See 6 new exhibits on display as well as 75 working artist studios. Admission is free and open to the public 12 pm - 6 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays. These exhibits end November 17th.



Trumperie and The Immigrant - Asiya Al-Sharabi


Originally from Yemen, Asiya Al-Sharabi brings a unique perspective to the current political climate between the US and the Middle East. Inspired by Friday Kahlo and other pioneer women artists, Asiya champions justice as well as aesthetic beauty in her artwork. In this exhibit, Al-Sharabi presents two of her recent bodies of work: Trumperie and The Immigrant.

On Trumperie: "Although its unknown when Yemenis first arrived, its believed that Yemenis were immigrating to the U.S after 1869. Some Yemenis gained U.S citizenship by fighting in World War I and World War II. Here, I am creating a self-portrait to document my immigration to the USA through art. During the 2016 election campaign, I knew that we would be directly effected by president Trump targeting our basic rights, humanity, history, and the future of our children. When your voice is unheard and all doors are closed, then and only then art prevails."

On The Immigrant: "As a Yemeni photographer, I had always found it extremely challenging to photograph Yemeni women, as cultural taboos could result in severe punishment to a woman for sharing her image and identity publicly. Because of this, in much of my work I often altered and played with the images of my female subjects to protect their identity. Through accumulated frustrations from hiding identities, and a renewed sense of freedom, I choose myself as a subject for the series. Wearing the clothes that once belonged to my mother and my grandmother that I brought with me when I fled the war in Yemen, I show my identity. Despite the fears and insecurities that accompanied a lot of this process I am happy to have followed through with it. These are my roots, this is my identity, this is my voice, this is who I am and all the women of Yemen.

This exhibit will be in the Jane Sandelin Gallery.


Aria - by Glenda Creamer

Creamer displays her series of abstract paintings. This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery.

Abstract Fun - Ralf Schulze

This exhibit will be in the Corner Gallery. Ralf's new works are bold, colorful and intriguing. He has a BFA in drawing and painting, and has been making art for 30+ years. He creates fun visual compositions where the viewer gets lost in what they think they see, versus what the artist thinks he created (for them to see), and what is actually on the canvas or paper.

Relinquish - by Justin Sellers

"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable--and help to change it. Relinquish embarks on an artistic journey of combining the most beautiful art form, the human body, in our lost and forgotten world. This exhibit will be in the Skylight.

Discovering Virginia Through the Lens of Angela Martin

Angela Martin brings us her Virginia-focused photography this month. This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery.

"I graduated VCU Art School in 1998 with a BFA in Interior Design. I have a strong passion for photography that was gratefully passed down a generation from my mother during family vacations growing up.

My love of traveling to new and familiar places has continued, and the details I find in exploring nature around me becomes my subject matter. Whether it be train tracks and bridges found in the middle of Richmond, Virginia, or nature around me while hiking in the Shenandoah. I simply enjoy capturing the details found in my surroundings.

I want to produce photographs that make people feel something. My inspiration is Ansel Adams and what he captured through his travels. In order to accomplish that goal, I spend a good amount of time studying the subject matter in detail first, before capturing the image. "



Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. Submissions are accepted from any artist in any medium. There is no theme. Megan Mattax juried.

Click here for the show catalog (PDF)



1st Place All-Media Show: James Butler, Iris (left), 35 x 5 x 8" Wooden Sculpture, $1900. Forget to Forget (right), 59 x 7 x11" Wooden Sculpture, $2700





2nd Place All-Media Show: Diagonals I by Stefan Giradet, 11 x 17" Layered Transparencies, $100.




3rd Place All-Media Show: Samuel Robinson, (top) H is for Habituate $100, Journey Above, Under, Around and Through $250, Identification $200, each 8" x 8" Mixed Media




Honorable Mention, Moon Shadows by Parks Roundtrey, 16 x 21" Photography, $80










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