Free programs + a cash bar
Wednesdays in June and July, 5-7 pm
We had so much fun last year, that we’re bringing it back. Join us in the Cool Spot Lounge!
6/6 Sounds Sweet: WRIR Ice Cream Social
WRIR kicks off the return of Happy Hour with Old Time music performed by the River City Band and Sweet Fern in the Gallery’s Cool Spot Lounge. Top off the evening with a scoop or two of Richmond’s favorite summertime treat, Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream.
6/13 Belle Voix: The Bird & Her Consort
A highlight of last year’s lineup, musicians Antonia and Jonathan Vassar return to perform another seductive mix of art songs, parlor music, and folk ballads. Incorporating accordion, guitar, and classical voice, their unique musical arrangements offer a cool and refreshing respite from the summer heat.
6/20 Bali Bound: Gamelan Raga Kusuma + WRIR DJ Graybeard
This Richmond ensemble, joined by dancers from the Indonesian Embassy, will expand your musical horizons with its performance of traditional and contemporary Balinese orchestral music. DJ Graybeard, aka Charles Williams, WRIR host of The Other Black Music and The Motherland Influence (with David Noyes), continues the evening’s journey with his fantastic blend of international sounds.
6/27 Freshen Up: A Taste of Summer with Slow Food RVA & Gourmand John Haddad
Celebrate the season, connect with area growers, and learn about Richmond’s diverse food community—all while sampling local produce and cheeses and enjoying the sounds of Richmond’s Indigenous Gourd Orchestra.
7/11 Family Fun: Tours & ‘Toons
Bring along the kids and join artist-educator Tara Strickstein for a guided tour and scavenger hunt exploring the gallery’s summer exhibitions. More fun can be found in the lounge, where screenings of vintage cartoons will delight viewers of all ages.
Tours begin at 5:30 and 6 pm.
7/18 Foot Work: A Collective Rug-Making Project with Artist Hope Ginsburg
Slip and slide over a room-sized batt of wool, and watch a felt rug form beneath your feet. Learn the basics of wool felt-making with Hope Ginsburg, whose project Sponge is headquartered at the Gallery, and leave ready to make your own rug, curtains, and a felt house to put them in.
7/25 Last Call: Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird with Artist Matt Flowers
Musical innovator Jonathan Vassar leads his ensemble in another experimental performance interweaving music and image. For this Happy Hour finale, the sublime acoustic sounds of The Speckled Bird complement the immersive landscape imagery of Matt Flowers’s videos.