FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             artspace News Release

Contact: Jennifer Bridges, Administrator

Phone: 804.232.6464/ Fax: 804.232.6465


Address: artspace @ Plant Zero

Zero East 4th Street, Richmond, VA 23224


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February 24, 2005


Upcoming Exhibits @ artspace


Richmond, VA artspace, is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions. Artspace will feature artists Gary E. Bachers and Tom Gay in its March through April exhibitions. The exhibits open Friday, March 25th.  The opening reception is from 7-10:30 pm, March 25, 2005.  All exhibits will close Sunday, April 17, 2005


            Featured in the Frable and Helena Davis galleries will be local artist and Artspace honorary member Tom Gay. Tom Gay, 60 Years is a retrospective of Tom’s work from 1940 through 2000. This exhibit includes watercolors, acrylics, collages, drawings and wood sculpture. Tom, a much-beloved art teacher, taught in the Richmond Public Schools from 1950-81. He studied at Amagansett Art School on Long Island, at Yale School of Fine Arts, and Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida. He later received a BFA at Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary in 1948. His work has been shown throughout Richmond since the early ‘40s.


            Artspace will present Gary Bachers’ exhibition entitled Silent Conversations in the Main gallery. Now an active artist in the same small Texas community he served for over a decade as family physician, the French-Canadian Bachers produces an art that transcends the visual. His meticulously rendered pencil works depict dew-draped peonies and lilies, quiet domestic corners injected with the slightest unexpected twist of perspective, and more confrontational images, always ambiguous yet evocative and rich with a wise eloquence that leaves much to mystery.

            A stroke at age of 38 left Bachers with aphasia, the loss of expressive language, and hemiplegia, paralysis of the right side of his body. His handicap forced him to discontinue practice in New Boston, and, when he began using art as part of his own rehabilitation and therapy, Bachers found that what he could not say in words, he could still communicate through visual image making.

            This latest series of work explores the simple yet intricate beauty of leaves. Crystalline patterns of foliage frame motifs of moons and lizards, infusing his compositions with bursts of undulating green and interwoven networks of layered images.


          Artspace will also feature the work of its newest members in the Members’ gallery. New members include Beth Beaven, Lou Ann Kemp Daniel, Vaughn Garland, Wolfgang Jasper, Susan Legge, Carol A. Meese, Jennings Sheffield, Linda Shields, Jane Vaught.


In connection with these exhibitions, Artspace presents the following:


Art & Disability: A Means for Transformation
Saturday, April 16,
7:00 p.m., "King Gimp," an Academy-award-winning documentary about Dan Krepanski, who became a successful painter while living with severe cerebral palsy. Jayne Shephard, Assoc. Prof., VCU Dept. of Occupational Therapy will introduce the film.

Sunday, April 17, 3-5 p.m., You are invited to join a discussion about art and disabilities. Participants will include: Sandra Wagener, Director of Resources for Independent Living; Rosana Lopez, Director of Richmond's da Vinci Project, an open studio for artists with disabilities; Mary Knapp, Interim Executive Director of VSA arts of Virginia and Gabrielle Bachers, wife of Gary Bachers;
This forum is made possible in part through funding provided by the central office of VSA arts, under an award from the U.S. Dept. of Education, and VAVibe, an urban entertainment magazine.

            Artspace is a non-profit art gallery dedicated to the understanding and awareness of contemporary visual and performing arts. Founded in 1988, Artspace is a member-run organization. Artspace is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 to 4 pm and by appointment.  artspace is located at Zero East 4th Street within Plant Zero, in the recently designated Arts District in Manchester, Richmond VA. You can learn more about Artspace and its upcoming events at