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ARTBIEK in Carytown

It all depends on how you look at it.

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Local artist Keith Ramsey is taking his art to the streets. The ARTBIEK is inspired by “Bike Drawings from Memory,” a concept created by the Italian artist and designer Gianluca Gimini living in Bologna, Italy.

Rather than wait for a gallery the ARTBIEK is making it’s logical appearance at local bike racks.

More from Keith Ramsey on the FOUNDPUNK ARTBIEK:

The main idea was not to mimic what Gimini has done with the drawings, but to create design from what the materials allowed me. Though I wanted to explore the visual characteristics that held my interest in Gimini’s renderings ( i.e. bold colors, interesting shapes, glossy finishes, etc,) I wanted to maintain a visceral reaction that made the viewer feel as though this impossible contraption could be ridden.

THE RESULT
The finished work was a bicycle, redesigned into a conceptual art piece. The motivation behind the FOUNDPUNK ARTBIEK is to share the reaction I had, and continue to have, when looking deeper at everyday objects such as bicycles. Realizing I’ve gained a new appreciation for those familiar designs.

You can check out and purchase more of Keith’s work at his FOUNDPUNK studio located at ARTWORKS (320 Hull Street) in Manchester. There is however only one ARTBIEK at this time.

Don’t hesitate in heading over because the studio spot will be closing up at the end of next month but you’ll always be able to find him online.

Image: Keith Ramsey

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival is Back

Scotts Addition is turning into pumpkin town this Saturday, plan accordingly.

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The festival takes place in Scott’s Addition, on Arthur Ashe Boulevard on Saturday October 16th from 12-6 PM, and features something for everyone. From live music by local bands to delicious fall treats and the best craft beer from local breweries. Plus, the very popular costume contests for kids, adults and our four-legged friends. The event is FREE. More info here or here.

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival will take place on the Arthur Ashe Boulevard- from Leigh Street (by Movieland Theater) to Broad Street. So keep that in mind if driving through the area.

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The Byrd is Classically Spooky this Month and Raising Money for an Organ (Musical not Biological)

Lots of classic scares will be shown this month. A little disappointed that I can’t see The Birds at the The Byrd.

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The Thing is tonight and An American Werewolf in London will be howling on the 19th.  byrdtheatre.org/showtimes for all the listings.

The two Live Organ Benefits you see above on the 24th are not to be missed.

The anticipated Organ benefit event of the year! Michael Britt plays the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ to the silent film, Phantom of the Opera (1925) at 3pm and then Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) at 7pm.
Each of these magical performances help raise money to keep the original Mighty Wurlitzer going! She’s a beauty and we love hearing Bob Gulledge play her each week! Tickets are $20.

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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Science Q&A

The Science Museum of Virginia is collaborating with local Virginia Department of Health districts for a question-and-answer session about children and the COVID-19 vaccine.

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What:
The Science Museum of Virginia is collaborating with local Virginia Department of Health districts for a question-and-answer session about children and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who:
Neurobiologist and Science Museum Life Scientist Dr. Catherine Franssen and board-certified physician and Director of the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts Dr. Danny Avula will address questions submitted by community members that relate to the science behind the vaccine development, the way it works in the body, the impacts it will have on children in the future, and more.

This live event is free and open to the public.

When:
The webinar takes place Thursday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1 p.m.

Where:
Community members interested in joining the Zoom-based event must register on the Science Museum’s website. Registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 and is available to the first 1,000 registrants.

Pre-registered attendees will be emailed the link to access the webinar at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Attendees can submit questions for Dr. Avula and Dr. Franssen after they register and using the Q&A feature during the event.

There will be a Spanish-language translator at the event.

The program will be recorded and posted to the Science Museum’s YouTube channel so those unable to attend may access the content at a later date.

Why:
The Science Museum has always encouraged Virginians to question their world. With emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine for children just around the corner, the Science Museum recognizes that parents, caregivers, and guardians have questions about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine for their loved ones.

Both organizations want to ensure adults have the scientific information they need to feel comfortable getting their children inoculated against COVID-19 once authorization is granted, and are excited to collaborate on a project that advances public health in our community.

How:
This event is part of the Communities for Immunity initiative. Communities for Immunity is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit www.communitiesforimmunity.org.

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