Uptown has three galleries. The ELM (Emma Lou Martin) Gallery is located on the top (loft) floor. The Frable Gallery is located on the mezzanine level. The Main Gallery is located on the ground level.
ART OPENINGS FRIDAY - Opening reception will be on Friday March 2nd, from 5 to 8:30 P.M.
MAIN GALLERY & FRABLE GALLERY
As Nature begins to awaken for the Spring, Uptown Gallery features the work of award-winning abstract artist Pat Angevine in an exhibit called "Captivated". Appropriately for the season, Angevine celebrates our connection with nature. The exhibit was launched by an encounter with a particularly handsome black snake. Says Angevine, "It was love at first sight. I was captivated by his beauty and told him so, which caused him to preen, to the point that the ranger began laughing at our mutual admiration society. She offered me a bit of skin which she had seen him shed and I accepted it with delight as I reluctantly left my new friend." That experience and the beauty of his skin were the inspiration for a series of paintings representing different aspects of the snake's life, and also the interrelationship of his life with ours, both physically and symbolically. Her exhibit is accompanied by the work of about twenty other Uptown members. Though not as enthused about that snake as she, they are all expert at sharing their own experiences through their art.
In the Frable space, the Virginia Collage Society exhibit is "Exploring Imagination in Collage". Picasso believed collage, of all the media, set artists free, allowing them to use their imagination instead of well-established methods. In this show, VCS members have free rein in subject matter and style, with color and diversity as the happy result.
The opening reception will be Friday March 2, from 5 to 8:30 P.M.
The exhibits run from Feb. 28 through April 28, 2018.
Uptown Gallery continues its exploration of color in its fifth judged color exhibit, "Passion for Purple". Judged by artist and teacher Elizabeth Eubanks, the exhibit is open to any Richmond artist who exploits the special qualities of the color violet to make the art sing. What better color to highlight with Spring just around the corner? But flowers are not the only thing that the color violet is associated with. Expressions like "purple passion", "purple prose" and "purple people eaters" convey different connotations of the color. Is violet the color of passion? Is it always flowery? Why do we associate it with strangeness? Each artist will reveal his own unique interpretation. The exhibit will include photographs, drawings, paintings and three-dimensional works, with interpretations even more varied than the media.
The show's judge, Elizabeth Eubanks, is an award-winning artist and an inspired teacher. She will judge which works make best use of the color purple, and will award prizes and ribbons during her gallery talk at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 2nd, during the opening reception. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, she earned her fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and works in watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel. She began painting professionally over 20 years ago and currently lives in Williamsburg and teaches multiple media in Richmond. The exhibit runs through March 31, 2018.
A reception will be held Friday, March 2, from 5 to 8:30 pm.
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