Governor Ralph Northam has appointed five new commissioners to the Virginia Commission for the Arts. They represent economic, academic, business, civic, and cultural sectors of Virginia and bring a wealth of talent and experience to the 13 member statewide Board.
Commission Chair John Rainero (Bristol) commented: "We appreciate the governor appointing these highly qualified and respected leaders to our board. My fellow commissioners and I look forward to serving with the new appointees as we continue to support, promote, and provide opportunities for artists and arts organizations around the Commonwealth".
The new appointees to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are:
With the Commission's focus on the important connections between the arts and economic revitalization, community building, creative workforce development, and mental health and wellness, the new commissioners join a talented roster of arts and business leaders who fund and promote arts and cultural organizations around Virginia.
FALL NEWSLETTER 2017
Events TACL is Supporting This Fall
Don’t miss Yorktown Arts Foundation’s fall fundraiser, “5x5.” This event is made possible by the donation of small works of art created by regional artists. It all happens at On the Hill Art Gallery, 402 Main Street, Yorktown. There is still time to create your 5x5(x5) masterpiece! Pick up your blank 5x5 canvas at the gallery or you may create other works — jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, etc. — that do not exceed 5x5 in dimension, or may be attached to a 5x5 canvas. This year, in addition to member artist works, a limited grouping of “Select Artists’ Works”, by influential artists including Joe Miller, aka “Cheap Joe” will be offered. Learn more at http://onthehillgallery.com/ .
The Williamsburg Book Festival takes place in the Williamsburg Stryker Building on Saturday, October 7, and is part of An Occasion for the Arts. The 2017 featured writer is New York Times bestselling author, Kathryn Alto, who will speak at 5:30 at W&M’s Tucker Hall. The festival includes more than 40 regionally and nationally renowned authors, discussions for writers, readers, artists, book club members, plus meet four Virginia Poet Laureates. This is a free event.
Triangle Arts & Culture League
Volume 2 / Issue 1
Art & Garden 2017
Join Us! Thurs, May 4, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00, art&garden OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION,
Stryker Building. food by Laura & Craig Reeves of The Catering Company; drink by Total Wine and Virginia Beer; live music by Smith Wade Band. Auction by Atlantic Auction of really fun stuff including a beach week at OBX, shooting parties for men & women, a painting retreat weekend and more. Sponsored by Towne Bank.
$25 or Free for League of 100 Members.
League Members – please invite friends who would be interested in the mission of TACL. Everyone is welcome.
Jo Anne Murphy, Opening Night Chair
Your Support of Triangle Arts & Culture League helps support these 2017 public art projects:
Greg Lilly, President
Advisory Board: Terry Buntrock, TJ Cardwell, Anne Geddy Cross, Michele Mixner DeWitt, Pat Faulkner, Monty Mason, Elizabeth Mead, Rachel Merriman-Goldring, Jo Anne Murphy, Misti Spong. Special thanks to Cathy Harris and Maureen Moss plus the League of 100, sponsors and friends.
Have you purchased your ticket for art&garden 2017? $160 for two days
Friday, May 5, 2017, 9:00 – 5:00 $94
We are bringing in experts from England and across the USA on Gardening, Landscape Design, Public Art, Flower Arranging and the Environment. Vendors have garden gear, flower arranging, jewelry, art and more.
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017, 9:00 – 4:00 $86
Tablescapes Design Contest sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg Products & tour 10 private cottage gardens plus select kitchens in Yorktown Village; hear Jim Orband on shade gardening at 11:00. This day will inspire you to use your garden for fun and entertaining. Be sure to visit the vendors.
We hope to see you there! Misti Spong, art&garden Chair
You can purchase your tickets on the www.TACL-va.org website OR
Mail your ticket request to: Triangle Arts & Culture League
P.O. Box 1742 Williamsburg, VA 23187
February 23 - 26, 2017
Triangle Arts & Culture League is sponsoring, Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a groundbreaking transatlantic theater project focused on the value of privacy. In cooperation with
the Goethe-Institute Washington, fifteen theaters across the U.S. and Europe have
commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays and short film adaptations
exploring the central question, “What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?”
These performances are presented to initiate an artistic and cultural dialogue
centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Live performances of the plays will happen throughout the weekend in and
around festival venues. Kevin Place ‘14, the P3M5 Theatre Outreach Coordinator,
will introduce the project during the Canon Shorts Program #1 (page 12).
March 12, April 9 & May 14, 2017, 11:00 – 5:00pm, Second Sunday Art Show by Culture-Fix features more than 100 artists and craftsmen, plus four music stages on Prince George Street in Merchants Square, Williamsburg. http://www.2ndsundayswilliamsburg.com/
April 6, 2017 Botticelli CLOSES at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfire of the Vanities
April 21, 8:00pm & April 23, 2:00pm, 2017 Opera in Williamsburg presents: The Marriage of Figaro. Two performances at the Kimball Theater, Merchants Square, Williamsburg, VA.
