Artsline - September begins with art, stories, and music for everyone!
Artsline || August 29, 2022
“Summer has always been good to me, even the bittersweet end, with the slant of yellow light.” ~ Paul Monette
And just like that, September is here, classes are starting, and with the celebration of Labor Day we usher in new programs, new school clothes, and a new season of performances and exhibits in RVA. As you tuck away all those warm memories of this past summer, look forward to the new arts & culture experiences that the fall holds. The best is yet to come!
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1. ARTIST TALK WITH DUANE MICHALS
Literary Art, History
Wednesday, August 31, 6pm
University of Richmond, Modlin Center for the Arts, 453 Westhampton Way, Richmond, 23173
University of Richmond Museums brings portraitist Duane Michals to discuss his exhibit, Duane Michals: The Portraitist. The in-person discussion with Michals speaking virtually, will be moderated by Jeffrey Allison of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition at the Harnett Museum of Art at University of Richmond presents the first comprehensive overview of inventive photographic portraits by one of the medium’s most influential artists. Best known as a pioneer who broke away from established traditions of documentary photography in the 1960s, Michals is widely recognized for his ability to navigate between imposing his style and allowing his sitters to express themselves, and for the sequences he assembles to convey personal visual narratives, often adding handwritten messages and poems on the photographic print surface. The exhibition runs from August 24 through November 18, 2022. No registration required for this free event.
2. MUSIC @MAYMONT: BELA FLECK’S BLUEGRASS HEART & LEFTOVER SALMON
Bella Fleck: Thursday, September 1, 6pm
Leftover Salmon: Friday, September 2, 6pm
Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, 23220
$35 General Admission per concert | $65 Golden Circle | Free for kids 10 & under
Maymont is one of Richmond’s true gems of history and nature. Come enjoy concerts on the carriage house lawn, one of the most picturesque concert venues anywhere. This week Maymont offers “2 Nights on the Grass,” featuring musical artists Bella Fleck and Leftover Salmon. Click links above to purchase tickets.
3. GENWORTH FREE COMMUNITY DAY
Monday, September 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, 23228
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Genworth are pleased to announce Genworth Free Community Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for Labor Day. All visitors receive free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission to the Garden on this day includes M&T Bank Pollinator Power featuring Big Bugs and Butterflies LIVE! Enjoy a day of relaxation and fun with 50 acres of gardens, beautiful flowers, woodland paths and friendly people. No registration required.
4. MOTHER INDIA | ARTIST TALK WITH RUCHI GUPTA
Friday, September 2, 5pm
Exhibits run through October 6
Gallery5, 200 West Marshall Street, Richmond, 23220
Ceramic artist Ruchi Gupta’s vessels carry poems and light, merging joy and reflection with form and function. Her work explores the fluidity that comes by being in the moment, in a state of flow. The drawings, brushwork or carving all start with a dot and grow on their own. Each piece is layered, unique, and are fired minimum of three times. Ruchi was born and raised in India, and after completing her engineering and MBA degrees, she worked in corporate IT for a decade. For the past nine years she has been working as a full-time ceramic artist in her home studio in Richmond. Join Gallery5 as they bring Gupta on First Fridays to talk about her work. No registration required for this free event.
5. THE WRITING SHOW | VOICE, CADENCE, & RHYTHM
Tuesday, August 30, 6pm
$12 Members | $17 Non-members | $5 Students
Writers are often urged to get their voice on the page, but what constitutes voice, and how do you capture something that is so hard to nail down? The James River Writers’ panel of experts share how language, sentence structure, and even punctuation can add up to an on-page whole that is recognizable to your readers, no matter what you’re writing. Register online.
6. FIRST FRIDAYS EXHIBIT AT THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Friday, September 2, 6:30pm Reception
Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, 23219
The Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch offers four new exhibits for First Fridays RVA: See It, Click It shows photos of the Richmond area, wildlife, and abstract photography by Richmond photographer Robert Papas; To Reward Investigation featuring a group of large contemporary landscapes by Fluvanna County painter Lindsay Nolting; Art Together brings a group exhibition created by participant artists in Art on Wheels' art therapeutic program; and 50 Years of Art & Photography offers a retrospective from 1972 to present by Richmond artist and photographer Lew Lott. No registration required for this free event.
7. TREASON TRIAL OF AARON BURR COURT END TOUR
September 2 & 3, 11am & 3pm
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, 23219
$25 Adults | $10 Members | Free for children 18 & under
One of the first legal spectacles in America, the Treason Trial of Aaron Burr placed the focus of the nation to Richmond, Virginia, to see how Chief Justice John Marshall would decide the fate of former Vice President Aaron Burr. Please join Preservation Virginia’s John Marshall House and The Valentine’s Wickham House for a look at the homes of the presiding judge of the trial, John Marshall, and one of Aaron Burr’s attorneys, John Wickham, during the 215th anniversary weekend of the legal battle. Learn about the background of this 1807 legal spectacle, Marshall’s definition of “treason,” his tangential battle with President Thomas Jefferson, and ultimately Marshall’s decision in the trial. Purchase tickets online.
8. FIRST FRIDAYS | STACI GRIESBACH
Friday, September 2, 6pm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
Just ahead of what would have been Patsy Cline’s 90th birthday, join the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on First Fridays for a concert celebrating the Virginia native and country music legend. All the way from Los Angeles and featured in Rolling Stone magazine, vocalist Staci Griesbach blends jazz and country for a signature style you don’t want to miss in this exciting After 5 Fridays debut. No registration required for this free event.
Friday, September 2, 6pm opening reception
Exhibit runs through October 28
anne’s Visual Arts Studio, 208 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
anne's Visual Art Studio gallery presents ITALOSCAPES, a solo exhibition of hand-cut mixed media works of art and fine art prints by Nickolai Walko. Come out on First Fridays as the gallery transforms into a fun evening of art, light refreshments, and Italo disco! ITALOSCAPES is an inviting portrayal of Nickolai Walko's most recent hand-cut Italian landscape motifs. The title references the 1970s/80s music genre, Italo disco, while the composition, colors, and forms are reminiscent of the mid 20th century. No registration required for this free event.
10. STORIES AT THE MUSEUM: BRAVE GIRL – CLARA & THE SHIRTWAIST MAKER’S STRIKE OF 1909
History, Visual Art
Saturday, September 3, 10:30am
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
$10 Adults | $5 Youth Ages 6-17 | Free for children 5 & under
Aimed at early elementary learners, The Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s educator-led Stories at the Museum program features a read-aloud storytime in one of the related museum galleries, paired with a craft activity! Your Stories at the Museum ticket includes admission (please purchase a ticket for each member of your party), so feel free to stay afterward and enjoy the exhibits on display. September’s read is Brave Girl – Clara & The Shirtwaist Maker’s Strike of 1909 and participants will be making a Fabric Scrap Paper Doll. Purchase tickets online.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with lectures, exhibitions, performances, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here.
If you are an artist or an arts or cultural organization in need of resources and tools, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.
The Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond Communications, The Valentine, and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture are sponsors of VPM.