ART WORKS AUGUST 2009 Art Shows & Events

The monthly 4th Friday Art Show opens August 28th, 2009 with a reception by the artists, LIVE MUSIC and refreshments. Click on the show titles to learn more about each exhibit

ALL MEDIA SHOW -Dog and Cat themed work only! Prizes will be awarded as normal, with a special prize given to the piece with the best demonstration of the show theme: DOGmatic CatAsTrophy.

Wolfgang Jasper is the juror for this multi-media show. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place. Submissions are accepted from any artist, and can be any medium. For more information about submitting entries to this monthly art show click here.

About the Juror:

WOLFGANG JASPER: Owner of Wolfgang Jasper Photography Studio in Stony Point, "Wolfgang Jasper brings to his work more than thirty years experience in professional photography, a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and an uncanny ability to capture on film all that is special about [each person]." Jasper specializes in portraits and pet photography. He used to keep a studio at Plant Zero but has recently expanded into a store front in the Stony Point Shopping Center.



1st Place All Media Show

Cat in a Box by Chris Semtner

Acrylic, $620

2nd Place All Media Show

.......Raven by Sonja Binghan

Pencil, $210

3rd Place All Media Show

Skeeter by Meredith Snyder

Oil, $500

Honorable Mention All Media Show

Roll Her Over by Adele Castillo

Acrylic, $700

Photography Award All Media Show

Osiris by Lisa Billings

Photography, $375

Jane Sandelin Gallery:


1st Place: Acrylic Painting by Chris Semtner


3rd Place: Work by Meredith Snyder


DOGMATIC CatAsTrophy All Media Show

An SPCA benefit art show and festival

Each year Art Works partners with the art community to create a summer project and exhibit. In the past you've seen paint dropped from towers, paint blown by jet exhaust and last year we partnered with the Richmond SPCA and featured our four-legged friends - dogs and cats. This was so much fun and we raised over $1000 for the SPCA; we've decided to do it again. But wait there's more; join us for the annual Art Works Member and Residents' Exhibit. Visitors on opening night pick their 3 favorite pieces and the People's Choice Awards are presented at the end of the evening. Join us October 23rd. The reception starts at 7 p.m. with live music. Free and open to the public.

DOGmatic CATrastrophe - Canines and Felines at Art Works This juried-all-media show is strictly about dogs and cats. Half of all proceeds goes to the Richmond SPCA. In addition to the gallery walls of artwork featuring dogs and cats, Richmond artists exhibit for sale - one of a kind doggy kitty art items. These items will be auctioned off and the entire proceeds go to the Richmond SPCA. Guests are invited to bring their pet and let them enjoy the special PET BAR (last year sponsored by Three Dog Bakery in Richmond VA.) The RICHMOND SPCA TAIL WAG'N will be on the premises on opening night so you can visit with some canine and feline friends who need a new home. Admission to the event is free. The DOGmatic CATrastrophe art show is a juried show. Work is accepted by any artist, any medium and pertains to dogs and/or cats. Call for Entries is on August 21st and 22nd at Art Works. The gallery talk and awards are presented at 7:30 at the opening reception.


Click here to see the video coverage of the event!

Fences, photograph by Sherri Conley

Centre Gallery West:


Photography by Sherri Wilson Conley

"They bend, reach, sway in the wind and come in colors of the rainbow. Their branches extend upward toward the heavens and bow down to the earth. Leaves drop in autumn revealing their framework, and with time, the foliage magically reappears, dressing the tree in preparation for spring. Strong and mighty, trees withstand the brutality of nature and stand tall against the winds and rains. Like a painting, each has its own characteristics with its own unique shape, colors and textures. They stand like statues, majestic and grand, displaying their glory for all to see.  Trees grab my attention and stop me in my tracks. As a witness to their magnificent beauty, I try to capture what I see before me in nature. I am fascinated by trees."

Sherri Wilson Conley is a freelance photographer and was born and raised in Richmond VA. Living in Virginia gives her the opportunity to capture scenes in nature ranging in locations from the mountains of the Blue Ridge to the scenic coasts of the Atlantic Ocean. Sherri experiments with various in-camera creative techniques, including black & white photography, TTV (through-the-viewfinder) and infrared photography. She also likes to enhance images in the digital darkroom using Photoshop. She strives to evoke different moods and feelings with her images, often bringing in a touch of the surreal, adding a dreamy quality or a hint of mystery to a photograph. Sherri’s work can be seen at Art Works Galleries & Studios and at Crossroads Art Center, both located in Richmond, VA.

