Art and Museums

Making Art Public in Richmond

Nov 16, 2015
(Image credit: Dave Parrish/1708 Gallery)

Richmond has grand plans for building up more public art in the city. Just this past weekend a two-day free art exhibit outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts drew more than 20,000 visitors.

Even though it was dark and cold outside Friday night, the entire back lawn of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was filled with people, wandering among large-scale, light-inspired sculptures, projections and performances. The event, called InLight, is put on by 1708 Gallery.

UVA Grads Share Diverse Art Collections

Sep 8, 2015

It’s not unusual for universities to ask their alumni for donations, but the University of Virginia hit its graduates up for a loan – actually 75 of them. 

In addition to museums, battlegrounds and presidential homes, tourists find history at dozens of plantations that are open to the public. 

Often they learn about the big, elegant homes at the heart of those properties – about the people who lived there, but how do mannerly tour guides introduce the harsh subject of slavery?

Coloring for Adults, a Work Place Unifier

Jul 29, 2015

In the past few years, hundreds of coloring books for adults have become available. Referred to as 'mental yoga,' the soothing value of picking up a crayon and creating a masterpiece has reached Roanoke – and it seems to have communal benefits. 

Rest in Pieces

Jul 23, 2015

Shopping has moved to a whole new level this summer, with the opening of a gift shop in Richmond – a place that specializes in bones and soft tissue preserved in jars.  

If you’re looking for an unusual gift – something that really is one of a kind – Justin Torone invites you to visit Rest in Pieces, a store that specializes in things that are dead.

“There’s butterflies, and there’s like eyeballs in jars.  Everybody can find something here that they like.”