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Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center Announces Lead Artists for Via Colori® Fredericksburg 2013


FREDERICKSBURG, VA - The Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is pleased to announce Nicholas Candela as the Signature Artist and Chris Carlson as the Featured Artist for the 4th annual Via Colori® Fredericksburg, taking place September 21st - 22nd, 2013. Via Colori® is a modern day version of a centuries-old tradition in which artists create large chalk paintings directly on the pavement of a city's streets.

Signature Artist Nicholas Candela has been in the Fredericksburg area for over ten years, and currently teaches art at Stafford Senior High School. He completed his master's degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 while simultaneously earning his National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Nick also works as an independent artist showing primarily at the Ponshop Studio, and has also participated in juried shows at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts and the Microcosm Gallery, New York City. He has participated in Via Colori® Fredericksburg for the last two years and was originally drawn to the festival because of its rich historic tradition. "Nick is not only a valued educator in the classroom, but has been a wonderful supporter and well-respected instructor for Via Colori® Fredericksburg. We are thrilled to have him represent the community in this way: as a spokesperson and leader for this event," says FAMCC Vice President, Christa Stabler.

A 3D chalk artist, Carlson is from Denver, Colorado and will replicate an original creation on the streets of Fredericksburg during the festival. He discovered his love of art during a trip to Europe, the birthplace of large-scale street murals, and has tirelessly worked to develop his skills ever since. His chalk art time lapse videos on YouTube have been viewed by over one million people worldwide and have been featured on popular television programs in Japan and Spain. He is currently exploring the effect of combining 2D pop culture icons with anamorphic 3D chalk art.

Carlson and Candela will join over one hundred local artists as they showcase their talents in street art along Sophia and Charlotte Streets and the Riverfront Park. Music, food, and entertainment will be on site throughout the entire weekend for Via Colori® Fredericksburg. The event is free for the public and artists. If you would like to sign up to be an artist, sponsor a square, or volunteer your time, please visit us at

For more information on this event, or for additional programming information, please either contact the Museum at 540-371-3037, or visit us at The mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is to collect, interpret and present the history and culture of the Fredericksburg region and community



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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


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