Please join us on Thursday, September 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for the opening reception of three new exhibits featuring Richmond artists, Brad Birchett (Main Gallery), Andrea Donnelly (Shop Show), and Kate Duffy (The Vault).
“Return,” is Brad Birchett’s Main Gallery show, on view from September 4 to October 25. He explores the way life changes with speed: the speed of incoming information, the speed of the daily rush to the next project or event, the speed of conversation.
“In this series I have moved from interventions and intermedia art back to studio work – mixed media painting and drawing. The process was guided by simplifying the content and recognizing the work I needed to make. So I introduced ideas of mythical narrative forms as they relate to our spiritually diluted upbringing and found inspiration in my everyday drawings and my need to move paint.
When asked how I feel about the work I draw a blank. After working with it, being with it for so long, it feels like a part of life or history (maybe the missing history). The process of making art, and the artwork itself become the same.”
Andrea Donnelly’s “Cross Pollinations” Shop Show will include new works on paper. Donnelly meticulously paints on the cotton using textile pigments, then the cotton is handwoven into abstract patterns and shapes. For this exhibit, she explores her weavings in a smaller scale – specimens of her larger works.
Kate Duffy’s work will be featured in The Vault. Having spent a great deal of time out-of-doors; up and down the Eastern Seaboard, she established an eternal love and attachment to the natural world. These places are reflected in her work.
“Ideas begin in my head, often while I am outside running long distances. After conducting a fair bit of research, I approach my composition, doing exactly what I instruct my art students NOT to do when beginning their work. I find the exact center.
Locating the central point allows me to start mapping out the radiating flora and fauna. My subject matter is static. The only movement comes from the rhythm of repetition. When working detail, I have to remind myself to breathe. Watercolor often leaves room for no error. However, I have not yet met a mistake I was unable to work into my original intention.”
Thursday’s artist reception will be followed by the First Friday Art Walk on the evening of September 5 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.