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artoberVA 2019 Events

Friday, October 4

Elizabeth Van Lew Downloadable Walking Tour
Richmond Story House

Download the tour and take it on your own time! This hour-long, two-mile audio tour will guide you along the streets of Church Hill and Tobacco Row while...

RVA East End , $
"New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond" Exhibition
Library of Virginia
9am

Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, or about one in every eight people in the state. The composite...

RVA Downtown , Free
All About Art Camp presents "Musing of an Art Camper"
Pine Camp Art and Community Center
9am

All About Art Camp ran eight weeks, Monday through Friday. Campers ages 6-12 years old explored topics such as: music, theatre, dance, and studio art. The...

RVA Downtown , Free
Color Cargo
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
9am

VisArts presents "Color Cargo," an exhibition of work by New York-based artist Damien Davis, curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken. “Color Cargo” examines the...

RVA The Fan , Free
Holocaust By Bullets
Virginia Holocaust Museum
9am

The Holocaust by Bullets was the systematic killing of Jews & Roma Sinti which started before the development of the concentration camps. These mass murders...

RVA Downtown , Free
JUDITH FAE BROWN, "VOLUME"
Quirk Gallery
9am

“Beauty is a quality I am always seeking” ----Thomas Gentille, Artist Jeweler Striving for balance between shape, surface, color and proportion is primary...

RVA Downtown , Free
MARY SCURLOCK, 'EQUATIONS'
Quirk Gallery
9am

"Equations presents the most recent mixed media works by artist, Mary Scurlock. Here on paper and panel, vibrant blues settle into warm grays, and earth...

RVA Downtown , Free
MEG ROBERTS ARSENOVIC, 'TIDEWATER'
Quirk Gallery
9am

"It happened 35 million years ago. A meteor the size of Manhattan sailed west over the Atlantic ocean, crashing directly into what is now the mouth of the...

RVA Downtown , Free
Bionic Me
Science Museum of Virginia
9:30am

The Science Museum of Virginia’s newest touring exhibition “Bionic Me” showcases the ingenious medical, industrial and technological breakthroughs that have...

RVA The Fan , Prices Vary
ANCARROW’S LIST: NATIVE PLANTS AT THE RIVER’S EDGE
10am

Plants of the James River juried art exhibition will be on display at the Lora M. Robins Library, October 1 – October 31, 2019. During regular Garden...

Henrico , $
Alison Hall | "for the white bird"
Reynolds Gallery
10am

For the white bird is Alison Hall’s second solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery and is comprised of a series of works on panel in various scales alongside...

RVA The Fan , Free
Developing Richmond: Photographs from the Cook Studio
The Valentine
10am

When photographer George S. Cook relocated with his family to Richmond in 1880, he arrived in a city caught between the old and the new: Richmond bustled...

RVA Downtown , $
Elise Schweitzer: Container Garden
10am

The Flippo Gallery of Randolph-Macon College is proud to present "Container Garden," an exhibition of paintings by Elise Schweitzer. Join us for the...

Ashland , Free
Great Force Exhibition
Institute for Contemporary Art
10am

Great Force is an exhibition that uses painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance to examine the reality of race in the United States. It will...

RVA Arts District , Free
Hey, Hey, Hey! Collection by Bill Cooper
10am

"I grew up in segregated Richmond during the fifties and sixties. There were not many people who looked like us in the media - especially on television and...

RVA Downtown , Prices Vary
James River Art League Exhibits at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
James River Art League
10am

James River Art League has a garden-themed exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden September 23 - November 11, 2019.

Henrico , Free
Joan Elliott | "Infinity Fields"
Reynolds Gallery
10am

Celebrating her fifth solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Joan Elliott presents a series of individual paintings and diptychs on panel that display her...

RVA The Fan , Free
Local Artist Display at the East End Branch Library
10am

Come to the East End Branch Library and see mosaic paintings and other pieces from Church Hill artists and members of the Hillians Art League, Scott Tilghman...

RVA East End , Free
Matt Kleberg | "Blind Arcade"
Reynolds Gallery
10am

Blind Arcade marks the first solo exhibition in Richmond for Matt Kleberg, whose work has appeared in several group installations at Reynolds Gallery since...

RVA The Fan , Free
Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion
The Valentine
10am

A new exhibition debuting at the Valentine will conceptually reimagine Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue. Opening at the Valentine on February 14, this...

RVA Downtown , Free, $, Prices Vary
Sundry Souls: Views. Values. Vibrancy
Black History Museum and Cultural Center
10am

Sundry Souls is a collection of work created by 17 artists who are as diverse as the images depicted in their creations. Yet, they share the common thread of...

RVA Downtown , $
Wonderment, Landscapes To Escape To...
Bella Arte Gallery
10am

Our "Wonderment" show kicks off artoberVA with beautiful landscape scenery to absorb & escape to by our gallery artists. Meet & greet the artists on Opening...

