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Violins of Hope Concert
The Virginia Museum of History and Culture offers a chamber concert featuring The Violins of Hope, RVA. (Image courtesy of the VMHC.)

Artsline: Virtual Edition || OCtober 18, 2021

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.
The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.”
                                                      ~Author unknown

Lots of things to see this week – visual arts abound, from tiny miniatures to 3-D images that leap from the canvas. Paired with the visual is the sound of music out-of-doors and in sanctuaries, as well as the Violins of Hope RVA echoing important stories of the Holocaust from their strings. Check out the amazing opportunities in your neighborhood, and beyond, this week!

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1. THINKSMALL11
Visual Art

Early Bird: October 21, 6pm ($20 admission)
Opening Reception: October 22, 6pm (Free)
Exhibit runs through December 12
Artspace, 2833-A Hathaway Road, Richmond, 23225

Think Small
Image courtesy of Artspace. 

Artspace is excited to announce its inaugural exhibition in the new gallery space in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center, featuring the 11th installment of the ever-popular biennial miniature exhibition, ThinkSmall11. Hundreds of artists eagerly take the challenge to create work that fits within the 3x3x3 inch maximum dimensions. Those attending the Early Bird Evening will have “first dibs” on artwork purchases before the public opening on Friday. Purchase tickets online.


2. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) and DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1920)
Film, Music
October 24, 3pm & 7pm
The Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
$20

Mighty Wurlitzer
Image courtesy of The Byrd Theatre.

See the classic film, Phantom of the Opera (1925) with Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin, and hear Michael Britt on The Byrd Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. You have a second chance at a classic silent horror film that evening with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) featuring Michael Britt accompanying the screening. Purchase tickets online.


3. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Visual Art
October 22, 6pm reception
Exhibits run through November 20
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224

Boba Fett
Boba Fett by Frank Kreacic. (Image courtesy of Art Works.)

Short days, long nights. Go up in your attic and dust off your scariest Halloween get-up and join Art Works for the 4th Friday reception to celebrate Halloween and the opening of our October exhibits. There will be music, door prizes and a scary, but artful scavenger hunt while you enjoy the exhibits. In the main gallery, Frank Kreacic’s exhibit, Chromaludre continues (3-D glasses provided). Also exhibited are the All Media Show with a Dark Art theme, plus two solos shows by Natalie Gates and Libby Clark. No registration required. Parking is free. 


4. COMMON GROUND VIRGINIA HISTORY VIRTUAL BOOK GROUP
Literary Art
October 19, 6pm
Online

Dopesick
Image courtesy of The Library of Virginia.

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library of Virginia staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. For October, they’ll discuss Dopesick by Beth Macy, and in November it’s Fearless: How a Poor Virginia Seamstress Took on Jim Crow, Beat the Poll Tax and Changed Her City Forever by Charlene Butts Ligon. Register online for this free event.


5. ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: “CLUTCH: BLOODANGEL_47”
Visual Art
October 20, 1pm
Exhibit runs through April 30, 2022
Online

VWM Clutch
Image courtesy of The Virginia War Memorial.

Clutch is a Richmond native, combat-wounded Army veteran and multimedia creator who has developed a career spanning two decades as a tattoo artist, photographer and illustrator. In this conversation with Virginia War Memorial Director Dr. Clay Mountcastle, Clutch will discuss his recent works using military models to create photo essays and comics inspired by his own combat experiences. Register online for this free event.


6. VIOLIN CONCERT WITH SUSANNA KLEIN, JEREMY THOMPSON, AND FITZ GARY
Music
October 21, 7pm
Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, 23221
Free ($10 donation recommended)

Reveille Violin Concert
Susanna Klein, Fitz Gary, and Jeremy Thompson. (Image courtesy of Reveille UMC.)

Reveille United Methodist Church presents an evening of outstanding featuring violinist Susanna Klein of the Richmond Symphony. She will be accompanied by pianist Jeremy Thompson and violist Fitz Gary. No registration is required.


