ART WORKS JULY 2009 Art Shows & Events

The monthly 4th Friday Art Show opens July 24th , 2009 with a reception by the artists, LIVE MUSIC by "Nightbird" downstairs and "Boyland & Nagel" upstairs and refreshments. Click on the show titles to learn more about each exhibit


Anne Hart-Chay is the juror for this multi-media show. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. For more information about submitting entries to this monthly art show click here.

About the Juror:

If you frequent Historic Downtown Richmond you may know Visual Art Studio by the daughter owner Anne Hart Chay keeps close at hand (and sometimes under foot!) during gallery hours. But long before being called Mom she was fondly known by friends as Pioneer Anne for moving her studio into the formerly boarded up building she renovated on West Broad Street.  Hart Chay, a painter, photographer and artist's artist, is most proud of her daughter and founding Visual Art Studio in what has seemingly quickly become the Historic Downtown Arts District. As a hands on Board Member of Curated Culture, the nonprofit behind the promotion of the First Fridays Art Walk, she has been dedicated to the Arts and the Revitalization of Downtown Richmond. This is the city, after all, in which she was born and raised; even graduating from its renown School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University with honors. Since then she's made it her mission to prove to the business world that art is a business and there are no starving artists here! Her work and that of the artists represented by the gallery is collected by people from all walks of life in Richmond and around the world. To see what's goin' on please visit



1st Place All Media Show

River Birches in Water by Sandy Bruton

36x18 Oil, $3,000

2nd Place All Media Show

Faith by Chris Semtner

30x15 Acrylic, $850

3rd Place All Media Show

Untitled by Darryl Reese

Sepia Chalk 20x16, $300

3rd Place All Media Show

Untitled by Darryl Reese

Charcoal, $200

Honorable Mention All Media Show

Freedom l & ll by Michael Gettings

Trace Monotypes 10x13, $125/ea

Honorable Mention All Media Show

The Cardinal (Free From Judgement) by Melody Gulick

3'10"x3'10", Mixed Media $800

Photography Award All Media Show


Green Eyes by Jim Gray

Digital Infared 20x30, $250

Photography Award All Media Show


Rust Never Sleeps by Jim Gray

Digital Infared 20x30, $300

Jane Sandelin Gallery:


by Maximo Laura


Maximo Laura  is a third generation weaver from the district of Ayacucho and a graduate of the University of San Marcos. His works are in collections throughout North and South America, Venice, France, Finland and Denmark.

Maximo Laura brings a unique and fresh worldview to the traditional Aubusson, Kilim, Soumak and Anillado techniques. Working In 100% Andean alpaca, llama, wool and cotton, Maestro Laura weaves a world that reflects his personal as well as cultural views. His works are three-dimensional representations of Andean mythological themes drawn from Peru's rich history of pre-Colombian cultures such as the Incas and their modem day descendants the Quechua Indians.



Peruvians, especially those of the rural Andean communities, have always had a very rich tradition of cultural weaving and a heritage of fine craft. The violence of the undeclared civil war in the early 1980s caused by the Shining Light guerrillas was extremely violent and made it impossible to get materials. The beautiful tradition was in danger of extinction as there were no materials available to pass down the craft to the next generations. Recently as they have regained peace in Peru there has been a resurgence of these fine crafts. In the 1990s the ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, in association with other organizations established 3 award programs for traditional craftsmen in attempt to promote the rehabilitation of their rich cultural arts. We are proud to announce that Maximo Laura is this years winner of this national award: the Gran Premio Nacional Amauta Peruana which he will receive on July 23 rd in Peru. Art Works is extremely proud to be showing 23 of his amazing textiles as our feature show through August 23 rd. His weavings are also on display and for sale at the National Museum of the American Indian on the mall in Washington D.C .  


Centre Gallery West:


by Hugh Harris

Hugh Harris is a former resident artist at Art Works known for his colorful nautical paintings. Come see this art veteran's latest work this month in his solo show.

Centre Gallery East:

OCTOPUS' GARDEN: Project Octopus

by Richard John Becker

Becker's new work: "One of nature's most interesting creatures inspired this art."

Corner Gallery :


A resident artist at Art Works, Carolyn explores all media and emotions in her tactile work. This collection of clay pieces focuses on figurative reliefs with a peaceful disposition.

Skylight Gallery:

IMPULSE by Piper Nichole

Ms. Nichole brings us her rich paintings of cityscapes, landscapes and more with her painterly touch and designer eye.


All images are the property of the Artists and may not be duplicated without permission.

Contact Art Works, Inc. 804 291.1400 in Richmond, Virginia U.S.A. for more information or if you wish to seek permission for use of images.

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Contact: Glenda Kotchish or Paula Demmert 804.291.1400

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