Chesterfield , Free
Preschool Storytime
Richmond Public Library
10:30am

Join us for our fun, interactive, and educational story time featuring books, songs, rhymes and activities! For ages 3-5 with an adult.

RVA East End , Free
HALLUCINATIONS by Justin James Reed
Candela Books and Gallery
11am

Candela Gallery is delighted to present HALLUCINATIONS, the first feature solo exhibition at Candela for Richmond, Virginia based artist, Justin James Reed....

RVA Arts District , Free
Landscapes of Virginia and North Carolina
11am

Sixteen paintings by Richmond artist Bart Levy are on display at Toast American Bistro through October. These paintings evoke the peacefulness and zen-like...

Henrico , Free
POWER by David Emitt Adams
Candela Books and Gallery
11am

Candela Gallery is excited to announce POWER, a solo exhibition by Arizona based photographer, David Emitt Adams. For the last ten years, Adams has been...

RVA Arts District , Free
Toddler Time
Richmond Public Library
11am

Join us for fun and interactive stories, music and play for ages 18-36 months with their caregiver. First Thursday of each month features a bilingual story...

RVA West End , Free
United Way of Greater Richmond Fundraiser with Novelist Greg Lilly
Fountain Bookstore
11am

A portion of today's sales at Fountain including those of Lilly's book will go to support The United Way of Richmond. Thank you to Greg Lilly for...

RVA Downtown , Free
Xavier Mary, Deepwater Horizon
1708 Gallery
11am

1708 Gallery announces Deepwater Horizon, an exhibition of sculpture, video, and appropriated objects by Belgian artist Xavier Mary. Deepwater Horizon...

RVA Arts District , Free
Africa's Art in Paint & Wood
Elegba Folklore Society
12pm

Visit Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center and take in Africa’s Art in Paint & Wood. Browse through this eclectic collection of batiks from Burkina...

RVA Arts District , Prices Vary
September - October Exhibits @ Art Works!
Art Works Gallery
12pm

Visit Tuesdays - Sundays 12 pm - 6 pm. Exhibits continue through 10/19. Admission is free. Exhibits include: Tension by Michelle McGrath McGrath...

RVA Southside , Free
September/October Exhibitions
Artspace
12pm

Richmond, VA – artspace will open five new gallery exhibitions, featuring a mixed media installation of large scale work by Baltimore artist Kim Rice,...

RVA Southside , Free
“Cabinet of Curiosities” by Chris Semtner
Anne’s Visual Art Studio
12pm

From September 6 until October 26, 2019, award-winning artist, author, and curator Chris Semtner will present Cabinet of Curiosities, a selection of his...

RVA Downtown , Free
Student Curator's Talk
University of Richmond
2pm

Join Kate Wiley, University of Richmond senior, as she discusses curating the exhibition "Satire & Social Criticism: Prints by William Hogarth"

RVA West End , Free
Fall Festival at Richlands Dairy Farm
3pm

Every weekend in October you can visit this beautiful dairy farm and creamery and see exactly how your milk winds up in your glass AND have loads of fun! ...

Dinwiddie , $
First Fridays Art Walk
RVA First Fridays
5pm

Join us for the Downtown Neighborhood's monthly art walk! Galleries, shops, restaurants, non-profits, and more open their doors in celebration of art and...

RVA Arts District , Free
Freedom Friday at the BHMVA!
Black History Museum and Cultural Center
5pm

Freedom Friday is back @ the BHMVA! Come by on the first Friday of the month and enjoy live Jazz and free admission to the museum's exhibitions.

RVA Downtown , Free
Manchester Manifest First Fridays: Southside
Manchester Manifest
5pm

First Fridays community experience held in the Southside of RVA. We combine art, music, vendors, food, drinks and more all outside in the Manchester...

RVA Southside , Free
Performance Provocations Performance: Chino Amobi
Institute for Contemporary Art
5pm, 8pm

Readings from his novel Eroica Chino Amobi combines art, design, music, literature and film with a rich assemblage of styles and voices. Amobi is a...

RVA Arts District , Free
"Floral Fantasy" Takes Over at Uptown Gallery
Uptown Gallery
5:30pm

The infinite variety of flowers and multiple artistic styles & media create an interesting exhibit. Metro-area artists vie for the attention of judge Patti...

RVA The Fan , Free
VisArts Chili Throwdown
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
5:30pm

Join the Visual Arts Center of Richmond for its Sixth Annual Chili Throwdown on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Over 20 restaurants contribute...

RVA The Fan , $, Prices Vary
Cynthia Erdahl - Storytelling
6pm

Impressions of individual expression can be viewed as an emotion, a special feeling, or imprints of memory. Hints of events of the past linger deep within...

RVA The Fan , Free
Homage to the Masters
Bella Arte Gallery
6pm

Debra Keirce has been inspired by the master realist painters for as long as she can recall. Her show, “Homage to the Masters,” is her way of honoring those...

