Play the City Memory Quilt

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 11.31.13 AM The Memory Quilt made by Clark Elementary third graders and the Crescent Hall Quilters as part of Play the City will be presented to City Council at the beginning of the Council meeting on Monday, July 6 at 7:00pm.

The Memory Quilt project paired third graders from Clark Elementary School with facilitators from the Crescent Hall Quilters, a group of women who live in or near Crescent Halls and are known for their hand-sewn and imaginative quilts. Together, they created a memory quilt that celebrates the cultural heritage of the Belmont and Ridge Street neighborhoods.

In March, third graders met with the quilters during class time to learn about the quilting process and talk about ideas of neighborhood and community. Each student then drew an image to illustrate what their own neighborhood and community meant to them on a block of fabric cloth.

Throughout the month of April, the Crescent Hall Quilters hand embroidered these illustrations and then worked with the students to lay out the overall quilt design. Over the month of May, the Crescent Hall Quilters hand-stitched the quilt blocks together to create the final product.

The final Memory Quilt was revealed in a celebration with the students on May 26. This summer, a publication will be released to document how the Crescent Hall quilters make their work.

The presentation to City Council will take place a City Hall and be live on Channel 10 and on the web.

Play the City is a community effort to build relationships and understanding through art. We celebrate all the things that make our neighborhoods unique through championing the vibrancy that resides in us all, through cookouts, talent shows, exhibitions, workshops, and community projects that bring us together. For more information on individual programs, contact The Bridge PAI.

Keep it REEL at Light House Studio

Documentary Filmmakers Keep it REEL is a summer program offered by Light House Studio to reach students in three Boys and Girls Club locations: Cherry Avenue, Southwood, and Jack Jouett; Piedmont Housing Alliance – Friendship Court Community Center, City of Promise – Westhaven Community Center, Albemarle High School’s ESOL class, and the Greenstone on 5th Community Center. PCA spoke with Zoe Cohen, Program Director at Light House Studio, to learn more about the program and recent workshops.

Where did the idea for the Keep it REEL Documentary Workshop come from?

Keep it REEL is an on-site, after-school program in Charlottesville. The idea for the program came out of a desire to reach students in our community who had difficulty getting to Light House Studio. Since 2003, this program has been instrumental in allowing the youth of various neighborhoods to voice their opinions to the wider community and to build friendships among people from different segments of society. Along with engaging teens in a meaningful project, this program teaches basic production skills and, more importantly, urges youth more thoughtfully to express themselves. the Keep it REEL program is the mainstay of Light House Studio’s programming.

What other organizations do you collaborate with to produce the workshop?

For our most recent Keep it REEL Documentary Workshop we partnered with the Piedmont Housing Alliance to offer our programming in the Friendship Court Community Center. The workshop was twice a week for three weeks. On the first day of the workshop we discussed best practices for conducting an interview, how to frame a shot, and techniques to make a interviewee feel at ease. From there, students brainstormed various types of careers and businesses they were interested in learning about and exploring.

How did the students choose people to interview? How did they choose their interview questions?

Each student chose a topic and generated a list of questions. We approached local business people and asked if they would be willing to give an interview. Working together as a crew and trading roles, students filmed, recorded audio, and interviewed five different people about their work and life. The final week of the workshop was dedicated to editing the films. We celebrated the students’ hard work with a screening of the four mini-documentaries, which are available for viewing online.

What feedback have you gotten from students who participated in the workshop?

We received positive feedback from the students involved and from the Piedmont Housing Alliance. In particular, students enjoyed learning the editing software on the computers in our studio. They were quick to pick up settings on the camera and audio recorder. With each interview the students conducted, I watched them become more confident and outgoing.

You can learn more about the Keep it REEL program on the Light House website. And don’t miss the videos produced by the recent Keep it REEL Documentary Workshop, available below.





Chroma Projects’ “A Language Must be Found”

Chroma Projects is set to unveil their July/August exhibition A Language Must Be Found, featuring paintings by Leigh Anne Chambers and Felicia Lee Brooks. Both artists are known for their technique of painting over ready-made materials.

This exhibition will feature paintings over familiar objects found around the home, such as flooring material and mass-produced home decor paintings. Both artists use everyday objects and arrange them in a stream-of-consciousness manner, thus transforming the materials and giving form to something that may initially be seen as chaotic and random. Some of the works may seem like they depict geological landscapes, but they are meant to shed light on the “soap opera of human relationships”. Sounds thought-provoking indeed!

You can stop by and view the exhibit between July 12th and August 23rd. There will also be an opening reception on Sunday, July 12th from 5pm to 7pm. Chroma Projects is located at 107 Vincennes Rd, Charlottesville, 22911.

