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For Immediate Release
February 18, 2002
Christina Newton, Executive Director, Artspace
6 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.782.8672 / Fax: 804.782.9880
Email: cenewton@att.net

Richmond Painters Exhibit Three Views of the Still Life

RICHMOND, VA - Artspace gallery, located at 6 East Broad Street, invites the public to the "First Friday" Reception on Friday, March 1, 2002 from 7:00-10:00pm. Artspace presents new work by Richmond artists, Jeff Hall, Santa Sergio De Haven, and Kathleen Westkaemper. All three exhibits continue through Saturday, March 30, 2002. For more information please call 804-782-8672. Artspace is open Wednesday - Sunday, from 12 - 4pm or by appointment, and is free and open to the public. You can learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org.

Jeff Hall presents new work in the exhibit "eleMENTAL." Hall's large-scale paintings feature realistically painted "trompe l'oeil" objects as an abstract motif. He uses realism to create abstract paintings by way of object placement. Even though the works are rendered completely realistic, the observation of line, form, space, texture, and color are just as important. Hall states, " Beyond the "ah-ha" moment where you appreciate the illusion, there lies an awareness of formal concerns, and the occasional symbolic meaning behind the work." Jeff Hall is an art teacher in Henrico County Schools, and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Richmond. He has exhibited regionally, selling numerous works to corporate and private collectors.

Santa Sergio De Haven's "Out of Whole Cloth" considers the preoccupation of the art historical subject, cloth. Her exactly rendered paintings and collages, of what may be a simple object, appear fluid and rippling. She incorporates found images with paint and oil pastel to create surreal sci-fi landscapes. De Haven's inspirations appear in the pieces - lingering trips in fabric stores or along mountain roads. The distinctive line is found in both the unknown landscape and the well-described still life. De Haven exhibits regionally, is a member of Artspace, and has work in many private collections. She has studied at Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, and Parsons School of Design.

Kathleen Westkaemper's beautiful and melancholy works soar with her well-known symbol, the bird. Simple and refined black birds hover in these meditative pieces. Westkaemper's new exhibit, "Works on Paper," includes works in oil stick and graphite on paper. Her works have been evolving over the past thirteen years. She reworks some of the original pieces using various methods such as collage, pencil, Polaroid transfers and digital lifts. Westkaemper is the Art Studio Manger of the Children's Museum of Richmond. She exhibits regionally and received a B.A. from the University of California.


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