Felting Workshop With Nastassja Swift
Jul
29
2:00 pm14:00

Felting Workshop With Nastassja Swift

  • Quirk Gallery

NASTASSJA SWIFT IS RETURNING TO QUIRK TO TEACH A FELTING WORKSHOP! LEARN HOW TO NEEDLE FELT ALL WHILE CREATING YOUR OWN FELTED OBJECTS. ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED AND NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. SIGN UP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL ARTIST AND HOW SHE MAKES. 

CALL US AT 8043406036 TO SECURE YOUR SPOT!

Nastassja works to create felted figures that are familiar as dolls, yet feel a lot like miniature sculptures. Each doll has their own personality and is needle felted, styled and dressed with a pinch of charm and a whole lot of sass. 

Molly Anne Bishop + Joe Kraft Pop-Up
Aug
4
Aug 6

Molly Anne Bishop + Joe Kraft Pop-Up

Molly Anne Bishop and Joe Kraft are returning to Richmond for a pop-up event and trunk show featuring their newest ceramics, drawings, and other recent work. Their event begins during the RVA First Fridays Art Walk on August 4 and continues through the weekend. Molly and Joe are two of Quirk's favorite makers and humans. Come meet them and see what each of these amazing artists have been working on during a very busy and productive summer.

Molly Bishop is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Craft/Materials Studies program. She has recently completed residences at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, and the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece. Molly has previously exhibited her work at Quirk Gallery. Some of her recent designs were featured by Anthropologie and Of A Kind.

Joe Kraft received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012. Working in multiple disciplines, Joe begins "by drawing quickly and blindly then [responds] to those marks." Hi work combines intutive, abstract mark-making combined with a controlled infrastructure. "Rooted in the abstract, I draw from images and world around me while seeking out a color palette that excited and pushes me to draw."

While both artists are known for their work in ceramics, they've each been exploring 2D techniques and discliplines. Prints, paintings and drawings will be available for purchase along with pots and other ceramic pieces.


Grace Kubilus Trunk Show
Jul
22
11:00 am11:00

Grace Kubilus Trunk Show

Join us for a special trunk show event featuring Quirk's current artist-in-residence, Grace Kubilius. Since beginning her residency in May, Grace has been focusing her energy on creating new work, including one-of-a-kind wearables, for this event. If you have admired Grace's jewelry featured in our gallery shop you will definitely want to stop in to see all of these new pieces. Grace's signature fiber jewelry with wood blocks and tassels will be available along with a limited number of handmade tops. 

Come in to meet this fantastic artist and find out what she has in store for the rest of her residency. In addition to this event, please consider joining us for the opening reception of Grace's Mezzanine exhibit this fall.

Quirk's residency program operates in partnership with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, a non-profit arts center offering studio classes for adults and children. VisArts is also home to the True F. Luck Gallery, an exhibition space featuring contemporary craft from local, national and international artists.

Opening Reception: Kathleen Markowitz  "Field Notes in a Stream of Bright"
Jul
20
5:00 pm17:00

Opening Reception: Kathleen Markowitz "Field Notes in a Stream of Bright"

I am drawn to the physicality of making a painting and the tactile engagement of materials. I am interested in authentic attributes of a hand-drawn line. I like how a small mark can be a power- house of emotion. I am drawn to lines of surprise and the language of color. Paint layers reveal relationships of interconnectedness. When I feel emotional honesty in a work of art I am energized.

Kathleen Markowitz is a Richmond painter whose complex, layered and faceted surfaces con- sider the energy in memory and evidence, weaving the intersecting paths of synapses into a loose and luscious scale. Markowitz’s paintings often originate as personal and journalistic, but fluidly transform from the particular to the universal through her processes of interpretation, re- leasing the paintings outward from an intimate titles into an inter-netting of universal experiences. (from Deborah McLeod, Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, 2016) 

Markowitz is a writer and visual artist. She studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Academia Di Bella Arti Pietro Vannucci in Pergia, Italy and with the New York School of Visual Arts study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. International exhibitions include the United States Embassies in Hong Kong and Pretoria, South Africa, and the Tashkent 5th International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Uzbekistan. Locally, Markowitz has previously exhibited work with Artspace, Capital One, Page Bond Gallery, VMFA Studio School, 1708 Gallery, Quirk Gallery, and others. 

