May 2014 First Fridays

Are you in town for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships? Stick around tonight for First Fridays and explore the local arts community.

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Are you downtown for the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships today? Stick around tonight for First Fridays and explore the local arts community. Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this is a great chance to find your mother a unique gift and support the local community at the same time.

Here is a listing of what will be showing at some of the galleries during May.

1708 Gallery

  • AFTER PARTY, featuring an installation by Andrew Kozlowski. Andrew Kozlowski’s drawings, prints, and installations present a deserted landscape populated with extinct plants, empty beer cans, remnants of environmental ruin, and art supplies. Collapsing hierarchies between intellectual, social and artistic concerns, Kozlowski offers an uncomfortably believable near-future–right after the party got shut down.

ADA Gallery

  • Richmond artist Chris Norris. In this show we see before us the artist’s observations of a fractured life and explorations of his own self-worth through the lens of a fictionalized alter-ego character that he calls the “Hamburger Head.”

Anchor Studios

  • The return of the Photobooth, and a community weaving project by Andrea Vail.

ART 180 at Atlas

  • Into the Future is ART 180’s first multimedia exhibition made exclusively by area high school seniors. This show aims to share and honor the experience of students reaching the culmination of their high school years. There will be art activities for all ages during First Fridays.

Candela Books + Gallery

  • Habitation by Pamela Pecchio. Recognizing both the poetry and the mundanity of our everyday surroundings, Pecchio investigates “the habitat of the home, where we are able to let down our guard and express our most idiosyncratic habits,” through a series of photographs taking special care to highlight our complex relationships with objects, color, light, space, and landscape.

Corporate Museum & Frame

  • Original Beauty: Portraits and Fallen Pastorals by Richmond-based artists, Joseph Johnson and Spencer L. Turner. Johnson’s photos, taken ten years ago, feature several nude African American women in classic poses of beauty. Turner’s work explores the distortions created by the nature of our hyper visual media culture and the struggle to create meaning in a time of such cultural upheaval.

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Ghostprint Gallery

  • I am You includes recent work by Lacey McKinney. By questioning identity as an absolute state, McKinney challenges the conception of self and describes these paintings not as portraits but rather “anti-portraits.”

Henry Street Gallery

  • Fantasy, Myths, and Magic with featured artist Anthony Thomas.

Jackson Ward Studios

  • Stop by Jackson Ward Studios for their first RVA Minority Artists Guild Cookout. Local artists, Josue Fred will be at the studio working on several new pieces…..come by and “meet the artist.” Artists: sign up for summer painting/drawing sessions. Beginners: sign up for summer classes or private lessons.

New Normal Apparel Company

  • Work by Patty Sikorsky. Prints and tees for sale!

Quirk Gallery

  • Main Gallery Pastoral & Beyond by Richmond artist Tenley Beazley.
  • Shop Show – local artist Brandon Peck
  • Vault Show – Jonathan Hirsch

Richmond City Public Library – Main Branch

  • Due to the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships race, the Main Library has cancelled its special events planned for Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Although road closures will cause limited movement, the library will be open during regular hours.


  • Possible Futures is a first-year VCU Photography and Film MFA Show featuring works by Alex Arzt, Alex Matzke, Josh Thorud, and Tony Smith.

The Gallery at UNOS

  • The Art of the SCAR features art by transplant recipients and the Clover Hill High School Photography Club.

Sweetopia, LLC

  • Mama & Me artwork from Carri-Anne and Claire Elise Tewalt.

University of Richmond Downtown

  •  Overby-SheppART celebrates the creativity of children in an after-school art program at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School and the work of three University of Richmond volunteers. What began as a class project evolved into an ongoing commitment to the school by Richmond students with a passion for art education.
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