Gallery Programs

Upcoming Programs

VMFA Fridays After 5 Taste of Art: Spanish Wines Presented By Chase

Fri, May 14, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Virtual program 

Explore two wines from Northern Spain along with food pairings from VMFA's Amuse Restaurant. Leigh Rodgers from SAWM Imports joins Liz Skirpan, Amuse Manager, and Celeste Fetta, VMFA's Director of Education, to connect these wines with works from the museum’s collection. Learn about wine and Spanish artists from the 16th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Wine selections available through VMFA 2GO Wed–Sat.

Emendis Brut Rosé, $25
100% Pinot Noir from Cava 
An ancient Cava producing gem along the Catalan coast, the Emendis Estate dates back over 800 years. The name Emendis pays tribute to the pioneering woman who founded the estate and farmed its first vineyards centuries ago. Serving up aromas rich with wild raspberries and currants, this pinot noir cava has a red cherry color accented with pink salmon tones and persistent bubbles. On the palate, subtle toast and spice notes give way to a generous fruity finish.
Finca Millara Cuesta de los Olivos Tinto 2018, $30
100% Mencia from Ribeira Sacra
Finca Míllara was built on the vision of Fernando de Santiago, an undertaking he kicked off nearly 20 years ago. The vineyards are maintained now as they were—worked by hand on the impossibly steep slopes above the Miño River without the use of herbicides. This fresh and cheerful red made from the Mencía grape features fruit as the principal character but with a Burgundian vibe. For taste, hints of rosemary and wet slate appear on the palate.

Free. Registration via Zoom required.

VMFA Fridays After 5 Taste of Art: Reason Beer Presented By Chase

Fri, May 28, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Virtual program 

Sample three offerings from this Charlottesville brewery. Join Mark Fulton, Head Brewer & Director of Operations of Reason Beer, and Celeste Fetta, VMFA Director of Education, as they creatively pair these selections with American artwork from the museum's permanent collection. Beer selections available through VMFA 2GO Wed–Sat.

$4 per can, $10 for a 3 can sampler

Hoppy Blonde, 4% ABV
Blonde pairs the spice and depth of Old World hops with fresh, citrusy notes from the New World, rounded out with subtle maltiness and bright acidity. The hop flavor and aroma are unmistakable, but silky smooth and with a clean, crisp finish. Blonde is always drinkable, yet remarkably complex. This is the perfect beer for an afternoon session, or pair it up with bold flavors like spicy Thai or smoky BBQ.

Unreasonable IPA, 8.5% ABV
Double-dry-hopped hazy double IPA. A big, juicy, soft NEIPA. Once a year, on April Fool's Day, we throw restraint and balance out the window and release this monster of a beer into the world.

Perpetual Bloom IPA, 6.9% ABV
A beer to celebrate the ongoing renewal of life. Intense citrus aroma with notes of bright lemon, hints of passion fruit, and the smell of a fresh tangerine, Perpetual bloom opens with a bouquet of fruit and florals from generous fruits hopping on. Matched with restrained bitterness, this beer is the perfect companion to a day spent among the bounty of nature.

Free. Registration via Zoom required.

3 in 30: “Bridge of Years”: Perspectives and Portrayals of a “Natural Wonder”

Tue, Jun 8, 11-11:30 am | Virtual Gallery Program with Sarah Rasich, Distance Learning Content Specialist

How does a geological formation become a celebrated icon? What role might imagery play in this celebrity? Explore three objects featured in Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art to consider what is at play when artists translate place into picture.

Free. Registration via Zoom required.

3 in 30 PLUS: Dirty South

Tue, Jul 6, 11-11:30 am | Virtual Gallery Program with Karen Getty, Exhibition Educator and Senior Tour Services Program Coordinator & Robert Phanord, Performing Arts Coordinator

Join Karen Getty, VMFA’s lead educator for the exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, and Robert Phanord, the museum’s Performing Arts Coordinator, for a discussion of three works of art in the permanent collection that relate to the special exhibition.

Free. Registration via Zoom required.