Happy Valentine’s Day from Quirk!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Quirk! We know today isn’t for everyone and that all that goes along with Valentine’s Day can be a little polarizing. It is, however, one of our favorite days of the year. It’s a reason to celebrate love in all forms. You may take today to share love with the family you were born into or with the friend family you’ve built over the years. You may have a special way of celebrating with your spouse, partner, or significant other. Today’s also a great day to indulge in candy, buy yourself flowers, or splurge on dinner. Maybe you’d rather just protest the celebration of Valentine’s Day and celebrate love after the 14th. No matter how you spend today, don’t forget about all the ways you can continue to show your love to those who are special to you. Whether you’re celebrating solo or sharing some love with the ones you’re with, there’s always room for romance. Here’s our input on a few of the things we think are romantic.


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In the ultimate expression of love, we’ve made a mix for you to enjoy! Check out some of our favorite Valentine’s themed songs as well as a few of the songs that make us happy. We’ve been playing these tunes all day and we’re really feeling the love!


Spring: a playlist curated by Brian McDaniel

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We’ve fallen a little behind on our mixtapes lately but we hope you’ll enjoy the latest curated by Brian McDaniel—one of our all-time favorite Richmonders. Brian did make this for us in anticipation of spring but these selections still work for a chill summer day.


Quirk’s Vintage Valentine Mixtape



It’s probably no surprise that Valentine’s Day is Quirk’s favorite holiday—pink, hearts, flowers, chocolate, cards, presents—how can you go wrong? We’re also a couple of suckers for a good love song. Sara Gossett, a favorite Richmond artist and one of the greatest people you will ever meet, put together this terrific playlist of groovy love songs just for us. Sara has the most amazing taste in music and we’ve been lucky enough to have her DJ a few events for us at Quirk. If you’re spending the weekend in RVA, Sara and her partners, Eliza and Mary will be playing records at Balliceaux this Saturday night (https://www.facebook.com/events/1591786987733922/). Thanks for the tunes, Sara and Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! XOXO, Quirk.


Quirk Gallery’s Best of 2014 Mixtape


Hope 2014 was as good a year for you as it was for us. While we’re looking ahead to our own bright future in 2015, we can’t help but reflect on the great things about this past year: we started work on a new home, got a new puppy, made some new friends, exhibited some amazing artwork, and had an awful lot of fun throughout. Here are some of the songs that scored 2014 and will always remind us about the good times!



Jason Mazzola took over this months mixtape! A talented dude both in art and music, he has done design work / shirts for Strike Anywhere, Midnight, Rival Schools, Praise, and fliers for Vinyl Conflict…. let alone being in RVA’s own band Cloak/Dagger. The inspiration for this mixtape is said best in his own words:

“I went with a past, present and future theme with some songs that got me into punk and hardcore that I heard on skate videos at a young age, some songs that have stayed favorites of mine over the years and some potential favorites from newer releases. 

I think it’s important to take from the past, live in the now and look forward to the future as far as music goes since there are so many good bands, people and so much creative energy that goes into making music.  

Sadness, anger, late night drives, long walks at night, early morning coffee overseas all memories with a soundtrack. Through the good times and the bad music is always there at the right time. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the songs that made me fall in love with music and remind me in the future it will be there to fall in love with all over again. 

Some of these songs were passed down by a friend’s mix tape that passed away at age 14 and those songs still hit my heart just as hard as when I first heard them back then. I had a piece of paper with the song titles written on them as a treasure map to the world of music that is out there to enjoy. Some of which are records I never found. “

Hope you enjoy!


This month, we asked our friend Bonnie Staley to take over the mix-tape! She was the perfect lady to ask, an amazing singer/ songwriter/ guitarist performing in bands and solo acts around town. Ranging from old country to new progressive rock – this girl has serious talent. Her playlist has been on repeat for days! Enjoy!

Artwork  for ‘Bonnie’s Takeover’ by: Penelope Umbrico

Mixtape Takeover



After a busy installation week, the opening reception for Adam Juresko’s Shop Show and Arlie Trowbridge’s Vault Show, followed by a really great First Friday we’re working on getting back to normal and reorganized here at the gallery.  We’ve decided to follow our opening weekend with a new mix tape each month and we hoped you enjoyed our SPRANG BREAK ’14 playlist we posted back in March.  Today would normally be the day we’d compile that list but since the ladies of Quirk are away from the gallery on other business, I’m cranking up some of my favorite tracks and making a playlist of my own!  I usually get lambasted for my “old man” taste in music (which is definitely represented) but I’ve also picked some of my favorite summer songs (The Sonics, stellastarr*, The Animals) to combat these bad weather blues.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Shovels and Rope lately and I really like the music recommendations I’ve received from friends and coworkers (Haim, Tune-Yards).  I love finding out about new music all the time and Spotify’s great for that (Mapei, Gin Wigmore) but some of the songs in heavy rotation lately (“Breakaway,” “Wild!” and “Hitch Hike”) have been ones I’ve heard played by DJs Sara Gossett, Eliza Childress, and Mary Silcox (Bump In The Night)—they have such great taste in music and I really look forward to their monthly gigs at Balliceaux.  This playlist is definitely all over the place but so far it’s been a great soundtrack for cleaning, putting shelves together, and forgetting about this lousy weather.



As 2013 draws to a close, we’re thinking about all the things that made this year great and, more specifically, all the music that helped define it.  Katie, Mary, Adam, Lucy, and Michael-Birch have each picked a few of the tunes that scored the moments we’ll never forget.