Free School, MakerFest and C3

Things are starting to pick up around LoveBomb, the fall is creeping its way into the color of the leaves and into our minds, school has started, the evenings are getting cooler, and our schedule is getting full.

There are a few events that will be promoting LoveBomb taking place soon:

The RVA MakersFest is allowing us to have a booth at their event September 27th, from 9:00am. to 5:00pm. this event will take place at the Science Museum of Virginia. The best part about all of this is the event is free, as is the admission to the museum! We are planning a full day of nonsense and tom-foolery beginning with mud pie making and ending with a pop up Wizard Store. Special guests will include several of LoveBomb’s past studio mates and all current residents.

The next event will be Heide discussing LoveBomb at C3. This event is also free to the public.

There is an exhibition at Second Street gallery in Charlottesville titled You Are Surrounded. Artists Sarah Yoder, Warren Craighead and Heide Trepanier will be exhibiting and speaking about their work in relation to the balance of creativity, community involvement and parenting. This exhibition opens October 3rd from 6 to 8pm.

The next item to mention is FREE SCHOOL and by free, we mean free.  Sign up and sign the contract for the evening, get free Figure Drawing model, free materials and free instruction. How do we do it?

Everyone is good at something, and we are in search of people who desire to teach a class at what they are good at. The rear gallery and LoveBomb are offering a free eclectic menu of classes to the public. Wednesday’s 6 to 8pm (you don’t have to teach for that long). If you are interested, please email us at



Free School begins 09/10/14

The Rear Gallery is co-ordinating this year’s free school:

Free School classes start with an instructor led Figure Drawing class. All those interested must sign up in person, first come first serve. The sign up begins at 5:30pm Wednesday September 3, 2014 at LoveBomb. We will be taking reservations for the following weeks class only, and will have sign up everyWednesday at 5:30 for that following week.
Space is limited to 20 people, and all gender variant models are encouraged.
Classes are two hours long 6:30pm to 8:30 pm.
You must arrive by 6:30 pm, instruction from 6:30 to 7:00 model from 7pm to 8pm.
Hope to see you there!

Call for Studio Mate!

We are looking for one artist to share the fun and community at LoveBomb. So far this summer, we have hosted 2 bands, a film production, 4 workdays for various groups, a few cookouts, movie nights, and beginning in September we are starting our FREE SCHOOL. Rear Gallery is continuing their very successful free school on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9pm. The fall schedule will kick off with figure drawing classes by Heide Trepanier.

If you are looking for a cheap studio (200.00 a month!) in a community oriented space, email us at




Introducing Sid

I would like to officially welcome Sid Caldwell Deaghlan to LoveBomb. She has already set up her studio, and will add some needed, hard working, fun times to the place.

Sid is a native Richmond artist currently engaged in a series of radical lifestyle experiments, including, but not limited to, making body-centric art out of most anything, living in an apartment that gets great gas mileage, and generally attempting to beat an alternate track through this new wilderness of art, culture, design and new technology. her work is situated between jewelry and clothing, between fine art and handcraft, between high design and the id-driven camp of the outsider. she’s spoken and exhibited internationally, as well as being featured in a number of print publications including PUSH Jewelry: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Jewelry and Metalsmith magazine. visit her online at

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Indiegogo and Feast RVA The LoveBomb Indie-go-go campaign for this year has ended. Thank you so much to all the wonderful people that believe in this project.

While there was only 10% of the goal reached, the funds donated will be able to help with the transitions ahead and to finally FIX THE ROOF! With all the thunderstorms and downpours over the last few weeks. It will be a nice change not to have to find buckets. I will be working on following up with perks and thank you’s.

Friday, June 20th, LoveBomb hosted a Happy Hour for Feast RVA. If you are unfamiliar with their work, Feast RVA is Josh Epperson and Johnny Hugel. They host dinners, usually at Black Iris Each event raises money to fund one of the three ideas presented at the dinner. I had the great opportunity to hear some of the ideas from past recipients and was impressed by their innovation and passion.

It was a true pleasure to host the Happy Hour and I hope to work with many of the great people I met that evening. People like Bruno Walsh of CompostRVA whom I hope to persuade into giving a lecture on composting soon.

The ideas are brewing and there are now some very motivated, creative people signed on to move into the space. I am so hopeful that all the changes we have been going through will eventually provide the community with a well needed, safe, creative space for all.





Friday the 13th a full moon a thunderstorm of epic proportions and a Dancebomb added up to an amazing evening. A bit of sound trouble was the only problem with this otherwise perfect evening.

The performers were stunning, the fire spinning and finale of a fire cannon made the whole event pretty magical.

Thanks to everyone that braved the storms and came out to see Lumystic and all the other performers.