It’s Summertime at the Anderson Gallery!

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An Anderson Gallery summer to-do list:

1. Visit us and see our summer exhibitions (on view through August 4):

Sanford Biggers: Codex
Jacob Lawrence: The Harriet Tubman Series
A new work by painter and VCU professor Ron Johnson in the Cool Spot Lounge

2. Come to a Happy Hour at the Anderson Gallery event (or two, or three, or eight!). Cash bar + free (amazing) programs, every Wednesday evening in June and July from 5-7. Find out what’s happening by visiting the events page on our website.

3. Submit your picture of a perfect summer cloud to our tumblr page ( All of the images will be gathered and printed on fabric. And, then, that fabric will be turned into a quilt at the final Happy Hour of the summer (July 31). Participate by submitting a pic or sewing a stitch and you can win the finished quilt!

4. Hang out in the Cool Spot Lounge. Kick off your shoes, read a magazine and enjoy the air conditioning. We’re open Tuesday-Sunday, noon-5 (noon-7 on Wednesdays); closed on Monday.

5. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our latest goings-on.



Happy Hour at the Anderson Gallery

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.

Anderson Gallery ♥s WRIR

Last night, audio met visual at the Anderson Gallery. As part of our summer Happy Hour series, we hosted a WRIR Social. Michael Miracle, from The Lotus Land Show on WRIR, curated a two-hour audio tour inspired by the works in our summer exhibition Knock, Knock! Visitors had the chance to play the Audio + Visual scavenger hunt. Too much fun.

If you missed it, not to worry. You can find the podcast here.

Now Playing: The Bird & Her Consort

Summer is here! And every Wednesday evening in June and July we’re hosting Happy Hours! Stop by from 5-7 pm to check it out.

Next week, we’re featuring The Bird & Her Consort. In our lovely summer lounge, enjoy a salon concert by Antonia and Jonathan Vassar, who use accordion, guitar and classical voice to perform art songs, parlor music, and new arrangements of diverse ethnic folk traditions.

We’ll have a cash bar and some nibbles to nosh. See you there!