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RVA Visual & Performing Arts Happenings
May 9 - 21, 2016
Classical Revolution RVA 
presents our specially themed Incarnations:  Night of the Living Composer!

Sunday, May 15 at 8pm

Free and open to all ages.

We have a jam-packed show in store for you, with works all by living composers. It may be hard to believe, but some of the composers may even be your neighbor. So much talent in RVA!

Many of the composers will be performing their own music. Along with the classical goodness that we crave, there will be more edgy expressions that include video, electronics, and improv. Maybe we'll go crazy and get the audience involved. 

Come out-- we'd love to see you there!! It's okay if you're late.

A Richmond tradition  Celebrating its 32nd season, Venture Richmond's premier outdoor concert series,  Friday Cheers , returns to Brown's Island on May 6, with a stellar line-up of bands you won't want to miss, at one of RVA's most beautiful venues. Enjoy breakout bands, national acts and Richmond's hometown talent. 
Children 12 and under are free.
There are three entry points to Brown's Island, and payment will be taken at each. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Debit and credit cards are only taken at two entry points: the pedestrian bridge at 5th and 7th streets. No pets are allowed.
Produced by Venture Richmond. For more information, call (804) 788-6466 TICKETS

For Art's Sake Gallery
Fine Art Exhibit    May 2 - June 6, 2016
Watercolors by Christopher Wynn
and Pastels by Maria Reardon

OPENING EVENT     FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016   5pm - 8pm

April 20   - May 14, 2016
A wonderful comedy from the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation. It's Body Awareness Week at Vermont's Shirley College, and partners Phyllis and Joyce, and their possibly autistic son Jared, are rocked by a visiting photographer and his 'male gaze.' As sexuality, identity, role modeling and political-correctness  get stirred up, the results are both  touching and hilarious.

Co-produced with 5TH Wall Theatre and  Richmond Triangle PlayersTickets

Join us May 7, 2016 for drinks and appetizers before the show provided by  and
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Free Parking!      More Information  

Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Bluegrass Band, Seldom Scene closes out our Center Season with this amazing one-night-only concert.

Wed, May 18, 2016 - 7pm

Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Bluegrass Band, Seldom Scene closes out our Center Season with this amazing one-night-only concert. With their signature warm harmonies and sparkling instrumental work, you won't want to miss our season finale with one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands of all time! Members: Ben Eldridge: banjo, guitar; Dudley Connell: guitar, vocals; Lou Reid: mandolin, vocals; Ronnie Simpkins: bass, vocals; and Fred Travers: dobro, vocals. Purchase your tickets today to be there when the curtain drops, closing out our 2015-2016 Center Season!

My Son Pinocchio Jr.
May 26-29 at The Cultural Arts Center At Glen Allen

In Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr., the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto's little wooden puppet is given new life! This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto's perspective, features the beloved classic songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings," alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and composer of Wicked andGodspell Stephen Schwartz.  Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the meaning of family.

 CharacterWorks is ecstatic to present Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr.  for their very first time this May!

Exhibit Grand Opening: 
"An Inspired Mind"
Artist: Diane Clement

Free and open to the public!

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, May 19, 20167-9pm
On exhibit:
  May 19 - July 17, 2016

Join us on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm at The Cultural Arts Center for this stunning new exhibit!   Diane Clement's work is inspired by everything around her and the emotions within. Self-taught, her work is the result of the unique techniques she has discovered and the environment surrounding her as she creates.
The May 19 opening reception is FREE and open to the public and wine/refreshments will be served!Plus, attendees will have a chance to meet the artist, explore our additional art galleries, and discover unique finds in our gift shop!  

