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Exhibiting March 24 - April 23

Richmond, VA – artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring sculptures by Virginia Van Horn, paintings by Keith M Ramsey, works in mixed media by Joe Olney, photographs by Catherine Johnson and works in various media by local artists. An Opening Reception for the Artists will take place on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 7:00-10:00pm and will be Free and Open to the Public. A closing artist talk will take place Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2:00pm. This event will also be Free and Open to the Public.

The Main Gallery exhibition will feature ADVENTURES IN THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM, sculptures by by Virginia Van Horn. "My sculpture depicts contemporary animal imagery, with the animals often acting as alter-egos, self-images or surrogates for humanity," writes Van Horn. Her works tell stories that are both true to their animal natures and evocative of the human condition, like modern Aesop's Fables. For many years, Van Horn's sculpture concentrated almost exclusively on horses, but gradually new animals have appeared in her work. "I am especially interested in - and moved by - those animals that secretly reside in our own backyards, wild but suburban," Van Horn continues. "Living lives parallel to our own they exist almost invisibly both inside and outside of mankind's domain - a wild, mysterious presence amidst the barbecue grills and patio furniture." Her sculptures are primarily made from ordinary, commonplace materials, some as humble as paper towels. "I’m interested in unexpected media, substances that may not be luxurious or traditionally used in sculpture, but have the surprising ability to evoke a living creature," Van Horn says.

The Frable Gallery will present SYRINGE WORK, works in mixed media by Joe Olney. "Draw three overlapping circles. In one circle, put drawing. In the next, painting. In the third, textiles. Where all three circles overlap is where I like to work," writes Olney. He uses a syringe to squeeze out strings of acrylic paint, like a length of paracord. He weaves and crosshatches the winding "strings" in and out of patches of pattern and color that blanket crags of joint compound. What results are colorful, dense figurative abstractions, where surface topography shifts when viewing the image in the half-round, thus challenging the illusional space, and within this context, trying to understand the porous boundaries between different categories of art making and the different ways in which we see.

Olney says, "Inspiration for my work comes from the patterns and textures (both literal and metaphorical) that I've come across as a nature lover, geologist, Army combat engineer, meditator, sober alcoholic, and Iraq War veteran. As I paint, I think about how the countless interrelationships shared by all things call to challenge that which is supposedly defined by a firm edge."

In the Helena Davis Gallery, CITYSCAPES IN NOIR, paintings by Keith M Ramsey. Inspired by American painters Edward Hopper and Charles Sheeler, this series attempts to capture personal introspection, emotional conflict, and social isolation from a distance. Ramsey invites viewers to follow the traveling figure through highlights and shadows, between angular structures of color as they journey and pause within the surrounding environment. "Cityscapes in Noir has been a constant creative form of personal expression for over 20 years," Ramsey says. "Through the flourish of color and fortuitous impression of brush strokes, painting this series still excites me when I allow it to guide me to create a world for the wandering figure. This inspiration will continue to evolve the imagery, while maintaining honesty and conversation with the viewers and collectors of my work."

In smallspace Gallery, Catherine Johnson will present a series of photographs titled SHATTERED. This collection, shot in black and white, presents images of Johnson's friends looking into mirrors, which reflect their faces back to the camera. "Although most of these people were happy and indulging me by permitting me to photograph them in the mirror," Johnson says, "the works are a sort of metaphor for lives in general."

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature ON THE HORIZON - the influence of landscape as a visual metaphor, works in various media by local artists.

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Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12-4pm. The gallery is also open by appointment.

Please contact the gallery administrator at artspaceorg@gmail.com or phone the gallery at (804) 232-6464.

artspace gallery is located at Zero East 4th Street in Richmond, Virginia 23224. An additional entrance is available at 31 East 3rd Street, Richmond, VA 23224.


Exhibiting March 24 – April 23

Closing Artist Talks
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Virginia Van Horn "Adventures in the Peaceable Kingdom"

Main Gallery

Keith M Ramsey"Cityscapes in Noir"

Mixed Media
Helena Davis Gallery

Joe Olney"Syringe Work"

Frable Gallery

Catherine Johnson – "Shattered"

smallspace Gallery

The Suzanne Foley Gallery features "ON THE HORIZON - the influence of landscape as a visual metaphor," exhibiting works in various media by local artists.

» See News Release (PDF)

Call For Entries – radius250 2017

7th Biennial Regional Juried Exhibition
Entry Submission Deadline: April 17, 2017
Exhibition: May 26 – June 18, 2017
» More about radius250

2017 Exhibition Calendar

January 27 - February 19, 2017

Kristin Polich - Main Gallery
Hilary Steel - Helena Davis Gallery
Julie Marie Stein - Frable Gallery
Joyce Jewell - smallspace
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February 24 - March 11, 2017

Within Reach 2017 - Auction Fundraiser - All Galleries
Live Auction Event, March 11, 7-10pm
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March 24 - April 23, 2017

Virginia Van Horn - Main Gallery
Keith M Ramsey - Helena Davis Gallery
Joe Olney - Frable Gallery
Catherine Johnson - smallspace
On the Horizon - the influence of landscape as a visual metaphor - Suzanne Foley Gallery
» See News Release (PDF)

April 28 - May 21, 2017

Julia E. Pfaff - Main Gallery
Nancy Strube - Helena Davis Gallery
Wolfgang Jasper - Frable Gallery
Patrick Gregory - smallspace
Patterns and Parts - the building blocks artists use - Suzanne Foley Gallery

May 26 - June 18, 2017

Radius250 2017 - Biennial Regional Juried - All Galleries
Juror: Francis Thompson, Art Program Project Manager at JLL

June 23 - July 23, 2017

Gerry Lynch, Pat Scull - Main Gallery
Donna & Dana Frostick - Helena Davis Gallery
Kristine Thompson, Johanna Warwick - Frable Gallery
Brian Kreydatus - smallspace

July 28 - August 20, 2017

Pates and Pates - Main Gallery
Janely - Helena Davis Gallery
Benidetti and McGrann - Flatland - Frable Gallery
Amy Smith - smallspace

August 25 - September 17, 2017

Paul Terrell, Chris Stephens, and Gary Colson - Main Gallery
Deborah Bryan - graphite drawings - Helena Davis Gallery
Mathew Egan - color lithographs - Frable Gallery
Megan McGrath - smallspace

September 22 - October 22, 2017

Susanne Ferrari Rowley - Main Gallery
Carol Meese - Helena Davis Gallery
Tommy White - Frable Gallery
Melanie Kleunder - smallspace

October 27 - December 17, 2017

ThinkSmall9 - Biennial Miniature Invitational - All Galleries
Preview Gala, Thursday, October 26, 7-10pm

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