Art and Museums

VaNews for 6.9.14

Jun 9, 2014

Virginia is tying to figure out what to do with a new taxi service that may not actually be  a taxi service, and one of the most extraordinary paintings ever created will be displayed in Yorktown.

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

Many events taking place at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford in observance of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy. 

Gift of Dr. George and Mrs. Marylou Fischer, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The film Monuments Men raised public awareness about what happened to important works of art in Nazi Germany. 

Some of it was destroyed, while other pieces were hidden away.  One especially valuable collection made its way to Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says it just got one of the missing paintings back.

Between 1910 and 1930, one family in Germany - the Fischers --  collected the works of modern painters.  Robin Nicholson, Deputy Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says the Nazis disliked and often destroyed such work.

The University of Virginia recently unveiled a surprising work of art – a painting by one of Germany’s best known graffiti artists -- on four panels of the Berlin Wall.

Painting with Dirt

Apr 3, 2014

Most painters work in water color, oil or acrylic, but one Virginia man is making his mark by painting with dirt.

Mike Heivly’s Dad was in the military, so his family moved around a lot, and in each new place, he noticed the dirt was different.  In some spots it was black – in others, red, and during one cross country trip, he decided to demonstrate its diversity.

“Every place that we stopped I got a little soil sample – evidence that I was there.  And then I did a series of paintings/prints  to document a movement across the continent.”