Opening Receptions August 4 and Sept 8 from 5-8:30 PM.
"GENERATIONS OF PASSION"
(Emma Lou Martin & Family)
Emma Lou Martin - VMFA-Inspired Still Life (Top Left)
Sarah Abernathie The Pharoh (Top Right)
Susan Singer Out in the Kayak on the James
Six women exhibit their diverse artwork in "Generations of Passion", at Uptown Gallery from Aug. 2 through Sept. 30. Emma Lou Martin and her daughters Susan Singer and Sarah Abernathie, along with Sarah's daughters Jill, Jane, and Kate Abernathie, are all creative people working in the arts. Emma Lou, well-known in the Richmond arts, has been a VMFA docent for many years, helped found Uptown Gallery and will show works in watercolors, pastels and collage. Her daughter Susan, also well-known for her paintings of the human body, will be exhibiting pastels of landscapes ranging from Iceland to the James River and the Outer Banks. Sister Sarah displays her artistic but practical objects (mosaic items like clocks and mailboxes), and whimsical pet portraits, while daughter Jill creates psychedelic patterned paintings, Kate shows off her developing style and Jane, a nursing student, funnels her passion into artfully decorated cupcakes, available at the August and September opening receptions! The artists will attend the openings and will be delighted to speak with folks about their passions.
Continuing Exhibits (through August 30):
"Richmond: Familiar & Not So Much", includes watercolors of the James River by Betty Drozeski and less-familiar Richmond scenes by Tami Topalu. In the Frable gallery, Marti Franks' exhibit, "Town & Country 2", includes European as well as Richmond scenes, capturing the vitality and excitement of those sites. In "Nature Reimagined", Guest Artist Patti Bartol's nature paintings use special techniques to create a sense of place.
New Exhibits (July 5 – August 26, 2017)
The Main Gallery exhibit, "Richmond: Familiar & Not So Much", features two watercolorists, one painting architectural subjects and the other favoring scenes of open skies and wide water.
For this show, Featured Artists Betty Drozeski and Tami Topalu have chosen scenes of the Richmond area. Ms. Drozeski's love of Low Country scenes transforms itself here into paintings of the James River, while Ms. Topalu is drawn to buildings, statues and historical structures known to most Richmonders but that are rarely depicted. In the Frable gallery, Marti Franks' exhibit, "Town & Country ", continues the emphasis on architecture and landscapes. Her watercolors capture the vitality and excitement of everyday life in various cities (including Richmond) and rural communities. The Main Gallery's Guest Artist Patti Bartol also offers a watercolor exhibit, but her close-ups of nature in "Nature Reimagined" are a departure from traditional watercolor painting. They incorporate molding paste, gel medium, collage, watercolor inks and crayons to create texture, bringing a sense of place to each painting.
The opening reception for the above exhibits will be on Friday July 7, from 5 to 8:30 P.M.
(Reception also on Friday, Aug. 4 from 5 to 8:30 P.M.)
In the ELM Loft gallery space, "Keep It Green" continues through July 29. The fourth in a series of color explorations, the show was judged by top Richmond landscape artist Linda Hollett. Various Richmond artists bring out the special qualities of the color green or use it to "make" the artwork. The show includes a variety of media, including photographs, drawings, paintings and three-dimensional works, with interpretations even more varied than the media.