Centre Gallery East:


by Emma Lou Martin

A versatile and prize winning artist working in many media and styles, Emma Lou Martin often returns to the garden to portray the beauty of nature in a personal and unique way. The new pieces in this series, "Shadows in the Garden", has explored working on frosted mylar with graphite and watercolor.  Other pieces show the versatility of watercolor with subjects from the garden.  Emma Lou delights in sharing her love of art whether with collectors, as a museum docent, planning 'art adventures' for art lovers, teaching workshops, or creating opportunities for fellow artists.  She was the moving force in establishing Uptown Gallery, a Richmond area co-op art gallery on West Main St. almost 17 years ago.  More of her work can be seen there as well as often at Art Works and shows in the area.


Corner Gallery :


Santa DeHaven has an impressive list of art education including: Studio for the Arts, Jersey City, New Jersey, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York , Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, B.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Come see her surrealist artwork on display all month.

"[The show is] Mixed media and collage inspired by the flow, tension and movement that external forces and underlying shapes impose on fabric. The pieces reflect the fragmented visual environment and layers of imagery that we confront and decode to make sense of the world." -DeHaven


All-Media Gallery:


It's about the People! The gallery members and resident artists show off their best work (a signature piece) in the annual show. On opening night, visitors vote for their 3 favorite pieces and the People's Choice Awards are presented at the end of the evening. Don't miss this opportunity - you be the judge!

Valley Falls by Johanna Stoneking, 14x20 Digital Photography, $75

People's Choice Winner Trees l by Dawn M Vass, 23x46 Mixed Media, $750

Radient by Charlotte Church, 2x3 Acrylic, $300

Lucy by Tim Robinson, 9x11 Oil, $500

Neatly Flaked by Bill Harrison, Photograph $600

Life in a Cougar's Eyes by Keith Taylor, 36x48 Oil, $800

Street Scene in Cork by Beverly Lane, 21x27 Oil, $550

Silent Hunter by Richard Buhrman, 20x30 Digital Art, $300

Cityscape by Marti Fann, 21x27 Mixed Media, $300

On Top of the World by Marta Downs 9x12 Oil, $175

Yellow Flowers by Carmen Bendersky, 22x28 Oil, $600

Monkey Bid-ness by Carolyn Schallmo, 24x8 Acrylic, $165

Rochambeau by David Rosenberg, 26x22 Acrylic, $2500

Head at Night by Chris Semtner, 14x11 Acrylic, $300

Bayeaux Stream by Virginia Godfrey, 20x24 Oil, $425

The Grandeur of Bell Mountain by Dorothy Ellis, 24x31 Monotype, $300

Blueberries by Donna Gassie, 19x22 Photography, $125

Milestones by Lorraine Meade, 16in Mosaic, Metal, Wood, $225

Pink Dress by Sheilah Beville 16x20 Acrylic Collage, $400

Afternoon Walk by Robert Pfeifer , 13x19 Photography, $150

Big Baby Boy by Adele Castillo 30x40 Acrylic, $2100

Polly Gone Blue by Roger McClung, 36x44 Oil, $1250

Parking Lot Cyborg by Chrisana Reveley , 24x30 Mixed Media, $600

At Sea by JP Visser, 24x24 Oil, $275

Yardbird by Lorraine Meade, 16in Mosaic, Metal, Wood, $225

The Wall by Brian Grossman 30x30 Giclee on Canvas, $500

Thursday by Mike Keeling, 6x6 Acrylic, $3000

Untitled by Darryl Reese, 16x20 Oil, $400

Handmade Jewelry by Linda Allard $225

Work by Glenda Kotchish

Sense of Direction by Andrew Clarke 11x14 Photograph, $150

Work by Glenda Kotchish

Sunrise on St Patrick's Day by Alvero Ibanez, 26x36 Oil on Canvas, $2000


Chicago! Chicago! by Tara Courtland, 16x20 Photography, $75


All images are the property of the Artists and may not be duplicated without permission.

Contact Art Works, Inc. 804 291.1400 in Richmond, Virginia U.S.A. for more information or if you wish to seek permission for use of images.

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