Join us in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel on Thursday, August 22 from 5-8 pm for the opening reception of Judith FAE Brown's solo exhibition, VOLUME.
“Beauty is a quality I am always seeking” ----Thomas Gentille, Artist Jeweler
Striving for balance between shape, surface, color and proportion is primary in assembling my sculptures — intuitive best describes my approach. Elements are meticulously selected, arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in the constant quest for that correct, if sometimes awkward, balance. Exploration and experimentation keep me engaged to continue trying various mediums and techniques. The focus of this series reflects my intention to create unique pieces by combining the varied visual influences that inspire me everyday.
Join us in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel on Thursday, August 22 from 5-8 pm for the opening reception of Judith FAE Brown's solo exhibition, VOLUME.
Come by on August 24th and 25th for a jewelry show featuring Sarah West of Sarah West Designs, and Heather Tanton of Mother Daughter Jewelry. Meet the artists and shop some beautiful pieces during this end of Summer event!
Sarah West creates jewelry inspired by the magic of geometry and the architectural latticework of bridges and electric towers. Using the beauty and strength of steel, she creates three-dimensional forms that express the resilience of the human spirit. Like the power lines that intersect the horizon, Sarah’s pieces are architectural landscapes that interact with body and space. Each piece is made from mild steel fabricated by cutting and brazing small lengths of steel wire to create three-dimensional jewelry. When brazing, Sarah introduces molten brass into the connection points of the heated steel. The pieces are finished in natural steel gray, blackened with a heat patina, or plated with a 2.5-micron thick 18k gold plate.
Sarah West's formal studies began at North Bennet Street School in Boston, where she learned traditional art jewelry fabrication and repair. From there, she went on to earn a BFA magna cum laude from East Carolina University and had the honor of studying with Linda Darty, Bob Ebendorf, Mi-Sook Hur, Tim Lazure, and Ken Bova.
Inspired by the gracious influence of her mother and grandmother, Mother Daughter Jewelry is a celebration of the strength of our collective bond and the inspiration and love that happens as a result of sharing beautiful objects and heirlooms. Contemporary, delicate, reverent and nostalgic without feeling trapped in some bygone era, Mother Daughter Jewelry pieces are meant to stand the test of time.
Taylor Zarkades King is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA program in Craft/Material Studies and Quirk + VisArts' current artist-in-residence.
Taylor is a studio artist and jeweler living and working in Richmond Virginia. Formally trained as a metalsmith her craft based practice sways between a jewelers bench and a studio that finds its form through larger configurations of wood, fiber, print and re contextualized objects. Through her use of coded material language and comedic mimicry she creates and choreographs strange but familiar objects into relational installations— each form hinting at another, deflecting a central gaze in favor of a horizon. Her current sculpture work focuses on nuanced orientations of queer kinship, gender, desire and home.
An important facet of her practice is a limited-edition collection of anodized aluminum jewelry. Each piece in this on going collection is made of re purposed aluminum and, on occasion, wood offcuts collected from neighboring workshops. Made with an awkward sense of humor, this work has an affinity for everyday contradictions, asymmetry, and murky weathered color.
King received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and a BFA from California College of Arts in 2010. She teaches inventive craft based workshops nationally and has exhibited in the US, Switzerland, Mexico, and China. She is currently the artist in residence with Quirk Gallery + VisArts Center in Richmond, VA. [June-November 2019]
For this mid-residency trunk show Taylor will be debuting a curious sampling of new experimental adornments, handmade handkerchiefs, and works on paper alongside pieces from her ongoing production jewelry line; Lumin. Her new wearable works play with structural combinations of wood, fabric, and hardware that explore various ways of holding and carrying—both with ease and great complication. In addition to these pieces she will have a handful of 'made, but never made' works on paper / drawings of work that never made it off the page...yet.
Join us for a special reception on Thursday, September 12 celebrating our newest Pink Gallery show featuring the work of Richmond artist, Mary Scurlock. Mary's solo exhibition, Equations, will be on view August 29 through October 13.
"Equations presents the most recent mixed media works by artist, Mary Scurlock. Here on paper and panel, vibrant blues settle into warm grays, and earth tones give way to delicate lines that have emerged as the artist instinctively layered collage fragments from daily life into abstract planes of color, line and form. Old letters and discarded papers from her classroom merge and dissolve into color fields and subconscious marks; losing their original context as they become part of a broader summative whole.