April 25, 2017 10:00 – 5:00, Historic Garden Week in Virginia’s 85th Annual Homes and Gardens Tour of Williamsburg features 9 private homes plus gardens in College Terrace and Colonial Williamsburg.
April 30, 2017, 10:00 – 5:00 Art on the Square, 54th Annual juried art show is presented by the Junior Women’s Club of Williamsburg and features more than 100 artists and fine craftsmen, in Merchants Square, Williamsburg, VA. http://www.williamsburgjuniors.org/art-on-the-square
May 5 & 6, 2017, Triangle Arts & Culture League presents art&garden – A celebration of landscape design, garden art, and garden trends includes an exhibition of 50 tablescapes, talks and demonstrations by experts including Andrea Wulf, and a tour of 12 private gardens and kitchens. http://www.tacl-va.org/
May 6, 2017, Noon – 6:00, 4th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ returns to Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. Micro Brews and the region’s best BBQ (for purchase) and top blues bands presented by Village Events.
May 7, 2017, 10:00 – 4:00, Art at the River features more than 100 juried artists, live music and food vendors creating a perfect day of shopping and dining on the York River at Riverwalk Landing, in Historic Yorktown, VA. https://www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism/Events/ArtattheRiver.aspx
May 20, 2017, 8:00pm, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents, Fireworks Finale, music by Falla, and Urioste joins the orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D, op. 35.
Phil Beta Kappa Hall at the College of William and Mary. http://www.williamsburgsymphony.org/concerts/
May 26, 2017, OPENS Busch Garden Food & Wine Festival, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through July 2. https://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/food-and-wine/event-info/calendar-hours
League of 100 Newsletter
League of 100 is Growing
TACL now has a family of more than 50 members in the League of 100. See their names here:
http://www.tacl-va.org/league.html . We still need more passionate lovers of public art to help us reach our project goals and assist with events and planning. League members are encouraged to reach out to a friend or colleague in December and invite them to join. Family memberships are $150, singles members are $100 and students are $30. In addition to having a voice in Public Art, League Members are special guests at the art&garden opening night party on Thursday, May 4, 2017 – save the date!
Thank you, T.J. Cardwell
T.J. Cardwell has agreed to serve as the liaison from the League to the Triangle Arts & Culture League Advisory Board. Learn more about T.J. here: http://www.tacl-va.org/board.html .
You be the Judge! #tacl-lights
From now until December 26, 2016, League of 100 members are invited to participate in some holiday fun on behalf of TACL and Public Art. We share today’s press release with you, and please contact Terry if you and your family will agree to be a judge.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Terry Buntrock, Executive Director
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AS PUBLIC ART
Greg Lilly, President of Triangle Arts & Culture League (TACL), Inc., announced today that TACL is sponsoring a unique Public Art contest for the holidays. TACL’s Truly Terrific Holiday Lights Contest has $700 in prize money that will be awarded to two, first place $250 winners and two, second place $100 winners. Winners will also receive a wearable trophy.
"The holidays inspire us to make art for our neighbors and community with such materials as lights, garland, wreaths and music in both religious and whimsical displays," Lilly says. "TACL wants to spotlight holiday art and artists."
Category One is TACL’s Totally Terrific Public Art Lawn Display. Judges in this category will be looking for over-the-top holiday lawn decor that includes any combination of colored lights (blinking and synchronization encouraged), inflatables, signs, cut-out figures, illuminated plastic figures and a more-is-more attitude.
Category Two is TACL’s Truly Traditional Public Art Lawn Display. Winners in this category will decorate with lavish displays of white lights, greenery and natural decorations such as fruit, shells, paper, ribbon, cones, wood and branches, etc.
The contest judges are members of TACL’s League of 100, and they will be viewing neighborhoods in the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County through December 26. The four winners will be announced in early January.
If your holiday lights display is Totally Terrific or Truly Traditional, email your address [email protected], so TACL judges are sure to find you.
All season long, TACL League of 100 judges will be posting their favorite light displays to the Triangle Arts & Culture League Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TriangleWJYLeague3/). Visit the page to see our area's Truly Terrific and Traditional displays.
Post photos to your own Facebook page or on Twitter, using the hashtag #tacl-lights to alert TACL and the Historic Triangle area to more Truly Terrific Holiday Lights.
Spring Fundraiser art&garden May 5, & 6, 2017 (Opening Party on May 4)
Plans for this spectacular two day event include a tour of 12 private cottage gardens plus select kitchens in Yorktown Village. Tour the gardens in the morning and then return to Williamsburg for “WILLIAMSBURG Trend Meets Tradition Tablescapes for Outdoor Living.” Colonial Williamsburg Products Division is sponsoring this tablescape contest with one Grand Prize of $500 and four Category Prizes of $250 each for the most spectacular tablescape designs that use Colonial Williamsburg “WILLIAMBURG Trend Meets Tradition” wallpapers as inspiration for the table design. The contest is open to individuals, garden clubs, florists, designers . . . anyone who wants to support the mission of TACL with their creativity! If you would like to know more about this tablescape design contest, contact Terry Buntrock at [email protected] .
