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Items will include Studio Two Three screen prints, clothing, and household items in exclusive colors, styles, and designs created just for the Library.

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The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce a new partnership between the Virginia Shop and Studio Two Three to make a selection of the arts organization’s unique products available at the shop’s Library of Virginia location. Items will include Studio Two Three screen prints, clothing, and household items in exclusive colors, styles, and designs created just for the Library. In addition, Studio Two Three will work with the Library’s staff to create special items that reflect Virginia’s amazing history in interpretations of pieces within Library’s vast collection of over 129 million items.

The Virginia Shop operates under the umbrella of the Library of Virginia Foundation, with retail spaces within the Library and the Virginia State Capitol that offer books, gifts, souvenirs, and other items related to Virginia’s history and culture.

The Studio Two Three outpost will launch on February 14, 2020.

“At Studio Two Three, we believe in the critical role that public spaces for culture and arts play in the health of our society,” said executive director Ashley Hawkins. “So, we are truly delighted to share the work of talented Virginia artists with thousands of visitors through our partnership with the Library of Virginia Foundation. Our Studio Two Three outpost at the Virginia Shop will share the stories of Virginia and Virginians through the power of art—the democratic and storied medium of printmaking, in particular.”

“We are thrilled to offer Studio Two Three’s wonderful and unique products in the Virginia Shop,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation. “We see this is as a first and important step in offering more of Virginia’s amazing artists and artisans an outlet for their work. Partnering with Studio Two Three is such an obvious first step as their work can reflect the mission and vision of the Library and showcase our collections and exhibitions in new and exciting ways.”

If you are a Virginia artisan who makes products that reflect the unique history and people of the commonwealth and are interested in placing your products in the Virginia Shop, reach out at thevirginiashop.org/contact_us.aspx.

Founded in 2009, Studio Two Three (S23) is an anchor arts organization based in Richmond, Virginia. S23 features artist studios, classes and workshops, artist residency, and open doors. S23 provides 24/7 access to printing presses, darkroom, digital lab, communal workplace, and individual studios to support art making for personal and social change. Studio Two Three’s mission is to empower artists to make art and make change. We envision a world where the power of the arts is willingly and joyfully harnessed for personal, social, and systemic growth.

Founded in 1984 to advocate for and provide public and private support for the Library of Virginia and its mission, the Library of Virginia Foundation is dedicated to promoting cultural and historical literacy throughout the commonwealth. A private 501(c)(3) organization, it receives grants, bequests, and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations in support of the Library.

The Library of Virginia is the state’s oldest institution dedicated to the preservation of Virginia’s history and culture. Its resources, exhibitions, and events attract more than 100,000 visitors each year. Its collections, containing more than 129 million items, document and illustrate the lives of both famous Virginians ad ordinary citizens.

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Local artist Doug Orleski, better known as RVA Coffee Stain, selected as Monument 10K “Dash for the Cash” participant

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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Doug Orleski, the Richmond-based artist known as ‘RVA Coffee Stain,’ has been selected for an opportunity to win $2,500 on Saturday, March 28, as the Dash for the Cash participant at the 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. In the Dash for the Cash, one participant is selected to get a head start on the course and race against the rest of the field in hopes of being the first to cross the finish line. If the contestant can outrun the fastest elite runner, the Dash for the Cash prize is theirs for the taking.

Orleski’s head start will be based on his estimated predicted time on his race entry form, previous running experiences, and estimated times of elite runners in the field. His goal is to attempt to cross the finish line before any of the other athletes running in the full 10k (6.2 miles). If he does outpace the rest of the field to the finish line, he will win the $2,500 cash prize.

The 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k will be Orleski’s first-ever race after taking up running several years ago as part of a commitment to improving his health through active living. He began exercising and running on a regular basis and in the process lost 60 pounds on his journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Through his cartoon and sketch work as RVA Coffee Stain, Orleski says he’s able to celebrate Richmond through art, and his work helped him become part of the community after he moved to the area in 2012. Taking part in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is a natural extension of that community involvement and another great way to celebrate Richmond’s love for active living and big events.

“I was surprised and excited to be approached with the opportunity to take part in the Dash for the Cash,” Orleski said. “I was looking forward to the experience already since this will be my first actual race, and now I am anticipating race day on March 28 even more.”

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of the official charity partners of the 10k, to help aid in their fight against cancer and support the lifesaving research being done here in Richmond.

In addition to the training he’s already done, Orleski plans to utilize the help of the Richmond Road Runners Club Advanced 10k Training Team, particularly to build speed. Orleski joked that after learning he’d been selected, “I texted my wife and said it looks like it’s time to start training so I don’t look like a fool out there,” but he knows this is a rare opportunity and a unique way to engage with the 10k, and he says he’s looking forward to the experience: “I’ll plan to do some fun stuff on RVA Coffee Stain social media leading up the race…. this will be really cool.”

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Pedestrian struck in hit and run crash on Magnolia Street in Northside

The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team is investigating a Hit & Run crash that occurred in the late evening yesterday in the City’s Northside.

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The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team is investigating a Hit & Run crash that occurred in the late evening yesterday in the City’s Northside.

On Thursday evening, February 20, 2020, between 8:50 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., an unidentified vehicle traveling east in the 2200 block of Magnolia Street struck and seriously injured a male pedestrian wearing a yellow and white coat who was walking along Magnolia Street.

The driver of the striking vehicle fled the scene without stopping to render aid with the last known direction of travel as heading east on Magnolia Street towards Mechanicsville Turnpike.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in life-threatening condition.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator Jarron Peterson at 804-646-1511 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. You may use the P3 smartphone app. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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RTD on Nathan Burrell’s Impact on our Parks

A lot has changed in James River Park over the years one constant for 17 years was Nathan Burrell and his hard work.

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Nathan Burrell spent 17 years working in our park system. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on a few projects. The impact he had on my particular project was immense. The impact he had on the James River Park System is even greater.

Colleen Curran at RTD has a great summary of the impact Nathan has had on our parks.

During his time as superintendent, Burrell raised the parks operational budget from approximately $535,000 to over $800,000. With the increase, he was able to expand the park staff from three to seven full-time positions.

He also secured capital improvement funding totaling over $800,000 for the park.

“I think he had the two main characteristics you need [in this position]: patience and perseverance. His patience didn’t mean he was going to accept it. Settling was not his thing. He was persistent, stubborn even, in pushing for what he believed was right,” Lugbill said.

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