Terrarium Workshop with Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Terrarium Workshop with Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds

Join us for a Terrarium Workshop with Brenna Wilson from Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds! In this workshop you will learn about the different varieties of succulents and how to create and care for a succulent based terrarium. We will provide all materials and no experience or prior knowledge is required. To sign up for this workshop call the gallery to submit payment and secure your spot. $75 per participant includes one hour of instruction and all necessary materials for your terrarium.

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Opening Reception: Tenley Beazley 'Putting The Pieces Back Together'
Apr
5
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Tenley Beazley 'Putting The Pieces Back Together'

Opening Reception Thursday, April 5 I 5 pm - 8 pm
First Friday Art Walk April 6 & May 4 I 5 pm - 9 pm


A great man's time had come and a part of me crumbled. Words of memories and remembrance seemed to challenge that which had always inspired me ---the visual glory of nature around. My creativity became a battle with pieces and colors fragmented until I allowed the words and flowers to come together. Once I embraced this internal conflict, the elements seemed to harmoniously weave back together. And I realized a new expression of nature. Once again I feel saved by the art of nature and nature as art. 
 

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TINY SHINY
Mar
15
to Mar 17

TINY SHINY

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!

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Product Launch // Faison Center X VisArts
Mar
9
4:00 PM16:00

Product Launch // Faison Center X VisArts

Join students and members of the Faison Center and friends of VisArts at Quirk Gallery as we celebrate the artistic creations of Nicky and Genna, participants of a special partnership between the Employment Academy at the Faison Center and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. In a course led by local artist and educator, Blythe King, each student learned basic sewing and screen-printing skills through the production of a set of handmade tote bags which each artist created from start to finish.

This event will kick off the sale of these bags and celebrate their hard work. It also coincides with "Two Sides Of The Same Coin," an exhibition of new work by Blythe King in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel. There will be plenty of merriment and refreshments. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these bags will go to Faison Employment Academy.

About this partnership:

The goal of the Employment Academy at the Faison Center is to teach students career readiness skills through internships with community partners. Their partnership with VisArts allows students to gain practical job skills by cleaning and maintaining studio facilities as well as a skill-building experience in our studios designed and led by a VisArts instructor, like the sewing and screen printing class that produced these bags. These art-making skills translate into future job skills as well, and can help students pursue other creative ventures. Each participant also becomes a part of the social community at VisArts, interacting with students, teachers and visitors on a daily basis.

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Reception + Artist Talk: Blythe King, "Two Sides of the Same Coin"
Mar
8
5:00 PM17:00

Reception + Artist Talk: Blythe King, "Two Sides of the Same Coin"

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!

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Opening Reception: Carli Holcomb, "Transient"
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Carli Holcomb, "Transient"

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.

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Elizabeth Graeber Custom Portrait Event
Feb
17
to Feb 18

Elizabeth Graeber Custom Portrait Event

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!

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The Molly Show
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

The Molly Show

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!

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Emmy Bright, "The Thing And Its Absence"
Jan
11
5:00 PM17:00

Emmy Bright, "The Thing And Its Absence"

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.

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Custom Portraits by Elizabeth Graeber
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Custom Portraits by Elizabeth Graeber

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 info@quirkgallery.com.

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James McPherson, "Nearly The Same Hours Worked" // Opening Reception
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

James McPherson, "Nearly The Same Hours Worked" // Opening Reception

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.

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Brush Lettering A Quirk Workshop
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Brush Lettering A Quirk Workshop

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!

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Quirk Holiday Preview Sale
Nov
14
to Nov 17

Quirk Holiday Preview Sale

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!

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VCUarts Ceramic Sale
Nov
3
to Nov 5

VCUarts Ceramic Sale

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

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Opening Reception: Grace Kubilius "Held In Large Hands"
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Grace Kubilius "Held In Large Hands"

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. 

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Alyssa Salomon + Emily Warden Fall Trunk Show
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Alyssa Salomon + Emily Warden Fall Trunk Show

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.

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Randy Toy Studio Sale
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Randy Toy Studio Sale

Join us in the Main Gallery on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 for a pop-up event with Richmond artist, Randy Toy as he presents some seldom-shared pieces from his studio, including works from his Zhin Tu series.

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Opening Reception: Sue Heatley, "The Noise of the Day"
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Sue Heatley, "The Noise of the Day"

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.

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