The Arts of the Rivanna River Renaissance
FLOWtilla: The Spontaneous Decorated Boat Parade
Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 Rivanna Tree Walk at Riverside Park
Robin Hanes of Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
At 11:00 head over to
Darden Towe Park & Boat Ramp
Parking with Shuttle transport to FLOW available at the Rivanna River Company, 1518 E. High Street
11:00 - 3:30 Music, Performance, Plein Aire Painting and Site Specific Installation Art
(some music performances end around 3:00)
Judge for the visual arts components is Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Educator and Statewide Programs curator for the VMFA
FLOWtilla launches at 3:30
(shhhh! - discover Teddy Bears engaged in a picnic at the trail's end -
For little children who "bear" up all the way to the end of FLOW:
A cup of juice, cookies, and a Teddy Bear to take home!
FLOW is a celebration of art, music, song and dance inspired by the Rivanna River.
Our rivers flow on, marking time, witnesses to all visitors to their banks - the bathers, laundresses and fishermen, the merchants, traders and explorers; the courtships, vows, and broken hearts; the baptismal candidates, poets and painters; the injustices and tragedies. The river moves forward throughout our human history, with constancy: cleansing, inspiring and promising possibility.
A Day of FLOWing begins at 10:00 on the city side of the river with The Rivanna Tree Walk hosted by Robin Hanes (sign up for this event at Rivannatreewalk@gmail.com). Gather at RiverSide Park to learn to identify the natural and invasive species along the river.
At 11:00 - On the Albemarle County side of the Rivanna - FLOW: The Rivanna River Arts Festival begins at Darden Towe Park.
FLOW Musical Performances along the banks at Darden Towe – Periodically from 11:00 –3:30
Artists include Barry Bless & Twyla Jane - Wandering Gypsy Cabaret, Bolanle Adeboye, Nate Galea & Gabriel Goldstein - Water Drumming, Chapman Grove Gospel Singers, Susan Christmas & Eric Demmit - World Music, Eli Cook - Blues, Moogdho Mim Mahzab - Nepalese, John d'Earth, Will Evans - Jazz, Dan Goldberg and Friends - String Band, Kate Tamakin - Harp, Gina Sobel - Flute/Sax, Butch Taylor, Robert Jospe - Jazz, Whit Whitten - African Drumming, Larkspur - Folk, Craig Green and The Love Army Ukulele Brigade, Matty Metcalfe - Traditional & Cajun, and Estella Knott & Music Together - Mexi-lachian with The Lua Project.
FLOW Dance Performance Groups along the banks – Periodically from 11:00 – 3:30
Dorisse Aha, Some’ & Thea Louis, Anne Megibow & Susan Barnard, Sadia Shaheed, Lillie Williams, Emily Wright w/ Amanda Liscouski.
FLOW Site Specific Installation Artists – starts at 11:00, continues throughout the day
Bill Atwood, Renee Balfour, Travis Childers, Nina Burke & Andy Foster, Ann Friend Clark, Deborah Davis, Andrea Galina, Dawn Hanson & Ann Ray, Megan Hillary, Veronica Jackson, Jum Jirapan, Ara Lee, Alan Box Levine, Kelly Lonergan, Dan Mahon, Ed Miller, Isabella Tiger-Moth, Alexandria Searls, Robert Schultz, Michelle Gagliano, and the McGuffey Art Center’s Rivertrees hands-on workshop with Fenella Belle & Polly Breckenridge.
FLOW Plein Aire Painters along the Banks – starts at 11:00, ends at 3:00
Open to all plein aire painters. Past participants include Morganne Ashlie, Ray Berry, Gwen Cates, Richard Crozier, Gray Dodson, Margaret Embree, Giselle Gautreau, Elizabeth Geiger, Lee Halstead, Megan Marlatt, Robin Hoffman, Sarah Blech, Linda Staiger, Nancy Wallace, Meg West, Laura Edwards Wooten. (Contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list!)
FLOWtilla Decorated Boat Parade – Judged, and launches (if there is adequate water in the river!)
from the Darden Towe Boat Ramp at 3:30
Concludes at the Rivanna River Company if so. Awards for the best designs!
All are invited to bring a decorated seaworthy watercraft and participate for cash prizes!
Environmental Organizations' Informational Tables - open at 11:00
The Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, Piedmont Environmental Council, Rivanna Conservation Alliance, Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District, DCR Virginia Scenic Rivers Program, Wild Virginia introduce visitors to the work they do on behalf of sustaining the health of our earth.
La Flor Michoacana will have a kiosk on Free Bridge Lane to serve their fabulous, magical popsicles too!
*Most of the above photographs are courtesy of Gary Michael Keyes.
We thank all our sponsors and patrons for their support of the arts along the Rivanna banks, making FLOW possible.
Also including Karyn Gunther Smith, Kevin & Holly Davis, Robin Hanes, Shawn Ayres, Holly Bittle, The Graham family, Chris Henry, Lynwood Napier, Eugene Ryang, Roger and Jessica Voisinet, Anna Collins, CREATE Gallery at Indoor Biotechnologies, Bobbi Dunn, The Michel Family and Jane Goodman of Yellow Cardinal Studio.