A coin flip offers a quick, absolute, but equitable means for settling disputes. It amplifies hope and changes fortunes. It is this transformative promise that inspires Blythe King’s latest series. Her portraits expose the complexities of feminine identity. They challenge conventional attitudes that suppress access and diminish stature. King rescues commercial clippings from Montgomery Ward catalogs and emboldens them with elements of Eastern iconography. Her women become gods. A mere glance from these deities burns away the hazy veil of objectification — too powerful to be obscured. The familiar gives way to the sacred. Motivations rise. While a coin may initially seem worn or common, look closer!
It’s that time of year again! VCUarts Department of Craft + Material Studies: Metal students are proud to present our annual Tiny Shiny: Jewelry Exhibition + Sale that has been generously hosted by Quirk Gallery.
We are thrilled to welcome you all to come by and join us for the opening reception March 15th from 6pm - 9pm. The exhibition + sale encompasses exceptional handmade jewelry from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from the Craft + Material Studies Department of VCUarts.
A portion of the sale will be funding a scholarship for students to attend Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference this May in Portland, Oregon.
Come by the Quirk Gallery Thursday, March 15th at 6pm and say hi! We’ll make sure to brighten your day with something tiny and shiny! If you can’t make it Thursday, the exhibition + sale continues on Friday and Saturday from 11am - 6pm. We don’t want to miss you!
Emerging artist Carli Holcomb returns to Quirk Gallery to present Transient, a hopeful re-encounter with a landscape of her past, and the melancholic knowledge that the moments and experiences that took place there are irretrievable. Comprised of two and three-dimensional objects, Transient is an experimental archive of a single place. Mixed-media sculptures containing embedded rock fragments collected from the site are situated alongside intricately woven images of clouds, and dislocated photographs of rock formations that reveal the ongoing geological process that once formed and continue to shape the landscape. Transient is an ongoing exploration into the fragile way that memories and places become bound together.
Our first Main Gallery exhibition of 2018 features new work by D.C. based artist and illustrator, Elizabeth Graeber. So far, Elizabeth's show has garnered lots of attention due, in part, to the interactive events included during the run of her exhibition.
If you joined us the first weekend of Elizabeth's show, you saw her transform the windows at Quirk Gallery and Quirk Hotel's new event space to reflect the charming, whimsical world Elizabeth creates.
After the success of our first portrait event with Elizabeth Graeber last December, we've added another of these events to coincide with her exhibition.
Custom portraits by Elizabeth Graeber will be done on Saturday, February 17 from 11 am - 5 pm and Sunday, February 18 from 12 -4 pm. We're booking appointments now so give us a call at 804-340-6036 to schedule yours today!
Portrait sessions are twenty minutes each. 5x7" portraits start at $55 for up to two subjects. 8x10" portraits start at $100 for us to two subjects. Couples, pets, kids, and other loved ones are the perfect subjects for this unique gift.
For all those booking appointments, please allow for a bit of flexibility before, during, and after your scheduled session. We appreciate it!
The Molly Show is BACK to help you find the best in local, handmade gifts---just in time for Valentine's Day.
Join Molly Campbell of Molly Virginia Made, Molly Covert of Rabbit Foot Fern Design, and Molly Sanyour of Molly Sanyour Ceramics in the Main Gallery to check out their latest designs for spring and summer. Sip a mimosa while you shop with us and be sure to enjoy our exhibits featuring new work by Elizabeth Graeber (Main Gallery) and Emmy Bright (The Mezzanine).
Give your Valentine a hint or, better yet, make a day of it with friends and enjoy Boozy Brunch w/ Cupid at Quirk Hotel before or after you shop with us!
It's our favorite holiday of the year and we have so many exciting things to share! See you at Quirk! XOXO!
Kate Koconis of Little Black Sheep Studio is coming back to Quirk to teach a Weaving Workshop Series! This series will feature four classes over two weekends, offering three introduction classes and one advanced class.
Opening Reception // Thursday, January 11 // 5 - 8 pm
This series of prints and drawings are about the psychology and comedy of absence, longing, love, and relation. Each piece uses blobby forms, gender colors and scrawled text. The compositions pop open complex spaces for thinking feeling and feeling thought. Together, the work seeks to upend normative good sense – about what is right, or good or happy - in order to find something more complex, gnarly, and real.
A custom portrait by D.C. artist, Elizabeth Graeber is the PERFECT one-of-a-kind gift that's suitable for anyone on your list.
Elizabeth will set up in the Main Gallery at Quirk on Saturday, December 16 beginning at 11:00 am for live portrait sessions by appointment (or on a walk-in basis in between appointments).
Special arrangements may be made for custom portraits using photos or images of those that are unable to join us for a live portrait session or may be too fidgety to sit for a portrait (we're thinking kids and pets, mostly).
