“Quiet Light” at Java Java

Quiet Light-1324Local photographer and landscape architect Bill Mauzy’s latest project, Quiet Light, will be displayed at Java Java from December 1st through December 30th.

A fine art and commercial photographer from Crozet, Mauzy concentrates on environmental subjects, primarily landscape and architecture. He enjoys photographing subtleties of light, texture, and form he finds in natural and man-made environments.

Mauzy earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture and practices in Charlottesville, where he focuses on thoughtful site planning and garden making.

The small scale images of Quiet Light seek to reinterpret the quiet beauty of the pavilion gardens at UVa in shades of gray.

Visit the display at Java Java at on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Free Screening of “Boyhood” at PVCC

MV5BMTYzNDc2MDc0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTcwMDQ5MTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Piedmont Virginia Community College continues its popular Free Movie Friday series with the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama Boyhood on November 21 at 7:30pm.

Filmed intermittently over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. It is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up as seen through the eyes of a child who literally grows up on screen before the viewer’s eyes.

Boyhood was directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock), and stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as parents to Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane in his film debut.

The movie has garnered several major awards and was declared a landmark production by many notable film critics, with particular praise for its direction, acting and scope.

PVCC’s Student Art Club sponsors the Free Movie Friday series, which takes place on the third Friday of each month. The series will resume in January 2015 following PVCC’s winter break.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The movie will be screened in the Main Stage Theatre of the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located at the south end of College Drive.

PVCC Gallery Features Two Local Favorites

FNicholsBaconHollow Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) opens two new art exhibits with a reception on Friday, November 21 from 5:00-7:00pm in the PVCC Gallery.

40 Years of Printmaking: A Mini-Retrospective of the Work of Frederick Nichols features several of the local artist’s prints. Light Years: Let There Be Light 2007-13 includes documentary photographs of “Let There Be Light,” PVCC’s annual night of outdoor light-centered artworks. The shows run from November 21 through January 7, 2015.

Nichols is inspired by the beauty and light of the Virginia countryside. From his studio in Barboursville, he creates paintings depicting picturesque landscapes, “an interpretation of a moment and a mood in time,” and then crafts multiples of the images using the silk screening process to produce a rich color unobtainable in other methods.

Light Years: Let There Be Light 2007-13 features images from PVCC’s most popular visual art event. The photographs offer a chance to revisit art installations from “Let There Be Light” since its inception 7 years ago. The exhibit will be on display during this year’s “Let There Be Light” event on Friday, December 12 from 6:00-9:00pm.

The PVCC Gallery, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building for Humanities and Social Sciences, is open 9:00am-10:00pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm Fridays and 1:00-5:00pm Saturdays. The PVCC Gallery will be closed for winter break from December 23 through January 1, 2015.

For more information, contact Beryl Solla, Professor of Art, at bsolla@pvcc.edu. A complete list of PVCC’s 2014-15 season of fine arts and performance events is available online.

Image Caption: Frederick Nichols, “Bacon Hollow,” silkscreen

PVCC Chorus “Folk Songs from Around the World” Concert

Nov_23_chorus_concert_smallerThe Piedmont Virginia Community College Chorus performs its fall concert, “Folk Songs from Around the World,” on November 23 at 3:00pm.

This diverse program of music will tell the stories, history and culture of our world, with songs from South Africa, Wales, Canada and the British Isles and music from diverse traditions. This concert will also explore a wide range of musical territories to satisfy a variety of musical tastes.

The chorus is conducted by Horace Scruggs, PVCC’s instructor of choral music, performing with guest artist Susan Nothnagel.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The concert will take place in the Main Stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located on College Drive in Charlottesville.

The Charlottesville Municipal Band Benefit Dance

Dance-PosterThe Salute to Swing Big Band will play a benefit dance for the Charlottesville Municipal Band on Friday, November 21 from 8:00pm to 10:30pm.

Support the men and women who donate more than 15,000 volunteer hours each year to make free music possible for greater Charlottesville area by dancing the night away with the Salute to Swing Big Band.

Tickets cost $20 (or two for $35, and $10 for students). For more information on how to purchase tickets, visit the event’s webpage.

The dance will take place at the Senior Center, located at 1180 Pepsi Pace in Charlottesville.

BON Open Mic Nights

BON FLIER 11152014BON Arts Cafe will host monthly Open Mic Nights on the last Thursday of each month season. The next Open Mic Nights will take place on November 20 and December 18 at 7:30pm.

All artists are welcome to participate, including poets, dancers, singers, musicians, storytellers, and comedians–anyone with original work.

BON will promote the original work performed at the Open Mic Night by featuring performances on their YouTube channel, playing participants’ music in between performers, and making work available to the public with CDs, art products, etc. for sale during the show or on exhibit at BON during the upcoming holidays.

