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Weekend Event Picks: Fireworks and fidos, beer brunches, First Fridays, and more

Two beer brunches, the last weekend of baseball, free admission to Lewis Ginter, and special screenings of “Willy Wonka” round out our Labor Day Weekend.

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First Fridays Art Walk features a bevy of unique exhibitions

The monthly First Fridays Art Walk takes place this evening in the Arts District along Broad Street. A few things to check out this month include the ongoing Depot Gallery series “Text Me,” which demonstrates how 18 young artists shape identities and self-image through language-based artwork. “Paying Attention,” opening Friday at Sediment Arts, is an exhibition presenting the various research strategies and preliminary processes artists utilize in order to give form to their experiences, interests, and current events. Invited artists were asked to share some aspect of their ideations that are integral to how they foster introspection and divergent thinking in their art making. Also check out “The Flag Series” by Sukenya Best at Elegba Folklore Society. Starting with international flags, Best manipulated the images through a series of print techniques.

When: Friday, September 2nd; 5:00 – 9:00 PM | Where: Various venues in Richmond’s Arts District | Cost: FREE | Event website

Flying Squirrels close out the season with fireworks, fidos at The Diamond

This weekend is your last chance of the year to catch a Richmond Flying Squirrels game before the 2016 season comes to a close. The Squirrels play Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and have a mid-day game on Labor Day. Enjoy fireworks after the ballgame on Saturday and Sunday, and bring your dogs to the park for Bark In The Park on Monday.

When: Friday, September 2nd – Monday, September 5th; times vary | Where: The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard in Scott’s Addition | Cost: $7 – $14 | Full schedule

Screenings of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” to honor Gene Wilder

The Byrd Theatre, as part of their ongoing Family Classics series, will honor the late Gene Wilder with two screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Saturday and Sunday. The classic film, based on Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” was released in 1971. This summer marks the 45th anniversary of the film. As surprising as this may seem to modern audiences, the film was not an immediate hit but grew in popularity as the years passed. Despite its slow rise to stardom, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” remains one of the most magnificent and popular family films to date.

When: Saturday, September 3rd at 10:00 AM; Sunday, September 4th at 4:30 PM | Where: The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street in Carytown | Cost: $2.00 | Learn more

Beer, Brunch, and Bloodys at Ardent Craft Ales

Stock Provisions and Ardent Craft Ales are teaming up for a Beer Brunch this Labor Day Weekend. The Stock Provisions team will be cooking up ham biscuits made with their housemade Tasso Ham as well as a variety of Breakfast Burritos packed with their own signature sausages and bacon. Texas Beach will also be on site concocting Bloody Marys.

When: Sunday, September 4th; noon – 4:00 PM | Where: Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh Street in Scott’s Addition | Cost: Free to enter, pay for food and drinks as you go | Event page

Even more Beer, Brunch, and Bloodys at Buskey Cider

One Scott’s Addition beer brunch wasn’t enough for you, was it? Good, because Buskey Cider is getting in on the action on Sunday, too. Texas Beach will be on hand here as well, serving up “Buskey Marys” with a touch of fruit and spice, along with WPA Bakery, who will serve up sweet and savory paquets.

When: Sunday, September 4th, noon – 3:00 PM | Where: Buskey Cider, 2910 W. Leigh Street in Scott’s Addition | Cost: Free to enter, pay for food and drinks as you go | Event page

Free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Monday

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family on Labor Day? Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will be open to all–for free, courtesy of Genworth. There’s always a ton going on at the garden. There’s Butterflies LIVE! (through October 9th) and the award-winning exhibit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks (through September 18th). Kids tend to love the Water Play area in the Children’s Garden and are likely to play whether they are in the appropriate clothing or not, so be prepared.

When: Monday, September 5th; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Northside | Cost: FREE | Garden website

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Dreams of Freedom LolliPops concert celebrates music of Black composers

This concert is a great introduction to the dream and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – created especially for young listeners.

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This Saturday, January 15th the Richmond Symphony and Atlantic are presenting the LolliPops concert at the Dominion Energy Center’s Carpenter Theater (600 E. Grace Street).

This concert is a great introduction to the dream and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – created especially for young listeners. More than a century of works by Black composers will be represented, including Florence Price, William Grant Still, Undine Smith Moore, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, and Adolphus Hailstork. Enjoy the music of freedom, of triumph, of inspiration. Also featuring the recent winner of the Sphinx Competition Junior Division, dazzling 12-year-old violinist Amaryn Olmeda. Chia-Hsuan Lin will be the conductor.

Amaryn Olmeda – Photo Credit: Sweet Jean Photography

Additionally, Mia S. Owens a 12th grader from Glen Allen High School will be reading her poem “Glistening Hope” and Riley Reeves a 5th grader from Greenfield Elementary School will be his poem “The King”. The two were the winners for the Richmond Symphony Youth Poetry Contest: “What Does Dr. King’s Legacy Mean to You?”

