Gordon Avenue Library Live Poets Society

Gordon Avenue Library Live Poets Society

Have you heard of the Live Poets Society?

The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Gordon Avenue Library in Charlottesville to share their love of poetry.

Lauded as a mainstay of the Charlottesville poetry scene for more than twenty years, the friendly gathering is a chance to share your own work, the work of poets you admire, or just to listen. These are not critique sessions, just a roundtable format, with people taking turns reading their poems.

The next gathering is Wednesday, July 2 and 7:00pm. The group meets on the downstairs floor of Gordon Avenue Library. You can enter the downstairs floor directly from the parking lot. The meeting room is immediately to the right.


VABC Card Class Summer Camp

VABC Card Class Summer Camp

The Virginia Art of the Book Center (VABC) will offer a Card Class Summer Camp: Polymer to Print, on Saturday, July 19 from 2:00-5:00pm and Saturday, August 2 from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Card classes at VABC are always fun, but this set of summer sessions will show you a new way to combine digital design with traditional letterpress printing.

If metal typesetting is too laborious for you, find out how easy this alternative can be. You’ll enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and festivity – this class ends in a party, with food and drinks.

The instructors are Kevin McFadden and Garrett McQueen. The cost is $125 ($100 for members) and materials are provided.


Sara Bareilles at nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Sara Bareilles at nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Starr Hill Presents announces Sara Bareilles in concert at the nTelos Wireless Pavilionon Saturday, July 12 at 7:00pm. Emily King and Hannah Georgas will open.

Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her widely successful hit, “Love Song” which reached #1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album LITTLE VOICE. Since then, the Eureka, CA native has gone on to sell over 1 million copies of her debut album, earn 3 Grammy nominations including Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Love Song.”


WTJU Artist Interview: Janet Grahame Nault

WTJU Artist Interview: Janet Grahame Nault

Local artist Janet Grahame Nault makes multimedia collages that combine etchings, paint and thread in a process that she has developed over the past decade.

As part of a partnership with WTJU 91.1′s public affairs program Soundboard, she recently sat down with Julia Kudravetz to talk about her work. The interview has been edited for clarity and consistency.

It may take a year for your work to “cure” before you can collage with it. What is your studio like? Is it just packed with all this work waiting to be taken apart?

Some of them ended up going in frames, several to the Pauley Center at the Virginia Museum, and gradually they are coming back out of the frames to be incorporated into collages as I intended. The surface of my pieces can get very greasy, so sometimes it’s better to keep them away from the sewing machine.

How did you come to using a sewing machine to make collage? We usually think of sewing machines working with fabric rather than paper.

A lot of people visiting my studio think I use fabric because of the patterns and the stitching, but years ago I took a class from Judy McCloud and we had an assignment of making twenty identical etchings, which really means finessing the ink on the plate the same way twenty times. Mine did not turn out identical, so for the next project I cut all those pieces into bits and sewed them back together. Now I can’t wait to cut them apart once they’re completed.

So this technique really began with sort of a failure?

Yes, I just didn’t have the patience to have each print be identical, and even now I make each print to be different; I do things like apply color with a paintbrush onto the plate, which is not normally how you do it. Lots of times I get mud from that, lots of times the mud works out okay too, but I’m always now making the print with the idea that it will become fodder for collage.

Can we back up and talk about how you got started as an artist? What has been your trajectory?

I’ve wanted to make things ever since first grade, and my mom was always very active with us doing craft projects. I have to say that that sort of activity growing up with hands busy- I just never wanted to stop doing that. Even now, the cutting and pasting can feel very childlike.

That sounds really calming, that you can just let your pieces happen in that way.

Yeah, people ask me a lot of times if I plan or have an image before I cut things up, and sometimes I wish that I did- sometimes things might be more productive if I had a plan. But I never have a plan; I’m always just moving all the materials around, just going going going until I have something that feels done. Sometimes the paper feels so thick that I can’t sew through it anymore, and then I know it’s done.

Most of your work is pretty abstract.

Yes, I would say that, abstract and non-representational.

But I feel like I’ve seen a bird in there…

Yes, a lot of my imagery comes from nature; my husband and I spend a lot of time hiking, and I am particularly attracted to the layer that’s about six inches off the ground, where it’s the little growth- not the big trees, but all the little stuff that grows on the ground, and ground birds. That sort of chaos is reflected in my imagery, and then I have some wings and beaks and eyes in there sometimes. Things from the forest floor.

Have you seen your work change a lot over the past ten years or so? Because I know you’ve had several careers.

Yes, I did go to art school, but then I feel into a small business and did something completely different but earned some good experience there, and really I have only been doing this kind of work for about a decade. Before that, I did watercolors.
I’d rather convey the experience of being in nature than say, drawing a flower directly. I think nature gets transferred subconsciously in the work that I do because people see the natural elements in it. Even though almost all my shapes are rectangular, very architectural, the lines are organic.


