View the work of Artist-in-Residence Paul Hostetler, a freelance illustrator, painter, and comic artist. Paul graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with his BFA in illustration, and is currently a McGuffey incubator artist. His clients include Virginia Living, Adbusters, Whurk, Utne Reader, and The Jefferson Center for Free Speech. This year’s City Art Bus competition winner, Paul will be hosting an illustration workshop during the festival. Life-Size Caricatures, 11AM-2PM, McGuffey Art Center.
Now entering its third year, the City Art Bus is a collaborative project between Tom Tom and the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). The annual bus is a key component of Tom Tom’s City as Canvas initiative, which aims to recast shared everyday experiences into public works of art. Hostetler’s dinosaur design wraps a 35-foot clean diesel bus, transforming it into a mobile mural seen by more than 200,000 commuters throughout Charlottesville. Take the bus from Grounds to Downtown…and back again!
Check out the Airstream Storytelling project, headquartered in a revitalized Airstream camper created as part of a multi-month project by UVA student Cody Simms. Throughout the spring, the Airstream will travel around Charlottesville collecting and presenting stories from neighborhood residents. Cody and the Airstream will both make an appearance at the IX Art Park during the Community Picnic, 5PM-7PM, IX Art Park. Seasoned professionals in a variety of industries take aspiring entrepreneurs and creative individuals out for coffee and a one-on-one mentorship during the Office Hours Mentoring Series, All Week, Free.
Then, at the Friday Night Block Party, 5PM-8PM, Lee Park, Tom Tom hosts a mentor-mentee mixer. Want to talk about what to do post-graduation? This is your big chance. Witness art-in-process during our annual City as Canvas mural project, which funds the painting of four vibrant, colorful, city-enhancing murals throughout the Charlottesville community.
Enjoy Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local produce and our region’s premier chefs. Provided you’re over 21, enjoy the concoctions of our Craft Cocktail Competition mixologists, and get a Tom Tom Cocktail: each specialty drink features at least one local ingredient. Don’t forget to to review the cocktail online!