      Studio Two Three  
  Sunday, May 15th 2pm - 5pm
Screen Monoprinting with Brooke Inman
Each screen monoprint you will make is one of a kind! Using chalk pastels and water-soluble mediums, we will draw directly onto the screen and then print the screen using transparent ink. Ghost-prints can also be pulled or reworked to create a memory of the previously drawn. Come to this class with imagery you would like to work with, all other materials will be provided. All materials used will be water based and non-toxic. This workshop is suitable for all levels: Beginning to Advanced Screen Printers.
Cost $40.00
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Richmond Ballet
Judy Jacob Celebrates 40 Years of The School of Richmond Ballet
To Parents and Students:
The School of Richmond Ballet offers superior training for those young people who aspire to have a professional ballet career as well as those students who wish simply to enrich their lives through dance. Our students are taught by a world-class faculty in a state-of-the-art facility shared with Richmond Ballet professional company dancers. Our mission to offer every student a valuable and positive experience with dance includes performance opportunities such as Richmond Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker. The School of Richmond Ballet classes are offered year-round and include a dance curriculum in a variety of dance forms at many skill levels. These levels range from our unique Children's Division curriculum, Invitation to the Dance, to the pre-professional Richmond Ballet Trainee Program. The School of Richmond Ballet training curriculum allows for the development of strong, poised and versatile student dancers. Our students and their families are an important part of the Richmond Ballet organization. Our students will become the future of the ballet art, both on stage and off, as they eventually become dancers, audiences and ballet patrons in Richmond and throughout the country.
Judy Jacob -  Artistic Associate & The School of Richmond Ballet Director
Festival of Iron and Wine
Saturday, May 21, 2016
11 am - 5 pm

Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring, VA ( map)
We are thrilled to announce that Hammerstock 2016's featured demonstrator will be Theodore Banning, whose work focuses on historical themes performed with modern methods. He has displayed his work all over the country and been recognized by Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil and the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America for his work. Born in France, Theodore applies his degrees in Engineering, History and Art to create well engineered work with clean lines that will last multiple lifetimes.

A Benefit for the Banton-Smith Center for Blacksmith and Metal Arts.

General Admission - $15 at the Door  
Advance Tickets  - $10
Students, Senior Citizens and Active Duty Military - $8
Children under 17 - Free!

An introduction on how to color, texture and apply rolled fondant for a perfect finish. You will learn how to have fun, improvise, be creative, and explore the handling qualities of this fascinating frosting. All equipment and ingredients will be provided.   $45 per person  Please call 804 288 1920 to register
Discover the power of live music with our Altria Masterworks series. Featuring orchestral classics and contemporary composers, this series will inspire you. Join us an hour before each concert for a free pre-concert talk with the RSO Music Director, Steven Smith. These talks often feature guest artists and conductors and provide you with insights for the concert 
you are about to hear.
Carpenter Theatre - Saturday, May 14 8pm and Sunday, May 15 3pm

The Really BIG Show Kicks Off 
Celebrate Jackson Ward Festival
Friday, May 20, 2016 

Celebrate Jackson Ward: Past, Present and Future will showcase the unique history of Jackson Ward through the stories and performances from various individuals and organizations. The Festival will feature performances by the Richmond Symphony with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond Jazz Society and Elegba Folklore Society, and many more! Proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Friends Association for Children, The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and G.W. Carver Elementary School.
Young people from across the Richmond area will come together on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 
5-7:30p.m. for ART 180's annual celebration of youth voices and showcase of their visual and performing art. The Really BIG Show brings together people from throughout the city to experience artwork created by young people in spring programs at multiple ART 180 sites, and celebrate their creativity. 

The event is free and open to the public and includes presentations, art activities, and food trucks. Following The Really BIG Show, the Richmond Symphony will conduct an open dress rehearsal for their performance Saturday evening.
The Really BIG Show takes place at Abner Clay Park in Jackson Ward, on Brook Road between Clay and Leigh streets. Parking will be available on the street and in several open lots around the area. 

The following projects and community partners will be recognized:
  • Invented creations (mixed media) - St. Andrew's School
  • Wearable sculptures - St. Joseph's Villa
  • Batik pillows - Charterhouse School
  • Life figure paintings - Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center
  • Mixed media text paintings - Richmond Juvenile Detention Center
  • Visual journals- The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
  • Mixed media - Northstar Academy
  • Stop-motion dioramas - Binford Middle School/ Communities In Schools (CIS)
  • Map of change - Lucille Brown Middle School/CIS
  • Celestial sculptures - Fairfield Middle School/CIS
  • Pop art self-portraits - Wilder Middle School/CIS
  • Trickster storybooks - Redd Elementary School/CIS
The Really BIG Show kicks off Celebrate Jackson Ward: Past Present and Future, a three-day festival showcasing the unique history of Jackson Ward through stories and performances from individuals and organizations that continue to make a positive impact on the area.  

The festival will feature performances and activities throughout the weekend May 21-22. Anchored by a performance by the Richmond Symphony under its new "Big Tent"-with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond Jazz Society and Elegba Folklore Society-the festival will give many professional, community and school groups a chance to perform on the Symphony's new state-of-the-art outdoor stage.

