Features

Loosely Loaded

June 07, 2016 Features

Silk, while beautiful, isn’t an easy material to work with. It snags and stains, marks and puckers. Images, once drawn on silk, aren’t easily erased or edited. And dyes that are applied to the material frequently bleed together with unexpected results. Artist Emily Erb forgives the material all these qualities. Silk is affordable, portable and—most […]

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Art League

May 25, 2016 Features

Painter Tommy Van Auken is passionate about creating a place where self-described “art nerds” feel like they belong. “We designed Art League to be the program I wish I could have participated in in high school,” says Van Auken, who has been a longtime instructor at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. “I was this […]

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ArtVenture Summer Camp

April 26, 2016 Features

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s summer camp program, ArtVenture, launched nine years ago. In less than a decade, ArtVenture has established itself as one of the most popular day camps in the region, winning honors from publications like Richmond Magazine and Style Weekly and garnering rave reviews from both kids and parents who keep […]

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Michelle Erickson

April 06, 2016 Features

In her early twenties, Michelle Erickson took two jobs that influenced the trajectory of her career as a ceramics artist. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she spent a year working as a potter in the French-Canadian section of the Busch Gardens theme park. Tourists could watch her throw pots on the […]

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Anna Hepler

March 30, 2016 Features

Five years ago, Anna Hepler gave up a career in academia and moved with her family to Eastport, Maine to work as a full-time artist in the tiny coastal community. Her commitment to both her work and pursuing a path less taken comes across in “Push Me Pull You,” Hepler’s new exhibition, which opens at […]

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Victoria Borges

March 22, 2016 Features

Victoria Borges grew up with a pencil in her hand, but until she began her first year as a student in VCU’s School of the Arts, where she majored in communications arts, she had never considered illustration as a viable career path. “I thought of people as artists, but I didn’t think of being an […]

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PALETTE

February 23, 2016 Features

Most graduate students attending health professional schools don’t get enough time to sleep, let alone make art. That is, unless they’re lucky enough to get into a program called PALETTE, which is run in partnership with the VCU School of Allied Health Professions’ Department of Gerontology and always has a waiting list. PALETTE, which is […]

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The People’s Potter

January 27, 2016 Features

There’s a waiting list to get into Jeff Vick’s ceramics classes and it’s no wonder. Students call him “patient,” “committed” and “kind,” and he’s described as the type of instructor who is always teaching. This Friday, the Visual Arts Center’s clay studio manager will be honored with the 2015 Shelly Shepherd Master Teacher Award at […]

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