Summer Pop-up // curated by Jacqueline Davis
Jul
14
Jul 16

Summer Pop-up // curated by Jacqueline Davis

Quirk Gallery has invited Jacqueline Davis of Surface Handmade to curate a summer pop-up and trunk show featuring her favorite artists and makers, some of whom are debuting their own work for the very first time. This event will take place in Quirk's Main Gallery during the weekend of July 14-16 and will feature jewelry from Surface Handmade and Nemesis Metalwork, ceramics from Lilah Shepherd, and artwork by Erica Dreybus.

Davis has been working in partnership with Quirk since 2015, creating custom jewelry in exclusive colors, shapes, and patterns. Her line, Surface Handmade, is a staple in Quirk's gallery shop as well as Rosewood Clothing Co. and Need Supply Co. A locally-grown brand with a strong following,Surface Handmade is always a draw at pop-up events like these. In addition to offering items from her popular line of jewelry, Davis consistently works to create new, one-of-a-kind pieces for each event. Her sharply focused and carefully curated aesthetic has made Davis a favorite of Quirk's staff for some time. It is also the reason why she is a perfect choice for the creative direction of this event.

“The four participants are a mixture between two 'seasoned' and two [emerging] artists,” Davis says. “I first became aware of Lilah Shepherd through social media and instantly fell in love with her work. This will be her first appearance in Virginia for ceramics.” Shepherd is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Texas. Her ceramic work includes small sculptures, cups, and jewelry.

Shauna Dunn will debut her jewelry collection, Nemesis Metalwork, at Quirk. “The one of a kind pieces I create are reassembled from antiqued, thrifted, and miscellaneously scavenged objects,” Dunn explains. Her process begins by deconstructing vintage accessories and reimagines them as contemporary pieces with a fresh perspective. “Using mainly sterling silver with a mix of other metals, as well as gemstones, I never limit myself from using other mediums. I constantly draw inspiration from many sources, such as primitive art from various cultures [and] medieval as well as Egyptian styles.”

“I have known Shauna for years and [have] taken metalwork classes alongside her,” says Davis. “I have loved witnessing her work blossom and look forward to watching her grow as an artist.”

Davis' final choice for this event is illustrator, Erica Dreybus. “Erica has appeared as a model for Surface Handmade since its early years and, as an artist, I am excited to show alongside her at her first pop-up.” Dreybus' work will include pen & ink drawings combined with collage.

Opening Reception: Scott Csoke  "Guilty/Pleasures"
Jul
13
5:00 pm17:00

Opening Reception: Scott Csoke "Guilty/Pleasures"

Join us in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel on Thursday, July 13 for our next exhibition featuring new work by Scott Csoke. 

When I became comfortable with my sexuality, I felt relief. I believed that I had become part of a community that would further nourish me as a person and an artist. However, as time went on, I began to recognize the many layers of the gay community. I never expected to feel guilt and criticism from those with whom I perceived to have so much in common. When I started to take my art practice seriously, I felt struggles in the world of art, similar to those I felt in the gay community. While criticism is an essential part to an art practice, what one makes work about and how one executes that work is under intense scrutiny. The distinction between one's authentic self and one's reputed self can become unclear in both communities. 

Guilty/Pleasure considers the idea that, culturally, we view pleasure and comfort as innately tied to guilt and shame. Both institutions I found myself a part of espouse acceptance and support, but I have not yet found that within these communities. I aim to challenge the idea of a 'guilty pleasure' and also bring the hypocrisies to the attention of those who are unaware. Using intuition and an intuitive process, I paint to meditate on these ideas. Abstract painting can create something that brings me pure bliss and is an avenue for me to express ideas in a more controlled way.

