The Bridge PAI announces 2nd Annual Season of Community Supported Art

csa_logo_1000The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (PAI) is pleased to announce the Second Annual season of its Community Supported Art (CSA) program.

Over the last 20 years, CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, The Bridge PAI is pleased to bring CSA to the Charlottesville community, to support local art, artists and collectors.

Each of 6 hand selected local artists and business owners will produce custom pieces of art for the 25 shareholders who participate in the 2014 season.

Interested consumers/collectors can purchase a “share” from The Bridge PAI and in return will receive 6 pieces of art, an invitation to two “meet the artists” Shareholders event, and a special arts kit produced by the Bridge PAI. Member shares cost $400 for the season and can be purchased directly via the website.

CSA supports artists in the creation of new work and to establish relationships with local collectors and patrons. CSA Members have the opportunity to develop relationships with the local artists and art community, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines and support artists’ careers.

For more information, visit The Bridge PAI’s CSA website.

The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphonic Masquerade”

webevent30The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra highlights its 19th Season with its annual concert at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on October 24 at 7:30pm.

The concert, appropriately titled “Symphonic Masquerade – an Evening of Suspense and Romance,” features such pieces as Strauss Overture to “Die Fledermaus” along with other Broadway favorites.

This festive occasion promises to engage the audience with celebrated repertoire in a Pops concert theme, sure to inspire all ages. Costume attire is welcome.

Tickets cost $30 ($10.00 for students (orchestra level), and $75.00 for balcony level). Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting The Paramount Theater’s website or by calling the Paramount Box Office at 434-979-1333.

ShenanArts presents Charlotte’s Web

Charlottes-WebShenanArts is excited to present Charlotte’s Web at The nTelos Theatre in Staunton.

The show will run on October 3rd-5th and 10th-12th. Saturday shows will begin at 7:00pm, and Sunday shows will begin at 3:00pm.

In his classic and beloved novel, E. B. White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors.

ShenanArts is a non-profit community theatre whose mission is to build bridges within the community through the shared experience of live theatre.

Tickets cost $14 ($12 for seniors 55+, $12 for students, $8 for children) and can be purchased at ShenanArts’ website, at the door, or at The nTelos Theatre box office.

Tom Tom Founders Festival Fall Block Party & “Founding Cville”

TTFF2014_TomDaly_152-1024x682The Tom Tom Founders Festival launches its “Founding Cville” event at this year’s Fall Block Party on Friday, September 26th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

The Founding Cville celebration honors 18 artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and civic leaders. From a pool of 120 nominees, these Founders were selected based on the contributions they have made to our community through original projects.

The Fall Block party will also feature a brief award ceremony, plus live funk bands, a charity cornhole championship, aerialist acrobats, local food trucks, dance performances, and a New Belgium craft beer garden with hard-to-find drafts.

The event is FREE and open to the public, and will be held at the McGuffey Art Center.

The Charlottesville Symphony Launches 40th Anniversary Season

I-Jen_Fang_by_RStillings_D7100_DSC_3857-1The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia opens its 40th Anniversary season on Friday, September 26th at 8:00PM and Sunday, September 28th at 3:30PM.

Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the concerts open with the world premiere of Fanfare Pour Une Celebration Rubi (Fanfare For A Ruby Celebration), commissioned especially for the orchestra’s 40th anniversary from Texas composer Randol Alan Bass.

I-Jen Fang will be the featured soloist in Emmanuel Sejourne’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra. The program also includes Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 4 and Zoltan Kodaly’s sparkling Hary Janos Suite.

A FREE Know the Score pre-concert lecture will be held 45 minutes before Friday’s concert in Minor Hall, presented by McIntire Department of Music Chairman and Associate Professor of Music Richard Will.

Tickets range from $10-45 ($10 for students). Tickets may be purchased at The University of Virginia Arts Box Office on Culbreth Road or online.

The concert will take place at Old Cabell Hall on UVa grounds on Friday, and at Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School on Sunday.

[Photo credit Rick Stillings]

UVa President’s Speaker for the Arts: Kevin Spacey

c99aa2404369463ef5baa1b65da50d7b_400x400Award-winning American film and stage actor, director, screenwriter and producer Kevin Spacey will address the University of Virginia on October 18th at 6:00pm for the second annual UVa President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.

“We strive to make the study, performance and appreciation of the arts central elements of University life,” U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan said. “All of us are looking forward to hearing from Mr. Spacey, who has solidified his standing as one of the great dramatic artists of our time.”

Spacey’s appearance in October reflects a strengthened emphasis on the arts at the University. This resurgence is already symbolized by the opening of the Ruth Caplin Theatre, the dedication of the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds and residencies by internationally renowned artists such as classical composer Philip Glass.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the local community are all welcome to participate in this landmark arts event.

General admission tickets are FREE and are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office (weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.) and the John Paul Jones Arena Box Office (weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Tickets will also be available to print online.

There is a limit of four tickets per person. Doors will open at 5:00pm. Further details regarding the event can be found on the website.

MIX: IX@6 Weekly Art Forum

img_8995The IX Art Park hosts its weekly art forum and cocktail hour every Wednesday from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

This is a weekly event where visitors can to rub elbows with artists, this event includes live music, free hummus, dolmas and Moroccan meatballs, and $4 sangria.

Come to discuss artistic ideas and naked truths at this down-to-earth Parisian salon-style gathering.

This event is FREE and open to the public. It takes place every week at the Alhamraa Restaurant on 929 2nd St SE in Charlottesville, beside the IX Art Park.

James River Arts Council Artisan Festival

142 The James River Arts Council presents the James River Artisan Festival on Sunday, September 28th from 11:00am to 5:00pm at the Scottsville Farmer’s Market Pavilion in downtown Scottsville, Virginia.

The event features artisans from the Central Virginia area and their beautiful wares that include ceramics, painting, blacksmithing, glassblowing, printmaking, bookbinding, photography, jewelry making, and more!

There will be BBQ by BBQ Connection, donuts by Carpe Donuts, and coffee by Baines Coffee. Come and see the local talent, enjoy the atmosphere, and bring home some treasures after meeting the artist!

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Bath County Plein Air Festival

1977211_485456691560580_1667708423_nThe Warm Springs Gallery is delighted to announce the Second Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival on September 29th through October 5th in Warm Springs, Virginia.

Celebrating the tradition of outdoor painting with some of the finest painters from Virginia and across the country, thirty nationally acclaimed artists will set up their easels, pull out their paintbrushes and document the landscape and culture of Bath County, Virginia.

On the schedule for the festival is a Farm-to-Table dinner on October 2nd, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, which will feature locally harvested ingredients and beverages.

There will also be a Quick Paint competition on October 4th from 11:00am to 2:00pm in which participants will set up their easels and paint on the Omni Homestead property. Artists have only two hours to complete their painting, and winners will receive cash and merchandise awards.

Ticket cost varies for each event. More information can be found on the website.

Artist Talk with Ricardo Idagi

Ricardo BarramundiThe Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection presents Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi, speaking about his exhibition of works on September 23rd at 7:00pm.

Gurari-Saltwater Drinker brings together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that serve as a visual memoir of his home in the Torres Strait. Idagi will give a talk about his art practice over the last 15 years, with a reception to follow.

Made of a wide variety of materials, the works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait Islanders today while honoring the rich cultural heritage of Meriam people and Idagi’s own personal resilience.

This event is FREE and open to the public but requires reservations. Please RSVP by calling 434.244.0234 or emailing

For more information on the talk, visit The Kluge-Ruhe website.