Artsline - Celebrate Earth Day with Outdoor Arts & Culture!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || April 19, 2021
“So before long we can open the windows wide and let Spring in, and we can go out to the park or sit on a hillside and let Spring into us.” ~Hal Borland
Happy Earth Day! With Spring here and in full bloom, there are great opportunities to enjoy outdoor mini-festivals, performances and landscape arts throughout Central Virginia. But there are other possibilities as well. With the pandemic still upon us, many of our artists, performers, and historians are still offering fantastic virtual programs that bring the best of the RVA right into your home - or by the river or in a park or in the mountains. You only need the internet to connect with local music, theatre, and more - wherever you are!
1. HERBS GALORE & MORE
Landscape Art, Makers
Maymont Historic Estate Entrance, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, 23220
$7/person, 12 & under free
Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon and come out to Maymont’s Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite plant sale! The event will feature extra space between vendors, wide aisles and a spacious layout for a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests. Please purchase tickets in advance.
2. RESTORE OUR EARTH SERIES 2021
April 20, Noon
In celebration of Earth Day 2021, Classical Revolution RVA brings harpist Aponi Brunson to perform "Raindrop" Prelude Op.28, No.15 by Chopin to support EarthDay.org's three days of climate action. Listen and watch on the Classical Revolution RVA YouTube channel.
3. BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE VALENTINE GARDEN
April 21, 5pm
The Valentine hosts the Virtual Valentine Program Behind the Scenes in the Valentine Garden with Valentine gardener, Stacey Moulds. Moulds will highlight what visitors can expect to see in bloom in the museum’s downtown oasis this spring and summer. Advanced registration required for this free online event
4. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
April 23, 6pm
Art Works, 320 Hull St, Richmond, 23224
The plan for the Spring exhibits at Art Works is to go BIG and have fun with three new exhibits: Weird Art for Weird People by John Hartt, Contemplation: The Alchemy of Fluid Arts by Deanna Strother, and the juried Big All Media Art Show. Meet the artists and enjoy live music. Following COVID19 mandates, Art Works will limit each exhibit/gallery to ten guests. Register online for this free event. Exhibits continue through April 17.
5. COMMON GROUND VIRGINIA HISTORY BOOK GROUP
History, Literary Arts
April 20, 6pm
Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by the Library of Virginia, exploring Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, they will discuss White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia by Kiki Petrosino; and in May, American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse. Go online to log into the Zoom meeting.
6. GELLMAN ROOM CONCERT - THE ART OF PERSEVERANCE: AND STILL THE FLOWERS BLOOM
April 24, 2pm
Richmond Public Library offers an afternoon of diverse music, art song, and poetry that explores the many facets of the rich, human experience together presented by River City Opera with soprano Christine Lyons, and pianist Jonathan Heaney. Register online for this free event.
7. SCHOOL OF THE MUSKETEER
April 24-25 (overnight)
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, 23836
Henricus Historical Park and Kingdom of Lucerne invites you to experience an entire weekend learning about military and civilian life as the first Colonists in the New World. Instructors and other support personnel provide an interactive environment in 17th century life and culture. Overnight experience and meals included! All VDH and CDC guidelines will be followed. For ages 16+. Register online.
8. VIVA L’OPERA!
April 25, 4pm
VCU Opera presents a gala of favorite fully-staged opera scenes for the family from their last decade to happily distract you from the pandemic pandemonium! Live-streamed from VCU’s Singleton Center for the Performing Arts webpage.
9. LET'S CELEBRATE THE BARD! VIRTUAL EDUCATION DAY
History, Literary Arts
Agecroft Hall talks about all things William Shakespeare for his 457th birthday. From his humble beginnings in Stratford-Upon-Avon, to his success writing for the London stage, explore the Bard’s life, the theater world in Shakespeare’s London, and the history of Shakespeare performances around the world. Register online for this free event.
April 24, 10am
The Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
The Byrd Theatre brings this Tim Burton classic to the big screen. Synopsis: Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he's got a diabolical agenda of his own. This public screening is limited to 75 attendees. Purchase tickets online.
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.