From now until the end of June we will post at least once a day with details on what you can experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we will bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we will flash back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I will dig into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult.

Today’s big events include:

The Funky FestivALL Fish Find–WVDEP’s Watershed Improvement Branch and City of Charleston’s Stormwater Program is offering a free webinar extension for their virtual event, Funky FestivALL Fish Find! The webinar “Path of Trash: From Charleston to the Atlantic Ocean!” will be held on Monday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. including time for questions. This webinar is open to the public and suitable for all ages, but does require advanced registration. Register in advance for this webinar: Register Here

Dancing on “Broadway” with River City Youth Ballet Ensemble–“Broadway Dance” – a fast paced look into acting through movement to performing an entire iconic Broadway piece. Join Rivery City Youth Ballet Ensemble’s Jennifer Withrow as she teaches you choreography from a fun surprise *Broadway production!* For intermediate/advanced level. This class will premiere on the FestivALL YouTube Channel on 6/22 at 4PM

Theatre WV Presents: Paradise Park, a Virtual Concert–Cast members from “Paradise Park,  The Musical” scattered throughout the country perform selections from an original show that portrays the determination, community, and heart that best defines West Virginians at a time when it is needed most. Directed by Nick Yurick, Written and composed by Danny Boyd and Larry Groce. Follow Theatre WV on Facebook for updates and the link to the performance.

Other FestivALL events for today include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer.

The FestivALL Flashback

In 2012, instead of killing ourselves by trying to produce a daily recap show of FestivALL, I did two, weekly one-hour-plus shows that attempted to cover as much FestivALL goodness as possible. Today we’ll bring you the first of those.

Included in this show is music from Red Audio, Andy Park, Emily Burdette, The Kanawha Kordsmen and Sweet Adelines and Paul Calicoat. We are also treated to an Effects Makeup demonstration by Rob “RJ” Haddy, a finalist on the SyFy program, “Face Off.” Much of the show is devoted to the FestivAll Art Parade, while we finish with scenes of The East End Main Street Streetworks Art Auction and Celebration, and auctioneer Ted Brightwell.

Among the Art Parade fun you’ll see Razor Sharp Productions with Porkchop and Pig Girl, Dale Morton Studio Mascots, Zombies and ghouls from Shocka Con, The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, The Chemical Valley Roller Girls, The Charleston Light Opera Guild and more!

The Monday Morning Art Exhibit


Today’s entry into the collection comes from May, 2013, and is an example of the kind of Geometric Abstract that I’ve been running in Monday Morning Art all this month. This is one of four pieces that was posted as “Geometric Fun,” but the actual title of this one is “Double Yolk.” Click the image to see it bigger.