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.
MAIN GALLERY & FRABLE GALLERY
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.)
Uptown Gallery continues its exploration of color in a fourth judged show, "Keep It Green" . Judged by top Richmond landscape artist Linda Hollett, the exhibit is open to any Richmond artist who exploits the special qualities of the color green to "make" the work. Each artist will reveal his own unique interpretation. Does green represent the inexperience of youth, or its vigor? Does it evoke the ecology movement, or perhaps envy? Is it the color of money, the delicacy of spring foliage, the lushness of summer, or the dark depths of water? The exhibit will include a variety of media, including photographs, drawings, paintings and three-dimensional works, with interpretations even more varied than the media.
Judge Linda Hollett is an award-winning plein-air painter who is driven to record local and international landscapes before they fall to development or destruction. She will judge which works make best use of the color green, and will award prizes and ribbons during her gallery talk at 6:00 PM on June 2, during the opening reception. The exhibit runs until July 29, 2017.
"Oyster Study" by Patti Bartol
"It Is All Just Copacetic" by Tami Topalu
"James River" by Betty Drozeski
"Pony Pasture" by Pat Angevine
"Rooftops of Spoleto" by Marti Franks
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