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Celestial Landing 2020

Artsline: Virtual Edition || June 1, 2020

“I'll dip my brush into the sunrise, and the sunset, and the rainbow.” ~ Rudolf Besier, The Barretts of Wimpole Street: A Comedy in Three Acts, 1930

Art begins with noticing - from sunrises and sunsets, to birds flitting outside our windows, to rainbows after a storm.  As we continue to stay at home, gently easing back into our neighborhoods, take notice of what has changed and what hasn’t.  RVA’s art community still offers exceptional art, stories, and performances all around this region - even now - and our artists continue to surprise us with their innovation and creativity.  Check out these ways to stay connected, as we begin to look to the future. 


1. BAAAR COVID-19 RELIEF AUCTION
Visual Arts
June 6

BAAAR Covid-19 Relief


Inspired by CultureWorks dedication to supporting artists’ households during the pandemic, artists from the Black American Artists Alliance of Richmond are creating original works to raise funds for the CultureWorks COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund.  BAAAAR artists will post new works up for auction on their individual Facebook and/or Instagram from 9am - 9pm and donate the proceeds to CultureWorks.


2. FIRST FRIDAYS FEATURING GULL LIVE
Music
June 5, 7pm

First Fridays Gull Live


Gallery5 has kept the tradition of First Friday alive for 15 years, and they don't plan to stop now!  Join them on Facebook or Instagram live with a drink and catch ultimate local legend Gull.  Suggested donation of $10, but every little bit helps!


3. CINEMATHEQUE VIRTUELLE: FRENCH FILMS FROM YOUR COUCH
Film Arts
Now thru June 9th
Movie Rentals:  $8-12

Cinematheque Virtuelle


We all missed the French Film Festival and look forward to 2021 when it returns to The Byrd Theatre!  In the meantime, The Byrd curated a some wonderful French Films to enjoy virtually, right from the comfort of your own home. 


4. #RVAHISTORYHUNT
History
Now thru August 23

RVA History Hunt


#RVAHistoryHunt is a collaboration by Richmond cultural organizations to present a unique scavenger hunt experience using a new way of engaging with the Richmond community, while practicing safe social distancing. There are two available scavenger hunts - one physical and one digital - to enjoy with family, roommates, or on your own. Participants also have the opportunity to enter to win museum shop discounts and items from participating locations!


5. VIRTUAL STORY TIME WITH TARNESHIA
Literary Arts
Fridays, 10am

Story time with Tarneshia


Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens brings Children’s Educator Tarneshia Evans to Facebook Live so she can read a few of her favorite stories about nature for your kids!


6. HEIFETZ RUBATO: THE VIRTUAL CONCERT HALL
Music
June 1, 7:30pm

Heifitz Rubato


Heifetz Rubato International Music Institute presents The Virtual Concert Hall with a special Alumni Showcase and Preview Concert. The live streaming event will feature an all-star cast of Heifetz alumni sharing performances from around the world, including Boston, New York City, Houston, Hawaii, Montreal, Hong Kong, and even a surprise Staunton landmark.


7. CELESTIAL 2020
Visual Arts
Opening June 1, 6pm

Celestial Landing


Coronavirus lockdowns aren’t stopping Maggie Walker Governor School’s art seniors from hosting their annual capstone show online this year. Although it seems we are more distant now than the planets themselves, we chose the theme “Celestial” to show strength in unity. Individually each of us is remarkable, but together we are extraordinary.  A Zoom opening will be held the first night with comments from the artists, with the artwork remaining up for view in the weeks that follow.


8. BOOKS & BREWS
Literary Arts
Sundays, 4pm

Books & Brews


Come ready to talk about BOOKS at Intermission Beer Company’s Virtual Books & Brews Meetup. Any books-whatever you are reading, want to read, or have read. It's a ton of fun, rich discussion, and BEER! You will likely add to your "must read" list. 


9. CLASSICAL REVOLUTION RVA LIVE FEED
Music
June 1 & 3 at 12pm, June 5 at 8pm

World


Classical Revolution RVA’s public events are cancelled, but you can enjoy live music featuring musicians from around the world performing in their living rooms. Support your local classical scene by watching our new video formats and making tax-deductible donations to support the artists.


If you are an arts or cultural organization with social-distance-safe events such as online classes, virtual exhibitions or concerts, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here.  If you are an artist or an arts or cultural organization in need of resources and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.