Scott Csoke is a Richmond-based photographer and painter born in Rockville, Maryland in 1993. Having lived in four different states before the age of 14, self-reflection and inward thinking quickly became a way for him to understand his changing environments. Personal experiences are essential to both of his art practices and allow him to navigate both bodies of work. Deconstructing stereotypes and expectations are just a couple of the themes he explores. His work has been featured by Ignant, VSCO, and Need Supply Co. Scott is currently pursuing a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Art In Action // a pop-up event with Aimee Joyaux
Jun
23
Jun 25

Art In Action // a pop-up event with Aimee Joyaux

Beginning Friday, June 23, join Quirk Gallery, Aimee Joyaux1708 Gallery, and neighbors in the Arts District for a weekend of community-focused exhibitions, politically charged artwork, and a letter-writing campaign to address arts advocacy. Shop with participating retailers and galleries to support and raise funds for Virginians for the Arts. 

Friday, June 23: Visit Quirk for a pop-up show featuring new work from Aimee Joyaux. Inspired by the Women's March on Washington, this series of protest posters, "Lady Liberty In Distress," expresses confusion and concern about issues of cultural patrimony, equity, and human rights. Aimee's work will be on display and available for purchase at Quirk Friday through Sunday.

1708 Gallery hosts "3 x 3: Summer Sessions," the latest segment in its community engagement program. This exhibition series presents three socially engaged projects that connect with communities outside of the gallery, imagining the artist as community organizer or activist. Participating artists include Virginia River Healers, Hillary Waters Fayle, and Sayaka Suzuki. Individual projects seek to address and explore issues of regional water rights, urban landscapes, and immigration. These projects are dependent on community participation. All are invited to contribute, create, and engage. 

Take a break during TEDxRVA 2017 or stop in after work to check out all the Arts District has to offer. 

Saturday, June 24: The pop-up show of Aimee Joyaux's "Lady Liberty" series continues at Quirk while artists work in real-time at 1708 Gallery on their community-focused projects for the "3 x 3: Summer Sessions." 

Virginians for the Arts board member and Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, Emily Smith will lead a letter-writing campaign at Quirk promoting arts advocacy. Lend your voice and demand action from elected officials to protect and support cultural organizations affected by the new federal budget proposed for 2018. All materials will be provided (including postcards and stamps). 

Sunday, June 25: Visit Quirk to pick up a protest poster from Aimee Joyaux. Discuss the creation of her new work and it's exploration of issues relating to the new administration. Shop with participating Broad Street retailers and galleries to support arts organizations. Quirk Gallery plans to donate 15% of it's total sales Friday through Sunday to Virginians for the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to adequate funding for the arts and broad education of Virginia's citizens about the importance of arts and culture to communities economically and from a quality-of-life perspective.

Welcome Reception for Grace Kubilius
Jun
15
5:00 pm17:00

Welcome Reception for Grace Kubilius

Join us for a special reception as we welcome our newest artist-in-residence, Grace Kubilius. Grace holds an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Fiber and Experimental Fashion from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work explores themes of "gender, identity, trauma, self-image, ugliness and objectification." During her residency, Grace will focus on creating pieces for an upcoming exhibition of her work this November. She will also have her wearable objects and jewelry available in Quirk's shop and in trunk show events this summer.

This event will celebrate the beginning of Grace's residency at Quirk, Quirk's partnership with Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and the vibrant arts community of Richmond.

Mothers Day Bouquets at Quirk
May
13
May 14

Mothers Day Bouquets at Quirk

The talented designers at Strawberry Fields are bringing some of their gorgeous arrangements to Quirk just in time for Mother's Day. Swing in to pick up a fresh bouquet, a potted green arrangement, or beautiful terrarium. Quirk also has cards and other great gift options for Mom. Plus, as always, we're ready to help you gift wrap anything you purchase from Quirk. You know Mom will love seeing you walk in with those beautiful flowers and our signature pink bag!

Get to Quirk while the arrangements last!

