artspace Media Release

September 6, 2005


Contact:          Dana Frostick, Administrator

Phone:            804.232.6464/ Fax: 804.232.6465


Address:        artspace @ Plant Zero

                        Zero East 4th Street

                        Richmond, VA 23224

Hours:             Wed.-Sun., 12 pm - 4 pm and by appointment


Images available upon request, previews online at


Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions @ artspace


Dates:             September 23 – October 30, 2005


Exhibitions:    Angela Willcocks

Seven deadly American sins

7 postcard size screens, 7 small animations

Frable Gallery


Mark Shepheard & Deirdra McAfee



Helena Davis Gallery


Barbara Rachko

Domestic Threats

Pastel paintings and photographs

Main Gallery


Shirl Tandlich



Members’ Gallery



Reception:     Friday, September 23 from 7-10 PM

Reading by Deirdra McAfee at 6:30 PM



Date:            Sunday, October 30, 2005


*Exhibition details follow*





Richmond, VA artspace, is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions running 9/23-10/30.


Angela Willcocks
Flash Animation
4 x 6 inches

            Exhibiting in the Frable gallery is Angela Willcocks.  Willcocks is a new American Immigrant becoming increasingly aware of America's obsessions, insular interpretations, opinions, dogma and how we project ourselves internationally which is in response to national and personal fears and consequently sins. Her Seven deadly American sins are presented as seven small animations on seven postcard size screens. 


Exhibiting frequently in group and solo shows in cities across the country including Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago, Willcocks has been Artist in Residence at The Contemporary Arts Center in Atlanta since 2001.

Image from Mark Shepheard & Deirdra McAfee's collaboration


Featured in the Helena Davis gallery, Emigrants is a meditation on the dead: a poet, a scholar, and a gardener. Built on previous work in "Black Boxes" (2002) and "Margin" (2000), "Emigrants" continues the collaboration between Richmond Visual artist Mark Shepheard and writer Deirdra McAfee.  The exhibition uses motifs from nature in mixed media and writing to "correspond" with the departed. The writing draws on Eastern beliefs, on ideas of the 17th-century English philosopher Sir Thomas Browne, on the poetry of T. S. Eliot, and on the Sakuteiki, the world's oldest gardening guide.

The border between art and words continues to intrigue Shepheard and McAfee. They've maintained a collaboration unusual in its freedom. Neither discusses or modifies the other's work; they simply begin with shared ideas and keep each other informed. The process is full of surprise and discover. The product is powerful, a striking and provocative combination of the visual and verbal.


The artists met in a class on making artists' books. Shepheard, a graduate of VCU (BFA), has been particularly interested in printmaking and monotypes and has a substantial exhibition record. McAfee, a graduate of The New School (MFA, fiction) has been widely published; she teaches creative writing at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. McAfee will read at 6:30 on opening night.


Barbara Rachko
"Truth Betrayed By Innocence"
58 x 38 inches

            Presented in the Main gallery is Barbara Rachko’s Domestic Threats.   This series of pastel paintings (on sandpaper) and photographs uses cultural objects-- Mexican masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys--in a lively blend of reality and fantasy.


Rachko uses these objects not only as surrogates for human actors, but as potent symbols: an amalgam of childhood memories, half-forgotten dreams, and images encountered in literature.

The series has been evolving for more than a decade.  Although the imagery is very personal, it is rich in universal associations.

Barbara Rachko was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in a suburb of New York City. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in psychology. After college, Barbara earned a commercial pilot's license and Boeing 727 flight engineer's certificate. She spent seven years as a naval officer. In 1986, while working at the Pentagon, she began to study figure drawing and medical anatomy. Barbara subsequently resigned from active duty to devote herself- full-time to making art.

Shirl Tandlich
"Portrait of Woman"
Green and Blonde Alabaster
13 x 10 x 7 inches

            Featured in the Members’ gallery is a Retrospective of works by Artspace Member Emeritus, Shirl Tandlich.   An accomplished sculptor, her work is focused on stone carving which she frequently combines with metallic attachments.  Shirl is a founding member of Artspace Gallery and an active member of the Richmond art community for many years  



            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, Richmond VA, part of the Arts District in Manchester. You can learn more about Artspace and its upcoming events at