Six new art shows including painting, pottery, poetry, assemblage, and music are on display daily 12 pm - 6 pm Tuesdays - Sundays through November 19th, 2017.


Order/Disorder by Paul Germain

Germain investigates the human connections to the natural world using gestured, multi-directional brush strokes, mark-making and surface texture. This view of nature, based on the Chaos Theory demonstrates the balance between order and disorder. He uses oil, bees wax and metal leaf on mould-made paper prepared and mounted to hang in relief without formal framing. His work is in many personal and corporate collections in Richmond, Hampton, Charlottesville, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The exhibit will be in the Jane Sandelin Gallery.

Stripped and Rebuilt: New narratives from familiar things by Kelly Johnston

Assemblage Art – is it collage? Is it sculpture? Is it a puzzle? For Johnston it’s all of that and so much more. She loves the thrill of the hunt as she picks through junk drawers, garages and sheds to collect objects. Like a sculptor chips away at a block of marble to reveal the form inside, she chips away to find her objects. By obscuring the original context of the parts and reassigning them in the art pieces, Johnston creates her story. This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, West.

Diaghilev's Ballets Russes by Tom Campbell

This exhibit celebrates over 100 years of Serge Diaghilev and the creation of the Ballets Russes. By gathering the most innovative artists, composers and choreographers of the time, Ballets Russes has redefined dance forever. Campbell has used abstraction to reveal the forms and movement of these ground breaking ballets and those who made them possible. The exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.

Drumbeats and Heartsongs by Kay Franz and Cindy Paullin

Cindy Paullin is a Richmond Artist studying impressionistic oil painting under Mark Hierholzer. She works mainly in oil on canvas by palette knife. Cindy is one of the founders of the Richmond non-profit, Art for the Journey, with a mission “to promote the healing and well-being of children and adults through creative expression, with a special focus on people who do not normally have access to such experiences".

Kay Franz: "My work has been greatly influenced by my love of nature and of primitive pottery. I'm constantly surprised to discover that what I thought was an original was really done over and over in many variations by known and unknown artists, past and present. I am deeply grateful to all those influences that have provided so much inspiration. Historically, I've been influenced by early pottery from many cultures including Mexico, the American Southwest, Korea and Japan. What began as an exploration of the vessel form has over the years evolved into work more sculptural in nature but still owes a lot to the traditional vessel form. I use a combination of slabs and coils molded over found or created forms to build my pieces. I bisque fire to cone 05, then paint each piece using acrylic stains. A final firing done using a crude outdoor kiln filled with newspaper and sawdust yields the smoky, fire kissed final finish. I earned my BFA in Crafts from the University of Georgia in 1972. Over the years, I have exhibited locally, regionally and nationally in various shows. My work is represented in local and regional galleries. I am a member of numerous arts organizations in Virginia and elsewhere.


The Red, White, and Bull by Helene Ruiz

This will artistically be a political satire focusing on “The Bull,” the rhetoric pushing America toward a more extremist point of view thought best to resolve societal issues. The underlying objective of this creative event is to help expose the lies and trickery. To help bring back to light out of the darkness, a suppressed, antiquated way of thinking once again being resurrected that’s festered with predisposition, inhibition and stereotype. A misguided rhetoric flowing out of the mouth of the US Congress, all the way from the office of The President. “The Bull,” that’s been laced with the precepts of fascism and supremacy. An extremist point of view standing in stark contrast to the American ideal of liberty – freedom, equality and justice for all.

This exhibit will be on display through Nov. 19th. Live Poetry performances only on Opening night, Friday, October 27th. We will have paper and pencils available for the public to write a sentence or two of their own thoughts. An hour before the reception is over we will pull some out to have open discussions regarding thoughts and ideas and feelings of the audience. Since the first floor will have a band, in order to hear the poetry, we will have the poetry performances upstairs on the 2nd floor.

OCTOBER ALL-MEDIA SHOW Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. Ruth Bolduan will jury the show. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. Call for Entries is on October 20th, ans 21st, 2017. See our Call For Entries page to learn more.

About the Juror Ruth Bolduan:

"Ruth Bolduan is a Painting and Print-making department professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The American University in Washington, DC. She has been awarded Artist Residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Self-Help Graphic Arts Center in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Anton Gallery in Washington, DC and Monterey, California; 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; and Open Studio at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Other exhibitions include Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, District of Columbia Arts Center, Galerie Ponce Boscarino in Paris, Flor de Luna Art Center in Los Angeles, The Painting Center and Jim Diaz Gallery in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California, Museo Pedro de Osma in Lima, Peru, China World Trade Center in Beijing, and the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow. Publications include an artist book with Alberto Casiraghy, Frammento di Dante, published by Edizioni Pulcinoelefante in Osnago/Milan. Public collections include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the American University Museum, Capital One Corporation, and the University of Richmond Modlin Art Center."

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1st Place All Media Show:
Assembly by Sue Maida, 26" x 43" Photography $400

2nd Place All Media Show:
An Evening Stroll
by Dorothy Ellis, 24" x 30" Acrylic, $350

3rd Place All Media Show:
The King by Matthew Thompson 48" x 33" Acrylic, $405

Honorable Mention All Media Show:
The Power of Ideas by Perry Matthews 12" x 15" Photography, $150

Honorable Mention All Media Show:
Try it Anyway by Sana Hosseini, 18x24 Acrylic on Canvas, $180





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