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Legend of the Poinsettia Latin Ballet of Virginia
The Latin Ballet of Virginia brings the 20th anniversary performance of The Legend of the Poinsettia to the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. See details below. (Image used with permission.)

Artsline: Virtual Edition || January 3, 2022

“Let your imagination take you wherever you want to be. This piece of canvas truly is your world.” ~Bob Ross

What do you hope to paint on the canvas of the world in 2022? Where will your imagination take you? If you are looking to explore your own creativity, find inspiration in your community, especially local arts and culture. Between the galleries on First Fridays RVA, cultural dance celebrating the season, and history on every Richmond corner – you should find the support you need to make your mark this year.

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1. BLIND VISIONARIES
Music, Literature, Visual Art

January 7, 6:30pm
Perkinson Center for Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street Chester, VA 23831

Blind Visionaries Perkinson Center for Arts & Education
Image used with permission from Perkinson Center for the Arts

An artist who has been called “stunningly original” with “a visionary imagination,” composer and pianist Daniel Kelly explores the meeting place of music with literature, visual art and journalism, captivating audiences across the country. Blind Visionaries is his stunning multi-media collaboration with the pioneering group of visually-impaired photographers, the Seeing with Photography Collective. Presented by Perkinson Center for Arts & Education. Reserve tickets online for this free event.


2. GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Landscape Art
January 6, 4pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, 23228
$14 adults; $8 youth (age 3-12)
$2/donation for dog suggested to benefit the Richmond SPCA

GardenFest for Fido Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Photo Credit: Annie Goldman. Image used with permission from Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed dogs are allowed at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for this special night. All dogs must be leashed and current on rabies vaccinations. Please read rules and guidelines for visiting with dogs. Due to the popularity of this event, it may be sold out. However, GardenFest (without Fido) continues through January 9. You may purchase tickets for either online.


3. CONTROVERSY/HISTORY: FREE TO BELIEVE
History

January 4, 5:30pm
Online

Controversy History Valentine
Image used with permission from The Valentine

Join The Valentine virtually for their next program in the Controversy/History series - “Free to Believe – Religious Freedom Today.” 235 years ago, the state of Virginia passed the VA statute of Religious Freedom and Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the mind free. Explore how our understanding of our freedom of conscience has evolved in the years since and how it continues to be challenged today. Panelists include Imam Amarr Amonette (Islamic Center of Virginia), Kim Bobo (Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy) and Chris Burton (Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities). Register online for this free event.


4. FIRST FRIDAYS EXHIBIT AT THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Visual Arts

Reception January 7, 6:30pm
Exhibit through February 3
Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin St., Richmond, 23219

Smaller Side Garden Laura Heyward
Smaller Side Garden by Laura Heyward. Image used with permission from the Richmond Public Library.

The Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch offers three new exhibits for First Fridays RVA: Laura Heyward exhibits recent landscapes from Virginia and Maine in oils on dyed canvases with some pen and inks on Bristol paper; Brenna Doherty’s panoramic vistas accompanied by her newest theme of Goddess archetypes in the viscous medium of oil and oil-based mediums expressing her interpretation of her subject in large-scale works; and Original comic panels handmade by the members of the Zazuverse, metro Richmond Comic Creators. No registration required.


5. JAMES RIVER ART LEAGUE EXHIBITS
Visual Art
Through February 28 at Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond, 23230

Through March 9 at Glenmore Yoga, 10442 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, 23233

James River Art League Exhibit
Image used with permission from James River Art League

Exhibit of paintings from the talented members of the James River Art League, featured at Crossroads Art Center and at Glenmore Yoga.


6. CLASSICAL REVOLUTION RVA ON SHOCKOE SESSIONS LIVE
Music
January 4, 7:30pm
Online

CRRVA on Shockoe Sessions Live
Image used with permission from In Your Ear Studios

In Your Ear Studios brings a Happy New Year with their first show of 2022, featuring Classical Revolution RVA. CRRVA integrates classical music with Richmond’s vibrant music scene by taking it into local bars, restaurants, cafes, and galleries–places people are already going to hear live music. Their goal is to increase exposure and let the music speak for itself. Watch at IYE's YouTube channel or on Facebook Live.


7. PHANTOMS OF FRANKLIN TOUR
History, Culture
January 7, 7pm
Meet at The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, 23220
$20/Adults online purchase ($25 walk-up or by phone)
$15/Children 5-12

Phantoms of Franklin Haunts of Richmond
Image used with permission from Haunts of Richmond

Join your Ghost Guide to discover the eerie beauty of Richmond's turn of the century Franklin Street. Home to many notable and beautiful landmarks, it's easy to see why spirits of days past would still want to linger here today. Packed with haunted history, this tour includes The Jefferson Hotel, the home of one of Richmond’s most famous writers, the Lindon Row Inn, and more... Presented by Haunts of Richmond. Purchase tickets online.


8. LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA
Dance, Culture
January 6-9, times vary
Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, 23060
$20 Adults, $15 Students/Senior Citizen/Military

Legend of the Poinsettia Latin Ballet of Virginia
Image used with permission from The Latin Ballet of Virginia

The Latin Ballet of Virginia proudly presents its 20th Anniversary performance of The Legend of the Poinsettia performed by all its former and present artists to delight and inform audiences on the myriad of unique holiday traditions from Latin America and Spain. The Latin Ballet has captivated audiences of all ages and backgrounds with this vibrant annual performance full of light, spirit and joy. Purchase tickets online.


9. ROUNDTABLE: THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC ON THE OVERLAND & PETERSBURG CAMPAIGNS
History
January 6, 7pm
Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, 23803
$5

Roundtable Army of the Potomac Pamplin Historical Park
Image used with permission from Pamplin Historical Park

Join Pamplin Historical Park as they bring speaker Steven Sodergren to share the story of “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns.” The final year of the Civil War found the Army of the Potomac endured months of brutal trench warfare and fighting against their Confederate adversaries. Sondergren will explore the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns where the morale of the soldiers was tested as attrition and the new grim realities of a lengthy campaign set in. Ticket payment at the door.


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.