Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This Friday- InLight 2010!

InLight returns this Friday in downtown Richmond, starting at 7:30 PM. Check out 1708's website for details on how your can participate, artists who will be showing work, parking, and more.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Opening tomorrow night at 1708

Matthew Kolodziej

The 13th Annual SECAC and MACAA Juried Exhibition opens tomorrow night at 1708 gallery, with a reception and gallery talk from 6-8 PM.

Participating artists include:

Von Allen, James Rodger Alexander, Rhonda Arntsen, Michael Aurbach, Jason Brown, Efram Burk, Brian Curtis, Dylan Collins, William Davis, Alison Denyer, Virginia Derryberry, Wendy DesChene, Heather Deyling, Brian Evans, Kurt Dyrhaug, Cynthia Farnell, Diane Fox, Moira Marti Geoffrion, Rich Gere, Reni Gower, Kathryn Hagy, Alison Helm, Benjamin Jones, Deborah Karpman, Michael Kellner, Chris Kienke, Gary Keown, Joo Kim, Taehee Kim, Allyson Klutenkamper, Clive King, Jacek Kolasinski, Matthew Kolodziej, Phil Laber, Ralph Larmann, Norman Magden, Antonio Martinez, Patrick Mohr, Michael McFalls, Laura Mosquera, Barry Motes, Christoper Olszewski, Janet Onofrey, Ashley John Pigford, John Douglas Powers, Trish Ramsay, Edward Ramsay-Morin, Margy Rich, Sandra Reed, Tom Richard, John Richardson, Herb Rieth, Morgan Santander, Eric Standley, Heather Szatmary, and Christopher Williams.

Get more information at 1708's website, here.

Recent Pollak Prize winners honored today

Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick are being honored today during a ceremony at Sheltering Arms Hospital for the work they've done for the Bal du Bois.

More details (from a press release/email):

Sheltering Arms is honoring two of its biggest supporters and two of Richmond's biggest art icons tomorrow. Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick have been involved with Sheltering Arms' annual Bal du Bois fundraiser from its start in 1957. Every year they create the fantastic sets that make the event so unique among Richmond social events and fundraisers. Renderings of each of the sets they've created will be going on permanent display at the Sheltering Arms Hospital at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville. A dedication of the artwork will be held tomorrow, October 14, at noon, at MRMC.

Read more info on the ceremony honoring these Richmond visual arts icons here.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pics from Marcie Paper's "Mama Pajama Rolled Out of Bed" at 1708 Gallery

(on view until October 9th)

(detail of above image)

More information about this exhibition and upcoming events (like lantern-making workshops and InLight 2010) is over at 1708's website.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Notes from 1708 and C3's recent Talk20

Many thanks to Tiffany Glass Ferreira for compiling a link list from the last Talk20 for those of us who couldn't make it to the event...

Slash Coleman, nationally renowned storyteller, best known for his award-winning PBS special and Off-Broadway one-man show, "The Neon Man and Me"





Mike Keeling, Abstract Artist and Metal Sculptor

Images from Creating "Plane Air"! http://www.artworksrichmond.com/ShowAug2005-Members-Planes-Trains.htm

Emilia Lanwehr, Curator and Manager of The Whitley Gallery http://www.inmateart.org/

Current Exhibit: Minority Art Exhibition (MAE), taking place September 30 – October 8, 2010, in Downtown Richmond. MAE is an exploration and celebration of the vitality of contemporary art created by African American and Latin American artists. http://www.inmateart.org/exhibits/minority-art-exhibit/

Upcoming exhibit: The RVAnthology, a graphic novel collaboration between 5 of Richmond’s rising illustrators including Richie Pope, Chris Johnson, Eric Pfeiffer, Nate Nelson and Julia Scott http://www.inmateart.org/exhibits/rvanthology/

Phil Nesmith, Photographic Artist, combining early photographic methods with contemporary events www.philnesmith.com

Flow: An Interview and Exhibition Review: http://philnesmith.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/flow-an-interview-and-exhibition-review/

Scott Putman, Artistic Director for Amaranth Contemporary Dance


Patience Salgado, photographer and creative kindness worker

Guerrilla Goodness: www.kindnessgirl.com

Pennies in Protest: http://www.penniesinprotest.com/

Francis Thompson, STEPS: Mountain Lake Workshop with John Cage 1989 / Stephen Addiss 2008 / Merce Cunningham 2009.

