Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Corinne Buckalew: 1966 - 2011

Corinne Buckalew at Apella in New York on April 7 Photographer: Jerry Ruotolo

We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic death of our friend and board member Corinne Buckalew, who perished yesterday in a plane crash with her husband, Jeff, and their young children, Jackson and Meriwether. An experienced pilot, Jeff was flying the family and a business colleague from New Jersey to Georgia. Ice is expected to be a factor.

Corinne was a visual artist, former art teacher and sole proprietor of Corinne Buckalew Designs.
She joined the board of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts on July 1, 2010. On her first visit to VCCA as a new board member, her warmth and open delight in the beauty of Mt. San Angelo were immediately endearing. She exemplified that compelling combination of gracious southern charm burnished with a quiet metropolitan sophistication.

Immediately pulled into the whirl of 40th anniversary events, Corinne generously shared her time and artistry. We remember Corinne arriving with mounds of flowers for the New York event at Apella on April 7. As she walked toward us, her smiling blue eyes sparkled in a haze of lavender flowers that drifted and bobbed around her. In no time at all, beautiful bouquets of delicate purple and green were strewn throughout the room. It's hard to remember what the flowers were, but her smile was unforgettable.

"The entire VCCA family is deeply saddened by the heartbreaking death of Corinne, Jeff, Jackson and Meriwether," said VCCA Board President Tina Walls, "Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends during this difficult time." 

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to any of the following: VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts), 154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, Virginia 24521), Good Shepherd Services (305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001), The Gillen Brewer School (410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128), Jefferson's Monticello, or Holy Trinity (607 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401). On line condolences may be sent HERE 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

VCCA Served a Record Number of Fellows in 2011!

To find out more about the past year,
read the letter from VCCA's new

executive director, Greg Smith

Friday, December 9, 2011

IT'S HERE! -VCCA's Poetry Anthology!


Over a year in the making, this remarkable anthology is a labor of love by VCCA Fellows and the Fellows' Council to celebrate VCCA's 40th anniversary.

Edited by Margaret B. Ingraham and Andrea Carter Brown, Entering the Real World: VCCA Poets on Mt. San Angelo contains over sixty previously published poems by our Fellows, all written about or inspired by their residencies here. The poets are from throughout the United States, around the world—and across the decades.

Virginia Poet Laureate Kelly Cherry calls it: ". . .this splendid, intriguing anthology . . ."

Editor Margaret B. Ingraham writes: "This anthology is at once a work of literary merit, a celebratory offering, and an historical record of a hallowed place."

Marcia Aldrich
Karren LaLonde Alenier
Annette Allen
Rebecca Baggett
Ned Balbo
Mary Bonina
Andrea Carter Brown
Andrea Hollander Budy
Fran Castan
Kelly Cherry
Patricia Clark
Barbara Crooker
Deborah Cummins
Carol V. Davis
Carla Drysdale
Moira Egan
George Ellenbogen
Charles Fishman
Alice Friman
Becky Gould Gibson
L. B. Green
Ralph Grüneberger
Kenneth Hart
Neva Herrington
Con Hilberry
Lori Horvitz
Colette Inez
Margaret B. Ingraham
Halvard Johnson
Marilyn Kallet
LuAnn Keener-Mikenas
Sybil Kollar
Angela Kreuz
Laurie Kutchins
Teresa Leo
Ginny MacKenzie
Mary Mackey
Elizabeth Seydel Morgan
Tanure Ojaide
Kathleen O’Toole
Lia Purpura
Kim Roberts
Steve Roberts
Jennifer Rose
Thaddeus Rutkowski
Neil Shepard
Enid Shomer
Taije Silverman
Melissa Stein
Elisabeth Stevens
Stephen Tapscott
Alice Templeton
Vivian Teter
J. C. Todd
Alison Townsend
Martin Tucker
Memye Curtis Tucker
G. C. Waldrep
BJ Ward
Marjory Wentworth
Michele Wolf