7. HARVESTFEST
Music, Visual Arts, Landscape Art

October 23-24
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond 23228
$14/adults, $11/seniors, $8/children 3-12, Free for children under 3

HarvestFest
HarvestFest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. (Image courtesy of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.)

Celebrate all that fall has to offer! This two-day event has a festival vibe with live music, food, and adult beverages, plus family-friendly activities, such as carving pumpkins and building fairy houses. Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Free with the purchase of admission


8. FINE ARTS AND FLOWERS 2021
Visual Art
October 20-24
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220

VMFA Flora
VMFA Fine Arts & Flowers. (Image courtesy of the VMFA.)

Fine Arts and Flowers is a museum-wide exhibition of floral designs inspired by works in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ collection. Floral designs are by The Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Ikebana of Richmond, and Garden Clubs of Virginia. The exhibit opens to the public on October 21 with free admission during regular museum hours. Special events begin October 20, with tickets required. Advance purchase is recommended. Events include a dazzling Gala celebrating the reinstallation of the acclaimed Mellon Collections and the preview of more than eighty floral interpretations. Other special events include guest speakers, luncheons, a fashion show-luncheon featuring designs by VCU students, floral design workshops, exhibition tours, curator talks, and a variety of family activities. Visit the exhibition page for details.


9. SHORT PUMP TOWN CENTER CONCERT SERIES & WINE GARDEN
Music
October 21, 5pm
Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23233

Uncle Jesse
Image courtesy of Henrico CASA.

Help Short Pump Town Center close out their Concert Series with an ode to the 90's, fetauring D.C.'s 90’s & early 00’s coverband, Uncle Jesse. They're performances are “all that and a bag of chips!” Visit the Wine Garden to enjoy great 90's music, make memories and promote safe homes for Henrico's children. 100% of proceeds from wine sales benefit Henrico CASA. No registration required.


10. UVA FAMILY WEEKEND CHORAL SHOWCASE
Music
October 22, 8pm
UVA Department of Music, 112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, 22904
$10 admission ($5/students)

UVA Choral Showcase
The UVA Choral Showcase (Image courtesy of UVA Music.)

Join the University Singers, UVA Chamber Singers, Virginia Glee Club, and Virginia Women’s Chorus for the traditional University of Virginia Family Weekend Choral Showcase. The lively and varied program will feature selections from the ensembles’ 2021 repertoire, as they return to singing in person – including Jake Runestad’s “Let My Love be Heard,” Rosephanye Powell’s “Still I Rise,” works by Tallis and Sondheim, and music from Broadway and film including the revival of Godspell and The Lord of the Rings. Purchase tickets online.


11. WHEREVER THERE WAS MUSIC, THERE WAS HOPE: A VIOLINS OF HOPE RICHMOND COMMUNITY CONCERT
Music, History, Culture
October 24, 5:30pm
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
$15

VMHC Violins of Hope Concert
Image courtesy of the VMHC.

Join the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and musicians from the Richmond Symphony for an intimate chamber concert performed on instruments preserved and restored as part of the Violins of Hope project. The concert will feature the music of Manuel Ponce, Joseph Haydn, Johann Sebastian Bach, and George Gershwin, and will celebrate one of the enduring themes of Violins of Hope as stated by the project’s founder, Amnon Weinstein. Purchase tickets online.


12. THE WREN MASTERS IN CONCERT
Music
October 24, 7pm
St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard Street, Richmond, 23221 

Wren Masters
Image courtesy of St. Benedict Catholic Church.

The Wren Masters will perform as a part of the Saint Benedict Music Series. The program begins and ends with works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Bach’s contemporary and friend. In between those two works comes a set of pieces “from the Highlands”—baroque music from Scotland whose traces can still be found in traditional music of the Appalachians. Another set of baroque pieces imitates birds and other animals. The Wren Masters are an early music quartet, playing renaissance and baroque music on period instruments. Admission is free; an offering will be taken up to support the music series. No registration required.


If you are an arts or cultural organization with lectures, exhibitions, performances, 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, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.