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Richmond Folk Festival announces additional details about this year’s virtual festivities

The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce additional details about the virtual event that will take place the weekend of October 9-11, bringing together the community through a special television program, radio broadcasts and online streaming.

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From the folks at Venture Richmond:

The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce additional details about the virtual event that will take place the weekend of October 9-11, bringing together the community through a special television program, radio broadcasts and online streaming.

Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Folklife Program and the Children’s Museum will present new musical performances that are exclusive to this festival, highlights of favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, a crafts marketplace and an official festival poster! The show will go on—a virtual event celebrating the roots, richness, and variety of American culture.

Additional artists to be featured in new musical performances include:

  • Eileen Ivers (Irish fiddle) Bronx, New York
  • Jason Samuels Smith & the Winard Harper Trio (tap dance) New York, New York
  • Martha & Emily Spencer (old-time) Whitetop, Virginia
  • Mythili Prakash Dance Ensemble (Bharata Natyam) Los Angeles, California
  • Pedrito Martinez (Afro-Cuban) New York, New York

Click here for extended artist bios, plus audio and video samples on our website.

Cooking Demonstrations

Each year at the Richmond Folk Festival the Virginia Folklife Stage showcases some of Virginia’s finest performers, artisans and chefs. Join us as we take a look back at a few of our favorite cooking demonstrations and learn from some of the best!

Join Frances Davis as she teaches how to make delicious fried dried apple pies. Like seafood? Learn from one of the best as Mary Stewart shares her Tangier Island crab bisque recipe. We also will revisit one of our favorite festival memories ever when sisters Clementine Macon and Deborah Pratt of Middlesex County, Virginia, renew their rivalry in the fourth year of the Oyster Shucking Smackdown series!

And in case that isn’t enough food for your plate, learn how to make traditional baklava with Sondus Moussa, and make Ghana’s most popular street food snack, a kelewele medley by RVA’s own Chef Ida MaMusu. All of your foodie favorites will be featured over the course of the virtual Folk Festival weekend.

Official Festival Poster

Fredericksburg native and VCU graduate Shannon Wright joins a talented collection of artists commissioned to design posters for the Richmond Folk Festival. Wright has been awarded prizes for illustration and editorial cartooning by the Virginia Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Shannon says that her inspiration for the Folk Festival poster was the happiness and togetherness that music brings us even when we’re miles and miles apart. To watch a live unveiling of the official poster art, tune in to the Richmond Folk Festival’s Facebook page on Wednesday, September 23 from 5:00-6:00pm.

Craft Marketplace

The festival’s Craft Marketplace features artisans selling handcrafted and traditional items ranging from jewelry, specialty goods and original artwork. This year, although we won’t be live on the Riverfront, at Tredegar, you can still enjoy shopping from over 25 of your favorite festival merchants.

Click here to shop online.

Ways to watch and listen to this year’s virtual festival

This year’s virtual festival is a great opportunity for families to plan gatherings and watch parties at home in a safe, fun and responsible way. (Hours listed below comprise planned blocks of time encompassing television, live streaming and radio. Specific schedules for each platform will be released later in September.)

Friday, October 9 from 6:00-10:00pm Saturday, October 10 from 12:00-8:00pm Sunday, October 11 from 12:00-8:00pm

More artist announcements and additional details about the Richmond Folk Festival virtual celebration will be released later in September. Folk Fest Insider enewsletter subscribers will be among the first to receive updates and breaking news about the festival.

For more information about the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org. #RVAFolkFest – Text to Give! Text FOLK to 44321

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Altria, City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, WestRock, Capital One, Community Foundation, CarMax, NBC12 & CW Richmond, Richmond Times Dispatch, VPM, SummitMedia, National Park Service, Plan 9 Music, House of Hayes, Tonal Park Studios, Spacebomb Studios

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Full details on Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights can be found here or on the Lewis Ginter website.

 

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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.

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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.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

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.

More Photos from last year’s Inlight and from 2018

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