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Richmond, VA – artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring mixed media fiber by Kristin Polich, works in mixed media by Joyce Jewell, traditional craft/contemporary art by Hillary Steel, drawings by Julie Stein, and a group show featuring a variety of media. An Opening Reception for the Artists will take place on Fourth Friday, January 27, 2017, from 7:00-10:00 pm and will be Free and Open to the Public. A closing artist talk will take place Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm. This event will also be Free and Open to the Public.

The Main Gallery exhibition will feature EMERGENCE, floating, suspended drawings by Kristin Polich. Polich describes her work as, "resembling netting or a web," which, to her, "symbolize both fragility and strength." Through these symbols she explores, "the connectedness and separation of these essential elements in the human experience. Suspended away from the wall, the pieces cast shadows that are also an important part of the work. I am interested in how each piece will respond to the unique light and space of a given environment." Polich’s passion for the natural environment is reflected in her work. "I am inspired by light, shadow, reflection, water, movement and patterns," she says. A graduate of Hollins University with a B.A. in Studio Art, Polich has exhibited around and outside of the state of Virginia. She has been a high school art teacher for the last eight years, and finds, "fostering new artistic talent and creativity to be rich and fulfilling." She spends her summers taking courses at Penland School of Crafts in Asheville, N.C. where she is able to work closely with other working artists.

Showing in the Frable Gallery will be GAMES, drawings by Julie Stein. As the mother of three children Stein frequently finds herself playing games. "These drawings are each about perfectionism, fear of failure, strategy, and luck within the format of a simple game and within the context of meaningful life experiences," she says. "In these drawings I try to share moments of offense, defense, isolation, and peace.  The drawings are deeply representative of my past and how I learn to reconcile that past daily.  I view these drawings as a kind of poster art of my endurance." Stein graduated from VCU in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology.

On view in the Helena Davis Gallery will be TEXTILES, traditional craft/contemporary art by Hillary Steel. "Cloth touches us, surrounds us, and silently bears witness to our lives," says Steel. "I am an artist who is trained as a weaver and dyer. I turn hand-dyed threads into cloth, over-dye the woven pieces, and cut and arrange components of my textiles, allowing the content to assert itself and take dimensional form. The abstract narratives created through this fabrication and repeated manipulation of the cloth provokes thought and conversation about our inherent human abilities and common experiences." Steel uses the technique of ikat (kasuri/ jaspe/ abrband), which is a process of resist tying warp and weft threads to achieve a pattern (either random or predetermined) as the cloth is woven. "Material used for resist might be anything that, when wound tightly around the yarn and then submerged into dye, does not allow the color to penetrate bound areas," she says. “The process belongs to the larger family of resist dyed cloth; i.e., batik, shibori (tie dye), and stencil resist." Ikat is unique in this group, however. The planning, design and binding are carried out on the threads before the cloth is woven rather than on a pre-existing piece of cloth.

In smallspace Gallery, Joyce Jewell will present JUXTAPOSITION, mixed media monotypes. "Elements of printmaking, collage, photography, drawing and painting have always been key components of the mixed media monotypes that I make," Jewell writes. "My recent body of work has allowed me to incorporate traditional printmaking techniques with polyester lithography plates in a challenging new environment of aesthetic choice and possibility." The visual consequences of human activity colliding with the natural world are central to Jewell’s work. "A shadow cast, a humble coffee cup, or a printed word can have a certain elegance that evokes a particular moment in time," she says. "My work involves collecting, combining, and interacting with these images in ways that celebrate our concurrent existence."

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature ON YOUR MARK, Identifying Artist'' Visual Vocabulary, which includes work in various media by local artists.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4pm.  Please contact the gallery administrator at artspaceorg@gmail.com, or phone the gallery at 804-232-6464 for additional information.  The gallery is located at Zero East 4th Street in Richmond, Virginia 23224, and online at www.artspacegallery.org.

New Art Exhibitions 2017

Five new shows opening January 27, 2017. 
An opening reception for the artists will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 from 7:00-10:00 pm.
The show runs Jan. 27 - Feb. 19, 2017 and will conclude with artist talks on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2:00 pm.  Both events are Free and open to the public.

Kristin Polich – "Emergence"

Floating, Suspended Drawings
Main Gallery

Hillary Steel – "Textiles"

Traditional Craft/Contemporary Art
Helena Davis Gallery

Julie Marie Stein – "Games"

Frable Gallery

Joyce Jewell – "juxtaposition"

Mixed Media Monotypes
smallspace Gallery

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature
"ON YOUR MARK – Identifying Artist Visual Vocabulary," exhibiting works in various media by local artists.

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