September First Fridays

Nice weather + holiday weekend + art = a great First Fridays.

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If you plan on visiting the art walk tonight, here is a list of some of the galleries that will be open tonight:

1708 Gallery

  •  “Going Somewhere” – a group exhibition featuring the works of Stephanie Benassi, Andrew Brehm, David Grainger, Julie Malen, Veronika Pausova, Gian Pierotti, and Oscar Santillan.

9WG Studios

  • Work by Lee Lacy featuring canvas painting’s and stand alone objects that will be for Sale along the down stairs walls. Be sure to pick up his card for future opportunities, commissions, purchasing artwork, or just to learn more about the Virginia native artist.

Ada Gallery

  •  “Straight Typsy” – featuring the work of Rachel Hayes. Rachel will be showing new works created while at the Roswell Residency during the past year. Intensely colorful, hand sewn, collaged fabric and plastic are the hallmarks of her work.

Art 180

  • “Performing Statistics” – features work by youth from Richmond Juvenile Detention Center created this summer at Atlas, ART 180’s teen art center. The exhibition also includes a large-scale school-to-prison pipeline made by ART 180’s teen leadership council.

Candela Books + Gallery

  • New Orleans based artists Louviere + Vanessa’s new series “Resonanita” encompasses 12 photographs that pointedly capture the changes in traveling compression waves, depicting the 12 basal notes of music.

EDIT:, the gallery by Hillside Missions Organization and Internship Program

  • Work by Erna de Vries.

Elegba Folklore Society

  • “Shack City” – featureing work by Bolanle Adeboye, “Shack City” encourages the viewer to explore the link between necessity and resourcefulness while walking with the “little girls” along a transformative passage from isolation to community. In framing each little painting with an assortment of discarded materials and using Virginia clay for color, Ms. Adeboye stimulates the contrasts of within and without, aloneness and family, a scrap pile or a city.


  • “Dirty Work Dirt Dogs” – RARE Gallery, New York and Gallery5  present the first-ever exhibition pairing playful contemporary artists, Jimmy Joe Roche and Johnston Foster. This innovative exhibit launches the fall art season at Gallery5.
  • Music by Dan Deacon (DJ set) and Dave Watkins

mOb + Storefront for Community Design

“Race Time” – VCUarts students of mOb studio will debut two mOb mobiles during First Friday. Students will slowly race two mobiles against one another. Feel free to place bets!

New Normal Apparel

  • “Pedal” – an RVA Coffee Stain apparel release featuring RVA Coffee Stain’s artwork, prints and tees will be available for purchase!
  • Live music by The Weak Days

Richmond Public Library on Main Street

  • Gellman Room, Dooley Foyer, & Dooley Hall – “Herald 3” – Recent works in painting (Jim Black, Cynthia Erdahl, Elaine Rogers) and photography (Robert Burgess, John Grant), along with new work by filmmaker Patrick Gregory
  • 2nd Floor Gallery – “Honoring Our Past, Looking to Our Future” – the Jackson Family Art Show – paintings, drawings, and multi-media pieces by first generation C. R. Wells, second generation Jasmine Williams, and six third generation Jackson family artists
  • The opening reception will feature live music by Richmond pianist Russell Wilson.
  • The library’s permanent collections include works by David Freed, Helen & Alvin Hattorf, and Anne Newbold Perkins.

Sediment Arts

  • “The All-Nighters” – an evolving installation embracing iterative creative practice as a basis for communication and response. Four artists each have a 72 hour work cycle, living and working in the gallery and overlapping with the following artist–inviting possibilities for collaboration. All-Nighters artists have supplied limited material-lists for the local Richmond community to donate. Ranging from raw materials to invitations for participation, the All-Nighters use only the materials that the public has offered.

University of Richmond Downtown

  • “All Our Sorrows Heal: Restoring Richmond’s East End Cemetery” – featuring the words and photographs of Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer, this exhibition sheds light on the historic cemetery, the African American men and women buried there, and the family members and volunteers who are seeking to reclaim the grounds and our history.

Visual Art Studio

  • “Urban Surfaces” – new mixed media cityscapes and sculptures by Richmond artist Jamie Phillips. Phillips upcycles discarded computer parts and other electronics to create these dazzling and accurate interpretations of skylines from major cities and urban inspired sculptures.
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