centennial celebration of Joseph Bryan Park. See the press release below for details. For those that are interested, there is a tiny park dedicated to his memory just north of I64 on Lakeside Ave, called Springs Park. It's a peaceful little place, except for the road noise, where you can contemplate nature, history and man's inhumanity to man. For more on this park, visit Spring Park Historical Site.

It's a little hard to find this place, but the map below might help. Going north on Hermatige, it is just past the I95 interchange, immediately to your right behind a Bank of America.

From the City of Richmond:

Richmond, VA – In honor of the Joseph Bryan Park 100th anniversary, the Friends of Bryan Park has commissioned local playwright and founder of Richmond’s African-American Repertory Theater Derome Scott-Smith to write and produce an historical reenactment about Gabriel, the slave whose life and death are forever entwined with the park’s history. The play, a one-man show, will be performed for free in the park on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. and on October 1, 8, and 15, at 6:30 p.m. Local actor, Timothy L. Harris, who is an imposing 6 feet 6 inches tall, will portray Gabriel.

Gabriel planned a slave uprising in1800, now known as Gabriel’s Rebellion, which was probably the largest conceived in the history of the South. During that summer, the insurrection's leaders met at Young's Spring, beside the creek that runs through Bryan Park. Saturday, Aug. 30, of that year was the night chosen for the uprising, but in a twist of fate, the plans were foiled by a rainstorm that caused flash flooding. The delay ultimately led to the capture and execution of 26 slaves, including Gabriel and his brother.

In the monologue, Harris will portray Gabriel while he was imprisoned awaiting his execution, speculating on his desire for the freedom of all men, his indignation at the injustice of slavery, the planning of his bold rebellion, and his thoughts while facing his own death.

The performances will take place outdoors beside the tennis courts near Picnic Shelter #1. Those planning to attend should bring a blanket or chair for seating. Signs will be
posted to direct visitors to the parking area and performance site. In case of inclement weather, performances will be postponed.

The Friends of Bryan Park is a non-profit resident group founded in 1994 to protect and improve the park. The group works closely with Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and has organized the park’s centennial celebration, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 804-646-5733.

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The View Down Floyd From Monroe Park*

I'm republishing old posts as I see fit or come across them. This photo was just a matter of being there at the right time. The rest is digital magic which I scarcesly comprehend. I hope you like it.

First published March 2008.

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