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For Immediate Release
September 21, 2001
Contact: Christina Newton, Executive Director, Artspace
6 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.782.8672 / Fax: 804.782.9880
Email: cenewton@att.net

Painters and Sculptors Open "First Friday" Program

RICHMOND, VA - Artspace gallery presents four new exhibitions scheduled to open on Friday, October 5, 2001. The exhibitions coincide with the "First Friday/On & Off Broad" (FFOOB) monthly Art Walk. The First Friday Reception will take place from 7:00 - 10:00pm. Artists Kathryn Henry-Choisser, Kristy Simmons, Shirl Tandlich and Frances Wessells present new bodies of work for this season kick-off exhibition. The reception is free and open to the public. More information can be obtained at www.artspacegallery.org

Kathyrn Henry-Choisser presents "Lost and Found," in the Helena Davis Gallery. This new series of paintings are typically intimate and curious. Her unique style of inner white light and blue pallet are ever calming. A psychological twist anchors Henry-Choisser's works They are curious and meditative yet unsettling. Unknown storylines are ever present begging the viewer to seek more from within themselves. Henry-Choiseer is past president of 1708 Gallery and former owner of Coincidence Gallery. She has exhibited regionally and internationally.

The works of Maryland painter, Kristy Simmons, combine intimate interior landscapes and mixed media. Her upcoming "Recent Paintings" exhibition in the Skylight Gallery will feature her signature dark and curious interiors. Glimpses of the mundane and obvious are captured - an empty clothes hanger, an empty closet, or a lonely bathroom sink, all illuminate lost memories. Artspace is pleased to bring the work of this talented Washington, DC. area artist, to Richmond. Simmons has exhibited regionally and internationally for thirteen years, focusing on the east coat, winning numerous awards and scholarships for painting.

Sculptors Shirl Tandlich and Frances Wessells share the Main Gallery in a unique showing of new, and not-so-new works. Tandlich infuses new life into older pieces in her exhibition, "Metamorphosis In Stone." Photographs will disclose the past of these new works. Her luxurious stone works are manipulated with love and humor. Wessells displays new ceramic and stone works in, "To Dream..," an exhibition of play and spirituality centered on the human figure. Legs and arms emerge from the wall while others melt into the stone surfaces. Wessells is a choreographer and dancer and professor of the Virginia Commonwealth University's Dance Department.


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