SFTA Auction Feature: “Spring Forest” by John Grant

Grant Today, in our preview series of items up for auction at Spring For The Arts, we are excited to present Spring Forest by local photographer John Grant.

John Grant, co-founder of the fine art publishing group “Thomasson- Grant”, experiments with new technological tools and techniques in his photographic practice. He is represented by Chroma Gallery in Charlottesville, as well as Getty Images worldwide. He has exhibited internationally and is perhaps best known for his photographs that have been used as the cover of the Twilight books.

You can bid on this unique artwork at Spring For The Arts! An annual celebration of your local arts council and an important source of support for PCA’s programs year-round, Spring For The Arts takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at CitySpace, 5:30-8:00pm.

The evening’s festivities will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering, live music from winners of PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award and a silent auction. Purchase your tickets online today and support your local arts council!

PCA thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:
Harvest Moon Catering, Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, Gropen, INDOOR Biotechnologies, T&N Printing, Crutchfield, City of Charlottesville, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.
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Fridays After Five Returns April 18

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Fridays After Five continues to be one of Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series. 2014 will be the 27th year of free live music and fun.

The first event will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on April 18th with local Americana band Chamomile & Whiskey, along with Red and the Romantics. Concerts will continue every Friday until September 12.

The spring and summer schedule features local artists of myriad musical styles; there is truly something for everyone! Unwind Friday evenings at this fabulous and FREE Charlottesville institution.

To see the full Fridays After Five line-up, click here.

WriterHouse & C-Ville Weekly Annual Writing Contest

WriterHouse and C-VILLE Weekly invite you to submit a short work of creative nonfiction to Charlottesville’s annual writing contest. The final judge will be author Jane Alison. This year begins a new tradition of rotating genres, with 2014 the first year for Creative Nonfiction.

One first prize winner in each category will be awarded $500 and a one-year WriterHouse membership. This year’s categories are: General, Local Flavor (Charlottesville residents), and Youth. The winning pieces will be published in a July edition of C-VILLE Weekly and winners will be invited to read at a celebratory event. Submit by May 15 for the chance to win!

The contest is open only to residents of Virginia. For more guidelines and information on how to enter, click here.

SFTA Auction Feature: Artwork by Judy McLeod

Map of Indian Ocean Today, in our preview series of items up for auction at Spring For The Arts, we are excited to present Map of the Indian Ocean by local artist Judy McLeod.

Collage artist Judy McLeod creates rich and compelling collages constructed of patterned papers, drawing, and painting. Map of the Indian Ocean is part of her Maps series.

Of this series, Judy says: “Maps of cultures and places under the azure skies of this Earth: these are inaccurate maps of global experiences and notions, created in mixed media collage while circling the oceans and continents of the world.”

You can bid on this unique artwork at Spring For The Arts! An annual celebration of your local arts council and an important source of support for PCA’s programs year-round, Spring For The Arts takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at CitySpace, 5:30-8:00pm.

The evening’s festivities will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering, live music from winners of PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award and a silent auction. Purchase your tickets online today and support your local arts council!

PCA thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:
Harvest Moon Catering, Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, Gropen, INDOOR Biotechnologies, T&N Printing, Crutchfield, City of Charlottesville, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.
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Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day!

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Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day at your local library to celebrate. Stop by any of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) locations on Thursday, April 24 and pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to someone, or hold on to it for a rainy day!

At 7:00pm there will be an open mic poetry reading at the Central Branch Library, located at 201 E. Market Street. Meet under the spreading oaks on the library steps to read original or other favorite poems, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be held inside in the children’s area.

This event is FREE and open to the public
. For more information you can email or call (434) 979 7151.

WriterHouse Announces Spring Courses

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WriterHouse is excited to offer new classes and seminars for the spring session, including a writing workshop for caregivers and a class on what all writers can learn from Shakespeare!
Classes begin on April 14.