Stay tuned for more information about available appointments and pricing. For questions or special requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel on Thursday, December 7 for the opening of our next exhibit with new work from James McPherson.
"Nearly The Same Hours Worked" is a series of paintings and prints that are about the melodramatics of shaking a fist at the sky while stuck in traffic on the way to work or throwing a golf club into the air with a feeling of righteous fury after a missed shot. These moments are depicted in a seemingly naïve way through paint and ink to reflect the naïve anger and fear one feels when they have a bad commute or a bad round of golf. These works serve to break down that feeling of being inconsequential in the face of one’s own middle or upper middle-class existence. They reveal how inane these feelings are when faced with these inane situations that vex the figures in the works.
We are so pleased to welcome back Clara Cline for Brush Lettering: A Quirk Workshop! Join Clara Saturday, November 18th from 2 PM - 4 PM for her second brush lettering workshop with us. In this workshop Clara will go through the fundamentals of creating great lettering and teach tips and tricks for working with brushes. Bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon learning techniques from Clara Cline of The Wild Wander!
From Clara's Instagram The Wild Wander: I don't post quite as much lettering content on here anymore, but it's still very much the bread & butter of my work, and a subject I'm excessively enthusiastic about, so I'm very excited to be teaming up with Quirk Gallery to host a workshop next month on the fanciful, emotional, and personal world of brush lettering. No experience is necessary, and it's a great opportunity to brush up (SORRY) on lettering possibilities before the holidays - think place cards, gifts, holiday cards, and more. Materials will be provided, there are a limited number of seats so I can get plenty of one on one time with each participant. I hope you'll join us!
We're gearing up for a busy few weeks but we just can't wait to share all of our newest stuff with you! If you're getting a jump on your holiday shopping or need an extra incentive to come downtown (in spite of the construction on Broad Street), this is your chance!
Please join Alicia Dietz at Quirk Gallery Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12 to see examples of her most recent work and to find out more about pieces available for commission.
Join us for a fundraising sale with the Craft + Material StudiesCeramic Department! Undergraduate students, graduate studentsand faculty will have beautiful handmade pieces for sale. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding for student attendance at the annual ceramic conference, NCECA, which will be hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year. At past sales we discovered a few of our favorite artists, Molly Anne Bishop and Marisa Finos, so we are excited to showcase new work from all participating. Purchase a gift for a loved one or a one of a kind work for yourself from the many talented makers at this event!
Artists Work Featured: Magdolene Dykstra, Gina Pisto and Gretchen Mull.
NCECA, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, is an annual conference for ceramic artists and educators. This conference exposes students to the national reach of ceramic education. Exhibitions, demonstrations, discussions, sales and more will allow attendees access to the national ceramic community.
Friday, November 3 5 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, November 411 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, November 5 12 PM - 4 PM
NOVEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 3, 2017 THE MEZZANINE, QUIRK HOTEL
"A man called me Mamí today,
and another said “looking good.”
I like the feeling of my hair against the back of my elbows
as I walk.
Like it reminds me that I am there -
a real person."
Held in Large Hands is a series of collaged objects that attempt to rationalize a (confused) female identity. Tiled surfaces, decorative woman-debris, and girlhood sweets are collided together in messy junctures that articulate new (splintered) spaces/terrains/bodies. Pierced skins, picked flowers, ceramic beads, makeup, and drooping garland become a body that is not an actualized body - a body in parts, a possible body, a malleable body, a body non- existent.
Grace Kubilius is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes wearable objects, sculpture, and video. She completed her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Grace has been a Resident Artist at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design and Acre. She is the current artist-in-residence at Quirk Hotel + Gallery. Her work has been shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Reese Gallery, Society for Contemporary Craft, Ohio Craft Museum, Duara Gallery at Lynchburg College, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and Fuller Craft Museum.
Quirk’s Artist Residency Program is operated in partnership with The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Grace Kubilius is the third artist to be selected for a summer residency after completing her MFA program in Craft/Material Studies at VCU.
Looking for the perfect fall gift? Trying to get some holiday shopping done so you can enjoy the season? Quirk's Fall Trunk Show with Alyssa Salomon and Emily Warden may be the perfect way to treat yourself or others to some amazing, one-of-a-kind, locally made treasures!
Alyssa Salomon, through Blue Skies Workroom, hand prints linen and sews them into bags, aprons, home textiles and happiness. Eco-friendly, hand-made, screen-printed, radiant. Featuring vibrant patterns and glowing colors on natural fibers. Affordable pleasures for everyday living and all day delight. Alyssa maintains a studio in Richmond's Scott's Addition at Studio Two Three, where she is Board Chair.
Emily Warden's work incorporates historical styles, vintage themes, and architectural designs in attempt to glean elegance and meaning. The range of final product includes classic, whimsical, sophisticated jewelry for both everyday wear and special occasions.