Pre-show festivities start at 10am, concert starts at 11am. Tickets: $10-$20, https://www.richmondsymphony.com/ticketing/

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VMFA presents Tsherin Sherpa’s first solo museum exhibition

On view from February 19 to October 16, 2022, Spirits is a tightly focused mid-career retrospective of Tsherin Sherpa’s captivating and sublime paintings and sculptures.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) presents Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits, the first solo museum exhibition of the Nepalese-born Tibetan American contemporary artist. On view from February 19 to October 16, 2022, Spirits is a tightly focused mid-career retrospective of Tsherin Sherpa’s captivating and sublime paintings and sculptures.

“Visitors to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts may remember seeing Tsherin Sherpa’s paintings in the museum’s 2019 exhibition Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director and CEO. “We are excited to present an exhibition of works by this globally acclaimed artist as the themes he explores — including the quest for individual and collective identity in a rapidly changing world — are universally relatable and compelling.”

Sherpa was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1968, and immigrated to the United States 30 years later. From a young age, he studied Tibetan thangka painting with his father Master Urgen Dorje. He eventually moved away from this form of traditional painting and began creating original work that draws on both Tibetan Buddhist iconography and the imagery of popular culture, exploring the interplay of the sacred and the secular and giving shape to the artist’s own cross-cultural experiences.

Spirits is a captivating exhibition that will intrigue those who have an interest in contemporary global art, traditional Asian art, Tibet and Buddhism,” said exhibition organizer Dr. John Henry Rice, VMFA’s E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art. “Not only are Sherpa’s 36 works in the exhibition visually mesmerizing, but each is layered with meaning. Part autobiography, part social commentary, they contain the artist’s contemplation of struggles faced by Tibetans and other displaced peoples while inviting viewers to examine their own experiences with loss and re-empowerment.”

Presented as a narrative, the exhibition traces Sherpa’s Spirits, a series conceived soon after he shifted away from traditional painting and that has continued to evolve throughout the course of his career. “The story told by these works’ half-human, half-Tibetan-deity subjects is one of cultural loss, protracted struggle, eventual victory, wisdom gained and identity recovered,” said Dr. Michael Taylor, VMFA’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education. “I believe that visitors to the exhibition will be captivated, moved and inspired by these works of art.”

The painting Spirits (Metamorphosis) portrays two Spirits at just that moment of recovering their identity. Surrounded by butterflies symbolizing transformation, they discover under the dripping pigmentation of their bodies an internal power visualized as energetically swirling colors.

With Skippers (Kneedeep) — Sherpa’s first work to fully translate his painting into three dimensions — these empowering polychrome forms inhabit the body of a cheeky bubblegum-blowing Spirit clad only in golden briefs.

The sculptural installation Wish-Fulfilling Tree offers audiences a unique participatory experience. The seven-layer offering mandala, made from copper and ornamented with Spirit faces, was originally created to hold the wishes of survivors of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake. Now it beckons visitors to write their own wishes on pieces of paper that will be inserted into the piece.

The finale of Spirits is a new work — Sherpa’s largest painting to date — created expressly for the exhibition. In it, Sherpa reflects on the long journey he and his Spirits have traveled.

The artist’s prolific Spirits body of work will be explored through a candid conversation between Sherpa and Dr. Rice on February 17, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Leslie Cheek Theater. For more information about Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits and programs related to the exhibition, visit www.VMFA.museum.

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Tickets for the exhibition Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits are now on sale: $10 for adults and $8 for seniors 65+, youth 7–17 and college students with ID. The exhibition is free for VMFA members, children ages 6 and under, and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families.

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Calling Local Artists, Two Public Projects Looking for Proposals

Three community gardens and a fire station are looking for art to spruce up their neighborhood. Both proposals have January deadlines.

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PUBLIC ART FOR COMMUNITY GARDENS
The Richmond Grows Gardens Program and the Public Art Commission are partnering to commission three separate pieces of functional art for use in Community Gardens around the City. Artists throughout the Richmond, Virginia region are invited to submit their qualifications for consideration. Four to six finalists will receive $500 each to develop a more comprehensive proposal for final consideration.
RFQ Deadline: January 21, 2022
Honorarium for Draft Proposal: $500
Number of Commissions: 3
Commission Budget: $30K/each commission inclusive of artist’s fees, materials, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel and all other project-related expenses
The three Community Gardens are: • Charles S. Gilpin at 1420 St Peter Street • Alice Fitz at 1301 Perry Street • Broad Rock at 404 E Broad Rock Road
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RICHMOND FIRE STATION #12
Richmond’s Public Art Commission seeks an artist or artist team to create a permanent, site-integrated public art commission for a new building that will replace Fire Station #12, the city’s oldest operating station originally built for a horse-and-buggy fire crew in the early 20th century. Professional artists from across the United States and its territories are invited to submit their qualifications for consideration. Three to five finalists will each receive an honorarium of $1,500 to submit a formal proposal for the project. Façade
Design and location map are available at https://www.rva.gov/planning…/public-art-commission
Application Deadline: January 24, 2022
Honorarium for Draft Proposal: $1,500
Total Project Budget: $150,000 (inclusive of all artist fees, materials, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel and all other project-related expenses)
The new fire station will be located at 2223 W. Cary Street.

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