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4th Friday Art Shows and Opening Reception @ Art Works

It’s chaos! Richmond artist, Paul Germain presents Order / Disorder at Art Works. His Rothko-like paintings are a view of nature based on the Chaos Theory—the balance between order and disorder, both micro and macro.

Asiya Al-Sharabi brings Queen of Sheba to the gallery. Yemen is a challenging place for women to excel in their career. Asiya's subject matter documents women who socially are not allowed to show their faces in photographs. Other solo shows opening in September are by artists: Terry Smith, Robin Alicia Coaker and Christine Stoddard. The monthly, juried All Media Show enters its fifteenth season as Art Works celebrates another year of bringing art to the community. Join us on September 22nd, 7-10 p.m. for the opening reception and meet the artists. The exhibits continue through October 22, 2017. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free for the reception.

Exhibits include:

Order / Disorder by Paul Germain -
Through his paintings Paula Germain investigates connections to the natural world using gesture, brush strokes, mark-making and surface texture. His materials include oil and sometimes bees wax and metal leaf on a gessoed, mould-made paper prepared and mounted to hang in relief without formal framing. The exhibit will be in the Jane Sandelin Gallery.
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Queen of Sheba by Asiya Al-Sharabi -
Asiya Al-Sharabi’s subject matter documents women who are socially prohibited from showing their faces in photographs. Because of this, viewers will find the women photographed stripped of their identities, yet still they maintain a feminine power through character, beauty and intelligence. They are the daughters of the legendary queen of Sheba. Asiya uses a self-developed technique that while focusing on aesthetics also expresses the underlying struggles of the model. The technique is a combination of photography and hand painting.
Throughout her time documenting Yemeni women she was filled with a sense of despair because of the deteriorating conditions against women socially, politically and culturally. During every photoshoot, there was a fear of taking the photo, fear of tradition and fear of religion for the model and for Asiya. Although living in a challenging environment. Yemeni women are even more resilient. Asiya is inspired by these women and is honored to be contributing to the artistic liberation and expression of the Yemeni women. The exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.
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Essence of the Soul by Terry Lynn Smith -
Smith is a figurative painter. She fuses hyper-realism with beauty, youth, eccentric hairstyles and fashion. She captures pure emotion rendering timeless soulful portraits. This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, West.
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Earth, Wind, and Redeemer by Robin Alicia Coaker -
Coaker explores nature through photography. She combines text to created inspirational images. This exhibit will be in the Corner Gallery.
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Yo Soy Mujer by Christine Stoddard -
Yo Soy Mujer is a collection of photo-collage daydreams that celebrates feminine and natural textures. Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and visual artist. She lives in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Transit Museum, the Ground Zero Katrina Museum and George Washington University’s Gallery 102. In 2014 she was named one of the top 20 media visionaries by Folio Magazine. The exhibit will be in the Skylight Gallery.
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SEPTEMBER 2017 ALL MEDIA ART SHOW -
This exhibit is a focal point of all Art Works’ openings. It is a juried show with cash prizes and is open to all artists and all mediums. Emily Lewis of 1708 Gallery will be the juror. Call for Entries is on September 15 and 16, 2017 at Art Works. Check our website for details on submitting your artwork: http://www.artworksrichmond.com/CallforEntries.htm
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About Us

Located in the Manchester district of Richmond, ART WORKS is a full-service art center where the public can see and buy art 6 days a week, rent space for special events and see artists at work. We represent over 100 Virginia artists and present national and international artists in monthly shows. There are 75 studios and 6 galleries at ART WORKS. Contemporary art can be purchased at the gallery or at from our online shopping site: www.shop4artwork.com.

The public is invited to our monthly all-media, juried art shows, the 4th Friday of each month and are encouraged to participate in our programs, shows and events.

ART WORKS is involved in community programs, is a venue for many receptions, fundraisers, parties and meetings. Our on-site staff lends our expertise to these events.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday noon – 6 p.m. Closed Mondays
Handicap Accessible, Free Admission, Family Friendly, Pet Friendly, LGBT+ Friendly

Contact: Art Works, Inc.
320 Hull Street Richmond, VA 23224.
Glenda Kotchish
804-291-1400 email: glenda@artworksrichmond.com website: www.artworksrichmond.com

4th Friday Art Shows and Opening Reception @ Art Works