| Apr 22, 2011
| 6:10 PM
No matter how many times you walk around one of Richard Hunt's sculptures, chances are you'll find yourself wanting to go back and take another look.
Carried along by his rhythmic, constantly shifting passages of bronze or stainless steel, you probably...
| Dec 30, 2010
| 6:53 PM
If any single visual arts attraction should rank at the top of heap in 2010, it has to be the May 1 opening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' new James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing. The $150 million structure not only added 165,000 square feet...
| Aug 7, 2010
My wife, Miriam, is a natural-born mimic blessed with extraordinary powers.
She learned five languages as a kid — then picked up a sixth as an adult — all the while using her unusually well-honed ear to master each one with little or no trace...
| Aug 14, 2010
In the big, bustling and unruly world of contemporary folk art, it's sometimes hard to get a handle on what you're seeing.
Even the experts disagree on the best way to describe the works lumped together in this slippery field, and many have dropped the...
| Jan 8, 2011
When the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors in January 1936, there wasn't much for people to see.
Much of its fledging collection reflected the taste and generosity of Virginia Judge John Barton Payne, whose seminal gift of 50 artworks in 1919...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 6:54 PM
Before Pablo Picasso became a celebrity — then a world-renowned icon of Modern Art — he was a young, often desperately poor unknown struggling to find his identity as an artist.
Schooled by his father from the age of 7, he learned to...
| Jul 2, 2011
As flags wave and the red, white and blue is celebrated, it's a good time to highlight the bargain perks that are included as a part of military service. Local businesses, national chains and leisure attractions in our multi-branch town know the value...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 8:13 AM
For years now, Pfac has been a great place to hear local musicians in a casual, art-enriched environment. The series called Art After 5 serves a triple purpose. It's an after-work social opportunity as well as a chance to check out some of the area's most...
| Aug 13, 2011
Look closely at one of Maruta Racenis' charcoal drawings of a Virginia landscape and you could be surprised by its depth and muscle.
Grabbing your eye with her ambitious scale, the Richmond artist pulls you into the intimate space formed by an...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 5:29 PM
Most people furnish their homes with comfort and utility in mind and give only a passing nod to matters of style and design.
Though some may pay close attention to color, material and shape, they seldom press much beyond these elementary concerns —...
| Sep 10, 2011
| 10:00 PM
If you could gather all the artists who have been infatuated by the rugged New England coast over the years, you'd have a pretty good American art museum.
Thomas Cole — the founder of the Hudson River School — was among the first when he...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 8:23 AM
"Art After 5" at Peninsula Fine Arts Center returns tonight, Nov. 17, with a performance by the Annie Johnson Band.
Johnson, a veteran local band leader, released an album, "Tie Dye Army," earlier this year. It features smart, fierce lyrics and hard-...