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Now showing through 23, 2016

Richmond, VA - artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring an exhibit from the Central Regional Virginia Art Education Association (CRVAEA), paintings by Ric Haynes, works in mixed media by Alice Anne Ellis and photographs by Jere Kittle. A group show featuring a variety of media will also be exhibited.

An Opening Reception for the Artists will take place on Fourth Friday, September 23, 2016, from 7:00-10:00pm and will be Free and Open to the Public. A closing artist talk will take place Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:00pm. This event will also be Free and Open to the Public.

The Main Gallery exhibition will feature the Central Regional Virginia Art Education Association's (CRVAEA) annual juried show, "Art Educator as Artist." This yearly exhibition presents artists who teach. It encourages art educators to continue to create their own art and to show their work in a professional gallery. It also allows students, family, friends and the general public to experience the artistry of art educators. The show will include drawings, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, and photography. The work of Karen Siler, an elementary art educator from Henrico County Public Schools, will be featured this year. During the CRVAEA's recent Piankatank springtime retreat, Karen used the traditional Japanese Rakupottery process to create Raku Face, which "demonstrates the struggles art educators go through to be able to create their own work."

On view in the Helena Davis Gallery will be "Lost Geography and Other Places," paintings by Ric Haynes. "Maps and telescopes are fascinating tools that help explain reality," writes Haynes. "However when the hands of an explorer of imagination hold those tools the reality may be transformed into pure fiction. I am interested in creating locations where the clash of real and fantasy coexist." Haynes uses the term Lost Geography to describes a specific momentary memory of a place, which only resides in one’s soul. "The moment shown may be one of great beauty, enticing you to move closer," he says, "or may be a moment of terror causing you to run in fear for your life." When asked what kind of artist he is, Haynes explains his process. "I draw constantly and I'm very excited about drawing and how drawings evolve into larger ideas. Most often I use pencil on paper. Then I edit my drawings using an eraser, draw some more, edit and correct, get more ideas, and draw and draw until my dreams and fantasies evolve into a tangible, cognitive and sometimes surreal reality."

Showing in the Frable Gallery will be "Rending/Rendering," mixed media by Alice Anne Ellis. She writes: "My current body of work is about my memories of a visit to the "Big Island [of Hawai'i]," the most recently born from the sea." Her primary medium is pigmented ink on paper and panel. "Although I do have a particular place or object in mind when I begin, all I am concerned about initially is the movement of ink on the surfaces. What happens there sets the framework for how the image develops." She is influenced by a fascination with "sumie," Japanese ink painting, and the capacity of ink on paper to speak in many tones. "I find the challenges of combining multiple images and platforms very satisfying," she says. "The consequent push and pull between areas of the work prompts a continuing conversation between the surfaces. Originating in a fragment of memory, the final result is a melding of abstract pattern and depiction."

In smallspace Gallery, Jere Kittle will present photographs entitled "The Rock People - scenes from the Fall Line of the James." A collection of photographs taken at locations along the fall line of the James River in the heart of Richmond, VA, this is an ongoing project. There are many reasons Kittle goes to the falls of the James. "As a photographer, I consider myself primarily an observer of nature," Kittle writes. "For 'The Rock People' project, I turn my camera to the observers; the others, like me, who go down to the rocks and who, like me, find refreshment and renewal on the river. We share the understanding that this is a place where the important activity of doing nothing comes easy. This is a place where negative ions abound – released into the air as the water tumbles through fields of rocks calming the spirit and energizing the body with well being."

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "Falling Into Line - explorations and evidence of the edge,"
a group show of works in a variety of media.