More info about ART 180 at
More info about Celebrate Jackson Ward at 

Quill Theatre is proud to present the
18th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival 
at Agecroft Hall.  

This ye
ar's festival includes captivating comedy,  Twelfth NightJune 2-26 , directed by Steve Perigard.   Our second offering will be the controversial tragicomedy,  The Merchant of Venice -  July 7-31 , directed by Dr. Jan Powell.  We are also bringing back the hilarious high-speed comedy,  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)  for a one-night-only performance on  July 2

Per formanceInformatio A g ec roft Hall,  4305 S u l g r a v e Ro a R ic h m ond, V A23221
              New Earlier Start Time!     T hurs-Sun at 7:30pm   Grounds open at  6pm
Box Office: 804.340.0115

Twelfth Nightby William Shakespeare
Directed by Steve Perigard
June 2-26, 2016 (Opening Night: June 4)
I was adored once, too.
In this captivating comedy, love is an overwhelming force of nature that sweeps us away in a flood of longing. Shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, Viola grieves for her lost twin brother, and disguises herself as a boy to serve the Count Orsino, with whom she falls hopelessly in love. The passionate Countess Olivia also falls in love-with what she thinks is Orsino's handsome young page. With some of Shakespeare's most beloved comic characters, including the imperious Malvolio, idiotic Andrew Aguecheek and drunken Sir Toby Belch, life in Illyria is a sublime whirligig of hopes and blunders, disguises and ruses, songs and silliness.
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Jan Powell
July 7-31, 2016 (Opening Night: July 9)
If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
A controversial tragicomedy set in the divided world of Renaissance Italy: the glittering golden privilege of the Christian aristocracy and the powerful underworld of the Jewish ghetto. To court the wealthy heiress Portia, Bassanio asks for a large sum from his devoted friend, Antonio, who must borrow the funds. Shylock, the lender, strikes a deadly deal: if Antonio does not repay the loan, he must forfeit a pound of his own flesh. The insidious venom of prejudice poisons all, and mercy's love is held hostage to the mighty sway of justice. 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Saturday, July 2 at 7:30pm - ALL TICKETS $25
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) , an irreverent, high-speed roller coaster ride through the Bard's plays.  Join this madcap trio of ambitious prop-laden actors as they weave their wacky way through Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild night that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter!    

The Richmond Festival at Agecroft Hall offers the only opportunity in North America to see a Shakespeare play in the courtyard of an authentic Tudor house that stood in England in Shakespeare's lifetime. Arrive at 6pm and stroll through the gardens, orbringyourpicnicdinnerto enjoy onthelawnwhilebeingserenaded with songs and monologues from our FestivalYoungCompanyactors. Then enjoytheperformanceincomfortable outdoor seating
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Summer and Smoke
By Tennessee Williams
April 22 - May 15
This sultry Tennessee Williams classic reflects on the conflict between passion and Victorian morality. In Mississippi at the dawn of the 20th century, a young woman's sexual awareness evolves from chaste modesty to desire.

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center

Bruce Miller on 
Summer & Smoke

We are thrilled to announce our new Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw, who will succeed Bruce Miller at the beginning of our 16/17 season. Welcome, Nathaniel!

4000 MILES
April 30 - May 21, 2016
Produced by  Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with 
Virginia Rep.
At Theatre Gym at Virginia Rep Center
By Amy Herzog
Direction by Gary Hopper
A beautifully spun, comedic, heart-wrenching story of an elderly woman and her 21-year-old grandson seeking respite from a recent tragedy. His visit extends until the unlikely pair builds a loving familial bond from the ground up and healing begins. Winner of the 2013 Obie Award: Best New American Play; 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

BYOC! (bring your own camera) Family Day
Sunday, May 15 | 1 -5 p.m.

Join The Branch for a special photo activity day for the entire family. BYOC! Guests of all ages are encouraged to bring their own cameras for a fun-filled afternoon in The Branch garden. You'll meet local photographers and participate in hands-on activities. Stroll through the exhibition galleries, search for architectural details and explore Monument Avenue. Compete in the #CaptureTheBranch photo contest by sharing your images on social media. You're encouraged to record and upload images and short videos.
Free event . No RSVP needed for family day.

