Saturday, May 21, 2011

VCCA Hosts Annual SPHEX Meeting

Photo by Karen Bell, photographer and current VCCA Fellow-in-residence

The Sphex Club of Lynchburg held their annual dinner meeting at VCCA on Wednesday, May 20. After a studio tour in the visual arts wing, the members were welcomed by VCCA Executive Director Suny Monk, who invited them to enjoy a delicious dinner with Fellows at the residency - prepared and catered by Sweet Briar College. The Sphex Club then gathered to hear "Art Is For Everyone", an inspiring speech delivered by Alex Nyerges, director of the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) and a VCCA board member.

Sphex is an acronym for science, philosophy, history, ethics...and the unknown. Founded in 1910, the Sphex Club celebrated its centennial in 2010 and members include the mayor of Lynchburg, college presidents, and numerous men and women from nonprofit organizations - including our own Suny Monk. It is a club in the distinguished tradition of English supper clubs, like the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge founded in 1660, and The Club founded by Samuel Johnson and other luminaries in 1764.

Sphex is also a Greek word for stinging insect, and the Sphex Club logo is a wasp - to represent the stinging comments to which members could be subject to in the discussions that follow their presentations. The Sphex Club functions under the premise that "communities grow and prosper when nurtured by the civil exchange of information and ideas..."

To read more about the Sphex Club, click here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

LAST DAY!

Last Day to Apply for Montana Fellowship!
CLICK ON IMAGE FOR APPLICATION OR MORE INFORMATION

Thursday, May 19, 2011

NY - Randy Stoltzfus in Renegade Pop-up Exhibition

Randy Stoltzfus, Brim, 26" x 38", oil and gold leaf on linen
Exhibition: May 19 - 21 at Evergreene

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Keeping up with VCCA Board Member Shelby Fischer

Shelby Fischer, a VCCA Board Member, is featured in C-Ville Weekly. She talks about her visual art, her work with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and VCCA. (Thanks, Shelby!) To read it, click here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Axiom" - A New Project by Andrew Ginzel + Kristin Jones

VCCA Fellow Andrew Ginzel partnered with Kristin Jones to create a dynamic installation of 118 tetrahedrons now suspended in the grand Lobby/Atrium of the University of Central Florida's Physical Sciences Building. Faceted, mirrored and in perpetual motion, each tetrahedron is derived from information distinct to each element in the periodic table. The elements are suspended in a spiral determined by the chronological order in which each was discovered. The vertical dimension represents the atomic number. To see more, click here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Art + Music + Friends = VCCA 40th in Cville!

In the heavenly gardens of Casa Maria, tents rose like cathedrals to welcome VCCA friends and Fellows for an evening of beauty, art and conversation. The celebrations included a silent auction of fabulous works by 40 local artists, a live auction, and a delectable dinner created by Mark Hahn and the incredible Harvest Moon Catering. Charlotte Matthews wrote poems for folks on the spot - and at the end of the evening, there was dancing under the Moroccan tent to the jazzy beat of Johnny Hott's Piedmont Souprize.

To see the Newsplex television studios film clip, CLICK HERE

Thanks to everyone who donated their time and talent to make VCCA's 40th Anniversary Celebration at Casa Maria so memorable - including these wonderful artists:
Isabelle Abbot
Sam Abell
William Albert Allard
Janice Arone
Nancy Bass
Josef Beery + VABC
C. Pamela Black
Karen Blair
Robin Braun
Cynthia Burke
Ann E. Cheeks
Suzanne Tanner Chitwood
Kelly Wilkinson Coffin
Jessie Coles
Trish Crowe
Richard Crozier
Dean Dass
Gray Dodson
John Borden Evans
Stacey Evans
Shelby Fischer
Lara Call Gastinger
John Grant
Sarah Green
John M. Hetzel
Helen Hilliard
Peter Krebs
Fleming Lunsford
Megan Marlatt
Frederick D. Nichols
Tim O'Kane
Lincoln Perry
Sharon Shapiro
Kiki Slaughter
Rob Tarbell
Steve Taylor
Edward Thomas
Linda van der Linde
Priscilla Long Whitlock
Clay Witt

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cocktails and Conversation
Dinner for Six Friends and a Nude

21 nights on a Caribbean Island
Auction of artwork by 40 C'ville artists
Johnny Hott's Piedmont Souprize
Cellist Tanya Anisimova
Beautiful Spring Gardens
7 nights in Auvillar, France
Poems Written just for You
Scrumptious dining catered by Harvest Moon
Dancing the Night Away


Sound Interesting?
You should see
our 40th Anniversary Celebration
at Casa Maria
this Saturday, May 7!

Click here for TICKETS
Click here for an ART AUCTION PREVIEW