Les Yeux du Monde art gallery atop Wolf Trap Road, designed by W.G. Clark.
"The views around my home were the inspiration for the gallery name Les Yeux du Monde," says gallery owner Lyn Bolen Warren.
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso
Eyes of the world on Wolf Trap
If you haven't made a visit to the art gallery Les Yeux du Monde, atop a hill on Wolf Trap Road just northeast of town, you're missing one of Charlottesville's most unique gallery experiences. Up a winding road through the forest, one is first struck by the panoramic view, then by the art gallery, designed by W.G. Clark out of glass blocks and steel, a work of art itself, set apart from the gallery owner Lyn Bolen Warren's home, but clearly incorporated into the layout.
"It has been a dream to be able to create this gallery," says Warren, "and an even greater dream that others actually have come, experienced, and appreciated it and the art."
Since 1995, Les Yeux du Monde, which had a Downtown Mall location at one time, has exhibited work by such modern masters as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. The gallery also works closely with the University of Virginia Art Museum and Second Street Gallery, and represents such artists as Dean Dass, John Borden Evans, Annie Harris Massie, Lincoln Perry, and Warren's husband, Russ Warren.
"The views around my home were the inspiration for the gallery name Les Yeux du Monde [the Eyes of the World] when I started to hold receptions here back in 1995," says Warren. "The Eyes of the World was a perfect way to refer to the amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Charlottesville from this place, and also to the interior views that great art inspires."
Currently, LYM is showing work by local artist Anne Chesnut, a master lithographer who now works with digital prints. Original drawings, lithographs, and photographs are all combined and digitally manipulated to create a kind of modern, digital-age art that also has an antique feel. The works, Chesnut says, "blur the definitions of the artistic disciplines."
"The simple objects in Heaven Scent [the image shown here] were found in my local surroundings," says Chesnut in an email. "The clouds were photographed from my yard where the rose was grown, and these are intertwined in the print with other imagery drawn from personal experience. The rose refers to the many seen while living in Europe, and the windows are an interest triggered in childhood by the National Cathedral’s windows, while the emoticon– which provided the print’s starting point– is drawn from a longstanding interest in characters and their forms."
In addition to the opening reception, there is a lunch with the artist at noon on Wednesday, March 20. It's $12 and reservations are required; contact the gallery at LesYeuxLBR@aol.com.
March 15, opening reception at Les Yeux du Monde, 5:30-7:30pm.
Yes, for a short time, the staff at the Hook dominated
Wordplay, Charlottesville's own live game show/fundraiser to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle. Ah, but glory is fleeting, and for the last two years the two-time winning Hookworms made a rather poor showing. The good news is that the trophy has gone to other deserving teams of brainiacs in the community. And there are a lot of them in Charlottesville! We hate to admit it, but the 2012 Crown went to Spellbound (pictured here), the team from the Daily Progress. This year, there are 38 teams. If you and your colleagues or friends are into trivia, crossword puzzles, or other memory and knowledge-testing games, this event is for you. Free drink with your ticket, then cash bar, plus popcorn and snacks.
March 19, Paramount Theater, 7pm, $20
Book fest coming
Oh, speaking of words, you might have heard about a little ol' book festival happening in town next week. That would be the 19th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, the five-day celebration of all things literary, going on since 1997. The event also helps to promote reading and literacy with school appearances and library initiatives. This year, local best-selling author John Grisham and sports writer Frank Deford will be on hand to talk about sports writing, our own Christopher Tilghman, along with Jill McCorkle and Susan Shreve, will talk about matters of life and death, and UVA MFAers who've gone on to success will return to read their work. What's more, Georgia congressmen John Lewis and Olympian Dr. John Carlos [pictured here recreating his Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics] will be on hand to talk about their work on civil and human rights. Look for great coverage of the event in the Hook; indeed in this very issue! Also, check out the Festivals website at vabook.org for additional information.
March 20-24, various locations, mostly free.
Wild art auction
Since 2004, the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, west of town on the grounds of the Miller School, has been treating injured and orphaned animals and releasing them back into the wild. Indeed, they have treated an estimated 3,000 wild animals, representing 60 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. To benefit their work, there will be a Wild About Art silent art auction at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall. There will be fantastic art, delicious food and drink, and a special guest appearance by Quinn, the Santucuary's resident screech owl, pictured here. Find out more at rockfishwildlifesanctuary.org.
March 16, CitySpace, 5-8pm, $20
Art: Out and About, Plein Air Paintings of Albemarle County by Meg West. King Family Vineyards. Open hours. Free.
Theater: In the Next Room, The Vibrator Play. Live Arts Downstage Theater. 7:30pm. $25
Theater: American Shakespeare Center presents Julius Caesar. Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. $24-$25
Art: Art.i.facts by Anne Chestnut. Les Yeux du Monde. 1pm. $12
Art: We Bury Our Own works by Christian Thompson. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. Open hours. Free.
