Opening Reception

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Come join us for our LAST Artist Reception in our current space before the big move. Three new exhibits opening Thurs, April 30th from 5 to 8 pm.

Sarah Hand / “Asleep in the Stars”

Sarah Hand is a mixed media artist and teacher. Teaching summer art camps for children plunged her into the messy world of papier mache. She never looked back. From small, sweet figures of people and animals, to puppets, to large scale masks and parade pieces, Sarah has torn paper and glopped paste on them all. Exploring figures and faces, and making work that delights and inspires wonder is her passion. Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia, in a tiny bungalow that she shares with her husband and two cats, and an unopened trunk in the crawlspace.

Artist statement:
Do we see one another in our nightly dreams? I think it’s possible we meet in that place of mysterious consciousness we don’t know a lot about. Thoughts of this inspired me to create a collage of sculptures that feel like ancient relics of half remembered dreams. Layers of paper mâche are humble and accessible, evoke childhood art projects and reflect the joy and enthusiasm with which I create. Layers and layers of paint add depth, vibrancy and age. Fantastic and sweet blend into odd familiarity. All of the layers come together in an open-hearted dream world, a strange and lovely place we might spend together at night, in the stars.

Carissa Potter Carlson / “Echoes of Touch”

Originally from Minneapolis, Carissa Potter lives and works in Oakland, California. Her prints and small-scale objects reflect her hopeless romanticism through their investigations into public and private intimacy. Speaking both humorously and poignantly to the human condition, Carissa’s work touches chords we all can relate to – exploring situations we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives and conveying messages we simply long to hear. Carissa Potter is a founding member of Colpa Press and founder of People I’ve Loved. Since 2010, she has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where she teaches letter­press. She also serves as a mentor in Southern Exposure’s One-on-One Mentorship Program. Carissa received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010.

Michael-Birch Pierce / “All That’s Left Unspoken”

Michael-Birch Pierce is a fashion designer and fiber artist who is based in Richmond, VA. After getting his BFA in Fashion design from Virginia Commonwealth University, he worked as a print and woven’s designer for a small menswear company. He just completed his MFA coursework in Fibers with a focus on embellishment, embroidery, and print design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. During his time at SCAD, Michael-Birch interned for Diane von Furstenberg, invented a line of cotton paper sequins, and designed and embroidered Christmas decorations for the Obama White House. His thesis exhibition was recently displayed in his first solo show at Quirk Gallery in Richmond.

Artist statement:
“In a culture where fashion can seem little more than an artifice, I strive to instill in it a sense of honesty. My work investigates the power of personal adornment to construct and conceal identity within the superficial and ostentatious. I take glamorous modern embellishment back to its historic purpose of protection, spirituality, and personal narrative. Elevating icons of raw emotions and memories to a precious status, these garments serve as portraits of their wearers. Inviting intimate study, the work transforms the subject into a shining object of desire while also exposing their true self.”