Scurlock’s newest work allows us in to a reality that shapes itself. As intuitive processes preserve and reframe fragments of daily life, a balance emerges. The lines blur between past and present, semantics and formalism; evoking the singularity and universality of memory. In a time when paper artifacts are giving way to digital archiving, Scurlock’s work hints at the loss of the tangible connection to the past and the complexity of the act of remembering itself." (Genevieve Dowdy, July 2019)
PINK ON PINK: Journal Making with Jolinda Smithson
We are going to make a book together! In this Journal Making workshop, you’ll get a rose gold paperboard cover, pastel pink papers, a painted wooden spine and pink thread to create your very own journal. You will leave with a completed handmade journal and lots of ideas on how to use this in your daily life. No book making or bullet journaling experience is needed.
$50 per participant all materials included.
You can secure a spot for the workshop through payment, stop in or call Quirk at 804.340.6036.
Limited spots are available. If you have any questions about the workshop please contact email@example.com
Join Kristin Hott in the gallery for a modern take on this "ready for a comeback"retro fad...latch hook! Design your own panel and create some latch hook wearables. Brooches, earrings, a cuff? Anything's possible when you've got yarn, mesh and a hook. All materials provided. Create a unique look, just in time for fall.
$35, all materials included
Elizabeth Graeber is back this summer for a very special portrait drawing event: PETS!
Sign up to have Elizabeth paint a live portrait featuring your beloved pup/cat/lizard etc..
Each portrait session lasts about 15-20 minutes, and Elizabeth is prepared to work from a photo for any pets that aren’t able to make it in, or are a little too squirmy.
5 x 7” portraits start at $55 and 8 x 10” portraits start at $100 for up to 2 subjects.
(Prices increase by $25 per additional pet in the painting).
Time slots are limited, and first come first serve, so call the gallery at 804-340-6036 to reserve your spot today!
Come by on Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st for jewelry artist, Ashley Buchanan’s trunk show featuring her newest collection of pieces.
Ashley Buchanan is a jewelry artist who received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia and is currently making her living as a studio jeweler in Atlanta, Georgia. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums such as The Racine Art Museum, The Museum of Art and Design in New York and SOFA Chicago, to name a few. Her work is available in galleries and shops here and abroad, and she participates in high-end craft shows across the country such as the Smithsonian Craft Show, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and The American Craft Exposition. Ashley’s work has been published in two of the Showcase 500 Series books, Ornament Magazine, Metalsmith Magazine and she was featured in American Craft Magazine as one of the short-listed artists for the Emerging Voices Award. She is a 2014 NICHE finalist and was also selected as one of the ten finalists for the LEAP award at the Society for Contemporary Craft. When making her powder coated, metal jewelry she focuses on image, pattern and decoration in order to reference ornamentation and historical jewelry. Ashley’s goal is to participate in the field of Craft with a fresh voice by creating wearable works of art that push the boundaries of jewelry while maintaining a clean, contemporary aesthetic.
Ashley’s work focuses on image, pattern and decoration in order to reference ornamentation and historical jewelry. As a maker, it is her intention to challenge the conventions of handmade jewelry through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials as well as new approaches to design and surface decoration. Utilizing silhouettes allows her to reduce historical images down to their most basic form and reference the history of jewelry with a clean, contemporary aesthetic. This is reinforced through the use of powder coating, a process commonly used on an industrial scale to coat or color large metal objects with a durable, uniform finish. The use of repeated iconic imagery has proved to be very important to Ashley’s work and in her most recent pieces, she has been playing with form and scale by exaggerating simple motifs such as teardrops, ovals and chain links. She has also been playing with color and asymmetry more than ever and will be debuting her newest collections of earrings in which YOU get to choose your own set!
Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am- 4:00pm
Join us at Quirk on Thursday, July 18 from 6-8 pm for a special reception to welcome new artist-in-residence, Taylor Zarkades King.
Taylor is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA program in Craft/Material Studies. Formally trained as a metalsmith, Taylor's craft based practice moves between production work made at a jewelers bench and conceptual work made in a studio that finds its form through larger configurations of wood, fiber, print, and re-contextualized objects. Through her use of coded material language and comedic mimicry she creates and choreographs strange but familiar objects into relational installations— each form hinting at another, deflecting a central gaze in favor of a horizon. Taylor's current research focuses on nuanced orientations of queer kinship, gender, desire, and home.
