The Festival of the River is a three-day celebration of Music, Art, and Environment taking place on Brown’s Island June 8 -10, 2018. We are pleased to announce the final
schedule for the weekend, below.
Visit www.festivaloftheriver.org for tickets and information.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Friday Cheers from 6:00pm – 9:30pm
- 6:00pm – No BS! Brass Band
- 7:00pm – No BS! Brass Band with the Richmond Symphony
- 8:00pm – Rhiannon Giddens performing with the Richmond Symphony
o Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens is known for her elegant bearing, prodigious
voice, and fierce spirit. She is the lead singer, violinist, banjo player and a founding member
of the country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops. In addition to her
work with the Drops, Giddens has been featured on the popular television series Nashville,
and has released two solo albums: Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) and Freedom Highway (2017)
displaying an emotional range to match her dazzling vocal prowess.
- Dusk – Lighting Installations by Jacob Stanley and the 1708 Gallery on the T. Tyler Potterfield and 7th Street Truss Bridges (lit for full weekend)
Saturday, June 9, 2018
2:00pm – 9:00pm
- 11:00am – Region-wide cleanups along the James River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed
- 2:00pm – Island officially opens to public with Back to the Bay, family-friendly and educational
activities in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.
- 2:45pm – Sweet Potatoes Performance under the “Big Tent”
- 3:00pm – 6:00pm – Performances by Contemporary Artists presented as part of VCU’s Institute
for Contemporary Art’s opening exhibition Declaration, in collaboration with the Richmond
Symphony and Sound Arts Richmond
o 3:00pm Hope Ginsburg, East End Bay Scape
o 4:00pm Marinella Senatore, on Brown’s island and under the “Big Tent”
o 5:30pm Paul Rucker, under the “Big Tent”
• 3:45pm – Oyster Shucker Deborah Pratt under the “Big Tent”
• 3:00pm – 6:30pm – Guided Walking Tours gathering at the Brown’s Island entrance to the T.
- Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge:
o 3:00pm – 4:15pm: Capital Trees
o 3:45pm – 4:30pm: The Valentine
o 4:30pm – 5:15pm: American Civil War Museum
o 5:30pm – 6:30pm: James River Park System
- 6:00pm – Charles Owens Quartet under the “Big Tent”
- 7:30pm – Richmond Symphony performing with tap-dancing phenomenon, Savion Glover and the
Richmond Symphony Chorus under the “Big Tent” o Savion Glover is a Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer described as “possibly the best tap dancer that ever lived.” Mr. Glover has a growing list of Broadway and film credits including The Tap Dance Kid, Black & Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam, Bring in ‘da Noise
Bring in ‘da Funk, the movie Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., Spike Lee’s
Bamboozled, and the acclaimed Academy Award Winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2.
o Full programs for all Richmond Symphony performances are listed below this schedule
- Dusk: Lighting Installations by Jacob Stanley and the 1708 Gallery on the T. Tyler Potterfield and 7th Street Truss Bridges
Sunday, June 10, 2018
11:00am – 3:00pm
- 11:00am – Island officially opens to public with a Community Picnic with Art on Wheels
o Create a ‘Richmond Community Mosaic Quilt’ on Brown’s Island
- o Bring Your Own Blanket, Blanket Drive information: http://artonwheels-va.org/community-picnic/
- o Aerial photography will capture images of the mosaic quilt
• 11:15am – Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus with Glass Twin
• 1:00pm – Richmond Symphony Family Concert
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New VMFA exhibition portrays the majestic beauty of Virginia’s Natural Bridge
The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has announced its upcoming exhibition, Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, an exploration of the artistic portrayal of this spectacular and seemingly miraculous natural landmark. The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The majesty of the Shenandoah Valley’s Natural Bridge, a 400-year-old geological formation, has inspired artists, writers and explorers over the centuries. It has served as an ethereal example of the American landscape, an icon of natural history and a witness to human civilization. One of the most depicted sites in American 19th-century landscape painting, this formation captured the imaginations of artists like Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks and Caleb Boyle, as well as many decorative artists.
“VMFA is pleased to recognize Virginia’s very own natural landmark through this exhibition,” said VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. “We hope Virginia Arcadia inspires appreciation for and interest in rediscovering the wonderful natural world here in our state, and also recognizing that the environment is a precious source of inspiration.”
“Consider a time when our very landscape sparked wonder and inspired myth,” said the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of American Art. “Artists were moved to not only capture its picturesque splendor and breathtaking sense of place, but also all that the Natural Bridge represented and idealized — the sublime divinity of the natural world, the excitement of discovery, the harmony between nature and civilization and the abundance of pastoral beauty.” The Natural Bridge is also historically relevant to western expansion, slavery, natural history, tourism and ecological conservation.
Virginia Arcadia examines the Natural Bridge through more than 60 paintings, prints, decorative art objects and photographs made between the late 1700s and the early 1900s. Highlights of the exhibition include works from VMFA’s collection including one of the earliest illustrations of the Natural Bridge, an engraving from 1787 by Baron De Turpin, a French engineer sent to document the site, one of three such engravings featured in Volume 1: Travels In North-America in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782. Joshua Shaw’s oil painting Natural Bridge No. 1 (ca. 1820) captures the view from atop the arch of the bridge looking down into a nearby creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Several works in the exhibition are on loan from institutions across the country including the Chrysler Museum, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as from private collections.
More information about Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art can be found on the museum’s website.
Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter
November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.