Art Works studios are located in what used to be a West Vaco office on Hull Street. | Photo by @theRICtoday
Art Works — the contemporary art center in Manchester known for monthly art shows in an active studio environment — is celebrating 19 yearsof creativity. Help them toast to nearly two decades in style with a Fourth Friday exhibition opening tomorrow, Fri., Sept. 23.
What to expect
From 6-8 p.m., check out feature exhibitions by these artists:
“Up from the Ashes, A Life in Clay” | Lee Hazelgrove This Richmonder has racked up 35 years of ceramic prowess, including this collection of pedestal pieces and traditional firing techniques.
“Das Pferd (The Horse)” | Heidi Nunnally Explore Heidi’s impactful photography of natural landscapes, wildlife, and the freedom of horses.
All Media Show | Various artists This multimedia display will feature jury selections judged by VCU’s Roberto Jamora.
Plus, guests will be greeted with live music, libations + door prizes.
Pro tip: Parking is free at the lot across from Art Works (317 Hull St.), or $3 at the East Fifth Street parking garage near Hatch Local Food Hall.
What’s coming next?
This Saturday from 12-4 p.m., in honor of Richmond Train Day, Art Works is displaying over a dozen paintings, photography prints, sculptures + iron works dedicated to the locomotive. Half of this exhibition will be housed at the nearby Richmond Railway Museum.
October’s Fourth Friday(Oct. 28) will feature a Dark Arts media show. Be sure to break out your Halloween costumes to view the mysterious + fanciful pieces on display. The center’s 80 studios + exhibition spaces are free and open to the public Tuesdays-Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Share this newsletter with your auspicious artist friends in need of inspiration, culture + champagne.
“Back Ad It!” Creative Social | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Brambly Park, 1708 Belleville St. | $25 | The Advertising Club of Richmond is hosting its first social of the year with snacks and sips. 🍷
Music at Hardywood: Appalachian Spring | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408-2410 Ownby Ln. | $30 | Valentina Peleggi leads the Richmond Symphony in a casual performance of Brahms and Copland works. 🎻
Southpark Mall Carnival | Thurs., Sept. 22-Sun., Sept. 25 | 5-10 p.m. | Southpark Mall, 230 Southpark Circle | Free | Head to Colonial Heights for fun for the whole family with rides, games + deep-fried carnival eats. 🎟
Movie in the Park: “Luca” | Fri., Sept. 23 | 7 p.m. | Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Rd. | Free | Bring a lawn chair + some friends for an outdoor showing of this Pixar film. 🎥
Unity in the Community | Fri., Sept. 23 | 3-6 p.m. | Carytown Shopping District | Free | Support RPS by transforming Carytown sidewalks into chalk murals with words of encouragement + affirmation. 🌈
Hearst Girls and Friends Comedy Show | Sat., Sept. 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. | $10 | A night of improv, stand-up + lots of laughs by this troupe born from the Coalition Theater. 🎤
Community Tree Planting | Sat., Sept. 24 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Branch’s Baptist Church, 3400 Broad Rock Blvd. | Free, RSVP | Join Southside ReLeaf and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s mission to increase the tree canopy in one of the hottest areas of Richmond. 🌳
“An American In Paris” | Sun., Sept. 25 | 2 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Be transported back to the 1950s with this classic starting Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. 🇫🇷
Studio One | Sun., Sept. 25 | 1:30 + 4:30 p.m. | Richmond Ballet, 407 E. Canal St. | $26+ | Catch the last two performances of the world premiere showing of “Scarred Bouquets.” 🩰
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