Join us July 17th from 6 pm - 8 pm for our latest workshop, Felted Garments! Nastassja Swift of D For Dolls will share her techniques and teach participants how to embellish their wares. Bring in your favorite sweater, shirt or scarf and learn the magic of felting to add your very own design to your look! We’ll use two-dimensional needle-felting to apply a drawing of your choice, all while experimenting with image transfers, texture and color layering. All materials are provided, you just have to bring your threads! Come and enjoy the versatility of wool and walk away with a revamped oldie, but goodie.
All materials are provided.
This workshop is $50 per participant.
You can secure a spot for the workshop by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited spots are available. If you have any questions about the workshop please contact email@example.com
Join us for a special reception celebrating our current Main Gallery exhibition of new work from Hillary Waters Fayle. Hillary's show, "Above Earth, Below Sky" is on view at Quirk through August 4.
Emily Warden was raised in Norfolk Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the School of Art, Design & Art History at James Madison University with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Her current studio practice resides in Scott’s Addition in Richmond, Virginia where you can visit her showroom or workshop at the Highpoint Collective.
I use traditional metalsmithing techniques in the fabrication of my work which combines semi-precious / precious stones, minerals, and metals. Each piece is made by hand from start to finish, something I believe to be the greatest mark of authenticity. I design jewelry with the purpose to be shared, tell a story, and be passed down through generations - as heirlooms and treasures with meaning and intention. The range of final product includes classic, whimsical, sophisticated jewelry for both everyday wear and special occasions. As we move through our busy lives, the enigmatic pull of jewelry is something that continues to remind us we are still creatures of ritual and connection.
Wanwan Wang is a multi-faceted Chinese illustrator and designer, now living in Richmond, VA. Her parents discovered her special talent when she was four years old. She started with Chinoiserie painting, later using pencil, gouache, oil, acrylic, chalk, watercolor and ink. Her unique style is featured in a variety of media.
I portray creatures in their own element and in different scales to create a sense of space and structure. As subjects, I often choose animals who look like they are daydreaming. They stand with relaxed muscle tone in their most natural state. My strokes capture the brush of air upon fur and relaxed eyes softly focused on unseen objects in the distance. Each movement creates a new form, a twist or expansion about these animals. My brush returns these creatures to their origins, the places from whence they come. The images memorialize our planet. Meanwhile, it is my pleasure to bring joy to your spirit .
Self Care is a concept widely talked about but difficult to implement in our busy lives. This workshop addresses ways that we can find brief moments throughout the day to nourish and refill our cup. You will leave this experience with a few mindfulness techniques that are simple, accessible and ready to be incorporated in your self care routine. Join us Sunday, June 23rd from 12 pm - 1 pm during the People Via Plants weekend where Plant Care, Self Care and ceramics come together for one amazing weekend!! Syd Collier will help you slow down, take time for yourself and enjoy a relaxing at Quirk.
Do you love plants, but don't know how to keep them alive? Then this is the class for you! We will go over basic steps (how do I even select the right plant?) and a little nerdy science (what is N-P-K anyway?) to keep your investment growing long and strong. If you have sworn off plant life after you tossed your last green friend in the trash, this class will give you the confidence to try again! Join us Saturday, June 22nd from 12 pm - 1 pm during the People Via Plants weekend where Plant Care, Self Care and ceramics come together for one amazing weekend!! Melissa Micou, from the wonderful Pomona Plants will teach you the ins and outs of Plant Care!
"Best class! Definitely helped me not be a plant killer anymore!"
"I took your class, and after keeping three plants alive, I am ready for more!"
"Ever since I took your class, my plant family has grown and is thriving. Thank you!"
On June 22nd and 23rd, People Via Plants will join us in the gallery for a fun weekend of plants, ceramics, and workshops! Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, June 23rd from 10:00am-4:00pm come in and browse the People Via Plants work for sale in the Main Gallery, or call to sign up ahead of time for one or both of the workshops those days!
Matt Spahr VCU Sculpture + Extended Media alum 2007, and Valerie Molnar VCU Painting & Printmaking alum 2008, of People Via Plants create small batch slip cast ceramic planters and mugs in their home studios on the southside of Richmond, Virginia. People Via Plants was born out of a 10 day project at 1708 Gallery in 2015 aimed at helping people with their ailing houseplants. Since then their aim has stayed true to help people thrive with plants by offering advice, plants, and planters alike.
Matt Spahr and Valerie Molnar want to help people help their plants help their people. They approach plant care through self care by practicing awareness before watering, meditating while aerating, and slowing down to enjoy the symbiotic relationship between people and their plants.
“We are beyond excited to team up with Pomona Plants and Syd the Yogini for workshops that will help people care for themselves and their plants alike. When you sign up for both workshops get a special 10% discount on any item offered at our trunk show!”