House Tours: The House That Branch Built
Sunday, May 15 | 2-3:15 
p.m. and 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Join The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design for an architectural tour of its historic home, the Branch House. See rooms rarely opened to the public and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark.
$14; $7 for members. Spaces are limited and tours sell out quickly.
Reservations are strongly recommended.
Attention Artists!!
Brazier is still accepting artists for the 
Fast & Fresh quick paint  Saturday, June 25 from 9:30-11:30am
in Carytown .  

Artists can sign up at  and mail in a check of $10 to Brazier Gallery 1616 W. Main St. Richmond, VA 23220.  Everyone who applies is automatically in.

The Fourth "Plein Air Richmond", an event presented and hosted by  Brazier Gallery.  This year the event will benefit the animals cared for by the Richmond SPCA.  The Juror for Submissions is Duane Keiser.  The Judge of Awards  is Kathy Anderson.

Plein Air Artists from all over the United States will meet in Richmond for one amazing Week in June to create paintings from all over Richmond.

Ticketed collector's preview party at Brazier Gallery is  Friday, June 24 5-8pm .  Tickets are purchased through the Richmond SPCA by visiting  or by calling  804-521-1321 .  Tickets are $75 and the cost of the ticket acts as a coupon towards the purchase of a painting.

The exhibit is open to the public at Brazier Gallery  Friday, June 24 8-10pm Saturday, June 25, 10am-5pm , and Sunday, June 26 12-5pm .

This is a fun event and people are encouraged  to come watch artists paint at the various locations around Richmond which will be listed on .

Visual Art Center of Richmond

Scott Nolley gets all the credit for the new disco ball in our clay studio. You can get the party started by registering for summer classes at

Shop for Visual Art Online!

Nancy Bruce, a native of Richmond, Virginia, lives in the Tidewater area and works from her studio in Yorktown, Virginia.

Nancy works with various reclaimed papers to create works of art with the appearance of paintings. From afar her pieces have a flat, muted look, but on close inspection they a rich textural surface is revealed. She considers herself to be painter of landscapes and cityscapes.

The images - at once both familiar and unpredictable - do not represent specific places, but are her response to them. She works in large and small formats, with large pieces mounted on canvas and small ones on panel. These mixed-media pieces are made from reclaimed papers and acrylic paint. Many incorporate small discarded objects she has saved over time. She is a conservationist and finds pleasure in making art from saved materials.


Portrait Artist -- Curney Nuffer
The cost is between  $925 - $1200 and sizes are 11x14 and 16x20. 

Born in the Shenandoah Valley, Curney began his art education through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He also studied with portrait artist Eloise Atkinson and continues to study with graduates of the prestigious Surikov Institute, founded in 1851 in Moscow, Russia.

"Although a portrait painter by vocation, Curney Nuffer is best known for his inspiration painting classes he teaches in Richmond.  Curney is someone who will set up a sun-splashed still life outdoors and bring a cake to place in it - true dedication!  His enthusiasm is contagious.  He works en plein air as well as still life and landscape and truly just loves to paint.  His style reflects his extensive work with Moscow's Surikov Institute Painters." - Laura Loe, artist and owner of Nimrod Hall Summer Art Program in Bath County, Virginia, 2014.
He has spent 23 years perfecting his 3-hour Portrait Paintings. You may schedule a sitting with Curney by calling the Crossroads Art Center at 804.278.8950 with your contact information. 

Curney's studio is located at the Fulton Hill Studios in Richmond, and he also teaches classes locally at Crossroads Art Center.  Curney will call and schedule a session with you either at the center or his studio. 

Meet some of our Partners
Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing has been serving artists in Richmond since 1987. We are dedicated to supporting the Richmond art community and providing a comprehensive selection of fine art materials to artists of all stripes. We also offer demos, gift cards, online ordering and delivery, special orders and bulk discounts. Come visit us at 927 West Grace Street, near VCU, or call us at (804) 359-5900.

Visit us online at: to sign up for special coupon offers! We are also on Facebook: and Twitter @Plaza_Art_Store

Note: Due to continuing road work and construction in the area, access to the VCU parking lot next to the store may be limited intermittently. Please call ahead, and we'll be happy to help you plan your route based on the current conditions. We want you to have the best possible experience when you visit our store!


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Rick's Custom Frame + Gallery is a full-service custom frame shop and art gallery of original work.  With over 30 years of experience, our staff offers expert consultation for all of your framing needs.  Our gallery shows original work by l ocal and regional artists.

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