Wednesday Lemonade

April 6, 2022
Welcome to VCCA's community newsletter focused on keeping Fellows, staff, and supporters connected.

In honor of springtime, our "Wednesday Cider" newsletter has officially transitioned back to "Wednesday Lemonade," mirroring the in-person ritual of gatherings among Fellows in residence and VCCA staff at Mt. San Angelo over lemonade outside when it's warm and cider indoors when it's cool. We're awaiting the impending return of cows to the Mt. San Angelo meadow to count Spring officially official.

One bit of big news is that we're quickly approaching our May 15 application deadlines. Open opportunities include residencies and a number of fully-funded fellowships available for our Winter 2023 season (January through April 2023), as well as a separate application for the Wachtmeister Award, a prestigious biannual fellowship now open to established fiction writers who would be new VCCA Fellows. Application fees are lowered, and letters of reference are no longer required, so it's easier than ever to submit an application for a VCCA residency.

Starting with Spring Volunteer Day this Saturday (thanks to those who signed up to participate!), VCCA is gearing up for a full calendar of public events, both virtual and — at last! — in person. See below, and save some dates!

Also in today's newsletter, we pass along news from Fellows, recap a wonderful week for VCCA at AWP in Philadelphia, and show you a peek at Fellow Reece Camp Carter's art installation in the woods at VCCA.
tonight at sweet briar college
A VCCA Salon Featuring Puppetry and Poetry
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., two current VCCA Fellows will present their work to the community in the final VCCA Salon of this academic semester at Sweet Briar College.

Join Tania Yager and Rebecca Morgan Frank at the Reahard Learning Gallery at SBC's Cochran Library. This event is free and open to the public. In addition to puppetry and poetry, there will be wine and cheese!
Photo by Paige Critcher; Open studio puppet party in Tania Yager's VCCA studio, April 2022.
fireplace series
VCCA's Virtual Event Series Returns April 21
Our VCCA Fireplace Series is back with a celebration of the craft of creative nonfiction!

Three recipients of VCCA's Goldfarb Family Fellowship for Creative NonfictionJennifer Lunden (2022), Aurvi Sharma (2018), and Iraj Isaac Rahmim (2017) — will join together for an evening around the virtual fireplace.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can watch the livestream on Facebook or YouTube.
open studios return
Tour VCCA's Studios on Sunday, May 1
We're excited to host our first public Open Studios event since 2019!

On Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts will open its doors for a rare look inside Fellows' studios. Talk with writers, visual artists, and composers in residence about their works in progress and creative processes. Visitors will also be welcome to take a self-guided tour of the grounds and VCCA’s extensive outdoor art collection. Light refreshments will be available.

Full vaccination and facial coverings will be required for all guests.
Photo by Paige Critcher; Fellows gather in Jeff Wallace's VCCA studio, January 2022.
in-person gala / online art auction
Save the Dates to Celebrate VCCA's 50th Birthday
Celebrate VCCA's first 50 years, and help shape the next 50 years.

Joyous fundraising festivities are taking place this summer, with proceeds supporting VCCA's 50th Anniversary Fund, a new effort to fund at least 50 first-time residencies for artists of color through 2023.
Garden Gala
June 25, 2022
at Mt. San Angelo

Food and drink by Meriwether Godsey
Live music by Martina DaSilva
Auction artworks on display!
Art Auction
June 20-25, 2022
Online & Mobile Bidding

Sponsor Access: Monday, June 20
Open to the Public: Thursday, June 23 Bidding Closes: Saturday, June 25
created at vcca
Reece Camp Carter's Woodland Installations
When sculptor and multidisciplinary artist Reece Camp Carter was in residence at VCCA last year, she took to the woods to create four art installations that are now a part of the VCCA landscape.

Resident Fellow Paige Critcher writes of Carter's works, "What makes them so exciting to the viewer is that one can’t tell initially if what they are looking at is an act of natural assemblage. They demand a pause, a careful scrutiny, which then becomes a magical sense of having stumbled upon the sacred."

Pictured: Carter's hand-drawn map to her four pieces nestled in the woods at VCCA.
awp recap
Fun in Philly With Past and Future Fellows
VCCA is returned from the 2022 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Philadelphia, where we had a fantastic time connecting with Fellows and spreading the word of VCCA to new friends.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the VCCA table, gathered at Fergie's Pub, or attended a special AWP reading honoring VCCA's 50th anniversary. Graciously moderated by Christina Baker Kline, the reading featured wonderful conversation among Kline, Patricia Chao, Patricia Spears Jones, and E. Ethelbert Miller, all of whom generously discussed their residency experiences and swapped memories of time spent at VCCA over the years.

Special thanks to the VCCA Fellows Council members in attendance who helped make it all happen — Christina Chiu, Sonja Curry-Johnson, David Ebenbach, Cliff Garstang, and Carla Du Pree.
Photos from VCCA's 50th Anniversary Reading at AWP 22.
in memoriam
Kelly Cherry
VCCA Fellow Kelly Cherry, 81, died on March 18, 2022. A novelist, poet, essayist, and former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Kelly was a wonderful person and loyal Fellow who had been in residence at VCCA twelve times from 1978 to 2013. She was one of the first Fellows at VCCA's residency program in Auvillar, France, in 2005.
fellow messages
Fellows, share your news. This is a way to tell the VCCA community about your work. We're always especially interested in stories about work created in connection to your VCCA residency.
Mikko Harvey
Mikko Harvey's second book of poetry, Let the World Have You (House of Anansi), was published on April 5, 2022. Several poems from the book were written or edited while in residence at VCCA in May of 2019.

Cat Crotchett
Congratulations to visual artist Cat Crotchett on being selected for a Golden Foundation Residency.

Laurene Krasny Brown
Laurene Krasny Brown, a VCCA and Moulin à Nef Fellow, is presenting a solo show of her art in collaboration with Olde Hope, a gallery specializing in American folk art, open April 14 through July 2 in New York City. Several of the artworks, still life in particular, were created during her VCCA residency.

Robert Brinkerhoff
"While at VCCA in summer 2021, I was able to execute some of the last of 35 drawings based on Dante's Inferno. I muse about the project and several of the drawings are included in my chapter contribution to a new book put out by Harvey Miller Publishers. Reading Dante With Images: A Visual Lectura Dantis includes essays by notable scholars of Dante, as well as three illustrators, myself included."

A Call to Southern Writers: Register People to Vote at Literary Events
An open letter from Writers for Democratic Action asks writers participating in readings to: "Ask your hosts to provide voter registration cards and information, either through Book the Vote or the local board of elections. Tell your readers that voting is essential, that you plan to vote on the next election day (or early, or by mail), and that you want to help others get registered too."
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