Join us for our 4th Friday Opening Reception:
April 24th, 2015, 7-10 pm.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free on April 24th. Exhibits run through May 17th, 2015.
FROM PASSION AND PAIN TO PAINT AND PUNK by Keith M. Ramsey
A retrospective art show from the "South Side Renaissance" artist Keith M Ramsey. Jane Sandelin Gallery.
"Conversation and honesty within the art has always been the keystone to the work I create. Paintings with focus on American politics, racial history and the human condition serving as an outlet for personal, emotional conflict, given voice to the frustrations and criticisms of the American political system and combined racism and history to create a strong series of work dedicated to the pain and recognition of Africa-American soldiers in World War II.
Recently, the work has evolved from 2-dimensional paintings on canvas to 3-dimensional work using steel, antiques and found objects in the vain of "steampunk". As the work has become practical art for everyday use, the term "FOUNDPUNK" has become a more appropriate description for these large and small pieces.
As I continue to create, inspiration will direct me to experiment with various materials, explore new methods and force me to think differently about the art I make while maintaining honesty and conversation with the viewers of my work." -Keith M Ramsey
FUSION ARTWORK by Todd Tagnesi
Displayed in the Centre Gallery East.
"Todd Tagnesi is a Fluid Abstract Artist residing in Richmond, Virginia. Todd has always had a passion for colors and loves the way they blend to create new colors and designs. He manipulates the paint to different consistencies using various mediums to create extreme textures and effects by blending, shading, and layering, almost melting colors together.What he loves most about his Fluid Abstract Style is the way he will begin with a general outline of the colors and textures to incorporate on the canvas and the paint takes over blending and mixing creating fantastic effects on their own. Having the flexibility to change the landscape of the painting on the fly instead of being forced to stick to a certain method. There are no true definitions, no fine lines, or absolute rights or wrongs."
SCREAMING IN COLOR by Jamie K. Weinstein
Displayed in the Centre Gallery, West.
"My work is a reflection of feeling, a glimpse in time, shown through brushstrokes, movement and color. My formal training is from VCU's Fine Arts Program in Interior Design. Originally attracted to the Bauhaus movement and it's austere lines, my tastes changed as I became a mother. I was drawn to a softer side of art and pursued an art teaching degree, inspired by the likes of Joan Mitchell, Joan Miro, De Kooning, Francis Bacon and Rothko. I now work in the field of education and art with mentally ill adults and youth. In the last year, instead of drafting or using computer programs to draw, I found myself painting and not just painting to replicate but painting with passion and movement. I find that throwing paint, creating texture, and using a variety of brush sizes and mediums is terrifically freeing and therapeutic and I find a beauty in the outcome that I wish to share with the viewer. Rejecting the tight, carefully drawn lines that I was trained in through drafting has been a sometimes scary journey, filled with equal parts of belonging and rejection. I'm still new, raw and looking for acceptance in the art world, but I'm finding my voice in the journey."
BLACK AND GESSO by Cheryl Clayton
This show will be displayed in the Skylight Gallery. Clayton's inspirations come from her and others' life experiences. She records and expressed the African-American experience using various mixed media. Cheryl's life message comes from Romans Chapter 8:28v. Of the master artists, here favorites are Toulouse-Lautrec, Antonio Lopez and Paul Goodnight. "The free-style of art allow one's innermost self commune with many."
EARTH DAY RECYCLE ART SHOW
The exhibit is a juried show featuring artwork made from recycled materials. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium as long as artwork includes found, recycled, and/or re purposed materials. Call for Entries is on April 17th and 18th, and 19th 2015, 12 pm - 6 pm at Art Works.
APRIL ALL-MEDIA SHOW
Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. MIKE GUYER will jury the show. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. Call for Entries is on April 17th and 18th, 2015.
About the Juror, MIKE GUYER:
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.
Burst by Keith M. Ramsey
Foundpunk Wine Cabinet by Keith M. Ramsey
Out of the Blue by Todd Tagnesi Acrylic 36x48, $350
Spring Rhapsody, Painting by Jamie Weinstein
Painting by Cheryl Clayton
1st Place Recycle Art Show: Home Tree by Dawn Rice, Painted Car Hood - Toyota, $300
1st Place: Iridescent Peacock by Dawn Rice, Painted Car Hood, $290
1st Place: Sunset Valley by Dawn Rice, Painted Car Hood- Chevy, $325
2nd Place Recycle Art Show: Menagerie Du Monde by Jody Rathgeb, 12x12x24, Recycled Stained Glass, Recycled Plant Stand, Recycled Table Top, $200
3rd Place Recycle Art Show: Tropical Autumn by Glenda M. Creamer, 18x24, Fabric Scraps, Recycled Frame, $200
1st Place All Media Show: Visionary by Chris Semtner. 16x24 Acrylic, $924
2nd Place All Media Show: Dig Deep by Jeanne Minnix. 16x20 Cold Wax, $795
3rd Place All-Media Show: Copper Pitcher by Binford Harrell 24x36 Oil on Canvas $1,400
Honorable Mention All-Media Show: Pride by Hassain Mukiibi. 41x30 Mixed Media, $700
Photography Award All-Media Show: Richmond Cycling by Jonathan Ford. 36x24 Photography, $250