Quirk Gallery welcomes back New York-based artist, Sue Heatley for a solo exhibition of new work. The Noise of the Day is a collection of new paintings recognizable to fans of Heatley's work by her layered textures, graphic shapes, and bold use of color. The pieces for this show have largely been influenced by the shifts Heatley experienced while completing her work.
The Noise of the Day opens in the Main Gallery at Quirk on Thursday, October 19. A reception with the artist will be held that evening from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. This exhibition continues through November 26.
Join Kasha Killingsworth and Rox Vasquez at Quirk Gallery on Sunday, October 15 from 12 - 4 pm. This fall pop-up event features a pair of young artists working in two very different disciplines sharing their fresh, contemporary designs with visitors to Quirk.
It's time to make lanterns – 1708 Gallery's InLight 2017 is November 3!
Each year, 1708's InLight kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. In preparation, 1708 Gallery organizes workshops throughout the fall to provide an opportunity for Richmonders of all ages to create their own lanterns for the parade.
Join us at Quirk Gallery on Saturday, October 7, from 11 am to 3 pm to make lanterns for our neighbors at 1708 Gallery. Workshop leader, Meredith Makhoul will show you how to make your very own lantern. All materials will be provided. It's free and fun for everyone in the family!
Join Quirk and Suellen Gregory Designs as we welcome House Beautiful editor-in-chief, Sophie Donelson and celebrate the release of her book, "House Beautiful Style Secrets."
Copies of this newly released title will be available for purchase at Quirk Gallery. Ms. Donelson will be at the gallery on Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign her book and enjoy light refreshments with friends of Quirk and Suellen Gregory Designs. Please join us!
Join us for our first floral arranging workshop with Strawberry Fields! Deanna King will be teaching you how to create a beautiful arrangement with locally sourced flowers and lush greenery. Each attendee will construct their own bouquet in a handmade pink vessel by Mary Hooper. Workshop fee includes instruction as well as all materials and no experience is necessary.
$75 per participant
Call the gallery to sign up (8043406036) or stop in! Email email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the workshop.
You must register for the workshop before September 20th and secure your workshop spot through payment. All sales are final and no refunds are available.
Quirk Gallery looks forward to hosting "The Molly Show" featuring three local artists behind three of Richmond's favorite brands: Molly Campbell (Molly
Virginia Made), Molly Covert (Rabbit Foot Fern Design), and Molly Sanyour (Molly Sanyour Ceramics). These talented women will bring the latest
pieces from each of their lines for this special trunk show event. Please join Quirk, Molly, Molly, and Molly in the Main Gallery---one day only!
MOLLY VIRGINIA MADE
Molly Virginia Made was started in early spring 2015 by Molly Virginia Campbell with the intent to create unique and totally
individualized leather goods. Influenced by the organic lines, colors and shapes of the James River and the rolling, deep purple
blues of the Appalachian Mountains, Molly Virginia Made really is Virginia made. Molly's leather bags, clutches, wallets, earrings
and pins have been featured in Quirk's shop since 2016.
RABBIT FOOT FERN DESIGN
Molly Covert is the leader of Rabbit Foot Fern, a band of rogue creatives specializing in branding, design, stationery and print.
Molly has previously participated in several pop-ups at Quirk. Her popular line of cards, pencils, pins, and other gifts are always
a hit at trunk shows and in the shop at Quirk Gallery.
MOLLY SANYOUR CERAMICS
Molly Sanyour applies a contemporary twist to the ancient craft of creating with clay and is constantly experimenting with new
styles and techniques to create her signature pieces. After graduating from JMU Molly began working as an elementary school
art teacher. She now works as a ceramics instructor at her former high school while crafting pieces for her eponymous brand,
Molly Sanyour Ceramics. This will be the first time Molly's work will be featured at Quirk.
We’re thrilled to welcome Nastassja Swift and D For Dolls back to Quirk along with Lisa
Richmon of Chick Lit Candles. Both artists will be visiting from the Virginia Beach area
and setting up shop in our Main Gallery for this one-day-only event!
D For Dolls is a collection of felted figures that display soft sculpture visuals of girls and
women of color. Each figure is unique in that no two ladies are the same and each
embody their own individual charm, personality, and sass. Drawing inspiration from
African figurines, each felted figure embodies the playfulness and familiarity of dolls with
the statuesque nature of sculpture. Nastassja Swift, a multi-disciplinary artist, is the
creative force behind D For Dolls. Since graduating from VCU with a BFA in Painting &
Printmaking and a minor in Craft/Material Studies, Nastassja’s studio practice has
incorporated explorations using paint, printing techniques, and fiber. Her work is
reflective of childhood, girhood, and identity, specific to race and gender.
