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VMFA announces acquisition of major work by artist Virginia Jaramillo

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced its recent acquisition of a painting by American artist Virginia Jaramillo: Time Fractal,1973. 

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced its recent acquisition of a painting by American artist Virginia Jaramillo: Time Fractal,1973.

Virginia Jaramillo spent her formative years in California and studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. When she began working in her Watts, Los Angeles studio in the early 1960s, her paintings were dominated by single textural plains of color inspired by the rough, cracked terrain seen in the southwest. Following the Watts riots in 1965, Jaramillo and her family moved to New York.

Jaramillo’s Curvilinear painting series, created between the late 1960s and early 1970s, features large canvases, filled with vivid fields of color surrounding thin, contrasting, and undulating lines. VMFA’s newly acquired work, Time Fractal,  is from this series and features two dark lines against a saturated red background.

“We are working diligently to reconstitute the often disparate narratives that the art world creates. In acquiring this work we are able to provide a more accurate picture of the art world in the 1970s, a time that arguably offers the most immediate understanding of today’s contemporary art landscape,” said Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “The fact that Jaramillo is a woman and of Latin descent working amid the amazing artists emerging from the West Coast at that time is extraordinary.”

Jaramillo was the sole female artist to have her work included in the De Luxe Show by the Menil Foundation in Houston, TX. Held in 1971, during a time when exhibitions focused on the work of Black artists were controversial, the De Luxe Show was one of the nation’s first racially integrated shows featuring major contemporary artists of color.

“VMFA is actively working to better add to the representation of women artists and artists of color in the museum’s collection,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s Director and CEO. “Virginia Jaramillo succeeded in crossing societal boundaries during the 1960s and 70s, and her work has established her as a significant American abstract artist.”

Jaramillo, whose career has spanned six decades, continues to work in New York. Several international solo and group exhibitions have featured her paintings and her handmade paper and linoleum works including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (1959–61); Whitney Annual, NY (1972); Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA (1980); MoMA PS1, NY (2012); Brooklyn Museum, NY (2017); the Tate Modern, London, UK (2017); and the Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2020). Her work is also included in prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Menil Collection in Houston, TX — and now VMFA in Richmond, VA.

“Virginia Jaramillo’s Time Fractal provides a more expansive look into abstraction in the 1970s and speaks so beautifully with the other works on view in our collection,” said Cassel Oliver.

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Winners announced in fourteenth annual Artsies, with Swift Creek Mill and Virginia Rep sweeping gala

Swift Creek Mill and Virginia Rep swept the night, with 6 awards for “Murder for Two” and 5 for “Mamma Mia!”

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The 14th Richmond Theatre Community Circle Awards (Artsies) (formerly, Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards) was back as an in-person black-tie event to recognize excellence in Richmond-area theater. The theme of this year’s event – “We’re Still Here” – speaks to the remarkable tenacity and resilience of the arts and arts organizations throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only are the Artsies the community’s recognition of excellence in Richmond-area theater, but they are the primary fundraising event for the Theatre Artist Fund of Greater Richmond (Fund). The Fund provides emergency financial assistance to theater artists who have experienced an exceptional financial need related to a specific crisis beyond their control. Since its inception, the Artsies have raised $89,446.24 for the Fund, which has written 21 grants totaling $30,468 for artists in need.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond-area professional theaters staged a number of remarkable productions – and audiences turned out to see them. Swift Creek Mill Theatre came away with an impressive seven wins, including six for its production of “Murder for Two,” which was also the production that won the most Artsies. The production captured the award for Best Musical and both awards in the new Best Lead Performance in a Musical category, which went to Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge and Mark Schenfisch. Anne Michelle Forbes also earned an award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for her performance in “Winter Wonderettes.”

Virginia Repertory Theatre (Virginia Rep) took away ten Artsies, most of them for its production of “Mamma Mia!”. “Mamma Mia!” received five awards, including Best Supporting Performance in a Musical, which went to Grey Garrett. The show also picked up awards for Best Choreography for Ashleigh King; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a Musical for Sue Griffin’s and Marcia Miller Hailey’s costumes; Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a Musical for Josafath Reynoso’s set; and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in a Musical for Jacob Mishler’s sound. Two Artsies went to Virginia Rep partner Cadence Theatre, whose cast won the Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award for their performance in “Small Mouth Sounds,” which was also honored for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in a Play for Joey Luck’s sound. All three awards for Best Supporting Performance in a Play went to Virginia Rep: one to Laine Satterfield for her performance in “Pipeline,” one to Catherine Schaffner for her role in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” and one to Joy Williams for her work in “Barefoot in the Park.”

All three of Richmond Triangle Players’ awards recognized its production of “Sugar in Our Wounds,” including Best Play, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design in a Play for Steven Koehler’s lighting, and Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a Play for William Luther’s set.

Firehouse Theatre’s production of “The Barber of Moville” was honored as Outstanding Original Work. Firehouse also took away awards for Best Lead Performance in a Play for Jamar Jones’ performance in “Fires in the Mirror” and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a play for Margarette Joyner’s costumes for the same show.

The other award for Best Lead Performance in a Play went to Alec Beard for his performance in Quill’s one-man show, “An Iliad.” Although two theatre companies did not survive the pandemic, they each won an award. The Illuminated Stage Theatre Company was honored with Best Direction of a Play for Julie Fulcher-Davis’ work on “Every Brilliant Thing.” Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew was recognized for Breakout Performance for her role in TheatreLAB’s “The Niceties.”

“’I’ve come through the fire. I’ve come through the flood. I’ve made it through, and so have you.’ The words of this old spiritual could have been written to describe the resilience of the Richmond theatre community,” said Julinda Lewis, RTCC President. “We have been through a lot these past two years. We’ve taken some blows, but we’re still here, standing strong, together.”

