by Daniel Calder
The Main Gallery exhibit is entitled “Blackboards” and features a handful of large scale pieces of paint and chalk. "Blackboards are not typically a vehicle for personal expression,” explained artist Daniel Calder. “More commonly, they are used to disseminate knowledge to a broader audience. The blackboards in this series feature elements from our civic memory and act as a receptacle for the thoughts, feelings, or perhaps even indiscretions of viewers. I am providing the first half of an equation and inviting the visitors to finish the experience – blurring the line between artist, art, and audience.”
Calder, who lives in Glen Allen, Va., is a painter, installation, and conceptual artist. He earned his MFA in 1990 from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a recipient of grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the VMFA, where his next show will be exhibited. He has accepted commissions by the City of Richmond and the Washington Project for the Arts. Calder’s work appears in numerous private and corporate collections and has been featured in various publications including Artpapers, The Washingtonian, Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine, and The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Calder explains the interactive nature of his work and the exhibit: “My images are intended to use some humor and discord to encourage the viewer to reconsider… everything. Though the preexisting images are permanent, chalk and erasers are be provided for viewers to add or take away from the information – rewriting history or providing their own. In the end, even in the gallery setting – not even the artist’s voice will have the last say."
Virginia Linen Service Members' Gallery:
by Dr. Cynthia Richardson
The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will exhibit the bead embroidery art work of Dr. Cynthia Richardson in a show entitled "Beguiled By Bead Embroidery." A long time jewelry designer, Dr. Richardson just recently turned to bead embroidery. Described as bold, her pieces take on themes from nature, animals and Native American art. “Designing bead embroidery is like painting a picture,” explains Dr. Richardson. “Each piece takes on a life of its own and I need to force myself to stop, or else I could keep going forever with each piece.”
There will be 8 – 10 pieces in the exhibit, and all pieces will be for sale.
A native of Ohio, Dr. Richardson followed a career and academic path in psychology, regional planning and social work. She has always been interested in art, and while finishing her doctorate at VCU, she discovered jewelry making as a way to relax and apply her critical thinking skills to artistic and inspirational ways.
PAAL Homeschool Art Class
The upstairs Education Gallery will exhibit the artwork of the PAAL Middle School Homeschool Art class students. The following students are displaying their owl paintings:
The November exhibit runs through
November 29, 2015.