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PRESS RELEASE: Riverviews Artspace awarded $10,000 for its SPARKS Digital Media Program by Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment.

For Immediate Press Release

Press Release
8/10/19

Contact:
Kim Soerensen
Executive Director
kim@riverviews.net

Riverviews Artspace
901 Jefferson Street Ste G3
Lynchburg VA, 24504
434-847-7277


Riverviews Artspace awarded $10,000 for its SPARKS Digital Media Program by Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment.


Lynchburg VA - Riverviews Artspace has been awarded a $10,000 grant for the expansion of its SPARKS Digital Media Art Lab children program by Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment (“QVS”) through its Charitable Giving program.

The SPARKS Digital Media Lab at Riverviews Artspace provides digital media arts and technology to one of the most underserved communities: socio economically challenged youth and young adults.

While keenly interested in the medium, the technology is not readily available or affordable at either school or home – denying teens and young adults the opportunity to obtain valuable skills enabling them to be more competitive in the employment market. SPARKS is a change agent. The lab consists of the most up to date digital media art tools used today including hardware and software to create graphic design, print, film editing and animation, photography, web design and more. 

Classes and programs are collaborated in part with Lynchburg City Schools Empowerment Academy, Linkhorne Elementary and Middle School and the city's Tech Hire program.

“We are so excited about having received this contribution! With this grant by Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment we have the resources to expand our programs to unleash creativity and potential within children and at–risk youth, enabling them to realize their academic and professional goals, and empowering them to overcome challenges” - Kim Soerensen, Executive Director of Riverviews Artspace “This community investment has long term, positive impact, creating equity in young individuals.

“There is no doubt that Riverviews Artspace, through its SPARKS Digital Media Art Lab program, is having a positive impact on their young students. But it doesn’t stop there. Those kids may not realize it, but for some, their efforts will go a long way towards giving future generations opportunities they may not have had otherwise. We at QVS are grateful that we’re able to play a part in their overall success" - Jim Pietrangelo, Director of Charitable Giving for QVS.

Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment is committed to supporting causes that improve communities and quality of life for the residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since the launch of its giving program in 2018, QVS has donated over $600,000 to charitable causes throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

For more info about our SPARKS Digital Media Art Lab and our educational programs:
Visit www.riverviews.net/sparks

https://mailchi.mp/riverviews/riverviews-qvs-grant-1763387

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PRESS RELEASE: Three Cheers for Five Years - Riverviews Artspace’s Biennial Community Art Show

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For Immediate Press Release


Press Release
6/21/19


Contact:
Megan Weston
Exhibitions and Programs Manager
meg@riverviews.net

Riverviews Artspace
901 Jefferson Street Ste G3
Lynchburg VA, 24504
434-847-7277


Three Cheers for Five Years - Riverviews Artspace’s Biennial Community Art Show

Lynchburg, VA - Riverviews Artspace is dedicated to presenting contemporary art exhibitions, multi-disciplinary programs, and events as diverse as our community. So, why not celebrate the community of artists, creative local businesses, and inspired staff and residents under Riverviews’ roof?

The 5th Biennial Community Art Show will feature 29 artists who are co-op members, board members, studio artists, 2019 ArtThrive graduates, residents, employees of local businesses in the building, and the Riverviews Artspace staff. With a variety of media and styles, the exhibit shows the breadth of talent a thriving, local arts community can offer by living and working together. The 5th Biennial Community Art Show will open in the Craddock-Terry Gallery on July 5th from 5:30pm to 8pm during First Friday and run through Thursday, August 22nd. The Craddock-Terry is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

5th Biennial Community Art Show artists:

Larry Bassett

Bryant Beverly

Karen Bowden

Lawrence Bowden

Michael Creed

Erik Custer

Valerie Dowdy

David Eakin

Sonya Forte

Phyllis Hollenbeck

Veronica Jackson

Jill Jensen

Dave Keebler

Stephen Kissel

Rodney Laughon

Lori Leist

Brooke Marcy

Michael Mewborn

Suzanne Paddock

Laura Pharis

Baylis Quimby

Caroline Renard

Susan Saandholland

Amanda Sandos

K.S.

Victoria Towns

Gay Tucker

Meg Weston

Jurgen Ziesmann


About Riverviews Artspace:
Located Downtown Lynchburg, VA. Riverviews Artspace has converted an old manufacturing building into an innovative collaborative of art, entrepreneurial and living spaces. Riverviews is a non-profit organization dedicated to fuel creativity, ignite minds and provides inspiration. Our commitment is to ensure exciting, thought-provoking exhibitions and programs of unparalleled significance and to sustain an engaged community and creative laboratory that encourages an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art and culture. For more information visit www.riverviews.net

Press Release: Riverviews Artspace Hosts Italian Artist in First U.S. Show

Press Release: Riverviews Artspace Hosts Italian Artist in First U.S. Show

Lynchburg VA -  A dream come true for Italian artist, Fiorenza Guanetti, whose handcrafted textile artwork will be shown for the first time in the United States at Riverviews Artspace.  Guanetti’s “Onirico" Collection (Italian for “dreamlike”) is inspired by the flora and fauna of Smith Mountain Lake. Pieces in the collection are vibrant, charismatic, and one of kind. Literally, as each textile is carefully embroidered by hand. Guanetti has tremendous imagination and skill, giving her work the ability to reach beyond language barriers, cultures and age with her simplified yet thoughtful characters and compositions. Riverviews Artspace will display her collection, as well as some works on paper, in the Rosel H. Schewel Gallery & Theater on the first floor from June 7th through June 21st, 2019.

Opening Reception will be during First Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm on June 7th. Gallery hours are 12pm to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday and all of Riverviews Artspace’s exhibitions are free and open to the public.