For more details, email director Deborah McLeod at or call (434) 806-9667.

July First Fridays Guide

image 1 geiger First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with
C-VILLE Weekly. To list an exhibit, please send information at least two weeks beforehand to

First Fridays: July 3, 2015.

C’Ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 East Main St. “A Vintage Picnic,” earthenware clay jewelry by Jennifer Paxton. 6:00-8:00pm.

The Garage 250 N. 1st St. “guilt,” mixed media works by Louise Dechow. 5:00-7:00pm.

Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Richard Crozier: New Paintings,” new work from Richard Crozier. 1:00-5:00pm.

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. “current,” a mixed media installation by Michelle Geiger in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery; “Summer Group Show,” an annual exhibition in a wide array of media by McGuffey’s 100+ members in the Upper and Lower North and South Hall Galleries. 5:30-7:30pm.

Spring Street Boutique 107 West Main St. Photographs from the Spring Street permanent collection by Liza Bishop. 6:00-8:00pm.

WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery 216 W. Water St. “Play the Radio,” a site-specific installation by Amanda Wagstaff presented by New City Arts. 5:00-7:00pm.


City Clay 700 Harris St. Suite 104 “Comics and Characters,” ceramics sculpture by Tom Elliott and Kathy Doerr. July 4-31. Reception on July 4, 5:30-7:00pm.

Chroma Projects 107 Vincennes Rd. “A Language Must be Found,” paintings by Felicia Lee Brooks and Leigh Anne Chambers. Reception on July 12, 5:00-7:00pm.

Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia 155 Rugby Rd. Innocence and Experience: Childhood in Art; Figure for the Soul, Rotation II; What is a Line? and The Body in Motion.

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St. NW “Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood,” photography by Zun Lee. June 5-August 29, 2015.

JMRL Northside Library 705 Rio Rd. W. “15th Anniversary Show,” pastel works by the Piedmont Pastelists. July 1 through July 31, 2015.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 400 Worrell Dr. Brothers and Art and Country.

Martha Jefferson Hospital 500 Martha Jefferson Dr. “Plain Art with Plein Air,” oil works by Julia Kindred. July 1 through August 31, 2015.

University of Virginia Health System Arts Program Main Hospital Lobby. “The Virginia Landscape,” oil works by Margaret Embree. June 26 through September 4, 2015.

WriterHouse 508 Dale Ave. “Little Stories,” mixed media works by Christine Stoddard. Reception on July 10, 5:30-7:30pm.

Image Credit: Giant Kelp, mixed media by L. Michelle Geiger, on exhibit at McGuffey Art Center in July

Summer Open Studios at New City Arts

Join New City Arts (112 W. Market St) on Monday, June 29th from 5pm to 7pm for their Summer Open Studios.

The event, which is FREE and open to the public, will feature the artworks of their artists in residence as they come to the end of their stay. Amanda Wagstaff, Sean Rubin, and Daniel and Lauren Goans of the band Lowland Hum are ready to show off what they have been working on for the past 10 months at the studio space at The Haven.


Guests are free to ask the artists questions about their works. There will also be refreshments and a live performance, as well as other surprises–it should definitely be an exciting evening!

The studio is located on the second floor of The Haven.

For more information about the event, visit this page.
For more information about the artists in residence, as well as to find out what The Haven does and how its programs operate, visit this page.

New Course: Art and the Environment at the Beverly Street Studio School

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Farther afield in Staunton, at the VanVerDeer Studio at the Beverley Street Studio School, a new course is being offered by artist and environmentalist Shay Herring Clanton in which she will teach how to integrate art and nature in watercolor painting.

In this course, students will learn basic watercolor techniques with the ultimate goal of creating a series of small landscape paintings. They will also get the opportunity to go outside and paint the natural views that they see!

The course will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, from 9am to 3:30pm. Bring a packed lunch!

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For members registered after June 17 (as well as non-members) it will cost $200 for the course. To register for the course, call the Beverly Street Studio School at (540) 886-8636.

To read more about the instructor and view her work, visit her website here.

The Beverly Street Studio School is located at 217 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401.

Virginia Film Festival Moonlight Movies Series

Show of hands: Who wants to wait until November for the Virginia Film Festival?

Yeah, us neither.

This summer, Virginia Film Festival debuts the new Moonlight Movies series so you can get your film lovers’ fix long before the 2015 festival line-up hits local theaters.

