The Byrd Theatre has served the community for 92 years, and leaders say they won’t let a pandemic stop it now.
The theatre has partnered with some of the independent distributors to release films digitally during their theatrical release phase in a virtual screening room. Patrons can “rent” the film, enjoy from the comfort of their home, and the theatre receives a portion of the revenue. These films are not available on other streaming services. The films range from comedies to documentaries. Some of the distributors are also creating Q&A programs that can be virtually attended with directors and cast and the Byrd Theatre is inviting all its patrons to take advantage of these opportunities as well.
“We must adapt and change to support the needs of our community during this difficult time.” Says Ted Haynes, President, Byrd Theatre Foundation. He goes on to say, “We hope to be open and seeing our patrons in person and offering the great programming people love, but in the meantime, we are offering programming to meet them where they are – at home.”
The virtual screening room is adding something new almost weekly. Last week Other Music, a documentary about a record shop was added, and this week adds The Etruscan’s Smile, Bacarau, Driveways and a few others.
In addition to the virtual screening room, staff and board members have been taking fans behind the scenes in Facebook Live tours. So far they have shared the Wurlitzer Organ with Bob Gulledge, house organist, going up into the attic to show the inner workings of the organ, Damion Champ, head projectionist, showing off the projection booth as well as the lowering of the Grand Chandelier.
Gibson Worsham, board member, shared extensive knowledge and information on the incredible murals around the building. Upcoming tours include Wednesday, April 29th at 6 pm with Susan Reed, Byrd Theatre Foundation board secretary and Director of Historic Preservation at Glave and Holmes Architecture will discuss the amazing architectural details in the theatre. Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for more events. These have been watched around the world.
“We hope these programming options bring joy and entertainment to our community while everyone is at home. We are fortunate to be able to offer this and in return, the community has been donating to help us maintain our operations, and renting the films also helps add to the operating bottom line,” Haynes concluded.
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.
InLight 2020: Safety and Accountability will be Spread About the City
The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond.
Usually, the 1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight is held in one location allowing the various exhibits to be within easy walking distance from each other. This year the theme of Safety and Accountability hints to a new setup for InLight. The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond and will address the paired themes of Safety and Accountability. Learn more.
Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Amy Smith; The Anderson; Barry O’Keefe; Black Matter Productions; Caitlin & Misha; Calvin Brown; Carl Patow; Christine Wyatt & Amena Durant; Dustin Klein, Alex Criqui, Miguel Carter-Fisher, & Josh Zarambo; The Kinfolk Effect; LaRissa Rogers; Mariana Parisca & Sandy Williams IV; New Negress Film Society; Performing Statistics; Stephanie J. Woods; Victor Haskins & ImproviStory
You can check out the interactive map here. Of the 18 exhibits only one is on the southside of Richmond and it’s only on Friday night.