Richmond based artist, Jini of Jini & Tonic brings feminism and politics to your jean jacket!
Come in on Saturday, June 15th from 10am-5pm for a trunk show featuring some of Jini’s best selling enamel pins and more!
Jini & Tonic was created in 2017 by Richmond based illustrator, Jini Valence. Jini works primarily with digital arts creating posters, merchandise, etc. for some of the city's bands and businesses. Jini & Tonic is the brand that came out of a desire to create more political art, juxtaposing kitschy cute drawings with important messages.
We are starting the summer off with two great shows---Sydnor Scholer will be exhibiting her work in the Pink Gallery and Milk River artists, Andrea Budu-Inspire and Mark Trezise will share their newest pieces in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel. A reception will be held for these artists in Quirk's Main Gallery and in The Mezzanine on Thursday, June 6 from 5 to 8 pm.
We’re excited to welcome Daniel Crawford of Crewel & Unusual to Quirk Gallery on Saturday, May 18th for a trunk show featuring a collection of patches, apparel, and resin antlers. Daniel's "Crewel & Unusual" art encompasses his many branching interests featuring wearable designs inspired by nature, history, and pop culture.
Daniel has been working with industrial embroidery machines for more than 10 years. He got his BFA in Sculpture at VCU. After making faux resin antlers under the name of "The New Woodsman" for several years, he re-branded and opened Crewel & Unusual in 2017. He works out of his Lombardy Street studio making embroidered apparel, patches, and resin sculptures, as well as offering custom embroidery.
Sat, May 18th 10am-5pm
Join us on Sat, May 11th for a jewelry pop-up showcasing the line Polished Concrete created by Norfolk-based designer, Brittney Mayes.
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts in 2010, Brittney moved to Los Angeles to further her education in Visual Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) where she worked at a jewelry boutique until graduation and first learned that she had a knack for this craft. Raw brass, rubber, hand-blown glass and granite stones are some of the materials you can find throughout her creations. Industrial and minimal are also words that can be used to describe Brittney's personal aesthetic within interior and exterior design, but you can also see it clearly in the Polished Concrete Launch Collection.
Brittney’s intent for designing jewelry is to erase the lines and conform parallelism between art, science and everyday life. Over the years she has learned that the more you are connected to a design or final product, the more everything has to be just right. It has to feel good; for yourself, as the designer, the brand, and most importantly, the client. That's why everything is handmade -- its the connection. Making art relate-able by taking familiar elements from her career and using them in unfamiliar and contemporary ways has proved to be effortless. "I want people to think of my jewelry as wearable art, handmade sculptural designs, that are both timeless and trendy - such as buildings."
In light of her grandmother's battle with dementia, 10% of every purchase at the Quirk Pop-up will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.
On Saturday, May 4, experience a playful and fun pop-up featuring two makers: Joni Ulman Lewis of Visual Treats and Alyssa Salomon of Blue Skies Workroom. There will be all kinds of paper and fabric goodies for sale including cards, bags, pillows, hand-bound books and more!
Joni Ulman Lewis of Visual Treats is an mixed media artist from Fredericksburg, Va. She attended art school at Virginia Commonwealth University back when they still designed with pencils. Post graduation, she stayed in Richmond to work in visual merchandising for the beloved Miller&Rhoads and Thalhimer's department stores where she made many lifelong friends. Her first serious relationship was with a xerox color copier, which became the gateway drug to a future as a paper junkie and collage artist. Her hand sewn greeting cards with strong opinions and a hilarious point of view were a natural next step as a way to utilize her paper habit. Joni's addiction to cashmere has also found a purpose. Sweaters rescued from early retirement have been successfully rehabilitated and restyled as scarves and hats. She'll be bringing several collections to tell her story including one of a kind shadow box collages made from found materials to share with Quirk.
In addition to three dimensional story telling, Joni recently visited the stage at NPR's 'The Moth'. If you'd like to listen to her Story Slam event winning narrative, send her a shout.
Under the moniker Blue Skies Workroom, Alyssa Salomon produces home goods, books, textiles, and HAPPINESS in Central Virginia with eco-friendly screenprinting, natural fabrics and luscious paper, for you to use and to give. Each utilitarian, handmade object is a conversation between color, materials and design, and creates an opportunity for dialogue between user and article, to fill or to fondle. Affordable pleasures for everyday living.