The campy ’80s cult classic Xanadu kicks things off on Friday, June 26 at Champion Brewing Company. Down-on-his luck painter Sonny decides to change his fortunes by building a roller rink with the help of his mythological muse (Olivia Newton-John) and an entertainer-turned-construction magnate (Gene Kelly). This screening is presented in partnership with Live Arts, who will stage the musical theater adaptation of the film starting July 17.

Continue the fun on Saturday, June 27 with a screening of the beloved 1993 coming-of-age film The Sandlot, presented in partnership with the Charlottesville Tom Sox at the C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark at Charlottesville High School.

Fire up the DeLorean on Saturday, July 11 as Doc Brown and Marty McFly head Back to the Future. The iconic 1985 comedy will be screened at Old Trail Village Center in Crozet.

The fun winds down on Friday, August 7 at Champion Brewing Company with a screening of the quintessential warm weather mainstay, The Endless Summer. Groove to the twangy surf rock soundtrack of this 1966 film as a pair of globetrotting surfers search for the ever-elusive perfect wave.

All screenings are FREE and open to the public, and begin at roughly 8:30pm to coincide with sundown.

For more information about Moonlight Movies and the Virginia Film Festival, to take place November 5-8, visit

-Danielle Bricker

PCA Seeks Assistant Executive Director

Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA) seeks an Assistant Executive Director.

The Assistant Executive Director (AED), working with the Executive Director (ED), develops strong ties to the arts and general communities within PCA’s service area through communicative outreach vehicles such as representational meetings, committee and panel assignments, media interfacing, public speaking, project voicing and early development, and executive office representation, as well as standing PCA programs such as Spring For The Arts, Rising Stars, and other PCA-generated public events. The AED also interfaces with the Board of Directors through committee and solo meetings, as well as formally scheduled meetings, with or without the ED, and representing the ED at times of his/her absence. The AED also is regularly given outstanding program projects by the ED for independent development and completion. The AED is intrinsically involved with the ED in the expansion of PCA’s outreach to other arts councils, the exploration of best practices, and the development of programs gleaned from such collaborative outreach.

This is a full-time position. For a full list of job responsibilities and requirements, click here. If interested, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Heritage Theater Festival Summer Season

The 41st season of the Heritage Theater Festival is almost underway!

The Heritage Theater Festival is the University of Virginia’s summer professional theater, drawing actors, directors, and stage crew from all over the country to produce a season’s worth of wonderful plays.

This summer, five shows will be offered: Luv (June 25-July 5), Monty Python’s Spamalot (June 30-July 5), I Love a Piano (July 21-August 1), Almost Maine (July 23-August 1), and Violet (July 28-August 1). Each play will be performed a number of times, so there are plenty of opportunities to go see the talents in action!

Luv and Almost, Maine will be shown at the Ruth Caplin Theater, while Spamalot and Violet will be shown at the Culbreth Theater. Performances of I Love a Piano will take place at the Helms Theater.

To find a detailed performance calendar and to purchase tickets, visit the UVA Arts Box Office page. You can also purchase a subscription, or season tickets to all five shows, at this link.
For descriptions of each show, visit this page.

CitySpace Gallery: VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle Exhibit

Littlewood 8898 PCA is proud to announce the VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle Exhibit from June 22-July 28. VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle artists from Jefferson Area Board on Aging (JABA) Adult Care Center (ACC), Alzheimers Association Arts Fusion Program, Post High, ARC, Region Ten Community Services Board, Mildred Spicer, Amanda Grove, Mary Littlewood, and artist/photographer Robyn Miller will exhibit their work.

VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle promotes and develops opportunities for art and creative expression for people of all ages and abilities with a focus on serving individuals with disabilities. Through this, VSA educates, inspires and enhances quality of life for the community.

There will be a First Fridays opening reception from 5:30-7:00pm on Friday, July 10 at CitySpace (located at 100 5th NE on the Downtown Mall). This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will remain on display through Tuesday, July 28, 2015. There will also be an exhibit by local artist Julia Lesnichy on display inside the PCA office within CitySpace.

VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle was formed in 2000 as a district of Virginia VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts) to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle is a member of the VSA affiliate network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Charlottesville/Albemarle VSA sponsors annual art exhibits, VSA artist led workshops, an annual poetry book, Virginia Festival of the Book activities, an annual music concert, and other special events. Anyone interested in joining the project committees, contributing to the art exhibits, poetry book or learning about local VSA projects can contact Sarah Blech at (434) 970-3260.

Questions regarding the VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle City Space Show should be directed to Mary Miller, (434) 296-1215,

CitySpace is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. CitySpace is located at 100 5th Street NE on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Image Credit: Mary Littlewood