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School Briefs – Henrico High School Center for the Arts

This week, we will continue our spotlight on the Visual Art Program at Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts (CFA)! If you missed the last installment, we discovered that the CFA has been offering art classes in the Visual Art program since 1995, but what exactly is it that the art students are learning at the Center? Well, let’s take a look!

Genevieve Dowdy is the teacher for levels I and III (freshmen and juniors, respectively) and Ms. Scurlock teaches levels II and IV (sophomores and seniors, respectively). Each class level in the CFA equips students with different essential aspects of art education each year—it all starts freshman year with a firm education in the foundations of art, including a time which students affectionately call “drawing boot camp.”

Sophomores continue to build and add to their repertoire of artistic skills, exploring a broad range of media and techniques throughout the year, and juniors spend their year refining their personal style and beginning to develop as individual artists. Students’ CFA education culminates with their senior year, a year when the students engage in independent study, making art without the constraints of class assignments—this gives students time to continue their artistic development and to build a cohesive portfolio of work.

The CFA Visual Art program is also unique among other art departments in Henrico County in that it offers students access to visiting guest artists who actually come to the classes and work with the students in a variety of areas.

Thanks to an ever-increasing number of applicants, the Visual Art department of the CFA is growing in quantity as well as quantity every year! Please join us in our next installment as we take a look at the CFA Musical Theatre department in our December spotlight!
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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