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Chili and Art Unite for Visual Arts Center Chili Throwdown

Adult admission to this event includes a handmade ceramic bowl—made by a VisArts clay artist—and a drink ticket. You also get to try over 25 different chilis from local restaurants.

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The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will host its Sixth Annual VisArts Chili Throwdown on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature the chili of more than 25 Richmond restaurants and music by the Cary Street Ramblers.

Tickets are $25 for VisArts members and $30 for the general public. Kids under age 12 eat for $5 and kids under age 3 eat free. Adult admission includes a handmade ceramic bowl—made by a VisArts clay artist—and a drink ticket. Additional ceramic bowls will be available for purchase.

At the VisArts Chili Throwdown, Richmond restaurants contribute their best chili, which is taste-tested by both a blind jury and the event’s attendees. VisArts names an overall winner and a people’s choice winner. After guests have voted, they’re welcome to go back for a full bowl of their favorite chili. This year’s celebrity guest judges are Eileen Mellon (Richmond magazine Food Editor), Laura Sant and Nicole Lang (Hosts of Richmond Famous, a podcast about food, culture and community in RVA),and Philip Mills (VisArts Clay Instructor).

Last year, more than 500 people attended this indoor/outdoor event. The 2018 defending champions are Maple & Pine and Postbellum.

The following restaurants have already signed on to participate this year: 821 Café, Amuse, Bombolini Pasta, Brenner Pass, Buz and Ned’s Real Barbeque, Curbside, Gadean’s Smokin’ Six O, Garnish Catering, Goatocado, The Graduate, The Grill, Hometeam Grill, Maple & Pine, Mean Bird, Mise En Place, Mosaic Catering, Mosaic Restaurant, Oak & Apple, Perch, Postbellum, Salt and Forge, Scuffletown Garden Smoke Pit Grill, Soul n’ Vinegar, Tazza kitchen, Union Market, WPA Bakery, and ZZQ.

Interested in volunteering at this event? Please sign up on our volunteer page. For every two hours you work, you receive $10 off VisArts tuition.

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Community

Saison and Saison Market Closing

They’ve been around for almost 10 years.

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The announcement was made on Facebook

Hi y’all.

It’s Jay here. I’m not going to bury the lede too much. Our 10th anniversary is rapidly approaching and to commemorate it we’ve decided to close up shop. I could not be more proud of all that we’ve done and all that we’ve accomplished in this little room. We’ve been incredibly lucky and fortunate to have so many talented people be part of the history of our corner of Jackson Ward. At this time, it just feels right to be able to put a bow on this project and let it pass. There have been and will be more wonderful projects from those that have brought

Saison to us all. I have more things I want to create and know that this current team has more they want to do as well.

12/12 will be our last day at Saison and Saison Market. Book your seat soon for one more taste. It has been an incredible opportunity to feed and inspire.

Thank you all for the appreciation and trust you’ve shown us!
Cheers!
Jay

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Victim Identified in Fatal Pedestrian Collision on North Robinson Street

Monday, at approximately 3:09 p.m., officers were called to the 400 block of North Robinson Street for the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle with injury.

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Richmond Police detectives have identified the victim in the pedestrian crash that occurred Monday afternoon as David Barnett, 75, of Richmond.

Yesterday (Monday) at approximately 3:09 p.m., officers were called to the 400 block of North Robinson Street for the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle with injury. Officers arrived and found an injured adult male, Barnett, lying in the intersection of North Robinson Street and Kensington Avenue. He was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and today succumbing to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene. The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene and determined that Barnett was attempting to cross just south of the intersection heading towards Stafford Avenue when he was struck by the vehicle.

The RPD Crash Team has interviewed the driver but asks anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about the incident to contact investigators. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact RPD Crash Team Investigator R. Jamison at (804) 646-1665 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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VisArts illustrator-in-residence Oura Sananikone on this season’s class catalog and what drives his work

Each year, VisArts selects four artists to serve as illustrators-in-residence. The winter 2023 catalog was illustrated by Oura Sananikone, whose work includes painting, comics, zines, action figures, plush art, animation, and music.

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The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts), one of the area’s premier arts organizations, offering more than 1,000 visual and creative arts classes in clay, wood, fiber, painting, photography, and much more, is preparing to launch its winter catalog of classes. This winter, over 250 adult, youth, and family art classes will be offered to members and the public alike. This season, the center has over 75 brand-new classes scheduled in a variety of media.

Each year, VisArts selects four artists to serve as illustrators-in-residence. Each artist illustrates a catalog and is invited to lead a workshop on the topic of their choice. The winter 2023 catalog was illustrated by Oura Sananikone. Oura’s work includes (but is not limited to) painting, comics, zines, action figures, plush art, animation, and music.

He has exhibited all over Richmond and currently has work at Velocity Comics, Toy Lair–the shop he helped open in Carytown–and his Threadless Artist Shop. Oura graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000.

Our conversation with Oura on what inspires and drives his artwork, as well as his creative process, follows below.

What inspired you to start illustrating?

I’ve never really thought of myself as an “illustrator,” which is funny because I’ve had more illustration jobs than I realized. Ever since I was a kid, all I’ve ever wanted to do is to make art all the time. My grandmother was a huge inspiration. She would do these beautiful watercolor and ink pieces of Laotian life constantly. I guess, in a way, she showed me the virtues of hard work and sticking to your personal vision.

What inspires your work?

Sometimes I feel like everything I see inspires me or influences me in some way: comics, cartoons, zines, other people’s sketchbooks, trips to museums or galleries, street art, fashion, toys, package design, trash by a dumpster, video games, and this new-fangled art being done by artificial intelligence.

How did you get involved with (or learn about) the Featured Illustrator program at VisArts?

I had secretly wanted to illustrate a VisArts class catalog for a while, and when I saw the application for it, I had to at least try. I’m so very glad I did!

Describe your creative process.

My process of creating art is pretty irregular, it seems. Sometimes I do sketches and thumbnails, but there are occasions when the image I had in mind just comes out fully formed. If I get stuck, I usually do a Google search, and that helps come up with different poses or compositions. I am typically sitting on my couch with my iPad late at night when my family is asleep.

What was the inspiration behind the 2022 Winter catalog design?

It’s funny I mentioned AI art before, but I suppose subconsciously, I was thinking about that when brainstorming for the catalog. I would like to think my robots are a little more soulful but who’s to say? Also, I just like drawing robots.
What past projects are you most proud of? Do you have any exciting upcoming projects?

I am ecstatic that I finally made packs of my own trading cards. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time and realized there was absolutely nothing stopping me from doing it all myself. It’s been a lot of work, and I’m definitely still learning, but they look pretty ok.

What class/workshops (if any) will you be teaching at VisArts this Winter?

Hopefully, I will be teaching my One Screen, Endless Possibilities screen printing class again. It’s always a fun time, and I am always inspired by what others bring to the table. I’ve also proposed a new Artventure class on drawing Pokémon comics!

Members of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond can register for winter classes starting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, November 9th. Registration opens to the general public at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16. Members can register online, over the phone, or at VisArts’ front desk. For more information about becoming a VisArts member, visit the join page.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that Oura sold his artwork at local shop Oddballs.

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