You can see the full schedule of 8-week classes and weekend seminars on the website. Classes are limited to 12 students each, so register early to guarantee your spot! A limited number of scholarships are available.

In addition, WriterHouse and C-VILLE Weekly are sponsoring Charlottesville’s annual writing contest for Creative Nonfiction, judged by local memoirist Jane Alison. Submissions are open until May 15, 2014. For more details and forms click here.

SFTA Auction Feature: Alie Cooper’s “Clues”

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It’s time for another sneak peek in PCA’s preview series of items and experiences up for auction at Spring For The Arts. Today, we are excited to present artwork by local artist Alie Cooper.

In 2012, Alie was able to move out of a career in nursing and, with children grown, began to devote much of her time to painting in her studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her inspirations are too many to list but primarily include the work of the great abstract expressionists, Kandinsky, de Kooning, Motherwell, Hartigan.

Her artwork, Clues, is acrylic on cradleboard.

You can bid on this unique artwork at Spring For The Arts! An annual celebration of your local arts council and an important source of support for PCA’s programs year-round, Spring For The Arts takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at CitySpace, 5:30-8:00pm.

The evening’s festivities will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering, live music from winners of PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award and a silent auction. Purchase your tickets online today and support your local arts council!

PCA thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:
Harvest Moon Catering, Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, Gropen, INDOOR Biotechnologies, T&N Printing, Crutchfield, City of Charlottesville, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.
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Ash Lawn Opera and The Oratorio Society Partner Up

cache_4203590923Ash Lawn Opera joins forces for the first time with The Oratorio Society of Virginia to present semi-staged concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s delightful Candide on Friday, May 2 and Sunday, May 4 at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville.

Written in 1956 by the composer of West Side Story, Candide won four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards at its 1974 revival. Based on the witty novella by Voltaire, this fun and fast paced operetta will be led by Michael Slon, Music Director of the Oratorio Society and features soloists from across the country along with the Oratorio Society orchestra and chorus. Come see why, as Voltaire”s Pangloss would say, this is indeed “the best of all possible worlds!” To read more about the production, click here.

Tickets for these performances range from $25, $35, $49 and can be purchased here. Youth tickets are $12 and students tickets are $16.50.

Virginia Film Festival Presents Documented as part of TTFF

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As part of this year’s Tom Tom Founders Festival, the Virginia Film Festival will present the acclaimed documentary Documented.

The film tells the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, who in 2011 outed himself as an undocumented immigrant. It follows his journey to America from the Philippines as a child, his journey through America as an immigration reform activist, and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother.

Two screenings will take place on Saturday, April 12: 1:00pm at Newcomb Hall Theater and 5:30pm at Regal Stonefield Stadium 14. Each screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Jose Vargas, moderated by the University of Virginia Immigration Law Clinic. Both screenings are FREE.

Seating for the 1:00pm screening at Newcomb Hall Theater will be first-come, first-served. Seating for the 5:30pm screening at the Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 can be reserved through the UVa Arts Box Office.

Announcing the Bridge PAI Reading Series!

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Come out for the inaugural event of the The Bridge PAI Reading Series on Friday, April 18 at 7pm.

On the third Friday of each month, two writers- one poet and one prose writer- will read from their work. This month will feature poet Laura Kolbe and essayist and fiction writer Jesse Dukes.

Laura Kolbe is a poet and medical student at the University of Virginia. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Devil’s Lake, Shenandoah, and Softblow. Her work has been heard on With Good Reason and won this year’s Fralin Museum of Art “Writer’s Eye” award.

Jesse Dukes grew up in Charlottesville where as a young man, he spent his weekends with Boy Scout Troop 36 on the nearby farms and mountainsides. In 2005, Jesse studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, worked for the radio programs With Good Reason and Backstory, and is now a principal at Big Shed.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be available during a short intermission between readers.

For more information about upcoming readers in the series, visit the Bridge PAI Calendar.