Art and Museums

The Collection of William and Donna Acquavella

Some big names are gracing the University of Virginia’s art museum this month. 

Lucian Freud was the grandson of Sigmund Freud, who encouraged him to become an artist.  The younger Freud left Germany with his family when Hitler came to power and settled in England, where he painted a diverse group of people; from the civil servant he called Big Sue to Mick Jagger’s fashionable wife.

“He had a fascination for pregnant women, and he painted Jerry Hall and Kate Moss, who were best known as tall, sleek models, in the third trimester of their pregnancy.” 

Artist Noah Scalin

It’s been seven years since Richmond artist Noah Scalin launched a project that would bring him international fame.  The mission: to draw, paint or sculpt a skull a day.  Now, those works are collected in a new book that illustrates how one idea can jump start a career. 

Some artists discover their true nature late in life.  At 42, Richmond resident Noah Scalin says he’s always known art was his calling.  After all, both of his parents were artists.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This week, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  will paint the town red, opening a massive new show from China.   The Forbidden City offers  a look inside the palace that two dozen Chinese emperors called home.

Chinese music, paintings, sculptures and calligraphy will take center stage at the Richmond museum when The Forbidden City show opens Saturday, October 18.  Director Alex Nyerges has been to the real thing many times to marvel at 1.8 million works of art on its walls and grounds.

Swimming Pool Art

Sep 1, 2014

The Shenandoah National Park made a surprising announcement last week - inviting people to apply for an artist-in-residence program. 

During this - the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act - the park wanted to celebrate its year-round residents and invite artists to record the natural beauty of the place. 

The winner will have two weeks in September, all expenses paid, to live and work in the Shenandoah.
Near Charlottesville, another artistic happening is underway. 

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is opening in Bristol, Virginia this weekend. Nashville may be the mecca of this music today, but as Johnny Cash himself put it, Bristol was the site of the ‘Big Bang’ that led to the universe of country music we know today.

It was there that the now famous “Bristol Sessions” were recorded by then unknown musicians.