Video of event and Rob yelling
And yes that is a lampshade on my head.
Like any tennis coach or pro will tell you,
tennis Art is a lifelong sport and it is for everybody. My path has led me to K-12 arts integration but I also volunteer to work with the cliched “3 to 103 year-old” crowd as well. My volunteer work is through 1708 Gallery as a Director on the Board, and man do we do some good stuff. The mission is to present exceptional new art… and to expand the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public. Come immerse yourself in an outdoor exhibition, let me know what was good or if some work got you all fired up – any discourse is valuable and the point of making things for others to view.
Friday night there will be everything from glo-stick-covered people and home-made lanterns to cutting edge technology-based art, so whether you are into low-brow, high-brow or unibrow you should find something interesting. If you get all a twitter check out #inlight.
So come down to Shockoe Slip to see the 3rd InLight Richmond put together by 1708 Gallery. This link includes a map (also below) of the exhibition sites and 1708 specials at restaurants in the Slip. By clicking Lantern Parade you’ll find out how to participate by making your own lantern and joining the kick-off Parade. I’ve been assisting Holton ES Art Teacher Sarah Branigan all week in the art studio with her K-1 students, and I know Anne Chamblin at Patrick Henry School for the Sciences and Arts and many other area teachers have been making lanterns with their students. You may be inspired to submit a Partners in the Arts Award proposal and build a project for your students for next year’s InLight…hmmmm
Inlight Richmond takes as its inspiration Nuit Blanche, Light Night, or White Night events now held in over 125 cities around the world. While borrowing conceptually from the phenomena of midsummer White Nights and Festivals of Light, for Inlight Richmond,1708 Gallery invites artists from around the world to specifically respond to a different geographic location in Richmond, this year, for the third manifestation of InLight Richmond to the historic Shockoe Slip district. Artists were asked to respond to the existing urban infrastructure, bringing art out of the gallery or museum and inserting it into the cultural fabric of the city, inviting artists and audiences alike to explore a specific urban environment in creative, engaging and playful ways.
Shockoe Slip will be transformed by 39 temporary artworks and installations created by 60 artists. Taking as their referent light as a medium but also as an evocation, these works aim to activate the facades, walls, storefronts, doorways, parking lots, and alleyways of Shockoe Slip. While literally lighting up the city, in addition to light artists will employ sound, performance, ceramics, video, electronics, photography, animation, sculpture, and even surveillance technologies to help us re-imagine the urban streetscape in new ways. Inlight Richmond promises to stimulate our senses, as well as guide us in thinking about ways to re-map the city and re-imagine our future in it.
-Amanda McDonald Crowley, InLight Richmond 2010 Juror
Exhibition map inlight2010map.pdf
I will be directing, yelling and hopefully helping people find what they need at the Lantern Parade staging area at the James Center. Please stop by and say hi.