Archive for May, 2011

Rust and Iron in Richmond Virginia

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Artist Justin Bishop’s creations from cast iron are on display this month at the Red Door Gallery in Richmond’s historic Fan District.  The exhibition, titled “Drawings and Sculpture: Work from the Past Ten Years” opened on May 6th and runs through June 18th.  The Red Door Gallery is located at 1607 West Main Street, in the colorful Uptown area of Richmond. Many of the works are from cast iron recycled from old radiators and bathtubs, and the natural oxidizing process imparts an unusual finish to the industrial material. Justin has built a small foundry in his backyard, based on the ancient process and forgoing newer high-tech induction furnaces.

Read more from Julie Geen of Style Weekly. Article.

Red Door Gallery, 1607 W Main Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 358-0211 owner: Jerry Shapiro

“Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria” at VMFA through May 22

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

It’s the last week for what has been called one of the most important collections of West African art ever shown in the United States at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibit, offering a glimpse into Nigeria’s kingdom of Ife, known as a central point for trade and art, which was at its cultural peak between the 12th and 15th centuries. This is a traveling exhibition of works of examples of brass, copper, stone and terra cotta sculptures noted for their visual power, complexity and detailed workmanship assembled by the Museum for African Art in New York in collaboration with the Nigerian National Commission on Museums and Monuments and the Fundacion Marcelino Botin of Santander, Spain.  Highlights of the exhibit include life-size portrait heads of copper and alloys that employ techniques far advanced for the time.     (more…)

More Spring House & Garden Tours

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

HIstoric Garden Week in Virginia has slipped by; The Fan Woman’s Club Kitchen and Garden Tour is a memory; the Museum District’s Mother’s Day Tour has passed — but we’re not done yet! Next Saturday, May 14th between noon and 5 PM, selected homes and gardens in the Ginter Park neighborhood will open their doors and gates to visitors.

Ginter Park House and Garden Tour celebrates 100 years of Architecture May 14 2011 between noon and 5 PM

The annual tour will be celebrating 100 years of architecture and gardens and the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Ginter Park neighborhood.  Times-Dispatch article on Ginter Park Tour Ticket Information and Details.

And, once you visited the ten homes and gardens open for touring, just up the road you’ll find Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens featuring its Millions of Blooms.  Right now the roses and peonies are in their prime and provide great photo opportunities. You can also check out the progress of world-famous artist Patrick Dougherty as he builds his stick sculpture, which will be named on May 21 at the Spring Fling in the Garden.

And, this is the FINAL weekend for the exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Better get there before it’s gone for good!

Lots in store this weekend, don’t miss out! Richmond and central Virginia are the place to be….

Richmond ROCKS This Weekend

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

It’s that time again! Dominion Riverrock returns on May 13 and 14th, the East Coast’s premier outdoor lifestyle festival.  Musicians, spectators, athletes, and even dogs take over Brown’s Island for a fantastic two-day festival. The party against the backdrop of Richmond’s downtown riverfront begins on Friday with music concerts, 5K mud run, acrobatic kayak and freestyle bike competitions.

Join the fun at Dominion RiverRock May 14 & 15 on the James River in downtown Richmond

Energy level heats up on Saturday with activities in and around the river: James River Scramble 10K Trail Run, mountain biking, kayaking, ultimate air dogs and much much more. This year’s event includes for the first time: bouldering and stand-up paddleboarding.


Downtown is in the middle of it all! And your innkeepers at the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast are proud to be the closest bed and breakfast to all the action! Our urban inn is located one block from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus. Try an urban bed and breakfast for a better way to stay in Richmond Virginia!

Time is Running Out!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is winding down its noted exhibition titled “Picasso: Masterpieces from The Musee National Picasso, Paris.” The exhibition officially closes on May 15, 2011 and  the museum has extended its weekend hours on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th until midnight!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch the exhibit and its audio tour – make your plans now. If you hesitate, tickets will be gone and the opportunity to take in the only East Coast appearance of the exhibition will have slipped by.  Get your TICKET!

Rent the audio tour to maximize your benefit — or get the free download here.

For the most complete tour, rent the audioguide or download the tour to your smart phone!

Hours have been extended to 9 PM on Saturday May 7th.

This is the largest and most significant exposition of this contemporary artist’s work with examples from each of Picasso’s major artistic periods – and all of it from Pablo Picasso’s personal collection.  The over 175 pieces are on loan from the Musee National Picasso, Paris which is undergoing renovations at this time.

And, on Saturdays, to get around Richmond’s city center and its heritage sites, check out the free museum bus. The bus loop is just one block away from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast inn in Richmond’s historic Fan District, so don’t hesitate make your plans today!