Opening Friday, October 28, 2016

Richmond, VA - artspace presents two new gallery shows in October/November, 2016 featuring the retrospective of a young artist who lost his battle with mental illness. A group show featuring a variety of media will also be exhibited. An Opening Reception will take place on Fourth Friday, October 28, 2016, from 7:00-10:00pm. A closing talk by Paul Terrell will take place Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00pm. These events will be Free and Open to the Public. Additionally, artspace hosts Suicide Survivor Day on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 11:00am to 2:00 pm, also Free and Open to the Public. www.survivorday.org

John Terrell's work "Full Spectrum: Retrospective 2004-2015" will be on view in the Main, Helena Davis, Frable and smallspace Galleries. His father, Paul Terrell, will curate the exhibition and give the artist talk on November 20. Paul provided the following information for the show:

Three years ago I had to stop reading Van Gogh the Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. The parallels to my son John's life were too painfully real. I had been John's art teacher for three years at Midlothian High School. It wasn't until he was in college that the signs of his mental illness began to show. His cycling from manic to depressive states started the beginning of his sophomore year at VCU in 2004. As his life unraveled, creating art was his constant. John embraced the "10,000 hour rule of process" because it gave him a purpose. After his death last December, I walked out to the studio we shared and observed the paintings he had carefully selected and hung on the walls of his studio as a final statement. Together they tell a story that needs to be shared.

I have cataloged 435 of John's completed paintings and drawings, and that much again was in various states of progress. The work reveals both the skilled and passionate artist and the struggle that came to overwhelm him. Through this astonishing outpouring of creativity, John Terrell shares with all of us his story. A goal of this show is to raise awareness of the tragic effects of mental illness in all of its many variations. I look forward to hosting International Suicide Survivor Day at Artspace November 19th and to giving the artist talk at the end of the show at 2:00 p.m., November 20th.

John layered pigment of various media on paper, panel, and canvas to express his relationship with people, places, and things. He communicated in those visual nouns a passion to use color in vigorous patterns that reveal their form. His art was two dimensional, but his placement of spectral color against color made them pop from the surface. This is particularly evident with his "Skull" paintings. White bone was interpreted in patterns of color that brought life to objects found on his countless walks in the woods. His landscapes were direct and calm as if he felt a connection to them that gave him peace. He could lose himself for hours in the variegated texture of trees.

"My job as an artist is to express feeling within a pattern, large or small."
John Terrell

John's drawings articulated mark making that explored line and color with an imaginative narrative. He loved books about history and adventures which had him pouring over illustrations and creating his own. His self-portraits are personal statements revealing the intensity of the manic – depression he wrestled with. Working in the studio or woods behind it for hours daily was where John had a place with purpose. There was no formula planned from sketchbooks, size or system of direction. John just had a desire to draw or make the next painting which often meant painting over existing work or a discarded piece of mat board. He liked the way acrylic dried quickly so he could express his ideas rapidly. Oil paint, markers, charcoal, and pencils were also utilized for their immediacy. His journey was passionate and too short. Wherever he was at the moment there was an intensity and focused vision that John was compelled to illuminate. Enter into the patterns, feel the colors and experience the passion.

Proceeds from this show will benefit the following nonprofits which are serving our community:
NAMI Central VA, www.namicentralvirginia.org,
Full Circle Grief Center, fullcirclec.org, and the
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Virginia, afsp.org.

Artspace will host International Suicide Survivor Day, www.survivorday.org, Saturday, November 19th, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Paul Terrell

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "Color and Contour - Shaping the image" a group show of works in a variety of media.

Now Showing through October 23, 2016

Racu Face by Karen Siler"Art Educator As Artist"

Central Regional Virginia Art Education Association (CRVAEA)

Various Media
Main Gallery


Ferns Unfured by Alice Anne Ellis"Rending/Rendering"

Alice Anne Ellis

Mixed Media
Frable Gallery

"Devoted" by Ric Haynes"Lost Geography and Other Places"

Ric Haynes

Mixed Media Paintings
Helena Davis Gallery

"Untitled" by Jere Kittle"The Rock People: Scenes from the Fall Line of the James"

Jere Kittle

smallspace Gallery

Falling Into Line:

Explorations and evidence of the edge

Various Media
Suzanne Foley Gallery

Closing Artist Talks will be held Sunday, October 23, 2:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Future Exhibitions

October 28 - November 20, 2016

IF by John TerrellFull Spectrum
Retrospective 2004-2015

John Terrell


Main, Helena Davis, Frable and smallspace Galleries

Color and Contour – Shaping the image

Works in All Media
Suzanne Foley Gallery

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