Arts Events


Let’s see if I can find a picture of someting from the Lewis collection at the Virginia Museum.  Here’s one:  (I’ve actually seen this; it is a life size sculpture.)

Ice Mankikismith 


Kiki Smith (American, 1954- )


79-1/4”H x 29-1/2”W x 11-1/2”D
201.30 cm x 74.93 cm x 29.21 cm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. The Sydney and Frances Lewis Endowment Fund, 2004.1
Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

I’ve been planning to renew my membership to the Virginia Museum, but I thought I’d wait until all the galleries were open again.  I didn’t, because of a wonderful preview for members that is happening 20 November.  Remember my favorite art patrons in Richmond, the Lewises?  I wrote about them here.  The preview on the 20th is of the new gallery with the Lewis collection of contemporary art!  I’m very excited.  If you are a member or decide to join the museum, please join us for this preview.  It is a wonderful collection, and I know there are additions to it since I’ve last seen it.  Remember James Prosek?  I wrote about him here and here.  I know the museum purchased one of his paintings, and I think it will be part of this exhibit. 

Also, did anyone join Visual Arts Center of Richmond?  I did when I signed up for my Creative Spark writing class, so I could get the discount, and I thought I might take more courses there this year.  Sunday afternoon there is a new members reception at the home of one of the board members.  I’m going, and I wondered if anyone reading this is also a new member, and going to the reception?  Let me know if you are and I will look for you there!

I’m very excited about both of these events, especially the preview.  Can’t wait to see the new Sydney and Frances Lewis Gallery, and the fabulous works of art in it, both old and newly acquired.  And then the whole museum is reopening in May!   For a town the size of Richmond, the VMFA is quite impressive.


Remember James Prosek?  I’m linking his name to the part of his web page that references a film he made.  By the way, here is a picture of the catalog for his show here in Richmond, VA at the Reynolds Gallery.

Real & Imagined James Prosek

I just watched the first chapter of the film on You Tube.  It is a wonderful little film, so far.   He talks about writing, visual arts, fishing, and mentions a Yeats poem called “The Song of Wandering Aengus”.  It is so beautiful, I wanted to share it with you.  I found it here



by: W.B. Yeats 

      WENT out to the hazel wood,
      Because a fire was in my head,
      And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
      And hooked a berry to a thread;
      And when white moths were on the wing,
      And moth-like stars were flickering out,
      I dropped the berry in a stream
      And caught a little silver trout.
      When I had laid it on the floor
      I went to blow the fire a-flame,
      But something rustled on the floor,
      And some one called me by my name:
      It had become a glimmering girl
      With apple blossom in her hair
      Who called me by my name and ran
      And faded through the brightening air.
      Though I am old with wandering
      Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
      I will find out where she has gone,
      And kiss her lips and take her hands;
      And walk among long dappled grass,
      And pluck till time and times are done
      The silver apples of the moon,
      The golden apples of the sun.
‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’ is reprinted from An Anthology of Modern Verse. Ed. A. Methuen. London: Methuen & Co., 1921.

Wonderful Weekend


My girlfriend, Stephanie, visited this weekend from CT.  We had lots of fun.  She stayed at the ALoft hotel here in our neighborhood.  It’s across the street!  That was fun.  I’d never been to the hotel before, and it’s lots of fun.  There’s a pool & outdoor lounge which we didn’t use, but I’d been wanting to check out the lounge and it was very pretty.  The room was great, large.  Design is all contemporary, and very cheap to stay there now. 

Friday we went to the 1st Friday Art Walk downtown, which I’ve wanted to do for years.  Now I will feel more comfortable doing it alone, since I know where everything is.  We had a fine dinner at Tarrant’s.  It was very nice.  It’s an old drugstore and the decor is late Victorian with lots of wood trim-booths, etc.,  and art.  Some of the paintings are contemporary which added a nice balance.  The service and food were excellent.  We then hit several galleries. 

Afterward we went to Melito’s in the West End to rendezvous with our whiz-bang woman friend, Ann Bradley Ballance, and have a drink.  Great seeing Ann again.  Next we went to a nearby high school to see Stephanie’s nephew play football and Stephanie rendezvoused with her brother, Hugh and his wife.  We arrived in the 4th quarter and it went into overtime.  Good game, disappointing end for our team, though.  He goes to the same school where we went to high school, Patrick Henry High School in Hanover County.  Afterward we visited with them for a while, then, Ann, Stephanie & I went back to the ALOFT and had a drink in the lounge and then we sat up talking until about 4:30 in the morning.   Quite the day!

Yesterday we were much more laid back.  We had a big breakfast at Boychik’s, a great NY style deli, by the way.  We rendezvoused with our good friend, Theresa, in the fan, at the Visual Arts Center, which is where my Creative Spark writing class is.  We refreshed at Home Team Grill, and rounded off the visit with Theresa by visiting galleries in the “Uptown” area-1300-1800 W. Main Street.  It was fun because at the Reynolds Gallery, a show had just opened the night before and Stephanie knew the artist.  He lives near her and has shown in some of the same places.  His work was remarkable.  His name is James Prosek.  He has transformed a genre (he’s known as the “Audubon of fishing”) from something very plain, organic, natural to contemporary, extremely fluid and emotionally satisfying (for moi, anywho) work.  I always love meeting the artist when I see a piece.  That was a highlight.

Let’s see, we rested some, I worked on my Creative Spark assignment, then we went to dinner at Shackleford’s.  I had my usual, Chesapeake Chicken, (chicken breast stuffed with crab over mashed potatoes & asparagus-yum!) and Stephanie had a fish, can’t remember what but it was a large white fish special with mushroom grits.  Then we went back to her hotel and hung out.  I could pop out and run home for a bit to walk Elsie, etc.  Very convenient.  Her plane left early so we had a cup of tea to go and I came home and crashed again.

Hope this hasn’t been a bore, but I like to mention specifics so with their links so you can check them out if something interests you!