Best Musical

“Murder for Two”

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Best Direction, Musical

Tom Width

“Murder for Two”

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge

“Murder for Two”

 

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Mark Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

 

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Anne Michelle Forbes

“Winter Wonderettes”

 

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Grey Garrett

“Mamma Mia!”

 

Best Musical Direction

Mark Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

Best Choreography

Ashleigh King

“Mamma Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Musical

Sue Griffin and Marcia Miller Hailey

“Mamma Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Musical

Joe Doran

“Murder for Two”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Musical

Josafath Reynoso

“Mamma Mia!”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Musical

Jacob Mishler

“Mamma Mia!”

Best Play

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

Richmond Triangle Players

Best Direction, Play

Julie Fulcher-Davis

“Every Brilliant Thing”

 

Best Lead Performance, Play

Alec Beard

“An Iliad”

Best Lead Performance, Play

Jamar Jones

“Fires in the Mirror”

 

Best Supporting Performance, Play

Laine Satterfield

“Pipeline”

Best Supporting Performance, Play

Catherine Schaffner

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Play

Margarette Joyner

“Fires in the Mirror”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Play

Steven Koehler

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Play

William Luther

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Play

Joey Luck

“Small Mouth Sounds”

2022 Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award

The cast members of the Cadence Theatre, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, production of “Small Mouth Sounds” are honored for their notable performance as a cohesive and compelling ensemble:

 

Larry Cook

Marisa Guida

Jenny Hundley

Lauren Leinhaas-Cook

Maura Mazurowski

Jim Morgan

Adam Valentine

Breakout Performance

Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew

“The Niceties”

Outstanding Original Work

“The Barber of Moville”

Firehouse Theatre

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Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush to premiere exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in 2023

A collaborative effort born out of the legendary Burning Man community, the exhibit will offer a quest for self-inquiry inside the Garden’s peaceful oasis.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush will premiere her enchanting and evocative new exhibit Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture at the Garden in 2023. In collaboration with poet Sha Michele, the show will feature five monumental sculptures and runs from April 28 through October 29, 2023.

A collaborative effort born out of the legendary Burning Man community, the exhibit will offer a quest for self-inquiry inside the Garden’s peaceful oasis. The artists are designing the experience with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in mind in this first showing of their art in a botanical garden setting.

Intricately and beautifully designed from a range of laser-cut, mixed metals such as weathered steel; mirror-polished, hammered stainless steel; and patinated bronze, most sculptures will invite visitors to step inside. With heights reaching up to seventeen feet, they will serve as portals to other worlds of thought, meaning, and healing.

Each piece is being created in dialogue with the landscape to embrace companion plantings and water features developed in collaboration with the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Horticulture team. Dramatically lit from within and paired with poetry, the art will create multi-sensory experiences inviting further exploration at night. As a result, the Garden will offer many related events, classes, and even extended hours on select evenings.

The Garden will share the work in progress with exclusive content in the months before the show’s debut. Everyone is invited to follow the journey as these two artists create an experience specially designed for the community. Learn more here.

Currently living and working in New York City, Kate Raudenbush and Sha Michele’s friendship began in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada at Burning Man in 2000. The idea for Incanto was born in the silent spaces of solitary self-inquiry during the global pandemic of 2020. @KateRaudenbush @ShaMicheleArts.

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VMFA, Starr Hill Brewery team up on limited edition beer to celebrate upcoming ‘Storied Strings’ guitar exhibition

The exclusive brew will debut at an evening launch party being held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop in Richmond.

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Starr Hill Brewery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) recently announced the launch of a limited-edition beer, Storied Strings Lager, developed to celebrate the museum’s upcoming exhibition, Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art.

The exclusive brew will debut at an evening launch party being held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop in Richmond. Storied Strings Lager will be available for purchase by guests ages 21 and older with IDs. For more information about the Storied Strings Lager release party, visit www.VMFA.museum.

“To expand the awareness of our institution and to reach new audiences, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts thoughtfully engages local community businesses in smart and unique collaborations,” said Jan Hatchette, VMFA’s Deputy Director for Communications and Marketing. “Working with Starr Hill’s talented brewers to develop Storied Strings Lager has been an exciting creative experience. This carefully crafted beer in its distinctive can will help to introduce VMFA and our upcoming exhibition, Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art, to a new generation of visitors.”

Storied Strings Lager, available starting October 1, 2022, is a harmonious fusion of Starr Hill and VMFA’s shared passion for music and art. The special brew is a light-bodied beer prominently featuring German malts, which provide its pale amber color and notes of biscuit and toffee on the palate. This subtle malt sweetness is balanced by German Hallertau hops and a crisp, clean finish. It is perfect for a concert or backyard jam.

Available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and draft, Storied Strings Lager will be sold across Virginia at Starr Hill’s six breweries and at VMFA’s Best Café and Amuse Restaurant for a limited time — until March 19, 2023, or supplies sell out.

Storied Strings Lager’s eye-catching can features Jessie with Guitar (1957), a work by eminent American artist Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975). The iconic painting is one of more than 150 works of art and instruments that will be included in the exhibition Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from October 8, 2022 to March 19, 2023.

“Since its inception, Starr Hill has strived to create a connection between high-quality beer and great music. The brewery has supported and will continue to support local artists and musicians across the Commonwealth,” said Allie Hochman, General Manager at Starr Hill Richmond. “Starr Hill is thrilled to partner with VMFA on this collaboration, and we look forward to sharing Storied Strings Lager with art and beer fans everywhere!”

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