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Taste of Art
From the VMFA's new exhibit, A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia.

Artsline: Virtual Edition || January 4, 2021

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a [person’s] mind can get both provocation and privacy.” ~Edward P. Morgan

At the start of any new year, personal and communal introspection is fairly common. This year is no exception - except that last year was entirely uncommon. Arts & culture offerings this week reflect our need to review our history, to peek into the dark places we have been, and to settle into a soft cushion with a good book. And for those who choose a different path - there are twinkle lights and a new dance to learn!


1. CONTROVERSY/HISTORY: 2021 AND EDUCATION
History
January 5, 5:30pm
Online

Controversy History

Join The Valentine virtually for the next program in their popular “Controversy/History” series. They will discuss 2020’s impact on education and how our community can progress in 2021. You must register for this free event.


2. ROOTS, WAR & THE SOUL: HEALING THROUGH STORY
History, Literary Arts
January 6, 10:30 am
Online

Healing through Story

Researching and writing the stories of our military ancestors may provide awareness of family patterns, inherited trauma, our ancestors experiences, secrets, and can take on a journey we never expected. Journey with the World War II Writing and Research Center as they take you into the past through story. Learn how researching and traveling in ancestors’ footsteps facilitates healing and healing for the world. A handout of writing prompts and research tips will be provided. This workshop is in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial. Registration is required for this free event.


3. BACHATA FOOTWORK DROP-IN CLASSES
Dance
Tuesdays, 8:30pm
Online and at Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 West 15th Street, Richmond, 23224
$10/class

bachata

Bachata is a popular dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. This class, offered by Salsa Connection Dance Company, is open to all skill levels of dancers. Footwork will start out easy and become progressively more challenging throughout the hour. In-person spots are limited to 18 people so don't wait to REGISTER if you want to attend in person!


4. VIRGINIA & PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS
History
January 8, 12pm
Online 

Presidential Politics

Soon after the Revolutionary War and the creation of the United States, American leaders realized that they differed in their visions of what the nation should be. Little has changed in the 200 years that followed. The first clash of ideas was between agriculturists like Thomas Jefferson and nationalists like George Washington. Their political views and those of the next six Virginia-born presidents will be examined in this richly-illustrated lecture from the Virginia Museum of History and Culture that reviews their campaigns. This program will stream live on Facebook and YouTube. No registration required.


5. VMFA FRIDAYS AFTER 5, A TASTE OF ART: VIRGINIA WINES- SHENANDOAH AND MADISON COUNTY
Visual Arts
January 8, 5:30pm
Online

Taste of Art

Williams Corner Wine and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts team up to pair two Virginia mountain wines with two Virginia artists who are part of the new VMFA on the Road exhibition, A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia. You must register for this free event. Wine selections available for purchase through VMFA 2GO Wednesday–Saturday.


6. SHADOWS OF SHOCKOE TOUR
History, Storytelling
January 8, 7pm
Poe Museum at 1914 E. Main Street, Richmond, 23223
$17/adults, $13/children

Shadows tour

Haunts of Richmond offers a fascinating nighttime exploration of Shockoe Bottom, the oldest and most haunted neighborhood in Richmond. Hear tales of the mysterious, tragic and downright terrifying things that have led to numerous reports of paranormal activity along the tour route including: The Old Stone House, Church Hill tunnel collapse, Civil War hospitals, and more. Online ticket sales only with strict limits for social distancing.


7. GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Landscape Art
January 7, 4-10pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, 23228
Seasonal Tickets $8-$18/person

Gardenfest Fido
Photo by Annie Goldman

Dogs can enjoy Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed dogs are allowed on special Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights nights. All dogs must be leashed and current on rabies vaccinations. Please read their rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs. Tickets for pre-purchase only, with 30-minute arrival window. Masks required.


8. BOOK TALK WITH JERRY WOOTEN
History, Literary Arts
January 7, 6:30pm
Online

book talk

The story of Johnsonville in the Civil War is relatively unknown; yet, its contribution to the U.S. victory in the Western Theater is difficult to overstate, and its history is complex and fascinating. Uncover the strategic role of the Union supply depot and all that entailed, its defense by U. S. Colored Troops, and the emergence of a civilian town around it. Presented by the American Civil War Museum. Registration is required for this free event.


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.