February 20th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

richmond craft mafia craft swap

RVA Craft Mafia Craft Swap is this Saturday, February 22, from 1pm-4pm at Art 180 (114 W. Marshall St). The entrance fee is $6; only $1 if you bring your own re-usable bag to fill and a bag of your surplus art or craft supplies to swap!

More details. Thanks Melissa!

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May 16th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

tom wesselman

In celebration of National Art Museum Day, admission to Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s Pop Art and Beyond: Tom Wesselmann will be FREE on Saturday, May 18:

See Pop Art and Beyond: Tom Wesselmann free on Art Museum Day, hosted by the American Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). The celebration complements International Museum Day, an annual worldwide event coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Art Museum Day is dedicated to highlighting the importance of museums within the global community. Tickets for the exhibition required.

Tickets are required – you can reserve them through the website by selecting the date of May 18. Initially, the cost may show up as $15 per adult ticket, but begin the check-out process. When you reach the checkout page to create an account (Step 3 of 4), the promotion code MUSEUMDAY should already be entered in the promotion code box and your total should be $0 (don’t proceed past billing info if the total doesn’t reflect the promotion.)

More information about the exhibit, which is open from 10am-5pm. Also note: “Some graphic content. Parental discretion advised.”

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January 30th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

main art supply

The owner of Main Art Supply and Framing (1537 W Main St) is retiring and closing the store –

Once in a Lifetime Closing Sale at Main Art Supply! Right Now!
Come get store fixtures, shelving, drawers, and more! Paints and brushes! Pencils, pens, markers, paper! Easels! A ton of art supplies at great discounts! Spread the word!

Some of the % off discounts are listed on the website.

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May 31st, 2012 by RichmondBargains

The first Sunday of every month from 1-4pm, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a free “Open Studio” designed for kids ages 3-12, during which there is an art project to make related to one of the museum’s pieces.

It sounded perfect for my four-year-old’s obesession with art and crafts, so I took him on a Mommy/Son date after church last month.

After slurping up smoothies (free thanks to a Living Social deal), we headed to the museum, parking on Sheppard St to save on the $5 parking deck fee.

The classroom studio was a little tricky to find, but there were plenty of employees available to point us in the right direction. Once we arrived, we found an open spot – it was busy but not full – and more helpful volunteers and employees explained that month’s project. It was to create an African bracelet inspired by the Yoruba Egungun masks honoring ancestors.

My son enjoyed picking out the fabric scraps and stringing shells on strings, while I was in charge of stapling it all together. I was impressed that the project was something suitable for the wide age range in attendance, with varying degrees of assistance, of course.

The craft only took us about 15 minutes to complete. We spent the next 45 minutes roaming the museum, pausing to examine pieces which caught his attention. Some modern art pieces were among his favorites, as well as a painting depicting a volcano.

And after all that, we HAD to check out the beautiful fountains splashing beside the steps leading to the parking deck roof.

If you haven’t taken your kids to the VMFA because you think there won’t be enough to interest them, think again – Open Studio days are a great excuse to check it out. Or you could choose another time that fits your schedule better; the museum is open 365 days a year, and general admission is FREE.

There’s another Open Studio coming up this Sunday. If you go:

    First Sunday of each month 1 – 4 pm
    Location: Art Education Center
    Ages: Recommended for families with children ages 3-12
    Cost: Free, no registration required
    Description: Take a break from the summer sun and enjoy cool “make-it and take it” art projects, inspired by a select work of art from our world-renowned collection! Activities vary monthly, based on availability of materials.
    Sun, May 6
    Sun, June 3
    Sun, Aug 5

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May 22nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

art of india vmfa

This Saturday from 1 – 4 pm, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will hold a free Celebrate the Art of India family event.

Recommended for families with children ages 3 – 12.

Learn about the glitz, glamour, and power of the Indian kings! Create art inspired by this ancient culture and compare your creations to the South Asian galleries at VMFA.


    1 pm, 2 pm, 3:45 pm
    Gandharva School of Music, Richmond, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Atrium, Level 1)
    Experience the sounds of the traditional Indian tanpura, table, and harmonium. Performers from 6 to 16 years of age invite the audience to participate and learn about this unique style of music.

    1:15 pm, 1:55 pm, 2:35 pm, 3:15 pm
    Rikki Tikki Tavi, movie (30 minutes), Reynolds Lecture Hall, Level LL
    In this Rudyard Kipling classic, a young mongoose protects his home and loved ones from dangerous cobras.

    1:30 pm, 3 pm
    Bharatha Natyam & Kuchipudi, Cheek Theater, Level L
    Delicate hand gestures, expressive eyes, extraordinary footwork and graceful techniques by performers from 10 to 20 years of age of the Apsaras Arts Dance Group, Nrithya School of Kuchipudi Dance and Sri Sai Dance Academy make this performance a must see!

Ongoing Activities:

    Howdahs and Elephants and Maharajas—OH MY!!, Art Education Center Studios, Level 1
    Create a howdah (elephant saddle) and adorn an elephant so that it is fit for a king to ride.