Fridays After Five Announces Second Half of Summer Schedule

Fridays After Five Announces Second Half of Summer Schedule

Fridays After Five, a free live concert series presented by Bud Light, has announced the second half of its summer schedule.

Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. With a line-up of performers featuring a variety of music styles from local artists, there is truly something for everyone!

Performances take place on Fridays at 5:30pm at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Check out the schedule below and find a date to attend one of Charlottesville’s favorite concert series:

– July 11 Green Earrings (Steely Dan Covers)
– July 18 Second Draw (Jam Band Blue Grass)
– July 25 The Sally Rose Band (Honky Tonk Rock)
– Aug 1 Eli Cook (Psychedelic Blues)
– Aug 8 Baaba Seth (World Beat)
– Aug 15 We Are Star Children (Adventure Pop)
– Aug 22 The Currys (Folk Rock Harmonies)
– Aug 29 In Full (Rock, Soul, & Pop Hits)
– Sept 5 Tropikiimba (Afro-Latino Rhythms)
– Sept 12 The Skip Castro Band (Classic Boogie Woogie R&B)


VSA Art Show at CitySpace Gallery

VSA Art Show at CitySpace Gallery

PCA is excited to co-present the second annual VSA Art Show, a collaborative exhibit in the CitySpace Gallery with VSACharlottesville/Albemarle for July and August.

VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle was formed in 2000 as a district of Virginia VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts). VSA, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is dedicated to promoting the creative power in people with disabilities.

Through a wide range of programming, the organization encourages community members to build confidence through creative expression.

The exhibit will include an information panel about the VSA organization, as well as artwork from member organizations and individuals that include: Olivia Alderson, Sarah Grover, Joan Bullard, the Post High School program, Region Ten Community Services Board, WorkSource Enterprises, The Enrichment Alliance, Norm and Chris Carter, Building Bridges, The Alzheimer’s Association and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA).

There will be a First Fridays opening reception from 5:30-7:00pm on Friday, July 11 at CitySpace. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, August 29. There will also be an exhibit by local artist Marilyn Roselius on display inside the PCA office within CitySpace, based on Open Play! photos by JJ Cohoon.

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.


July First Fridays Guide

July First Fridays Guide

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 4 & 11, 2014.

CitySpace 100 Fifth St. NE. “VSA Annual Art Show”, collaborative exhibit with artwork from VSA members. July 11, 5:30-7:00pm.

C’Ville Arts 118 E. Main St. “Wings and Things”, jewelry by Stephen Dalton. July 4, 6:00-8:00pm.

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. “Summer Group Show” featuring work from McGuffey members. July 4, 5:30-7:30pm.

WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery 216 W. Water St. New City Arts presents “Souvenir”, mixed media works by Laura Snyder. July 11, 5:00-7:00pm.


Angelo 220 East Main St. “Urban Paintings”, new paintings by Krista Townsend. Opening reception July 5, 4:00-6:00pm.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 400 Worrell Dr. “having-been-there” by Nici Cumpston.

Pigment 1229 Harris St. #13. “Parvum”, mixed media works by Justin Poe. Opening reception July 12, 4:00-6:00pm.

Spring Street Boutique 107 W. Main St. “A Collection of Works”, featuring 14 artists of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association.


PCA Seeks Executive Director

PCA Seeks Executive Director

Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA), the designated arts agency of Charlottesville City and Albemarle County, seeks an Executive Director.

The mission of PCA, a non-profit organization, is to sustain the thriving presence of the arts in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. PCA provides support services to artists, arts organizations, and their audiences.

The Executive Director is responsible for the achievement of the organization’s mission, goals, and financial objectives. Job responsibilities include:

Program Development and Administration:
1. Work with the PCA Board of Directors and staff to develop and maintain a long-range strategy and work plan that achieves the organization’s mission, goals, and financial objectives.
2. Provide leadership for the PCA Board of Directors; facilitate the work of the Board and its committees.
3. Provide leadership for implementation of Create Charlottesville: A Cultural Plan for Charlottesville/Albemarle.
4. Provide leadership for program development; carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board.
5. Maintain current knowledge of literature, practice, and developments in the areas of non-profit arts organizations and arts administration.

Personnel Management:
1. Recruit, hire, and supervise paid staff members as authorized by the Board.
2. Develop and maintain current job descriptions for staff members; conduct performance reviews.
3. Maintain a work climate that attracts, retains, and motivates highly qualified staff members.
4. Promote the use of volunteers in the work of PCA; provide supervision for the volunteer workforce.
5. Plan for the education and development of staff members and volunteers; assist them in relating their specialized work to the mission and goals of the organization.

Budget and Finance:
1. Work with the staff, Board Treasurer, and Finance/Development Committee to prepare an annual budget; ensure that the organization works within the parameters of the budget.
2. Develop and maintain sound financial practices.
3. Develop and manage fundraising campaigns and events, government and private grants, corporate giving, and membership growth to secure adequate funds.
4. Work with the Events Committee to coordinate event planning, marketing, auction donations, and implementation of the annual Spring For The Arts fundraiser.
5. Work with designated Board officers to execute legal documents.

