Play Day Craft Sale Applications Due April 21 Learn More
Play Day is VisArts’ spring open house. We open up our studios and invite members of the community to come have fun and make art, free of charge. Everyone enjoys food and beverage stations, artist demos, shopping and lots of time in the studios!
Last year, 1,000 people attended Play Day at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and we’re expecting an even bigger crowd this year. If you’re an artist who loves connecting with customers in unique venues like ours, you’ll want to be sure to participate in our Play Day Craft Sale.
This year, Play Day will be Saturday, May 20 from 12-3 p.m. and our craft sale runs for the duration of the event.
The craft sale is juried by the VisArts Play Day committee. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21 to be considered, and we’ll let you know whether you’ve been accepted to participate in the sale by Tuesday, April 25. This year, we’re only accepting applications online.
Carli Holcomb September 8 – November 12, 2017
Emerging artist Carli Holcomb considers the relationship between the macro and the micro. Her work pairs two and three-dimensional objects (for example, an expertly-set diamond from her mother’s wedding ring) with a grid of ambiguous images depicting cloud coverage over Antarctica. Trained as a metalsmith, Holcomb addresses the intersection between people and the environment by considering displacement, geological processes, and cosmologies in her work. As Holcomb explains, she attempts to “create an otherworld, one that bubbles, garishly drips, and slips slowly into lavish amalgamations.” For her exhibition at VisArts—her largest solo exhibition to date—Holcomb will examine new processes and materials, including textiles and salvaged materials from the James River.
Represented by the Quirk Hotel and Gallery in Richmond, Va., Holcomb was a Quirk+VisArts artist-in-residence in 2016. She has exhibited her work in many group shows, including exhibitions at LIGHT art + design in Chapel Hill, N.C.; the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Va.; and Mildred’s Lane in Narrowsburg, N.Y. Her work recently appeared on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine.
Holcomb holds a B.F.A. in fine art with a specialization in metals from the University of Wyoming and an M.F.A. in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at VCU School of the Arts.