    Art of Indian Architecture, Art Education Center Studios, Level 1
    Design your own temple, mosque, or mausoleum using Indian architectural elements like an onion dome, columns, and arches.

    Indian Prints and Patterns, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Conference Room 1, Level L)
    Use authentic Indian textile stamps to make your own patterned bag.

    Crowns for Kings and Queens, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Conference Room 2, Level L)
    India’s Hindu kings or maharajas wore spectacular turbans or headdresses bejeweled with ornaments made from precious metals and stones like gold and jade. Make your own bejeweled crown and become king or queen for the day!

    Rangoli, Atrium, Level 1
    Observe the beautiful and delicate designs of rangoli, an ancient Indian folk art created with rice flour during Hindu festivals.

    Henna Demonstrations, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Atrium, Level 1)
    Celebrate with this ancient form of body art traditionally applied to hands and feet to bring joy, beauty, and good luck.

    Royal Riches Galley Hunt, museum-wide
    Explore the world of royalty — from the maharajas of India to the Kuba kings of the Congo — in eight VMFA galleries. Return your completed form of what you find to the Welcome table to receive a prize.

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April 9th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

g40 mural
(140 W Clay St, via Art Whino Gallery)

Perhaps you’ve noticed them, sprinkled along West Broad and nearby streets?

Murals have splashed up all over downtown as part of the G40 Art Summit that kicked off last weekend:

Month Long 500+ Low Brow Art Exhibits, Musical Performances and Mural Project featuring 12 of the top muralists from around the globe

Want to see them in person?

Here is the full list of mural locations, and other G40 art exhibits.

RVANews has photos of a number of the murals and a Map of locations via Fan of the Fan.

So glad Richmond was picked to host this unique public art project, don’t miss it!

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March 15th, 2012 by RichmondBargains


No plans for a Thursday or Friday night? Check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for VMFA After Dark

Celebrate art after dark every Thursday and Friday until 9 pm. Evening entertainment includes First Fridays, Friday Art & Wine, Jazz Café, films, poetry readings, dancing, and other special events.

Recurring programs:

    Jazz Cafe – Thursdays 6-9pm
    Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 pm, at VMFA’s Best Café. The Jazz Café is presented to the public by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, free of charge! Light fare and beverages available for sale. (Tonight: Sharon Rae North Quartet – One of Richmond’s choice vocalists presents a night of smooth originals and jazz favorites.
    Sharon Rae North-vocals, Lucy Kilpatrick-piano, Wilbert Anderson-bass; Rickk Gray-drums)

    Friday Art & Wine – Every Friday 5 – 8:30 pm (tours at 7 and 7:30 pm), Best Cafe
    Unwind with refreshing, half-price beverages and tantalizing, half-hour art tours. Free tours include “The King,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” and “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” Now you have more reasons to hang out at VMFA on Friday nights! Head to the museum and enjoy discounted beverages and free half-hour gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 pm. ( Fri, Mar 16 “The King” Explore images of the king of rock ‘n’ roll and other royal figures!)

    First Fridays – First Friday of the month, 6-8pm
    The First Fridays series features an eclectic mix of multicultural performing arts showcased in different spaces within the museum. Take advantage of our extended hours on Friday evenings (we’re open until 9 pm) to also stroll through the galleries, explore the VMFA Shop, or enjoy dinner and drinks in Amuse Restaurant or Friday Art & Wine at Best Café.

    Tango After Work – Third Friday of the month, 6-8:30pm in the Best Cafe
    Join in the fun and exotic beauty of the tango with Richmond’s tango community, while enjoying the food and social atmosphere in Best Café. You can also take advantage of half-price beverages as part of Friday Art & Wine.

And a new feature: Amuse Restaurant is offering a $28 prix-fixe three-course menu on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. (VMFA members save 10%) New menu monthly.

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July 24th, 2008 by Alison

Those looking for cheap fun this weekend are in luck – there’s plenty to be had around the Richmond area, starting with some biggies Downtown

Manchester’s Fourth Friday (free) – Advertised as “providing art, music, food, and outdoor movie and fun – south of the river,” courtesy of local merchants, art galleries and cafes. Start at ArtWorks, which hosts new art shows, complete with refreshments and a chance to meet the artists from 7-10pm (320 Hull Street), and check out ArtSpace‘s Plant Zero exhibit.

Shockoe Chef Showdown (free, $2 to taste) – shockoe shef showdown
This sounds like a must-see for all wannabe chefs of Richmond. From what I can gather, 11-1pm will feature tasting in 3 categories (Meat dish, veggie dish, dessert), with samples available for $2. Then starting at 1pm, there will be a Fresh Market Basket competition, Iron Chef style. Lots more details at Richmond.com
17th Street Farmer’s Market, 1-4

Duck Race 2008 (free) – duck race… And while you’re in the area, you can also check out the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Duck Race happening at Brown’s Island. A 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Sedan is the top prize this year, as 17,000 rubber duckies wend their way down the canal. Be on hand at 3pm to catch the spectacle! More details.
Browns Island, 11-4


Henrico Concert Band Summer Concert Series (free) – Bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to the Henrico Concert Band perform
Dorey Park by the lake, 6pm

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