John Cage: http://www.johncage.info/

Stephen Addiss: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/about-thf/associates/

Merce Cunningham: www.merce.org

Be on the lookout for information for the next Talk20 from C3-The Creative Change Center and 1708!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Congratulations to 2010's Pollak Prize Awardees

This year's Pollak Prizes have been decided- check out Richmond Magazine for full details, but below is the winners list:

Photography- Travis Fullerton
Dance- RVA Dance Collective
Film- Rita McClenny
Fine Arts- Javier Tapia
Vocalist- Jeanine Drost-Guidry & Offering
Ensemble- GWAR
Arts Innovator- Art 180 & Marlene Paul
Lifetime Achievement- Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick
Words- Irene Ziegler
Applied Arts- Coloratura: Catherine Roseberry and Rob Womack
Theater- Derome Scott Smith & the African-American Repertory Theatre
Emerging Artist- Michele Young-Stone

Finally Feels Like Fall Link Monday

Now showing at Main Art: "Limited Reading Required"

Lots of great coverage last week for First Fridays:

Style Weekly on First Fridays’ 10th season

Richmond.com on new additions to First Fridays programming

First Fridays’ Season 10 Free Parking sponsor

First Fridays' new website is up and running- see how you can help support Richmond culture (VOLUNTEERS WANTED!)

Other good stuff around town:

RVA Magazine on Joan Gaustad at ADA

Bill Fischer is currently showing paintings at the Pauley Center

New Richmond Art Space/Organization: The Highpoint-Project

Check out the Highpoint-Project's "Yet Another Roadside Attraction"- did you get to see it this past weekend? (scroll over to page 2 of videos and click on "Billboard Art Project Coming to Richmond")

If you missed Chuck Close's talk at VMFA last Friday, be on the lookout for a YouTube video in the near future from VCU MATX dept (via VMFA's twitter)

Close’s show at VMFA closes Nov. 14th

Recently opened at Main Art

Susan Singer (and more) now showing at Visual Art Studio

Thursday, September 30, 2010

More on Vadis Turner at Quirk

In the last post, we mentioned the "content heavy" work of Vadis Turner now on view at Quirk. Below are the artist's thoughts about her work's significance. Be sure to check it out for yourself during this week's First Friday Art Walk...

"Derby Blanket" is part of Turner's "The Last Dowry," now showing at Quirk.

Vadis Turner- Artist Statement

There is a transformative legacy in handmade objects historically made by women. Over time ancestral forms of crafts appreciate in value, maturing into heirlooms that function as cultural currency and which later, as artifacts, serve as a documentation of the artist and her origins. My work engages this progression in a current cultural context.

I am developing a collection of contemporary heirlooms that compose my Dowry. The pre-nuptial heirlooms re-imagine conventional handicrafts, rites of passage and gender roles that represent the values of my generation.

Traditionally exchanged for societal advancement through marriage, the individual heirlooms that comprise my Dowry will be sold or traded for professional gain.

Last Dowry draws from ornamentation and ceremonial adornments used to honor the apex of beauty, fertility or physical potential. It often marks the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning. The works bridge various stages of growth and decay. With fire, a new beautiful energy is being created from a destructive process.

These "hair eggs" are also part of "The Last Dowry."

Vadis Turner's "The Last Dowry" (and more!) at Quirk

Vadis Turner's "The Last Dowry" will be on view at Quirk until October 23rd- be sure not to miss this content-heavy, visually-rich body of mixed media sculptures.

Currently showing on the shop wall: Daniel Calder

Upcoming in the Vault- Sayaka Suzuki

Upcoming on the Shop Wall- Eleanor Grosch

Get more information about these exhibitions and upcoming events at Quirk's website.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tomorrow Night: Preview Reception for Josh George at Ghostprint Gallery

Preview Josh George's new work tomorrow evening at Ghostprint Gallery from 6-8 PM.

George's exhibition entitled "Establishing Shot" will also open to the public during First Friday, this Friday October 1st.

More information is at Ghostprint's fb, and check out their revamped website, too!

Major Picasso Exhibition Slated for this February at VMFA

Congratulations to VMFA on being the only east coast institution to snag this traveling Picasso exhibition, culled from a massive collection of the artist's works housed in the Musee National Picasso in Paris.

VMFA's website details many reasons for the United States to get excited for this visual arts coup:

"...'This exhibition is without a doubt a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the American public,” says Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “An exhibition this monumental is extremely rare, especially one that spans the entire career of a figure who many consider the most influential, innovative, and creative artist of the 20th century.'


Renowned worldwide, the collection from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is unique because it represents the pieces that Picasso set aside for his own personal collection. Acting almost as a curator for his art, Picasso kept some of his most iconic pieces from each phase of his work, including the Blue Period, Rose Period, Cubism, the return to Classicism, Surrealism, and his later work..."

See VMFA's website to read the specifics and to see some of the masterpieces included in the exhibition, and check VMFA out on fb, as they do a great job keeping their friends updated on the museum's myriad of upcoming events.

Richmond is so fortunate to have this institution and the people running the show within it who continue to evince their great expectations for our city's identity within the scope of the global art world.

Pics from Priscila de Carvalho's "Slick" at Russell/Projects

"Slick" is on view until October 16th.

Get more information about de Carvalho's work at Russell/Projects' website, here.