6 new exhibits are on display at Art Works through September 22nd, 2018. Visit these exhibits and 75 artist studios Tuesday - Sundays 12 - 6 PM. Free Admission.




HUMAN - Deshia Williams


This exhibit is an installation-based social commentary by Deshia Williams which explores the depth and breadth of being human and the value of human life.

Deshia's brain interprets the world in high contrast. She is especially aware of this because her visual perception was altered when she suffered a head injury in 2010. This constantly observable change brought her to a novel view of the visual world and art making. It was near this time that she began sketching and logging art ideas. She was again artistically inspired upon seeing Picasso’s Violin, shown at the VMFA. This relief’s color and accessible scale inspired Williams to begin sculpting her own sketches.

"My work involves the application of paint to transparent surfaces, which are then transformed by the addition of variable lights. Illustrating how light changes surface perception is my aspiration. The way light changes the surface of an object fascinates me. Transparency is an important part of my work because it is only through differing approaches that we can fully see an object. Variable views expand the potential of an object to tell a more complete story or relate a fuller meaning.

I am currently exploring materials and techniques that can help me articulate my ideas in effective ways. I use plexiglass, acrylics and LED lighting and presentation and mounting experimentation. Looking at artists such as Dale Chihuly, James Turrell and Robert Irwin keeps me interested in moving toward more investigations into the innumerable combinations that can be seen when blending light and transparent materials." - Deshia Williams

This exhibit will be in the Jane Sandelin Gallery.


Paintings Up Close and Far Away by Susan Moncure

Moncure presents paintings and mixed media work in a variety of styles with a common thread of "joy"!

"While this body of work exhibited may initially appear unrelated, there is a simple explanation to their connection. Each image speaks to me of love and joy, up close and far away. (Mon coeur) As an artist, I get to choose the tools of expression-- through oil, acrylic, mixed media, pastel, oil pastel...and more! Its my task to birth each painting in its own individualized style of expression. I invite you to visit each painting --up close."

This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.

Unexpected Portraits - Phil McKenney

This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, West.

"I like art that takes chances- rough, raw and spontaneous, not careful. I try to capture the essence of a subject with no regard to formality or accepted procedures. This is a style I've developed over the years. I call this show "Unexpected Portraits" because many of the subjects themselves are as unusual as the approach. -Phil McKenney."

RIVER RENDERINGS: James River Days Art Show

This annual exhibit is in conjunction with the James River Advisory Council (JRAC)'s James River Days. A Summer celebration of the life and businesses surrounding the river. This year, Art Works invited all artists to submit work in any media of the James River. This exhibit is juried by Art Works and will be in the Skylight Gallery. (Image: Susan Singer)



Each month Art Works offers an opportunity for artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. Animal-themed artwork is suggested, but not required of submissions. A special prize will be awarded to a 'FURS Favorite' piece of artwork. Ryan Lauterio from Shockoe Artspace juried this month's show. Submissions were accepted from any artist and any medium.

Click here for a PDF catalog of this exhibit.


1st Place All-Media Show: Lady with Umbrella by Lulu De Panbehchi, 8x10" Digital Art



1st Place All-Media Show: Pieces of Fabric by Lulu De Panbehchi, 8x10" Digital Art



1st Place All-Media Show: Rain by Lulu De Panbehchi, 8x10" Digital Art




2nd Place: Untitled by Sarah Chappell, 24x36" Oil on Canvas




3rd Place: Silent Extrovert by Clifton Powell, 11x14" Graphite/Charcoal




Honorable Mention: Three Witches by Timothy Ponack, 40x60" Acrylic



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