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.
Conversations at the Monument this Saturday
The end goal is to record and allow for these conversations to create a framework for change and policy making at the state and local level
Councilperson Stephanie Lynch is hosting a set of five conversation stations at Marcus David Peters Circle. A chance to listen and be heard.
Location: Lee Monument, 1700 Monument Ave
Date: Saturday, August 8th
Time: 2PM – 4PM
This city has been through a lot in the last several weeks and we have heard repeatedly from both organizers and every day residents that they would like more opportunities to have their voices heard. The movement for justice and equity is a fervent one and there has never been a more pertinent opportunity to bring people together and move into the action phase with real policies and solutions. The purpose of this event is to bring various groups together to listen to one another and have facilitated conversation with legislators, local elected officials and city leaders so that we can hear directly from the people we serve and represent. This event will happen rain or shine and will start promptly at 2pm-4pm.
There will be 5 facilitated “conversation stations” for residents to record their concerns, recommendations and policy ideas. Each station will be moderated by a designated facilitator around different institutions in our system that impact black lives (Education, Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Housing, Health and mental health care, and Economic Development). The end goal is to record and allow for these conversations to create a framework for change and policy making at the state and local level as legislators prepare for the August 18th General Assembly Special Session and on the city level, the resuming of the regular City Council calendar year.
Bring a mask, dress for the weather. All are welcome and no voice will be left out.
Confirmed Guests Thus Far Include:
Senator Jennifer McClellan
Senator Ghazala Hashmi
Delegate Betsy Carr
Delegate Dawn Adams
Delegate Schyler Vanvalkenburg
Councilmember Mike Jones
Councilmember Stephanie Lynch
Councilmember Andreas Addison
School Board Member Patrick Sapini
Chief Gerald Smith
Sherriff Antoinette Irving
Representation from the Office of the Mayor
Representation from the Office of the Superintendent
In service and solidarity,
City Council, 5th District
Laura Lee’s is Now Open for Dine-in Service
Laura Lee’s has a plan to keep you, their employees safe and get you a great meal.
Great news from our friends at Laura Lee’s (3410 Semmes Avenue).
Laura Lee’s is now open for dine-in and take-out daily from 5-10 PM:
We offer a mix of outdoor seating and tables adjacent to our open garage door at the front of the dining room. Our online reservations system does not differentiate between the two – we will do our best to offer your preferred table at arrival, but there are no guarantees. If you would like to specifically reserve either an indoor table or an outdoor table, please call us at (804)233-9672.
Please note that all guests are required to wear a mask or face covering.RESERVATIONS https://lauraleesrva.com/reservations.php
South of the James Farmers Market Plans to Return to Forest Hill Park Next Year
Grow RVA will return home to Forest Hill Park in May 2021 with a smaller Summer Brunch Market in late August.
The neighborhood social media outlets have been a battleground of accusations, hurt feelings, whining, and sympathetic support when it comes to the South of the James Farmers Market move to Bryan Park.
GrowRVA posted yesterday hoping to clarify their plans. Will this put out the hair-rending and weekly question of “is the market coming back”? All signs point to no.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”☂️
Grow RVA has been weathering COVID-19 and working with Richmond VA Parks and Recreation, Kristen N. Larson, RMC Events and the RPD to offer the safest set up and practices in order to serve the RVA community. South of the James Farmers Market will remain in Bryan Park through the winter, as we are not sure how the virus will
continue to operate. ❤️
Grow RVA will return home to Forest Hill Park in May 2021. Until then, join us for a Summer Brunch Market in late August. More information will be posted as it is available. ❤️
And Bryan Park, big things to come Summer 2021!❤️
Thank you for your support as we navigate this current complicated situation! Good vibes go a long way!
Stay safe and shop local!❤️