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For Immediate Release
September 21, 2000

Contact: Christina Newton, Director
phone: 804.782.8672
fax: 804.782.9880
email: Christina.artspace@att.net


RICHMOND, VA -- Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond, is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition by artists of the Richmond Esoteric Art League www.realart.org. The public is invited to an Opening Reception for the artists on Friday, October 6 from 7 – 9pm. Musical entertainment during the 7-9 pm reception will be provided by DJ Chris Farmer (aka "Crux".) The "First Friday" openings are always free and open to the public.

Sometimes known as being a bit controversial, but always stylistically pure, artists of the Richmond Esoteric Art League (REALart) will present new works for their first showing together as a group. (Some of the artists of REALart were present in the very successful Punchline exhibit, "Artzilla," held at Artspace in November 1999.)

Richmond artists, Jason Andrews, Jorge Benitez, Jeff Hathaway, Jack Lawrence, Jamie Pocklington, and Tomas Van Auken are joined by Brooklyn-based artist Tim Wilson. These popular local artists create brand new works for this exciting investigation into new figurative realism. Modern academics call realism passé but could they render like these guys? It is doubtful. Benitez and Lawrence bring a photo-realistic quality to their canvases with debate. Benitez is best known for his large gun paintings that premiered at Artspace in June, and Lawrence is best remembered for his body of work that was removed from the walls of the Barksdale Theatre. Another local favorite to be questioned is Van Auken, who was censored in the state of Texas. Hathaway and Pocklington are known for large, extreme portraiture that balances on the edge of pop. Andrews and Wilson’s works are best unlabeled – see them for yourself on www.realart.org. Two mystery artists will be exhibiting along with the REALartists. Who are they? It is rumored that they are linked to the group.

Working together as the Richmond Esoteric Art League has created a dialogue for a style that has lost momentum in the years of modernism. Their group dynamic provides a vehicle for community, discussion and education. They also pursue their individual beliefs and talents through successful exhibitions and gallery representation. Artspace continues to bring cutting-edge contemporary art to the forefront of the Richmond community.

Also opening on Friday, October 6, in the upstairs Skylight Gallery is "Views of Tuscany."

Area photographers, Mary Buttrick, Pam Fox, Susan Legg, Virginia Ritchie, and Kathleen Stacey, are joined by Artspace members Elisabeth Flynn-Chapman, Catherine Johnson, Henrietta Near, and Jane Vaught, in a photography exhibition of travels to Italy.

A trip to Tuscany by some of Artspace’s photographers produced a wide range of works of art and documents of a life-changing journey. Suddenly, an exhibition idea blossomed. The exhibit grew to include other area photographers who had visited the exotic lands of Italy as well. Its landscape has been inspiration for artists for thousands of years. The aura and beauty again stimulates modern woman to search for meaning, this time, through the end of the camera’s lense.

Both exhibitions continue through Sunday, October 29, 2000. Artspace is open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm or by appointment.

Artspace can now be found on the internet at www.artspacegallery.org


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