Chris Semtner, Fireflies


Five new exhibits are on display. These exhibits continue through September 17, 2017. This event is free and open to the public.



Because it is August—the dogs are back for Dog Days of Summer—the annual fundraiser and art show benefiting FURS (Friends United with the Richmond Shelter). FURS benefits from this annual, juried, All Media Show featuring animals—a popular subject matter for artists. Did you know that Art Works is located in the Manchester District of Richmond? Manchester was once its own city and its nickname is “Dogtown”. Where better place to have the Dog Days of Summer exhibit. The event includes an art auction and guests are invited to bring their dogs to compete in for “best tail wager, most friendly, most spirited and most laid-back” categories. Here’s the line up for opening night, August 25th, 2017:

7:15 -8:00 p.m. –Fireflies performance and artist talk - Upstairs

8:00 p.m. - Juror Talk for Dog Days of Summer All-Media Show - Downstairs

8:30 p.m. – Dogs on the runway--guests show off their dogs and FURS jurors present awards. FURS adoptable pets also walk the runway to show off their special features and potential. - Downstairs

9:00 p.m. – Silent Auction closes and winners are announced.

All evening long, guests will have been bidding on items exclusively for pets and pet lovers. And all monies from the silent auction go directly to FURS.

Submissions for All Media Show will be accepted from any artist and any medium on August 18th and 19th at Art Works.


Glenda Kotchish wrote the story and then approached Chris Semtner about illustrating it—with enough images for an exhibit. She read the story to him over lunch in Shockoe Bottom. Chris began work on sketches, then paintings. Addie Barnhart narrated the story. Then Keith Ramsey put the images and voice overs together and created the film. On opening night, the audience will see the paintings, the film and meet the cast of characters that made all this possible. Paintings and prints will be for sale as well as a small book. All-Media Gallery.

Here and There: Travel Photography by Rick Blanton

Rick Blanton has been photographing professionally for over 35 years. This exhibit is from some of his more recent travels both here in the States as well as abroad. This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.

Pushing Color Against Boundaries by Perry Matthews

This exhibit is an exuberant exploration of color across a digital landscape. Perry is an internationally published photographer who has exhibited works locally and throughout Virginia. Her current focus transforms cityscapes and everyday objects into colorful canvasses. This exhibit is in the Centre Gallery, West.


The Secret of the Esoteric Mind by Sheila Thomas

A series of new paintings by artist Sheila Thomas will be displayed in the Skylight Gallery.


AUGUST 2017 ALL-MEDIA "ANIMAL-THEMED" SHOW - Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show with cash prizes. All submissions for this exhibit need to be animal-themed. The juror for this month is: Mary Scurlock.

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Dog Days of Summer

Chris Semtner

Rick Blanton

Perry Matthews

Sheila Thomas

1st Place All-Media Show: "Calm" by Perry Skaggs 24x36 Acrylic, $525

Place All-Media Show: "Armor" by Melanie Kluender, 11x22 Mixed Media, $195

3rd Place All-Media Show: "Mr. Boh" by Becky Huddleston, 14x20 Photography, $435

Honorable Mention All-Media Show: "Senor" by Dhalia Cavazos, 12x15 Mixed Media, $500






Aug '17