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Art Reviews Coming to Southside


Danville, VA - Danville residents have started Southside Arts Insider, a website and Facebook page that provides reviews and information about all things related to the arts.

They plan to look at arts all over our coverage area, including Lynchburg and one day Roanoke. It will focus on reviews and scheduling for all kinds of arts in the region.

When Melissa Charles moved back to Virginia, she brought her passion for the arts. She knew of some galleries and theaters but had no way to find them all.

"That's one thing I like to do is let people know about all the great things that are happening and this is just a vehicle for that," said Charles.

So she started Southside Arts Insider, an online forum for schedules, reviews and news.

"That will review everything from theater to music to art openings and let people know a little bit more about what is going on from that critical thinker's perspective of the arts," said Charles. 

A panel of anonymous critics will attend shows, galleries and forums to write their perspective. They will go to anything from professional performances to school plays.

"As a person in the crowd, what is the experience like? Just to give people an idea of what they should expect going to something," said a reviewer.

Charles says the arts have really grown here, and she hopes this website will bring new faces in to current establishments.

"I feel like there definitely is an audience for this kind of thing in Danville. And having this kind of group is just going to help bring awareness to this type of projects and events going on downtown," said a reviewer.

"It's also helping with economic development in these cities. We can help that even more by letting people know exactly what is going on and how they can be involved," said Charles.

They are still looking for people to do reviews as well as places to review.

Get more information on the Facebook page or on the website.

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