The Surface Design Association is an international community engaged in the creative exploration of fiber & fabric. Their mission is to promote awareness & appreciation of the textile arts. This exhibition is compromised of 43 works from a selection of 21 artists from Virginia and West Virginia.
Exhibiting Artists: Mary Beth Bellah, Marilyn Casto, Eileen Doughty, Joan Dreyer, Cheryl Gerhart, Sandi Goldman, Joan Griffin, Lotta Helleberg, Susan Iverson, Jill Jensen, Kristin La Flamme, Ann Liddle, Andrea Limmer, Lorie McCown, Judith McIrvin, Suzan Morgan, Cathy Nault, Helene Renard (collaboration with Martha Sullivan), Diane Siebels, Susan Srygley, Bonnie G. Venable.
This show was curated by Guest Curator, Kristin Harris.
May 3-June 16. Gallery Hours: W-Sun: noon-5pm or for appt email email@example.com
The Riverviews Artists’ Co-Op Gallery represents many of the artists who are tenants of the facility. The original art ranges from realistic to abstract, the media from oils and acrylics to photography, needlework, encaustic, etchings and serigraphs. The gallery serves as a catalog of available styles and methods and points the way to more extensive offerings in the individual studios.
Every two months a new and different show is mounted. A member artist is featured on the front wall.
The hours of operation are:
Wed – Friday, noon – 3pm
Sat & Sun, 1 – 4pm
The gallery is staffed by the artists who comprise the Co-op. The staff person on duty will be happy to discuss the artwork on display with you.
The artists (studios) currently being represented by the gallery and their usual media are:
The world is in constant motion, both literally and figuratively, and it is often difficult to locate our place in all that mobility. John Roth takes the problem of being on the move and makes humorous and striking art objects with it. This exhibition centers on a group of sculptures that Roth calls Conveyances: Emotive Conveyance, Stealth Conveyance, Corpulent Conveyance. These sculptures are paradoxical in that they are organic and biomorphic shapes but are made of material that we associate with hard-edged geometry. Roth painstakingly builds forms of Styrofoam or other materials and then covers the forms with gleaming discs of steel. The resulting skin has the reminiscence of fish scales, and like fish scales the discs allow the skin to bend and follow the curvilinear shapes of the sculptures. The sculpture Cretaceous Mode has more than 10,000 scales.
The sculptures speak of the world and the problems of being human but do so in a light and often humorous way. And in nearly every instance, these sculptures rest on wheels of some type – they are mobile. Writing in the Washington Post, Mark Jenkins said, “There’s a bit of the steampunk sensibility to this work, which encompasses industrial smokestacks and antique diving gear as well as fish and dinosaurs.” This sensibility reflects Roth’s former employment as a machinist and technician who built things in order to test their endurance. “I made things to be blown up,” as he said.
John Roth is a professor of art at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. His work has been seen in exhibitions around the country including Slowinsky Gallery and Alan Stone Gallery in New York, Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. He is currently represented by the Mayer Fine Art Gallery.
Artist Statement Below
After the invasion of Iraq, and my recent move to Norfolk, Virginia — a major military hub — my sculpture increasingly has been informed by thoughts about resources, commodities and consumption and their relationship to politics, world order and the natural environment. Several of these pieces have taken the form of “3-D political cartoons,” satirical one-liners intended to convey a pointed message. My work, on the whole, is far less prosaic and calls for the viewer’s co-authorship. The genesis of recent work is not so much a departure from earlier investigations as an outgrowth.
While living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as an undergrad, I observed the vestiges of the mining industry. The juxtaposition of extractive contrivances with their bucolic, boreal environments fed my interest in 19th century industrial architecture particularly as captured in the photographic typologies of Bernd and Hilla Becher.
My sculpture/furniture hybrids evolved into a series I call “Speculative Naval Architecture.” Absurd ship models sometimes reflect my visceral response to the anthropomorphic aspects of machinery, vehicles, and buildings and sometimes serve as metaphors for my reflections upon conveyance and modes of communication. Consideration of that nexus between instinct and intellect, and autobiographical events such as the death of my father and the birth of my daughter, inspired individual pieces. Current work explores the folly of material acquisition and accumulation, particularly brought home to me during my move. However, it was never my intention to create works that read as personal narrative. Insofar as they are reflective of a world-view, that view also is subjected to the prism of dream and fantasy.
My use of the kind of decorative and functional details that are found on Industrial Age factories and mines, public utility buildings, machines and, particularly, marine vessels has the effect of making the fanciful somehow familiar, calling into question considerations of past and future when contemplating the present.
The presentation of my sculpture involves ongoing internal deliberation. I frequently encase my work in traditionally crafted furniture forms or dioramic display cabinets that have the power to add or detract from its thesis. I am interested in expanding the range of materials and processes I use in fabrication, in part to investigate ways of freeing my sculptural forms from enclosure and its implications, and in part to explore options in scale and locale.
The Co-op Gallery has installed a new exhibit for February and March 2013 with the theme “Just Food”. The gallery is featuring the works of new members Rick Hughes and Sallie Sydnor as well as fourteen other co-op artists.
Ruth Bolduan received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The American University in Washington, DC. She has been awarded Artist Residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Self-Help Graphic Arts Center in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Anton Gallery in Washington, DC and Monterey, California; 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; and Open Studio at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Other exhibitions include Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, District of Columbia Arts Center, Galerie Ponce Boscarino in Paris, Flor de Luna Art Center in Los Angeles, The Painting Center and Jim Diaz Gallery in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California, Museo Pedro de Osma in Lima, Peru, China World Trade Center in Beijing, and the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow. Publications include an artist book with Alberto Casiraghy, Frammento di Dante, published by Edizioni Pulcinoelefante in Osnago/Milan. Public collections include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the American University Museum, Capital One Corporation, and the University of Richmond Modlin Art Center.
Brooke Marcy, received her MFA from George Mason University, a Post-baccalaureate Certificate, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and her BA from Hamilton College in NY. She has been awarded a Creative Research Grant, George Mason University and Robert P. Martian Memorial Award, Exhibition Award and second prize in Riverviews 3th Annual Juried Art Show. Her work has exhibited at 123 Gallery at George Mason, Louisiana State University, Circle Gallery, Richmond, VA and School of the Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Boston, MA
Craddock-Terry Gallery, a 2,500 square foot, street-level contemporary space in Lynchburg’s revitalized downtown, is currently accepting submissions from 2D, 3D, and new media artists. We will consider artists for both solo and group exhibitions in 2013 and 2014.
Interested artists should submit:
-CD of 10-20 digital images (jpegs, 3MB max per image)
Please send all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we have put together a look book of all the pieces that are on display in the 4th annual juried art show. It includes artist photos and info about the pieces written by the artists themselves, as well as a juror bio and info about the Craddock-Terry Gallery. This look book will also be available in print and will be for sale at the December First Friday event.
Riverviews is excited to open its fourth annual Regional Juried Art Show. The exhibition, juried by Leah Stoddard, Director of Exhibitions at the Taubman Museum, features 32 distinct and creative works, produced by 25 artists throughout the state.