What to do on First Friday, December 4th

Map out your own path through the RVA Arts District tonight, with these haps that are definitely happening.

1708 Gallery

319 W. Broad Street

In “Not Acquiescing,” Tameka Norris weaves together autobiographical references and wider cultural narratives that engage questions of gender, race, and socio-economics. Norris’s post-Katrina-inspired works invite the audience to consider the cultural landscape of New Orleans in the aftermath of the hurricane. Themes of reinvention and resilience run deep!

ART 180

114 W. Marshall Street

ART 180’s exhibition space, Atlas, is a holiday market throughout December, featuring fine art, crafts, and some other handmade stuff by artists who have either led programs or otherwise supported the work of ART 180 in the past. Plus, products created by ART 180 folks will also be available, including a 2016 desk calendar! Check out the opening party for the Atlas Holiday Market tonight from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Swing by at 7:30 PM, and catch ART 180 teens performing new poems collaboratively written in a recent program.

Candela Books Gallery

214 W. Broad Street

Candela Books Gallery has six books! Did you know that? Its sixth,Direct Positive, is by Richmond native and fine art photographer, Willie Anne Wright. Beginning in the 1970s, Wright’s moved from painting to pinhole photography, and the book gives us a look at her exploration of Cibachrome color material and her production of unique direct positive images. The gallery celebrates this release with an exhibition that will last all month long.

Coalition Theater

8 W. Broad Street

MUSICAL! the Musical makes up a brand new, never-before seen musical on the spot, just in time for your ArtWalking pleasure.

Gallery EDIT

8 E. Broad Street

“Each painting is highly auto-biographical in that it is an abstracted map of my internal or external experiences. While each painting is a very specific meditation for me as an artist, my wish is that it would become an invitation to the viewer to begin his or her own process and exploration.”–Lucy Corwin. Whoa.

Elegba Folklore Society

101 E. Broad Street

Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center presents a new exhibition, “Conversational Art.” The opening festivities will commence tonight from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, showcasing the work of Larry Stevens.

Endeavor RVA

316 Brook Road

Endeavor RVA promises this will be their biggest show yet! In addition to their stock of in-house artists, Endeavor presents: Alexander WuWei, Katrina Kim, Clown-Kisses Press, and music by Lobo Marino. Live painting, an art raffle, and a ton of fun.


23 W. Broad Street

Six artists who make everything from jewelry to watercolors present their very first show. It’s like a band, only it’s artists! Well, they have a name, anyway. The Hillians began to meet a little over a year ago, and their first show features work in a variety of media.


200 W. Marshall Street

A terrifying and thrilling partnership between Gallery5 and RVA Krampusnacht–“Yuletide Monsters 2: A Krampus Art Show!” From 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM tonight, come witness the opening reception to celebrate Santa’s foil–the cranky and horned legendary yuletide icon. You’ll see artwork, masks, puppets, live performances, music, a market, and a toy drive! Please bring either gift cards and (new) toys and/or clothing to drop off for the kids who need ’em!

Linden Row Inn’s 1708 Gallery Satellite Exhibit

100 E. Franklin Street

1708 Gallery presents “Speed: New Ideas/Old Terrain,” just down the street at Linden Row Inn through January 10th, 2016. The theme is vehicles, motion, energy, time, and transformation…you know, all the things you think about when you think about speed! Various techniques will be in play, including painting, drawing, and sculpture of multiple sizes and scales!

mOb Storefront

205 E. Broad Street

It is so cool when they do this. VCU Arts students present 15 of their final projects between 5:00 and 9:00 PM, right down the middle of Broad Street.

Pop Up Gallery

313 E. Broad Street

AND, check out the work from the Graphic Design department at VCU at a one-night-only pop-up gallery!

Quirk Gallery

311 W. Broad Street

Quirk’s annual Sparkle Plenty jewelry show is back! Get your sparkle motion on and adorn yourself in gorgeous baubles. And, maybe adorn people on your list, but go ahead and make them secondary if you wanna.

Richmond Public Library, Main Branch

101 E. Franklin Street

From 6:30 to 9:00 PM, celebrate a slew of new shows at the library as well as the enormous building’s permanent collections (including works by David Freed, Helen & Alvin Hattorf, and Anne Newbold Perkins). In the Gellman Room: the Focus Group Camera Club’s color and black-and-white images of a variety of subjects. In the Dooley Foyer: “Russian Ornaments and Children’s Books.” In the Dooley Hall: oil paint and plein air by Richmond artist Chris Ludke. In the 2nd Floor Gallery: original pastels and acrylics transitioned into oil on canvas by Richmond artist/author Ronnie Godly. At tonight’s opening reception, thrill to the melodies of jazz pianist Neil Woodard!


300 E. Broad Street

“Glass in My Eye: Confessions of Reluctant Female-Hating Feminists” is a pretty sweet name for anything. This new theatre-making initiative revolving around women sharing their stories is right up our alley! Doors open at 9:45 PM with a bar. Tonight’s topic is “Tell us stories about that bad woman boss who should’ve had your back but didn’t.” And Come early to see Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (click that link for our review, we loved it!) or come by after the show for the B-Word.


325 W. Broad Street

Go by Verdalina and check out lots of recent additions, and get shopping for your own new outfit or jewelry–or get one for a friend. It’s up to you.

Virginia Repertory Theatre

114 W. Broad Street

We also loved Gypsy! Check it out.

Visual Art Studio

208 W. Broad Street

The Visual Art Studio presents the 16th Annual Art2go, with artistic gifts exhibition of small works, miniature art, sculpture, and fine art crafts in the Main Gallery, 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Music provided by My Son The Doctor (a band we truly love). Art2go changes throughout the exhibition, as they put up works to replace the ones that are bought! Pretty neat.

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