Dance: Line dancing with live fiddle music by Rhythm Road. Municipal Arts Center. 7:30pm. $5-$8
Science: Public Night at McCormick Observatory. Leander McCormick Observatory at UVA. 9pm. Free.
Art: Tom Cogill Photographs and Phoning It In exhibit. Piedmont Virginia Community College. 9am. Free.
Comedy: Comedy Under the Bridge- March Badness. The Bridge PAI. 8pm. Pay what you will.
Reading: JMRL Book Group. JMRL Scottsville Library. 1pm. Free.
Film/Lecture: 5th Annual Global 'Zeitgeist Day' 2013 Random Row Books. Free.
Sports: Charlottesville 10 Miler. JPJ Arena. 7:15am. $40-$45
Theater: MET Opera Live in HD showing Francesca Da Rimini. Paramount Theater. 12pm. $18-$24
Art: Wild About Art! silent art auction. CitySpace. 5pm. $20
Art: Family Art JAM. The Fralin Museum of Art. 1pm. $15-$20
Comedy: The Foundry: Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet! Science-fiction comedy episodic audio plays. Black Market Moto Saloon. $3-$5
Film: Casablanca. Paramount Theater. 2pm. $4-$6
Art: STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Theater: Jack and the Beanstalks and the High School Dropouts from Outerspace. nTelos Theater in Staunton. 3pm. $10
Art: Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy H. Herman. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: Interdisciplinary art exhibition. Eunoia. 7pm. Free.
Art: Calligraphic renderings by local artist Terry Coffey. JMRL Central Library. 9am. Free.
Art: Becoming the Butterfly: Landscapes of James McNeill Whistler. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: Spring Training: Baseball Art Exhibit at the Morin Gallery. The Arts Center in Orange. 10am. Free.
Trivia: Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville-Albemarle presents Wordplay. Paramount Theater. 7pm. $20
Theater: The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act presented by Der Vorfuhreffekt Theater. Random Row Books. 7pm. Free.
Big Read: Dim Sum Party. JMRL Scottsville Library. 4pm. Free.
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free.
Reading: Virginia Festival of the Book Sports Night. Paramount Theater. 7pm. $12.50
Art: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II exhibit. Virginia Arts of the Book Center. 10am. Free.
Big Read: The Ties That Bind: Family in Fiction. The Bridge PAI. 6pm. Free.
Big Read: Page to Screen: Raise the Red Lantern. JMRL Gordon Avenue Library. 7pm. Free.
Big Read: The Midway Women’s Club with Justin Wert. JMRL Crozet Library. 7pm. Free.
Third Day at JPJ Arena. $37-$77
Lavin and the Like at Whiskey Jar.
Jamie Dyer, Cathy Monnes, Dan Sebring at Blue Moon Diner.
Jimmy Stelling and Friends at Fellini’s #9.
Greg Ward at Wild Wolf Brewery.
Lost Indian at Whiskey Jar.
The Common School Movement at Blue Moon Diner.
Curtis Prince at Fellini’s #9. $5
Scott Tiernan at Baja Bean.
Local Vocals at Wild Wolf Brewery.
Kat and the Travelers at Plank Road Exchange.
Martin Sexton, Sarah Siskind at The Jefferson. $20-$22
Blue Ridge Blues Band at Whiskey Jar.
Yankee Dixie at South Street Brewery.
Dr. Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady. Fellini's #9 $5
Louis Smith Band at The Biltmore.
Blue Rock at Wild Wolf Brewery.
Tilt O’ the Kilt at Plank Road Exchange.
King Golden Banshee at Fellini’s #9.
Louis Smith Band at The Biltmore.
Whiskey Wagon at DuCard Vineyards.
Jason Ring at Blue Moon Diner.
Dane Alderson and Friends at Rapture/R2.
Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini’s #9.
Lucero, Shovels and Rope at The Jefferson. $17-$20
Red Light Rodeo at Whiskey Jar.
Bluzonia at Blue Moon Diner.
Travis Elliot at Fellini’s #9.
Rick Olivarez Trio at C&O Restaurant.
The Pickin’ Shack, Gallatin Canyon, Grit City Grass at The Southern. $8
Jim Waive at Blue Moon Diner.
Larissa and the Lusionistics, Ginger and the Castaways at Rapture/R2.
Danny Barrale at Fellini’s #9.
Travis Book at Devils Backbone.
Venues: Wild Wolf Brewing Company (434-361-0088), The
Southern (434-977-5590), Devils Backbone Brewing Company (434-361-1001), The Blue Moon Diner (434-980-6666), The Whiskey Jar (434-202-1549), The Edge at Wintergreen Resort (434-325-8080), Rapture/R2 (434-293-9526), Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (434-293-9947), Fellini's #9 (434-979-4279), Miller's (434-971-8511), Old Cabell Hall (434-924-3376), Main Street Annex (434-817-2400), Plank Road Exchange (434-823-2001), Random Row Books (434-295-2493), The Jefferson (434-245-4980), Tavern on the James (434-286-3500)