May
11
5:00 pm17:00

Opening Reception: Hillary Waters Fayle, "Back and Around"

"I'm going back to look around; to find something new in the familiar landscape of all that's come before. 'Back and Around' is a collection of works which embraces the idea of circling back in order to retrace steps and pull together all that has been lost along the way; forgotten and left untouched in the hurried pursuit of more urgent ideas. This is the second chance; the celebration and re-discovery of collected materials, ideas, techniques and motifs that have been waiting quietly to come forth." Hillary Waters Fayle is an artist from Elma, New York. Fayle completed a MFA in Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA at Buffalo State College. She now lives in Richmond, VA where she maintains her own practice, works as an artist assistant as well as an instructor and program coordinator at VCU. Her work is currently being shown nationally and abroad and has been published widely online and in print.  Please join Quirk and Hillary Waters Fayle in the Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel this Thursday evening from 5 - 8 pm for the opening reception of "Back and Around."

"I'm going back to look around; to find something new in the familiar landscape of all that's come before.

'Back and Around' is a collection of works which embraces the idea of circling back in order to retrace steps and pull together all that has been lost along the way; forgotten and left untouched in the hurried pursuit of more urgent ideas. This is the second chance; the celebration and re-discovery of collected materials, ideas, techniques and motifs that have been waiting quietly to come forth."

Hillary Waters Fayle is an artist from Elma, New York. Fayle completed a MFA in Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA at Buffalo State College. She now lives in Richmond, VA where she maintains her own practice, works as an artist assistant as well as an instructor and program coordinator at VCU. Her work is currently being shown nationally and abroad and has been published widely online and in print. 

Please join Quirk and Hillary Waters Fayle in the Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel this Thursday evening from 5 - 8 pm for the opening reception of "Back and Around."

May
6
11:00 am11:00

Newtowne Goons + Virginia Samsel Trunk Show

Join Richmond artists Andrea Owens, Tyler Thomas, and Virginia Samsel for a pop-up art sale featuring original works, prints, and more.

Creative partners, Andrea and Tyler, produce designs for apparel, totes, and magnets for their line, Newtowne Goons. Fans of "Twin Peaks" might recognize their work from The Great Southern, the four-day festival celebrating the popular series. In addition to their collaborative work, Andrea and Tyler each work tirelessly on their individual artistic pursuits and will be presenting some of their most current work at this event.

Virginia Samsel’s latest series incoporates themes and images of rocks. “Rocks, the idea of sticks and stones, have become my current language,” she says. “These abstract, yet solid forms ref-
erence previous work in the familiar themes of the mundane and overlooked. The imagery plays with the idea of natural structures, a slowed rhythm, and the connection between human culture and natural culture.” Virginia is a previous recipient of the Theresa Pollak Prize for Emerging Artist. She currently maintains a studio practice and lives in Church Hill with her cat, Steve.

May
4
5:00 pm17:00

Special Reception for Families and Friends of St. Catherine's School

Quirk Gallery will host a special reception and artist talk with Main Gallery artist, Diego Sanchez on Thursday, May 4. Diego serves as the chair of the art department at St. Catherine's School and welcomes students, families, faculty, and friends of the school to join him for this event. Light refreshments will be served. 

"The genesis for this body of work started about five years ago. My friend, Cindy Neuschwander, encouraged me to take a risk with my work and remove the representational elements from my paintings. We often talked about our work and exchanged ideas about painting that challenged us as artists. Sadly, a year later, Cindy passed away. Two years after her death, her husband, Jay Barrows, generously gave me her painting supplies. This kind gesture and the memory of my dear friend were the catalysts for this exhibition. This body of work reflects the gradual change that has been taking place in my work for the past few years.

At this point in my career, my paintings deal directly with formal concerns. At the beginning of each painting, my approach is purely an intuitive endeavour. Gradually, as I build the surface, textures, patterns and colors, relationships begin to emerge as the development of space begins to appear in the picture plane. I love the nature and the plasticity of the medium and how malleable it is. Non-representational painting to me is an act of faith and trust. Not knowing where I might end up and being open to learn from mistakes and failures reminds me that I must pursure honesty in my work. I hope that the viewer is able to experience it while he or she stands in front of my paintings.

