Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Youth Arts Month at the RPL

This March, the Richmond Public Library is celebrating Youth Arts Month, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to take part in our vibrant local arts community.

Our regular First Friday Exhibition on March 5th will showcase original artwork from students of Richmond Public Schools, as well as artwork from students of the IQRA Academy of Richmond. The special First Friday will also feature musical performances from Richmond Public School students.

Artwork by Sebastian Wimbush / George Wythe

In addition to the usual Main First Friday exhibition, many local branches will also feature Richmond student artwork for the entire month of March, and are holding Youth Art Receptions to celebrate the young student artists. Belmont, Broad Rock, Hull Street and West End branches are all hosting receptions this Thursday, March 4th from 4-6pm.

If you're curious about art, interested in taking a class, or just wish to learn more about art to impress your friends, Richmond is the place to be. For instance, the Richmond Public Schools have a multitude of available art classes and opportunities for their students, which can be viewed here, on their website.

Additionally, Richmond has many other venues where youth art classes are available, including but not limited to:

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond Youth Classes,

Art Works holds a Children's Art Program on the first and second Saturdays of each month,

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts holds several art classes for teens - click here to find out more about the program.

And of course, the RPL has materials for furthering your own art interests. The following are a few selections leaning toward modern art that may help you get started.

Art 21: Art in the 21st Century
Thelma Golden

The companion volume to the PBS television series introduces 21 American artists, established and emerging, working in a variety of media. The series is noted as "looking forward to the future rather than back to the past," and features profiles and discussions with the artists regarding how they work and why and is structured around 4 themes: place, spirituality, identity and consumption.

If you missed the televisions series, it is available in its entirety, (season one through four), for free on the PBS website, along with an accompanying blog, slideshows of artwork and biographies of all featured artists.

I sold Andy Warhol. (too soon)
Richard Polsky

For those of us who have no idea how current art market functions or what really determines value, this "highly enjoyable insider's guide" follows Mr. Polsky's path (as an art dealer) after he sells Andy Warhol's "Fright Wig" self portrait at auction for $320,00. If he had waited a few more years, it would have captured millions. This memoir exposes the absurdities and hypocrises of the art dealer's world, and helps the reader understand economic evolution of art, and the subsequent cultural impact.

Henry Moore, sculpting the 20th century
Dorothy M. Kosinski

From the catalog:
"Edited by Dallas Museum of Art curator Dorothy Kosinski, and serving as the catalogue for an exhibition currently touring the U.S., the book covers the artist's entire career, from his early primitivism to his 1930s surrealism to his post-war public art. Photos of over 120 of Moore's suggestively abstract plasters, carvings, bronzes and drawings grace the pages of the book, along with scholarly essays from Moore proponents."

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