Chesterfield , Free
UNLOCK ALL THE DOORS
Art180
6pm

ART 180 presents the 2019 Performing Statistics exhibition, UNLOCK ALL THE DOORS. This year's annual exhibition calls for our community to unlock the doors...

RVA Arts District
Unlock All the Doors!
Art180
6pm

This year’s annual exhibition by Performing Statistics calls for our community to unlock the doors of potential for our youth. The exhibition runs October...

RVA Arts District , Free
artoberVA 2019 Kick-Off
CultureWorks
6pm

Join us to kick off artoberVA 2019 -- a month-long celebration of arts and culture in Richmond and the Tri-Cities! We’ll gather at Quirk Hotel on First...

RVA Arts District , Free
First Friday @ Main
Richmond Public Library
6:30pm

First Friday @ Main First Friday, a monthly opening-night reception for all the artists of the library’s galleries, will be held on Friday, October 4,...

RVA Downtown , Free
Public Art Classes!
Wine & Design
6:30pm

Sign up, Show up, Sip up, PAINT! No artistic talent is needed as we guide you step-by-step to completing your very own masterpiece! Just sign up, show up and...

RVA The Fan , Prices Vary, $$
1619 - The Origins of Modern Virginia
7pm

This year marks the 400th anniversary of three important events at Jamestown that shaped our modern society in Virginia. That year saw governmental reform in...

Henrico , Free
An Evening of Bluegrass – Featuring Josh Grigsby and County Line
7pm

Recognized as one of Virginia's fast rising new bluegrass bands, Josh Grigsby and County Line take the stage October 4th at The Cultural Arts Center at 7pm!...

Henrico , $
Bay Faction's Florida Guilt Tour Part II at Canal Club
7pm

In support of their debut album Florida Guilt, Bay Faction comes to Richmond's Canal Club with special guest Mons Vi.

RVA Downtown , $
Book Signing with Chris Semtner
Anne’s Visual Art Studio
7pm

“The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection” by Chris Semtner will premier First Friday October 4 at anne’s Visual Art Studio...

RVA Downtown , $
Carnival of 5 Fires returns to Gallery5 First Friday
Gallery 5
7pm

Carnival of 5 Fires launches with the October 4th First Fridays Kick-off extravaganza at Gallery5 and concludes on Halloween night, October 31st with the All...

RVA Arts District , Free
APPROPRIATE
Modlin Center for the Arts
7:30pm

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins directed by Dorothy Holland “Appropriate is, at heart, a ghost story, in the most profound sense.” — The New York Times Winner...

RVA West End , Free
Broadway Sings for Haiti
7:30pm

Broadway Stars from Les Miserables, Kinky Boots, Miss Saigon, Finding Neverland, and more are coming to Richmond, VA for one night only!

RVA Downtown , Prices Vary, $$
Eclipsed
7:30pm

TheatreVCU Presents Eclipsed Written by Danai Gurira * Directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates Eclipsed tells the story of five Liberian women and their...

RVA The Fan , $
FAMILY WEEKEND CONCERT
Modlin Center for the Arts
7:30pm

Enjoy the talents of the Department of Music’s large ensembles during Family Weekend. Featured ensembles include Women’s Chorale, Schola Cantorum, Jazz...

RVA West End , Free
Passing Strange
7:30pm

This innovative new musical exploded on Broadway in 2008 winning a Drama Desk Award, a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, two Obies, 7 Tony nominations,...

RVA The Fan , $, $$, Prices Vary
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Virginia Repertory Theatre
8pm

Starring beloved Richmond actors, Scott Wichmann and Alexander Sapp, this Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is a murderous, bawdy and outrageous romp,...

RVA Arts District , $$, Prices Vary
Chamberlayne Actors Theatre presents ART OF MURDER
CAT Theatre
8pm

Chamberlayne Actors Theatre presents ART OF MURDER by Joe DiPietro. Winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for best mystery play, ART OF MURDER takes us to a remote...

Henrico , $, Prices Vary
Falsettos
Richmond Triangle Players
8pm

A seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed Off Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart, Falsettos is the tale of...

RVA Arts District , Prices Vary, $$
Holmes and Watson
Swift Creek Mill Theatre
8pm

Sherlock Holmes is dead… or so it is assumed. The world knows the great detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. As...

Colonial Heights , Prices Vary, $$
In Gratitude (A Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire)
8pm

“In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire” pays homage to one of the most prolific musical ensembles in history. Offering an impressive body of familiar...

Henrico, RVA West End , $$
Performance Provocations Performance: Chino Amobi
Institute for Contemporary Art
8pm

Readings from his novel Eroica Chino Amobi combines art, design, music, literature and film with a rich assemblage of styles and voices. Amobi is a...

RVA Arts District , Free

Friday, October 4