The Yorktown Arts Foundation aims to promote the arts in York County by providing venues for the sale of art by local artists, in addition to arts education and outreach and broadening the appreciation of art and participation in the visual arts.
A particularly compelling exhibition at On the Hill Gallery showcases this appreciation – “Miniature Art”, July 1-29, with a public reception from 6-8pm on July 9.
Historically known as “limning”, miniatures refer to very carefully crafted small portraits on substances such as vellum, specially treated card stock, copper and, where legal, ivory. According to the Yorktown Arts Foundation website, the term “miniature” “…is derived from the word ‘minium’ or red lead used by medieval illuminators. »
Miniatures, or small portraits, were popular in the 16th century and continued to grow well into the 21st century.
On the Hill is located at 402 Main St. in Yorktown. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Foundation also offers a summer art camp for children, from July 5 to 29. It offers a multitude of courses, including working with modeling clay, mosaics, folded paper sculptures, doodles and miniature sketches. Although the website says all classes are full, it also has a button to click to register. Best call 757-369-1108 for details. Visit www.onthehillgallery.com/classes.
The Williamsburg Center for Contemporary Art continues its impressive list of exhibitions with the upcoming “Artisan Extravaganza” and “Vacation Destinations” from July 13 to August 5.
According to WCAC spokeswoman Jeanne Kouhestani, the special exhibition will explore art that goes beyond what is usually found on walls. Unlike many other “extravaganzas” the center has hosted, “…this is the first time dedicated to artisans whose creations span multiple mediums that are traditionally, but not always, in three dimensions,” Kouhestani said.
The WCAC has a dedicated space in the gallery, the Artisan Corner – located near the Fireside Gallery – which features works by member artisans. Here you will find items such as jewelry, textile/fiber art, pottery, wall hangings and other 3D pieces.
This exhibition, presented in the main and intermediate galleries, is open to member artisans, as well as non-members from the region who produce unique works. The extravaganza will be open to these members as well as non-members in the region who have unique works to display. Kouhestani explained that the works are more than handicrafts; “they rise to the level of works of art that can be displayed, exhibited, worn or functionally used.”
Program director Apryl Altman reflected Kouhestani’s enthusiasm for the exhibit. “We’re really excited about this extravaganza because it’s the first time the Williamsburg Center for Contemporary Art has dedicated an exhibit to artisans who work in different mediums and styles. It will be a unique and fun exhibition of three-dimensional works of art.
In the Fireside Gallery, the “Holiday Destinations” will be presented. These will be works of art made by WCAC members depicting a journey taken. The works will be in 2D or 3D and will sound like fun viewing.
The WCAC is located at 110 Westover Ave. in Williamsburg. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.visitwacac.org.
Bruton Parish has a Candlelight Concert Series which finds July packed with musical events, all free and open to the public. All programs start at 8 p.m.
Kicking off the month-long offerings is a patriotic organ recital by Dr. JanEl Will, organist at Bruton. Remaining programs include: July 7, Trinity Church’s Choral Concert Girls Chorus on the Episcopal Church Green in New Haven, Connecticut; July 12, Sacred Choral Concert Oasis Chorale, an a cappella choir on tour; July 14, organ recital by Rebecca Davy, musical director and organist at Bruton Parish; July 21, violin recital by David Gardner, violinist from Williamsburg; and on July 28, a voice and guitar recital with Williamsburg soprano Judith Olbrych and classical guitarist Timothy Olbrych.
Also of note are the historic Saturday organ recitals in the intimate Wren Chapel on the William & Mary campus. The July recitals take place on July 2 with Sarah Bland; July 9 with Rebecca Davy; July 16 with Norman Elton; July 23 with Thomas Marshall; and July 30 with Norman Elton. For more information, contact Rebecca Davy at [email protected], (757) 645-3431 or 757-229.2891. Visit www.brutonparish.org under musical performances.
Do you have news on the arts in the Historic Triangle? Contact John Shulson, [email protected].