Wednesday Lemonade

May 5, 2021
Welcome back to Wednesday Lemonade, a community newsletter focused on keeping VCCA Fellows, staff, and supporters connected.

For VCCA, this month of May brings an exciting online benefit auction, a big application deadline, an in-person volunteer event, and the next in our long line of virtual Fireplace Series gatherings. Read below for more on these opportunities to support the mission of VCCA, enjoy the creative output of our Fellows, and to join us as a writer, visual artist, or composer in residence in the coming year.

Today's newsletter includes messages from Fellows Delna Dastur and Kristin Herzog and a new Composer Playlist with music by five Fellows. We also announce a new staff member! And we're showing off progress on our new patio!

Reopening is becoming more and more a reality, and we're increasingly excited to see Fellows and friends here at beautiful Mt. San Angelo.
VCCA's First Online Art Auction Opens to the Public This Friday
We look forward to sharing VCCA's benefit auction with the world starting May 7!

Until then, Preview Access tickets offer an opportunity to browse and bid on over 120 artworks with an option to "buy now" if you see something you absolutely love.

One piece of artwork has already sold, and 27 others have at least one bid. Proceeds will directly support VCCA's operation and mission. We're grateful to so many artists and supporters for their participation in the auction so far! On May 15, at 5 p.m. ET, we'll toast the auction's close with a brief livestream celebration, Last Look.
"First Glance" Featured SoHyun Bae, Pat Lipsky, and Bill Jacobson
Last week, three incredible artists joined Kevin and Sheila for a special auction preview event. Each artist showed us stunning images of their artwork, offering insights into the pieces they've donated to the LONG VIEWS auction and sharing kind words about what VCCA has meant to them in their careers. You can watch the recording on Facebook or YouTube if you missed the live event.
views from mt. san angelo
New Patio Underway!
When we reopen in July, we'll be happy to welcome Fellows to a new outdoor area for dining and socializing.

Plans for the patio have been designed and donated by VCCA Fellow Zoe Edgecomb!
looking for local volunteers
Spring Volunteer Day at Mt. San Angelo on May 8
Friends, Fellows, and neighbors are invited to join us this weekend for an impromptu work day on our grounds at Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, Va. Lunch is on us!

Let us know if you hope to attend by clicking the "I'll be there!" button in the Volunteer Sign Up box.
Volunteer Sign Up
154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, VA,

05/08/21 10:00am - 05/08/21 2:00pm

I'll be there!
vcca staff update
Deborah E. Goode Named Director of Development
VCCA is pleased to welcome Deborah E. Goode to our Richmond-based staff. A long-time Richmond resident, Goode served most recently as Major Gifts Officer at the Communities in Schools national office in Arlington, Va.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Deborah Goode join our leadership team,” says Kevin O’Halloran, VCCA’s Executive Director. “Debbie brings a wealth of experience to her new role, and I look forward to working with her to gather philanthropic support to further VCCA’s mission.”
deadline: may 15
Residency and Fellowship Applications Due Soon

Writers, visual artists, and composers interested in Fall-Winter residencies at Mt. San Angelo in Virginia should apply online by May 15, 2021. Notifications will be sent by July 31, 2021, and residencies will be scheduled between October 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022.

Check your eligibility for current fully-funded fellowship opportunities. Writers, visual artists, and composers living in Virginia's greater Roanoke region should make note of the Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation Fellowship.
fellow messages
Fellows, send us your news!
Delna Dastur
"I recently shipped my painting, 'Regeneration' to Gallery Art.Motif in New Delhi. Mala Aneja, its Director, is exhibiting contemporary Indian artists in celebration of the gallery's 25th anniversary. The exhibit is both virtual and in person. To accompany the show Mala has published a diary/catalog entitled, Contemporary Indian Art. I'm delighted to have been included. Locally, in the Washington DC area, I've been juried into Latela Curatorial's upcoming show entitled, Flora and Fauna."
Kristin Herzog
"Three of my paintings were selected for the Art in Embassies Program through the U.S. Department of State. The catalog is available online; I got the cover :-)

My show, Luminous Worlds will run at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL through June 27, 2021. They interviewed me by Zoom in April."
vcca fireplace series
Later This Month
Join us on Thursday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET for the 22nd edition of the VCCA Fireplace Series. We're happy to welcome two longtime friends who reconnected at VCCA in 2009. Composer and Fellows Council member Martin Hundley will host!

Visual artist Marilyn Banner will take us on a visual journey from her early work to recent encaustic paintings inspired by close-up views of sand, stone, and lichen.

Author Ellen Prentiss Campbell will read from her forthcoming novel Frieda’s Song (the cover image is from a painting by Marilyn!).
In Case You Missed It
Last month’s Fireplace Series event brought us shadow puppetry, paper cutouts, poetry, and a gleeful spirit of mutual admiration.

Katherine Fahey and Maggie Smith, who met at VCCA and have inspired each other's work, joined host E. Shawn Qaissaunee. Recordings of the event are available on VCCA's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
new composer playlist
Music for May 2021
Turn to these five Fellows for your listening enjoyment this month:

  1. Gina Biver | Nimbus
  2. James Bergin | Romanza
  3. Robin McLaughlin | Lights will find you
  4. Craig Urquhart | Wellfleet Winter
  5. Eric Moe | And No Birds Sing
Music submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
standing invitations
Look to this comprehensive list of ways to stay virtually engaged with our creative community during VCCA's temporary closure.
Keep in Touch
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