Fridays After 5

VMFA proudly announces Fridays After 5, presented by Chase. The one name says it all and includes VMFA’s popular Friday-night events:

First Fridays
Dance After Work
Taste of Art
Summer Breeze


March 19
7 pm

Dance After Work
Video Premier at 7 pm on YouTube

Local dance professional and educator Lisa Rumbauskus joins Robert Phanord, Performing Arts Coordinator, for a look at studio dance. Following the discussion, Lisa and a few of her students give demonstrations.

March 26
5:30 pm

Taste of Art – Beer from Center of the Universe Brewing
5:30 pm; Free, register via Zoom

Common Flying Squirrel from The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, 1843, John James Audubon, (American, born Haiti, 1785–1851). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Alma and Harry H. Coon

Join Chris Ray, Founder of Center of the Universe Brewing in Ashland, Virginia, and Celeste Fetta, VMFA’s Director of Education, for a sampling of three offerings from this award-winning brewery. Explore thematic connections with works of art from the museum’s collection, ranging from flying squirrels to the Queen of Hops! Beer selections available through VMFA 2GO.
Order Wed–Sat, between 2 pm⁠–7 pm.
Pick up Wed–Sat, between 4 pm⁠–8 pm

$4 each or $10 for three 16 ounce cans

Rally Cap Grapefruit Shandy 5.0% ABV
The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Center of the Universe Brewing Company are proud to present this Grapefruit Shandy sure to fuel the charge and fan the flames of victory! Light, crisp, and relentlessly refreshing, this shandy is a perfect complement to a ballgame, bbq, or any other outdoor adventure!

Bald Irishman 6.1% ABV
A Gold Medal Winning Irish Red Ale made for the El Balderino team. 10% of the proceeds from can sales go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund children’s cancer research.

Cryo Clouds Double IPA 8.0% ABV
Experience an alternate reality with CRYO CLOUDS, our double IPA infused with a mindbending matrix of HBC 630 CRYO, Falconer’s Flight, and Citra Hops.

April 2
7 pm

First Friday with Leo Mazow
Video Premier at 7 pm on YouTube

Ahead of a future VMFA exhibition on the impact of the American guitar, VMFA’s Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, brings his own guitar to a conversation with Performing Arts Coordinator Robert Phanord. The two will discuss the guitar in the context of American music. Tune in for an insightful discussion and great music, too.

Apr 9
5:30 pm

Taste of Art – Wines of Portugal
5:30 pm; Free, register via Zoom

Immortal Crane by a Pine Tree (detail), early 20th century, Chinese. Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment and partial gift of Y.T. Bay Collection

Explore two wines from Portugal! Harry Tatian of Free Run distributor joins VMFA’s Liz Skirpan, Amuse Manager, and Celeste Fetta, Director of Education. They will pair the wine selections with art from the museum’s collection, making connections to the region and considering the wine labels’ designs, which both feature birds. Wine selections available through VMFA 2GO.
Order Wed–Sat, between 2 pm⁠–7 pm.
Pick up Wed–Sat, between 4 pm⁠–8 pm

Quinta da Raza, Vinho Verde 2019 | $15
Located inland in the verdant Vinho Verde region, Quinta da Raza is the home and life of José Diogo and Mafalda Teixeira Coelho. The vineyards are subject to more sun than perhaps other vineyards in this region, which are important factors for the development of the vines. The Raza is a lightly sparkling, bright, and fresh wine, with fruity and pleasing aromas and balanced acidity. The bird which appears on the Raza label is the Lesser Kestrel, locally called “Peneireiro.”

Herdade de Gambia, Tinto (Red Blend) 2014 | $27
Herdade de Gambia was established in the Setubal region of Portugal, located South of Lisbon in the Sado Estuary. Alongside the vineyards are Cork and Pine trees, as well as livestock, all part of the forest/pastoral system. Great care is taken in management of the property since it is classified as Natura 2000 (a special protection area). The winemaker, Nuno Cancela de Abreu, produces a white and red wine at this Quinta. The Tinto has bright ruby color, offering a great balance between dark fruit, acidity, and elegant tannins. It is very smooth with a pleasant finish. The label for these wines features a mosaic-style crane, which honors the surrounding wildlife and demonstrates how vineyards can preserve the land in its natural state for generations

April 16
7 pm

Dance After Work
Video Premier at 7 pm on YouTube

Local Latin dancers travel with VMFA’s Performing Arts Coordinator Robert Phanord to Richmond’s acclaimed Dogtown Dance Theater for a private Salsa lesson.

Apr 23
5:30 pm

Taste of Art – Wasserhund Brewing Company, Virginia Beach
5:30 pm; Free, register via Zoom

Statuette of Molossian Hound, 2nd-3rd century, Roman, bronze. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund

Sample three offerings from this Virginia Beach brewery with an affinity for dogs. Join Christine Holley, founder of Wasserhund Brewing Company, joins Courtney Morano, VMFA Manager of Interpretation, for fun pairings of beer selections with dog-related works of art from VMFA’s collection. Beer selections available through VMFA 2GO.
Order Wed–Sat, between 2 pm⁠–7 pm.
Pick up Wed–Sat, between 4 pm⁠–8 pm

$3 each or or $10 for 3 cans

German Shepheweizen, 5.9% ABV
This is the best known wheat beer from South Germany, the Hefeweizen. Its appearance is cloudy and yellow with an aroma of banana and clove. It is full of malt sweetness, has a little hop bitterness, and contains just enough spice flavor to keep your lips smacking. If wheat beer is your preference, this is your beer.

Purebred Pilsner, 5.2% ABV
If you are into big name American beers or just love a great lager, this beer is for you. Our German pilsner is pale, golden, and clear with a sweet and delicate spice aroma. While a light-bodied beer, it is full of flavor. The beer starts with a dry malt sweetness, and it is appropriately bittered with hops to induce a crisp finish, leaving you to crave another sip.

Unleashed Boysenberry Gose, 5% ABV
Lightly tart and refreshingly fruity, Unleashed Boysenberry Gose gives you freedom in a drink. Sip it with friends and bring it on your next adventure. It pairs well with . . . life.

May 7
7 pm

First Friday with McKinley Dixon
Video Premier at 7 pm on YouTube

Local hip-hop artist and rising star McKinley Dixon joins VMFA’s Performing Arts Coordinator Robert Phanord for a look at the local music scene, hip-hop in America, and storytelling. After the discussion, McKinley Dixon will perform originals from his latest album.

May 21
7 pm

Dance After Work
Video Premier at 7 pm on YouTube

This first installment on African dance will focus on the rise of Afrobeat. We will discuss the roots of Afrobeat in Ghana and the dances it inspires. Join the fun to learn a simple dance demonstrated by professionals of this culturally rich and lively genre of dance.