Friday, January 30, 2015

City to Host Black History Month Art Exhibition

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host a group art exhibit featuring more than 20 prominent African-American artists at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The art exhibit titled “Isn’t She Lovely” blends a variety of contemporary artists in one space. The show will open on Friday, February 13 with a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be on display until March 13, 2015.

"Ribbons of Life" by Larry Poncho Brown
The multimedia exhibition will focus on themes of African-American female beauty that include pieces of photography, paintings, quilts, sculpture, masks, and more. Artists from Richmond, Baltimore, and the Washington, DC areas will be featured in this exhibit. This show will also feature the work of Nia Campbell, an upcoming high school artist, showing her piece “Rapunzel”.

Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule tours please contact Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Urban Agriculture Series

The 2015 Urban Agriculture Series is set to return on Saturday, February 14, 2015. This six week free event will be held at Blanton House, 700 Blanton Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can RSVP to
Schedule of speakers include:

February 14:
Duron Chavis, Project Director of Virginia State University Indoor Farm
Sean Shepard, Co-Owner Backyard Farmers.

Topic: Economic opportunities and entrepreneurship in sustainable urban agriculture.

February 21:
Victoria Campbell, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities Community Garden Coordinator
Kelly Deegan, Blue Bee Cider Horticulturist

Topic: How to grow vegetables and fruit organically.

February 28:
Ellen Shepard, Linwood Holton Elementary School School Garden
Kristi Orcutt, Bright Hope Farm

Topic: How to develop school gardens. How to raise goats and chickens in an urban environment.

March 7:
David Stover, Urban Apiary and Beekeeping
Arthur Kay, Environmental Scientist at Carverponics

Topic: The art of beekeeping. How to grow fish and hydroponic food to eat.

March 14:
Bruno Welsh, Founder of CompostRVA
Dennis Williams, Tricycle Gardens

Topic: Composting and growing worms.

March 21:
Cheryl Crawford, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service
Ana Edwards, Market Coordinator for Byrd House Farmers' Market

Topic: How to preserve foods and cooking what you grow.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

City Offices Closed January 19 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, city government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, January 20.

Monday’s closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all city community centers, both of which will reopen on Tuesday.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Monday as the city’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for the remainder of the week, as the collection schedule will begin on Tuesday and continue through Friday.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, January 19. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

 For more information on city services and schedules, please visit


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Murals in Richmond" Artist Talk

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Murals in Richmond” artist talk on Wednesday, January 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road.

A panel discussion will be held on both days with four of the city’s famed muralists; Ed Trask, Hamilton Glass, Sir James Thornhill, and Matt Lively; where they will explain the inspiration behind their work, their passion for art, and their artistic vision for Richmond.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 646-3674.