Chick Lit Candles are mouthy personalities that riff on relationship quirks in the form of a
signature RANT + CHANT. With it’s yin-yang twist, the RANT has an edge while the
CHANT offers perspective. Chick Lit Candles is the alchemy between a storyteller, a
gifted candle maker, and an exclusive talent pool of designers and illustrators who work
closely with Creator-in-Chief, Lisa Richmon to bring her characters to life. After a long
career as a writer and journalist, Lisa started Chick Lit Candles and Chick Lit Custom as
a way to help individuals and businesses develop their signature brands. She is also the
co-owner of Roast Rider coffee + tea in Virginia Beach.
Our next Main Gallery show features new work on paper from one of our favorite artists, Aimee Joyaux. Please join us for the opening reception of "Red Rover (Red Rover)" on Thursday, September 7 from 5 to 8 pm.
"My work is grounded in a visceral response to current events, be they personal, political, cultural, or imagined. Bright colors and graphic shapes crash into the picture plane. Half glasses of water, the shells of building, and shape shifting folds are drawn to characterize a sense of displacement, a reactionary free fall in a tumultuous time.
The scale of these works on paper is ambitious for me. It allows for exaggerated responses to the stream of combative and imposing rhetoric surrounding me, my thoughts explode on the page like rolling dice when they hit the wall."
Aimee Joyaux is an artist and educator based in Petersburg, Virginia. She is currently working as the Associate Dean of Instructional Resources at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Past exhibitions include The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Center for Book Arts (NY), and Nexus Press in Atlanta. Examples of Aimee’s work are held in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College, Indiana University East, Penland School of Crafts, and locally at Dominion, Capital One, Try-Me Gallery, Candela Gallery, and Quirk Hotel.
Aimee has previously exhibited her paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and other work at Quirk Gallery and was the first artist to exhibit work in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel.
Friday, September 1 5 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, September 2 11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, September 3 12 PM - 4 PM
Nine Roses Jewelers is excited to host their first ever pop-up event with Quirk Gallery. Owners and jewelry designers Nick DeRosa and Eliza Spell DeRosa will be showcasing a selection of their favorite designers work from their shop, including bold statement pieces and everyday wares. Nick and Eliza will also be debuting their new in-house line of engagement jewelry.
This event will begin during RVA First Fridays on September 1. It will continue through the weekend with Eliza, Nick, and the Nine Roses team on hand to answer any questions about pieces, designers, or their flagship location in the Museum District.
More about Nine Roses:
Nine Roses is a meticulously curated jewelry shop and lifestyle brand that values the intimate connection between individuals and their adornment. We believe in modern techniques rooted in tradition and sacred beauty. Seeking to live beyond the ordinary, Nine Roses is inspired by transformation, spontaneity, and an ever growing sense of wonder.
More about Nick + Eliza:
Nick DeRosa and Eliza Spell DeRosa have 19 years of combined experience in the jewelry industry, including a successful jewelry collection, teaching at the Denver School of Metal Arts, and education backgrounds in sculpture and jewelry design from Alfred University, VCU School of the Arts and New Approach School for Jewelers. Disheartened by the lack of modern, non-traditional jewelry in Richmond, Nick and Eliza launched Nine Roses Jewelers with a vision to provide an exceptional in-store experience for individuals to discover and experience truly unique adornment.
As another Richmond summer comes to a close, Quirk has invited local artist, Chris Milk Hulburt to exhibit new work that celebrates some of the best parts of the season: the sun, the heat, the music, the adventures, and---of course---love.
This is a story about summer. This is a story painted in a hot defunct Broom factory in cut-off jeans on the longest hottest days. This is a story about driftwood collected from tiny secret beaches. These are the greens and blues of summer. The summer whites of summer. They're cool spots in the dog days.
This is a story about returning to my lost love of drawing, and my forever love of summer, and my falling into the deepest love ever. This is a show about love.
This is a story of favorite summer songs played over and then, this is a story about rising up, again. A favorite season in a too-hot town.
Hello, sun. Thank you, Summer. Thank you, love.
"Summer Love" opens in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel on Thursday, August 31 with a reception from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Hulburt's latest exhibition will include new paintings, drawings, and other treasures created in the last several months. His signature work has been a staple of Quirk Gallery for many years (though this is his first formal exhibit in Quirk's new location).
Chris Milk Hulburt is a self taught artist working and living with his family in Richmond, Virginia. His bright, evocative work draws on familiar geography, flora, and fauna to convey the unsung magic of small moments and unregistered details. He works primarily in paint on wood, but also makes large scale public commissions, textiles, and sculpture. His work has been shown in galleries in New York, Providence,Virginia and North Carolina, but is largely done on commission for private collections. Musical and iconic, his paintings draw on the stylistic traditions of folk and naive art, imbued with tender humor and haunting poignancy.
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.