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
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.