September 2014 First Fridays

A sample of what you can see during the September 2014 First Fridays art walk.

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Here is a rundown of what to see during First Fridays this month:

1708 Gallery

  • “Point of Departure,” a group exhibition featuring works by Stephen Benenson, Tatiana Berg, Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Haley Josephs, Sharon Madanes, and Maureen St. Vincent.

ADA Gallery

  • “Hard Candy” features vibrantly colored styrofoam and epoxy resin sculptures by Jared Clark
  • “Salon Selectives” is a group show by gallery artists

Anchor Studios

  • Anchor Studios will celebrate their first birthday on Broad Street with their first exhibition.  On display will be pages from books, experiments, doodles, test prints, figure drawings, and more.
  • All work will be for sale for less than $30.

ART 180

  • Launch party for their new “Artists Coloring Book.” A chance encounter with a rare-book listing for the 1969 book, entitled A Coloring Book By Fifteen Artists Who Somehow Got Together And Became Friends, inspired Scalin to produce a 21st-century sequel.
  • On display in the gallery and available for sale will be the original black-and-white artworks from which the coloring book pages were created, as well as large reproductions that visitors are invited to enhance using crayons. A boxed, limited-edition set of prints will also be available for purchase. The newly issued, limited-edition Artists Coloring Book will be available at $59 each, with all proceeds benefiting ART 180 programs. Lastly, a number of vintage coloring books and crayon boxes from Scalin’s personal collection will be on display, as well as a copy of the 1969 coloring book. The exhibition remains on view through October 31.

Candela Books + Gallery

  • “a dot red” features photographs by Christa Blackwood. A red sphere is used throughout the show to symbolize the female presence.
  • “Standard Size” by Andy Mattern. Inconsequential materials of the photographer’s studio are transformed into a collection of formally composed objects, which he then documents photographically.

Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center

  • “RVA as Seen Through the Pinhole,” is an exhibition of black and white photographs by James W. Draper, Jr., produced using the techniques of pinhole photography.
  • A pinhole camera and imagery to record will be included in the exhibition, and visitors to the cultural center can try it out.

FUSO Gallery

  • A new gallery located at 321 Brook Road this month from Moxie Movers (a moving company) will feature work created by Moxie workers.


“Rhythm,” part of Fall Line Fest will be juried by Lisa Freiman, director of VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art. The show will be open to the public during First Fridays.

GalleryEdit at Hillside Missions Organization

  • Paintings by Seth Remsynder. From Remsynder: “These paintings are about the feeling of life, and in a sense are meditations on it. I hope the viewer will approach my work with the attitude that they would approach a beach chair and a beautiful sunset; beer in hand, bag of BBQ chips, maybe some Haribo Gold Gummy Bears, looking to get lost.”

Ghostprint Gallery

  • “Chimera” is an exhibition featuring paintings by Anita Kunz. The body of work presented in Chimera examines gender politics and our relation to animals by merging human and animal characteristics with her usual wit and immaculate technique.
  • Ghostprint will also show a selection from Kunz’s 100 Nudes

Henry Street Gallery

  • “Psychedelic Pop Art Show” will be open from 6-10 PM

Jackson Ward Studios

  • Several local and national minority artists will have work on dispaly. Stop by at 7 PM to enjoy the Live Art Show of artist EanJae.

Monument City  Coffee & Records

  • Local artist Shawn Jones will display paintings inspired by a trip to Taos, New Mexico.
  • Maxwell Runko will show his large-scale woven portraits along with two accompanying canvases.

Quirk Gallery

  • “Return” by Brad Birchett will be in the Main Gallery. Birchett explores the way life changes with speed: the speed of incoming information, the speed of the daily rush to the next project or event, the speed of conversation.
  • “Cross Pollinations” by Andrea Donnelly will be the Shop Show. For this exhibit, Donnelly explores her weavings in a smaller scale – specimens of her larger works.
  • Work by Kate Duffy will be featured in The Vault. Her work reflects her time spent outdoors along the Eastern Seaboard.

Richmond Public Library – Main Branch

  • “Herald 2” is an exhibit of artwork by 12 seasoned and experienced visual artists working in painting, printmaking, and photography, in the Gellman Room, Dooley Foyer, and Dooley Hall.

Sediment Arts

“SMOKE SIGNALS,” features work by Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas and Genevieve Lowe. Utilizing printing techniques, beginning with a variety of initial material prompts, the artists enacted an exploration into historical (analog) and modern (digital) methods of printmaking’s evolving forms – echoing many of the advances in daily communication.

Storefront for Community Design

  • mOb student Clayton Storm Hall will turn Storefront’s office into a campground and sell his Jet bags from 5-9 PM
  • mOb students will show six bus stop prototypes 2nd and Broad Streets

The Gallery at UNOS (the United Network for Organ Sharing)

  • “Looking Beneath the Surface” – abstracts by Inge Strack. “Looking Beneath the Surface” draws out the inner person, and creates a conversation between the viewer and the painting. This show also features hundreds of canvas squares painted in memory of 16 year old Cameron Gallagher by her friends and family. Cameron collapsed after crossing the finish line of the Shamrock Half Marathon on March 16th. She was a donor. “Let’s Finish This” was Cameron’s rallying cry during the race, and it’s now been adopted by thousands across Virginia and the country.

Visual Art Studios

  • “Into the Void” features paintings by  Chris Semtner, who is the curator of the Edgar Allen Poe museum.
  • Spiral will perform a music-driven, light-inspired dance in the parking lot.
  • Also on display will be “Nature’s Bounty,” new paintings & a pastel drawing by Anh-Van Truong, “Primitives From Life,” paintings and prints by Elaine Bankston, “Jamaica Bound,” new textiles by Gia Labidi & the “Flying Path Project” by Terrie Powers.
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