Learn more about speakers and vendors and fun at: http://www.tacl-va.org/ag-event-schedule.html If you are or know an artist, garden boutique or designer that would like to participate as a vendor at art&garden, please have them contact Terry Buntrock. The exhibition fee for the two day event is $250.
We hope you have a joyful and memorable holiday. Thank you for all you do for the mission of making art accessible to everyone,
Terry, Greg, Pat and the Advisory Board
Don’t forget to Like TACL’s Facebook page and share our content: https://www.facebook.com/TriangleWJYLeague3/?fref=ts
Triangle Arts & Culture League, Inc. P.O. Box 1742, Williamsburg, VA 23187
[email protected] 757 293-8553
Art Escape Weekend
Celebrate the Magic of American Craft
October 7 – 9, 2016
Escape to the magic! Now in its seventh year, American Craft Week is the nation’s largest celebration of handmade American craft. The celebration began with a simple idea: What if everybody who makes, sells, exhibits, teaches or collects American craft all did something at the same time to spotlight artisan craft. This expression of our national heritage is not only a beautiful aesthetic for our homes and public places, it also creates American jobs, honors and preserves traditions, makes our nation’s communities more vibrant and spurs economic growth.
In the Historic Triangle, we celebrate American Craft Week as a community effort that we call Art Escape Weekend. Local galleries and artisans invite you to add your voice to the nation’s largest craft celebration.
One of the treasures of our region is the Williamsburg Contemporary Arts Center (formerly This Century Art Gallery.) It is an example of tenacity that has been the cornerstone of Williamsburg visual arts for more than 50 years. Their fall lecture series is one of their many gifts to our community.
Centuries of Art @ your Library – WCAC Fall 2016 Lecture Series
The "centuries of art @ your library" lecture series is made possible through WCAC’s partnership program with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Williamsburg Regional Library.
All lectures will be free of charge and will be held Monday evenings at 7:30pm in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street.
Fall 2016 Lectures:
October 3–Japanese Culture during the Edo Period
October 17–Politics & Painting: French Art Movements of the 19th Century
November 7–An Album of a Century: Photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue
November 14–Stranger than Fiction: Great Art Heists in History
We invite you to visit three new pieces of art in the City of Williamsburg at City Square near the new Stryker Complex.
Williamsburg artist Merrilee Cleveland’s fine art sculpture, “Dawn,” was juried into the 2015 Arts District Outdoor Sculpture Garden and was initially placed at Wells Fargo Bank. On September 8, 2016, the City of Williamsburg purchased the sculpture from Cleveland and moved it to its permanent home near the Stryker building on N. Boundary Street. The work’s mysterious quality is simultaneously ancient and contemporary. It is influenced by ancient art, literature, mythology, and cultural studies. The medium is lost wax process, cast bronze. Cleveland has been creating sculpture for over 25 years. After earning her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992, she partnered with a group of artists in Milwaukee, WI to form Vanguard Sculpture Services, LTD, a full service art foundry which still operates today. In 2000, she left that business and embarked on her solo career as a sculptor. Since then her personal odyssey has taken her across the US and abroad. She has had studios based in Wisconsin, Arizona, California, and Colorado. She has been appointed as a Visiting Artist at the Hellenic School of the Arts on Paros Island, Greece, at The Colorado Springs School, and most recently at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Williamsburg with her husband James, and they have one daughter.
“Commitment” and all of artist Derek Chalfant’s work feature symbols of the importance of family life in the development and security of a child. This artwork consists of a stainless steel rocking chair that cradles a bronze infant. The medium is lost wax investment cast bronze. At the base of the rocker is a bronze briefcase. The rocker symbolizes the comforting relationship between parent and child. A wedding ring rests on the infant’s shoulders to symbolize the security that comes from the institution of marriage. The briefcase is a symbol for the importance of employment to the security of family life. The legs of the rocker are elongated to show the perspective of a child as it looks up toward the seat of the chair. The artist is a public school teacher and an associate Art Professor at Elmira College, Elmira, New York. He holds an MFA from University of Notre Dame and has placed art in public projects throughout the U.S.
UP UP & AWAY
“Up, Up and Away” is a colorful painted stainless steel sculpture by North Carolina artist, Jordan Parah. Parah’s fabricated metal pieces are a result of research that connects contrasting forms, shapes and colors to represent people who are all different but equal. The works strive to create balance and harmony out of diversity. Parah holds a BFA from East Carolina University, and she is the North Carolina State Representative for Tri-State Sculptors. Her works can be seen in public and private collections throughout the southeast, and her studio is in Greenville, N.C. “Up, Up and Away” was juried into the 2016/17 Williamsburg Arts District Outdoor Sculpture Gallery and subsequently purchased from that collection by the City of Williamsburg and moved to the Stryker Complex in early September.
For more information about these and other artists in the Arts District Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, visit TACL-VA.org.