Beginning on January 29, BON will also host an all new student open mic hour from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Sign-up begins at 7:00 pm.

The Open Mic Night is FREE for performers ($5 donation for audience members). BON is located at 100 W South Street in the Pink Warehouse in Downtown Charlottesville.

Visit BON’s online event calendar for more information.

Student Arts Spotlight Series: Kids Acting Out

kidsactingoutWelcome to the first installment of the Student Arts Spotlight blog series!

This series highlights the work of student organizations and clubs at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College who have gone above and beyond curriculum to create art. These groups of young artists are recognized for both their exceptional dedication to the arts and their incredible work ethic.

This week, we spoke with third year McIntire School of Commerce student and physics major Ben Cunningham, president of Kids Acting Out at UVa. Kids Acting Out is a student-run service organization dedicated to directing local children in theater productions.

What is the mission of Kids Acting Out and how is it relevant to the UVa and Charlottesville communities?

Kids Acting Out’s mission is to expose students to theatre and the arts. To teach elementary students about the different worlds of theatre, while also giving them the opportunity to create and perform their own plays. UVa students are the directors and teachers for the students. We work primarily with Venable Elementary School but also have branched out into the Mountaintop Montessori School and are trying to work with other schools and organizations within the Charlottesville community.

What are some of the advantages or challenges that you face as an entirely student-run organization?

Being a completely student run organization gives us the flexibility to keep tweaking the organization. Also, having student leaders gives a wealth of new ideas and energy. Our biggest challenge is having a consistent membership base. Students have hectic schedules with constant conflicts so our membership week to week really fluctuates.

How has Kids Acting Out affected your education at UVa? What have you learned from running or participating in Kids Acting Out that you will carry with you after graduating?

It has taught me the importance of patience. Trying to manage 30 kids at a time can be extremely overwhelming. It has also taught me that great ideas can come from anywhere. These students come up with the most hilarious, beautiful ideas, but it just takes some time to work with them for the ideas to come out.

14681cd7a7484f6ab8c6a5375c37f294What can the Charlottesville community look forward to seeing from Kids Acting Out in the near future? What events or exhibits will be open to the public?

Our main purpose is to have educational camps for students. But we have one performance every semester. The upcoming performance will be at Venable Elementary School November 21st.

How can the Charlottesville community engage with the mission of Kids Acting Out?

We would love to keep branching out to any organization or school that is interested in having a workshop to work with students to learn more about theater. If anyone is interested, please contact me at bmc4xv@virginia.edu.

New City Arts Fall Open Studios

IMG_2957-720x480Join New City Arts at their Fall Open Studio for the chance to meet artists in residence on Friday, November 21 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

There will be refreshments, a live performance, opportunity for collective art-making, and dinosaur cookie decorating.

Resident artists Amanda Wagstaff, Sean Rubin, and Daniel and Lauren Goans of Lowland Hum welcome you to visit where they work. Feel free to ask questions about their studio practice.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Attendees of all ages are welcome.

The New City Arts Studios are located on the second floor of The Haven (112 W. Market St). Email maureen@newcityarts.org with questions.

UVa Klezmer Ensemble Concert

rubin-dc-jan-09-credit-lloyd-wolfThe McIntire Department of Music at The University of Virginia presents the UVa Klezmer Ensemble directed by Joel Rubin on Thursday, November 20th at 8:00pm.

This concert focuses on repertoire from Joel Rubin’s acclaimed recordings “Beregovski’s Wedding” and “Midnight Prayer”. Both draw their inspiration from materials of Russian and Soviet folklorists and ethnomusicologists.

The program brings together two diverse yet overlapping repertoires: the instrumental music of the klezmorim- the professional Jewish instrumentalists who graced traditional Jewish weddings- and the mystical nigunim (religious melodies of spiritual elevation) of the hasidic movement.

The ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students from across grounds, faculty, alumni and other members of the community, and is dedicated to exploring klezmer and other Jewish and eastern European musical traditions.

Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 ($5 for students, free for UVa students who purchase in advance). Tickets are available in advance or at the door. The concert will take place in Old Cabell Hall, located on the south end of UVa’s lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda.

An Evening with John D’earth

CJS photos1The Charlottesville Jazz Society presents An Evening with John D’earth as the next installment in the monthly Artist Educator Performance series on Tuesday, November 18 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The event features The John D’earth Quartet, with Butch Taylor on keys, Pete Spaar on bass, Clay Foster on drums, and John D’earth on trumpet and presenting “Hearing as Jazz Musicians Hear – Music as Musicians Live It”.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Call (434) 295-8668 to reserve tickets. The performance will be held at Escafe Restaurant, located at 215 W. Water Street.