Blue Skies Workroom is an exercise in radical optimism, the idea that in our chaotic everyday, acts of optimism are a bold force of will. As an artist and as a teacher, Alyssa strives to make joy and create beauty for the sheer pleasure of working within and bringing others into this space.
Alyssa makes most of her screenprint stencils from hand cut paper, and prints primarily on linen for its heft, drape and sheen. As color study, pattern exploration and collage exercise, Alyssa has been making open editions of hand bound books, tapping decades’ accumulations of paper samples, scraps, ephemera, and never used prints. For colors, palettes and patterns, she takes inspiration from artists and designers such as Alexander Girard, Marimekko, Anni Albers, Liubov Popova, Sol LeWItt, Helio Oiticica, Lubna Chowdhary, and Camille Walala, as well as contemporary knitters, quilt repeats, African and Dutch wax fabrics, tribal rugs, and Japanese katagami. At this pop-up, Alyssa will be debuting her new line of throw pillows made from original screen printed fabric.
Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th come see and shop the whimsical ceramic work of local artist, Gina Pisto!
Gina Pisto is a ceramic artist currently living and working in Richmond, VA. She holds a BFA in ceramics from Grand Valley State University, and in 2018 completed a post-baccalaureate at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Crafts and Material Studies department. She shares with Quirk Gallery two bodies of work; stylized, mounted animal heads and decorative, floral-covered trays inspired by Russian folk art. Gina’s animal pieces draw inspiration from taxidermy, trophy hunting, and status objects in order to consider the relationships between humans and other animals. Her floral trays reference enamel-painted Russian zhostovo trays, but reinterpret the traditional form through mostly sculptural ceramics in an attempt to bridge a connection to her heritage.
Saturday, April 27th 10am - 5pm
Sunday, April 28th 10am - 4pm
Join us this Friday, April 26th at 5 pm on the Mezzanine of Quirk Hotel for the opening reception of "For you (and me)", a solo exhibition by Sami Cronk.
For you (and me) is a collection of new paintings, drawings, and objects. This body of work was created through playing with bold colors and utilizing different papers/surfaces. It’s a showcase of fruits, florals, and/or items you might find in your kitchen, garden, or cupboard, alongside various dreamed-up phenomenon.
Join us in Quirk's Main Gallery on Thursday, April 4 for the opening reception of Aggie Zed's solo exhibition, "The Outskirts of Witchama-Milkee."Aggie's newest sculptures will be complimented by drawings and paintings, the subjects of which are the inhabitants of the imagined town of Witchama-Milkee and its surrounding areas.
Join us for this year's Tiny Shiny jewelry sale and exhibition!
Tiny Shiny is an annual event showcasing work by VCUArts Craft/Material Studies students from the Metals area. Everything from bracelets to brooches to rings and much, much, more will be available to take home!
The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 21st in the Main Gallery from 5pm to 8pm and will run through Sunday, March 24th. A portion of the proceeds will go to students attending the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Chicago!
Thursday, March 21st: 5pm-8pm (Opening)
Friday, March 22nd: 9am-6pm
Saturday, March 23rd: 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 24th: 10am-4pm
Seth Bauserman will discuss the work created for his current exhibit in an artist talk at Quirk on Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 pm. Please join us earlier that afternoon to enjoy Seth's show in our Pink Gallery then stick around to hear him discuss some of the themes and ideas explored through his practice and unique drawing methods.
Nastassja Swift is returning to Quirk to teach her second felting workshop - Pink Pets! We all love our pets; but wouldn’t they look even cuter in pink? During this workshop, you’ll learn all the techniques to make your very own needle felted animal, only using shades of pink! We’ll go through starting the basic shape, matching the different shades with tone, and building on details. Join us at Quirk's Main Gallery, where pink is always welcomed, and come felt your furry friends in all shades of pink! All materials are included and no experience is needed to make your own pink pet! Sign up to learn more about this artist and her making process.
Two of our very favorite artists, Molly Anne Bishop and Joe Kraft, have collaborated on a new exhibit for Quirk's Main Gallery featuring their ceramics, drawings, prints, paintings, and more. "Blues" opens Thursday, February 21 with a reception to be held that evening from 5 -8 pm.
Join us on Thursday, February 7 from 5-8 pm for the opening reception of our next exhibition in the Pink Gallery. Seth Bauserman will share some of his newest work in his first solo show at Quirk, It Either Is Or Isn't.
Join us in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel on Friday, January 11 from 5-8 pm for the opening reception of Emily Herr's solo show, Who Is She? The 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' Mural Series, Collected.