I would like to dedicate this exhibition to the memory and adventurous spirit of my dear friend, Cindy Neuschwander."
---Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez was born in Colombia South America. He moved to Richmond to attend VCU and received an MFA from the Painting and Printmaking Department. He has been teaching at a variety of institutions including VCU, VUU, VMFA, and The Visual Art Center of Richmond. He is currently the chair of the Art Department at St. Catherine’s School. He has shown his work throughout Virginia and the Mid Atlantic region, and he is the first recipient of the Theresa Pollack Artist of the Year Award. His work is in several collections including: The Anderson Gallery, Sidney and Frances Lewis, Bill and Pam Royall, Media General, First Market Bank, Capital One, Markel Corporation, Phillip Morris, Federal Reserve Bank, University of Richmond, and College of William and Mary.

Apr
29
11:00 am11:00

Smidge Trunk Show

Join Lacy Noble and Quirk Gallery for this special trunk show event featuring Lacy’s handmade sleep sacks in luxurious fabrics for both girls and boys. These one-of-a-kind treasures are the perfect gifts for new parents, those celebrating Mother’s and Father’s Day for the first time, and for anyone who wants to start a brand new family tradition.

About Smidge Sleep Sacks:

"Smidge all began a few years ago when my elder son outgrew his only two pretty sleep sacks, and I found that options for replacing them were disappointing. I adore the luxurious feel of a puffy sleep sack with interior batting. I also love classically beautiful fabrics such as Liberty of London florals and men's shirting checks and stripes. And so, I began researching and creating the perfect sleep sack: not only pleasing to the eye but also incredibly functional. Whether in the wee hours for midnight diaper changes or during the infamous "transfer" of a babe who has fallen asleep on the go, my sleep sacks are designed to promote restful sleep for babies, and by extension, their families! I work with the prettiest cottons (and now even organic cotton for the lining) with excellent breathability, ease of care, and balance of durability and softness. Each bespoke sleep sack is made one by one with love. Smidge sleep sacks are elevated, beautiful, and carefully crafted: just what you want for the place in which your baby will spend so much time resting, growing, and developing. I hope that my sleep sacks will be treated an heirloom pieces to be passed down, so I make sure every one is constructed to last. It is only fitting, therefore, that I construct each one on my grandmother's 1930s Singer sewing machine - the machine that has hummed for three generations of my family and upon which I first learned to sew over 25 years ago."

About Lacy Noble:

"As a little girl I was always drawn to crafting, sewing and building various things for my dolls and doll house out of remnant fabrics, sticks, bark, and whatever materials I could find. I remember well my mum teaching me to use her mother's 1930s Singer sewing machine: the very one my grandmother had used to create her own doll's clothes so many decades before. Years later, when my son was born, my instincts for sewing were reawakened, and that same machine was brought back out. I am thrilled to have the chance to work with all of these gorgeous textiles, and I am honored to do so in the service of parents and their little ones seeking hours upon hours of exquisite, peaceful sleep. Dream softly, my dears!"

Casi Circular
Apr
20
5:00 pm17:00

Casi Circular

  • Quirk Gallery

Please join us for the opening reception of our next Main Gallery exhibit, "Casi Circular," featuring new work by Richmond artist, Diego Sanchez.

Apr
14
Apr 16

Tiny Shiny

Glitter, Sparkle, and Shine, OH MY! 

Quirk invites you to Tiny Shiny: Jewelry Exhibition and Sale. The showcase will encompass unique, handmade jewelry from faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the VCUarts Craft + Material Studies Department. A portion of the proceeds will fund a scholarship to help students attend the SNAG annual metalsmith conference. Join us Friday, April 14th at 6pm for the opening reception. The sale continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, April 14th Opening Reception 6pm-9pm
Saturday, April 15th 11am-6pm
Sunday, April 16th 12pm-4pm