1. Maintain a strong relationship with the Board; provide information and prepare reports.
2. Meet as requested with the Board President, bi-monthly with the Board of Directors, and as needed with Board committees.
3. Establish working relationships and cooperative arrangements with artists, arts and cultural organizations, community organizations, and others.
4. Represent and publicize the mission, goals, programs, and activities of PCA as well as the arts in Charlottesville/Albemarle to agencies, organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and the general public.
5. Liaise with city, county, and state government officials, agencies, and regional arts organizations in accordance with the mission of PCA. 
6. Serve as the principal spokesperson for PCA’s programs, activities, and events.

1. Develop, lead, and coordinate arts advocacy initiatives on local, state, and national levels; serve as a central resource for information on relevant issues involving the arts.
2. Establish, maintain, and cultivate strong relationships with donors, foundations, corporations, businesses, and others to enhance PCA’s visibility, position, and credibility within the community.
3. Serve as the central resource for networking with other arts agencies statewide through participation in such organizations as the Virginia Alliance of Local Arts Agencies, Virginians for the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
4. Work with the Events Committee to produce the annual Rising Stars Awards Celebration honoring local student artists for exemplary performance and engagement.

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. A Master’s degree in an arts-related field is preferred.
2. Management experience is required. Management experience in an arts-related organization is preferred.
3. Experience in budget development and oversight is required. Financial and fundraising acumen is preferred.
4. A record of success in working with a board, a staff, a community, and supporters of an organization is preferred.
5. Exemplary oral and written communication skills are required; the ability to build productive relationships with diverse groups and individuals also is required.
6. Computer skills that include comfort with Mac operating systems, Microsoft Office and Excel, QuickBooks, FileMaker Pro, and Google products are preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:
1. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
2. Compensation includes health/dental benefits and paid annual vacation.

1. Submit a resume with a cover letter expressing interest in the position and experiences relevant to the job responsibilities.
2. Supply the names, titles, and contact information, including telephone numbers, of three references.
3. Submit the application to: Bryan Wright, President, Review of applications will begin August 15, 2014.


July Art Drinks at Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar

July Art Drinks at Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar

Join PCA for the next Art Drinks at Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Baron Wednesday, July 9 from 5:30-7:30pm!

Art Drinks is a monthly casual networking event where you can mingle with other arts enthusiasts and creative professionals in Charlottesville. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Plus, you might win exciting raffle prizes, including a signature broadside from the Virginia Art of the Book Center, tickets to the opening night of Ash Lawn Opera’s production of Susannah, tickets to the Heritage Theatre Festival’s production of Avenue Q, and tickets to see Against Me at The Southern on July 25.

The giveaway is free to enter and the drawing takes place at 6:30pm, with community arts announcements welcome from anyone in the crowd to follow immediately afterward.

The new location for Art Drinks is Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar, located at 20 Elliewood Avenue in Charlottesville. Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar is a great locale on the University Corner to enjoy delicious pizza, craft beer and wine as well as live music and other cultural events.


Arts Engagement Series: VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle

Arts Engagement Series: VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle

Welcome to the Arts Engagement Blog Series!

This series highlights volunteer opportunities for community members with a love of the arts. Each post in the series will correspond to one of the goals in Create Charlottesville/Albemarle: A Cultural Plan. The cultural plan is a comprehensive study of the local arts and culture sector that affirmed community value for the arts, took stock of local arts and culture assets, and identified need areas to focus attention and resources.

As this is the inaugural post in the series, we will begin by highlighting a local organization whose work accomplishes Goal One of the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan: Diversity & Inclusion.

For this week’s post, we spoke to Sarah Blech, the woman behind VSACharlottesville Albemarle. Formerly known as Very Special Artists, the VSACharlottesville/Albemarle committee meets quarterly to promote experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The committee works closely with VSA Arts of Virginia, part of a national program that creates partnerships to promote the arts.

Describe the mission of VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle and how it promotes Diversity & Inclusion.
Four principles guide VSA programs and affiliates:
1. Every young person with a disability deserves access to high quality arts learning experiences.
2. All artists in schools and art educators should be prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction.
3. All children, youth, and adults with disabilities should have complete access to cultural facilities and activities.
4. All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.

What volunteer opportunities are there for community members who wish to get involved with VSACharlottesville/Albemarle?
The VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle advisory committee is open to individuals with or without disabilities who are interested in the arts, disabilities, education, or community engagement. We are looking at long range planning and growth and welcome members of the community with experience and energy to join us!

If you’re interested in becoming a participant on the committee or if you have any questions, please contact Sarah Blech by calling (434) 970-3264 or through email at

Also, be sure to check out the VSA Arts Show, currently on display in CitySpace Gallery. The show will be up throughout July and August and features a variety of impressive works from VSACharlottesville/Albemarle artists.

Stay tuned for next week’s installment of the Arts Engagement Blog Series as we feature organizations tackling Goal 2: Arts Education & Youth Development.