a non-profit gallery for the visual and performing arts

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Richmond, VA 23224
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Now Showing Through September 25, 2015

artspace is pleased to present five new gallery exhibits, opening on Fourth Friday, September 25, 2015, from 7-10pm, and continuing through Sunday, October 18, 2015. The works of Michelle McGrath, Betsy Yost and John Heroy will be featured, along with mixed media works of other area artists and Art-To-Go in the smallspace Gallery. The Opening Reception is Free and Open to the Public and features music by Classical Guitarist, Robin Payne. A free gallery talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, October 18th at 2pm.

The Main Gallery will show LAYERS, painting and mixed media works by Michelle McGrath. A VCU graduate and award-winning art teacher in the Henrico County public schools, McGrath has exhibited in the Richmond area over the last decade. Her compositions incorporate a use of rough textures and vibrant, high-contrast colors. "My paintings contain bold, complementary color palettes. I perceive dynamic color to have a virile quality that emanates a strong sense of purpose," she writes. The beauty and intrigue of rough textures she observes, "in the gnarled roots of a tree, the crumbling plaster on a wall, and the wrinkled, roughened hands of my grandmother," have inspired McGrath to explore types of surfaces by distorting her materials through twisting, ripping and pulling the pieces apart. "I view these distorted, strained surfaces as different forces in my life that push or pull me in varied directions. This metaphor helps me to express myself through formal aesthetic concerns." Approaching her compositions playfully and intuitively, she lets them evolve during her creative process. "Sometimes, a gridded infrastructure or multi-piece presentation becomes a compositional element. This underlying framework allows me to organize my presentation as I apply gestured marks and manipulate surfaces. I am drawn to the expressive qualities, and how they command attention from the viewer."

In the Frable Gallery, artist Betsy Yost will be featuring REPETITION AS METAPHOR, painting, drawing, and mixed media. Yost, who holds degrees from UVA and VCU, has exhibited widely throughout the Richmond area, and is an art teacher with Henrico County public schools. Her work is about memory, and her awareness of the large and small events in her life. "In my paintings, drawings, and mixed media I create rhythmic patterns by repeating images and colors to imply a sense of recurrence. Repetition implies memory in the sense that an object seen for a second, third or fourth time is an echo of the thought of the first time it was seen," she writes. She sees these multiple images as symbolic self-portraits, which prompt memories of recurring events, such as waking up each morning or repeating the same mistake, or running into an old friend. "I use repetition as a way of outwardly expressing a 'déjà-vu' type feeling of having experienced a situation before. By repeating familiar imagery in my work, such as a paper-doll shape, I evoke recognition of a universal commonality of memories and experiences."

The Helena Davis Gallery will exhibit NOT BY ACCIDENT, photographs, by John Heroy. A retired chair of VCU’s Department of Photography, Heroy was awarded an MFA in photography from SUNY Buffalo and a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In his 40-year career, he has exhibited extensively, from Texas to upstate New York, and was given an honorable mention in Best Artists of Virginia 2007. In describing this body of work, he writes: "About two years ago, near Lake Ontario, I saw a tree scarred by the elements. The photograph I took of that tree has proven to be the seed of an ongoing group of pictures." Rather than trees being the subject of his pictures, however, he says that his work focuses on, "finds -- trees, plants, vegetation off-kilter, in awkward alliance, startling in their imperfections, unexpected in their growth. It is the strangeness of the situation my trees find themselves in, though they may have been intentionally planted in the places where I find them, that attracts me." Beyond his interest in trees, he states, "my pictures are about connections in which picture elements are echoed by other elements in the same picture. I also find that when I look at my prints, they almost dissolve into abstraction. Yet that experience doesn't last long, as the prints seem to maintain a clarity that doesn't break down, even on the closest inspection."

In the smallspace Gallery, POP-UP-SHOP / Art-To-Go. For those looking to get an early start on holiday shopping, artspace members will provide small, affordable works of art that can be taken home at the time of purchase.

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature POINTS AND CONNECTIONS, work in all media by Richmond Artists.

October 23-December 20, 2015
Buy your tickets now for the Preview Gala on October 22

Richmond, VA - artspace is pleased to announce the latest installment of our popular Biennial International Miniature Invitational, ThinkSmall8, opening on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 7-10 pm. The Opening Reception, featuring classical guitar by Robin Payne, is Free and Open to the Public . A Gala Preview will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 7-10 pm, for patrons who want to be among the first to select from the hundreds of miniature pieces of artwork offered for sale with prices ranging from $50 to $400. Tickets for the Gala cost $25 and include hors d'oeuvres and music by “The Luckies.” ThinkSmall8 will take up the entire gallery and will be on view from Friday, October 23 through Sunday, December 20, 2015. A mid-show reception scheduled for Friday, November 27, 2015 from 7-10 pm, coincides with the major holiday shopping event, Black Friday.

About the show: ThinkSmall has been an enormously popular event for both artists and patrons since its inception in 2001. The invitational takes place every two years, but the gallery gets emails and calls from interested artists throughout the time in between. Hundreds of artists eagerly take the challenge to create work in any media that fits within our 3x3x3 inch maximum dimension. Many of the participating artists are local to the Richmond area, but work is submitted from throughout the region, across the United States and even Internationally. Each year the gallery posts an online catalog of the artists with images of their work. This year's catalog, along with links to our previous installments of the exhibition, will be available on the ThinkSmall8 web page at: www.artspacegallery.org/ts8

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4pm. The gallery is also open by appointment. artspace is partially funded by CultureWorks, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. artspace has secured media sponsorship for ThinkSmall8's Gala Preview from The Community Idea Stations and 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio.

For additional information, please contact the Exhibition Curator, Santa De Haven at santa53@hotmail.com or the Gallery Administrator at artspaceorg@gmail.com, or phone the gallery at 804-232-6464. The gallery is located in th Plant Zero Art Center at Zero East 4th Street in Richmond, Virginia 23224, with an additional door located at 31 East 3rd Street, and online at www.artspacegallery.org

Coming Soon, ThinkSmall8!
Buy your tickets now for the Preview Gala on October 22

September 25 - October 18, 2015

Michelle McGrath


Painting and Mixed Media

Main Gallery

John Heroy

Not By Accident


Helena Davis Gallery

Betsy Yost

Repetition As Metaphor

Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media

Frable Gallery



smallspace Gallery

Points and Connections

Mixed media works by Richmond artists

Suzanne Foley Gallery

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, October 18, 2015
2:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Now Showing through October 18, 2015

BICYCLE STORIES - illustrations

Richmond Artists Collaborate with Richmond Young Writers
in the Plant Zero Project Space Hallway Galleries


October 23-December 20, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7-10 PM

Preview Gala
Tickets: $25 BUY NOW

Music by: The Luckies
and appetizers by these fine restaurants

Hermitage Grill Kitchen 64 Sticky Togogo
Plant Zero Cafe
Plant Zero Cafe
Galaxy DinerCamden's Dogtown Market

Fat DragonLalo's Cocina Bar & Grill

Media sponsorship for the ThinkSmall 8 Gala Preview by:
The Community Idea Stations and 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7-10 PM

Fourth Friday Opening Reception
Free and Open to the Public

Music by: Robin Payne, Classical Guitar
Appetizers provided by: Relay Foods

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