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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning Friday, June 23, join Quirk Gallery, Aimee Joyaux, 1708 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.
Join us for a Weaving Workshop with Kate Koconis of Little Black Sheep Studio. You will learn the weaving techniques she uses when creating her one of a kind scarves, blankets, hanging planters and wall hangings. After the two hours workshop your weaving will be ready to come home with you.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.