Craft + Design Featured Artist Tara Locklear is Headed to Richmond

November 15, 2017 Features

North Carolina-based jewelry artist Tara Locklear has been to two craft shows this month, but she’s energized and ready to get back on the road and head to Richmond. Locklear is gearing up to leave her Raleigh-based studio to travel to Craft + Design, where she’ll headline the event as the show’s featured artist. Between […]

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Dianne Nordt’s Handwoven Wool Blankets Return to Craft + Design

November 10, 2017 Features

Dianne Nordt began making and selling her handwoven wool blankets more than a decade ago, after she and her husband, William, moved their three children to a sprawling farm in Charles City, Virginia. Today, Nordt has a sleek website and has seen her blankets lauded in national magazines such as Garden & Gun and Martha […]

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Former VisArts Student Returns to Richmond to Exhibit Work at Craft + Design

October 25, 2017 Features

Ten years after taking his first sewing class at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, fiber artist Paul Hansbarger is returning to Richmond to showcase his growing canvas and leather bag business, Lineage. Hansbarger got his start making bags in Catherine Southall’s introductory sewing class. He’d graduated from VCUarts in 2004 with a painting and […]

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VisArts Unveils Winter Catalog Illustrated by Richmond Native Amelia Langford

October 18, 2017 Features

For illustrator Amelia Langford, it’s all in the details. She’s the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s newest illustrator-in-residence and the artist behind the winter 2018 catalog, which arrives in members’ mailboxes this week. Langford’s cover illustration depicts a cardinal on a wintry branch. Look closely and you’ll notice the bird is made up of paintbrushes, […]

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VisArts Mourns the Loss of Longtime Ceramics Teacher Jim Valentine

October 05, 2017 Features

On September 29, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond lost a longtime friend and teacher, Jim Valentine. Valentine was a former public school teacher who taught art for both Richmond Public Schools and Hanover County Public Schools. When he retired, he found he missed teaching, so he began to teach ceramics classes at VisArts. Nancy […]

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Katie McBride returns to VisArts to illustrate Fall 2017 catalog

July 12, 2017 Features

Richmond-based illustrator Katie McBride is the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s newest illustrator-in-residence, but illustrating the fall course catalog is far from her first contact with the 54-year-old community arts center. Almost a decade ago, when McBride was a new VCUarts grad trying to launch a career as an illustrator, she paid her bills teaching […]

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Alicia Dietz is Back with ArtVenture’s Popular Go-Cart Making Class

April 26, 2017 Features

Last summer, Alicia Dietz’s Woodworking on Wheels class was one of the first ArtVenture Summer Camp classes to fill. Kids spent a week building go-carts in the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s woodshop, and on the final day of class, Dietz let them race the finished products. This summer Dietz is back with two more […]

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Elizabeth Graeber is VisArts’ Summer 2017 Illustrator-in-Residence

April 12, 2017 Features

Elizabeth Graeber has a thing for patterns. “I taught myself how to make patterns,” says the Washington, D.C.-based illustrator. “I like fun imagery, faces or animals, and love the [patterns] where you can’t see the repeat.” Graeber is the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s newest illustrator-in-residence. In addition to illustrating VisArts’ summer catalog, which features […]

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Tommy Van Auken to Receive Master Teacher Award at Collectors’ Night

March 15, 2017 Features

Tommy Van Auken will receive the 2016 Shelly Shepherd Master Teacher Award at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Collectors’ Night gala on Saturday night. Van Auken has been an instructor at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond since 2003. During most sessions, he teaches five classes—drawing fundamentals, introduction to oil painting, introduction to figure […]

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Carter Reid to Receive Distinguished Service Award at Collectors’ Night

March 15, 2017 Features

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will recognize Carter Reid with its Distinguished Service Award at Collectors’ Night on Saturday, March 18. The Distinguished Service Award honors a longtime friend of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond who has demonstrated a sustained and extraordinary commitment to the organization. Reid is the senior vice president, chief […]

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Lunar Spring Evokes “Fantastical” Relationship to Nature

February 01, 2017 Features

Natasha Bowdoin grew up in rural West Kennebunk, Maine, and when she wasn’t playing in the woods, she was out on the water. The year before she moved to Philadelphia to earn her MFA at the Tyler School of Art, she worked on her uncle’s lobster boat. Those early connections to nature have never left […]

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Bump in the Night to DJ at Young + Artful

January 25, 2017 Features

Bump in the Night will perform at Young + Artful on January 28. The all-female, all-vinyl DJ group is made up of Mary Silcox, Eliza Childress and Sara Gossett, who go by DJ Mixie, Area Woman and Sister Goldenhaze respectively. Style Weekly arts editor Brent Baldwin wrote of the trio, back in 2013, “it just […]

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Q+A with Carli Holcomb

January 24, 2017 Features

VACA board member and artist Julz Suder sat down with artist Carli Holcomb to discuss the results of her Quirk+VisArts Artist Residency. Holcomb will open a solo exhibition of her work at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in September of 2017 and is donating a piece to Young + Artful’s silent auction. You were […]

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Craft + Design

November 17, 2016 Features

Warner Whitfield’s glass sculptures are reminiscent of flying herons seen while kayaking in Florida’s rivers and the coral gardens that bloom in clear Caribbean waters. Each sculpture is created without the use of molds or castings and is formed by first melting glass into a taffy-like texture. With the aid of heat and gravity, the […]

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Local Artist Holly Camp Illustrates VisArts’ Winter 2017 Catalog

October 25, 2016 Features

What do adult coloring books, infertility support greeting cards and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s winter catalog have in common? They’re all illustrated by Richmonder Holly Camp. Camp has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator ever since she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in 2004. “Illustration was always my […]

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Jared Boggess Illustrates Fall Catalog

July 20, 2016 Features

Jared Boggess was raised in Hanover County where he grew up copying Sonic the Hedgehog and Star Wars characters. He’d fill oversized sheets of paper with hundreds of tiny characters that were neither man nor alien but something in between. Boggess is the second of four illustrators the Visual Arts Center of Richmond has commissioned […]

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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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