Wednesday, September 26, 2007

An Emphasis on Drawing from Fouth Friday @ Plant Zero

Below you'll find several Fouth Friday exhibitions which emphasize drawing as a mode of personal expression.
Amie Oliver, Brad Birchett, Bill Fisher, Janet DeCover, Michael Pierce and more are all showing collections of new work or included in a drawing exhibition in galleries located at Plant Zero in the Manchester District of Richmond. (across the James from Shockoe Bottom)

Fourth Friday receptions operate from 7-10 pm near the corner of Fourth and Hull Streets. Free parking is avaibable in the Plant Zero lot.

You are invited to the opening reception for Amie Oliver's "Walk the Walk" at Plant Zero in Richmond, VA on Fourth Friday, September 28. The artist reception is from 7-10pm and is part of the Fourth Friday Artwalk, located at 0 E. 4th Street in Manchester and is free and open to the public.

"Walk the Walk" consists of Oliver's most recent paintings, drawings and bookworks, many of which originated in France during her 2006 residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France. In Auvillar she discovered a parallel between her interest in figurative work and the French landscape. This collection of Portraits, Sunflowers and Stormy Weather features a catalogue with an essay by Howard Risatti and will be on view in the Project Space Gallery at Plant Zero until December 23. This exhibition in three acts will be underscored by a performance/reading on Friday, Oct 26 at 7:30pm and the premiere of her latest video work on Nov 2.

Oliver moved to Virginia from New Orleans, LA in 1986 and has maintained a studio in Richmond, VA since 1988. She has studied or worked in artist residencies in Paris, Germany, S. Korea, Virginia and Vermont. Her work has been exhibited from Maine to New Orleans and internationally in France, Turkey, Germany and Scotland. For more information on "Walk the Walk" please visit For more information on Project Space at Plant Zero please visit

Walk the Walk and Oliver's other bookworks will be available at the reception on September 28 or can be ordered by contacting her through her website.

A portion of the sales from "Walk the Walk" will be dontated to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Also on view in Manchester @ Artspace, part of the Plant Zero Art Center:

Let's pretend we're bunny rabbits
September 28 through October 28
Frable and Helena Davis Galleries

'Untitled' by Michael A. Pierce
oil pastels, graphite, and wax on paper

"I'm using oil pastels, graphite, and wax on paper, some mounted on panels and some framed under glass. I'm trying for sensuous, aggressive images with sweet colors...a bit of eye candy.

The installation of the work in this show has been heavily influenced by my recent experiences with bookmaking. I've installed the work as diptychs - or in the language of books - "two-page spreads."

It's the content that's important here. Each diptych consists of one square image based on a close-up photo of a man's face and a second identically-sized square image based on a close-up photo of a rabbit's face. My goal is for the juxtaposition of these images, each two-page spread, to cause you to consider the concept of male identity, beauty and sexuality; at the same time I want you to question just how safe (or unsafe) you feel examining these issues." For more info on my work please click here.

- Michael A. Pierce, July 2007

Michael will donate a portion of his sales to Equality Virginia.

New Drawings at INK TANK:

other drawing shows to see: Leaded closes at University of Richmond on September 30 - this Sunday!

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Don't miss today's RTD Flair section featuring some of Richmond's (and 1708's) finest: Fiona Ross, Louis Poole, Kimberly Frost and J. Pocklington and more in the reality and mystique of "creative survival". Sally Bowring, currently exhibiting a collection of new work at Reynolds Gallery, is a former 1708 artist member and former Executive Director. She is featured on page 12.

Friday, September 21, 2007


WART X promises to be the biggest event of the 2007 season. Artists, designers and creative types gather at La Diff each fall to celebrate the possibilities of what IS wearable and what IS art.

EXPLORE what is POSSIBLE when one combines the two in Wearable X! Be a part of it! Print this application form or pick one up at one up at 1708. All applications are due by October 5.

If you would rather WITNESS the runway rather than STROLL down it buy your tickets now since 1708 has a TRADITION of selling all available seating!

Reservations and information on sponsorship seating is available at 643.1708.

Friday, September 14, 2007

1708 Gallery Seeks Executive Director

Position: Executive Director - 1708 Gallery

1708 Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space in Richmond, Virginia committed to expanding the understanding, development, and appreciation of contemporary art.

Primary Responsibilities: Works with the Board of Directors to support the Gallery's mission and implement Board policy; functions as the public representative of the Gallery; leads the Gallery fundraising; oversees the Gallery exhibition and program implementation; and manages the day-to-day operations of the Gallery.

Click on the Executive Director Job Search Guideline (page 1 & 2) below for a complete prospectus of the positon and application process.


Extended Deadline:
OCTOBER 26, 2007

1708 Gallery is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to contemporary exhibitions, arts and education programs.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Marilee Keys

St. Louis artist Marilee Keys and 1708 Exhibition Liason
Daniel Calder at the preview for her installation Outside/In.

Outside In is a site specific installation which utilizes Keys junk mail collected over the past 9 months with pine needles and leaves. Utilizing a contemporary version of the old technique of paper quilling, Keys has constructed an environment with works off the walls, floor and and ceiling to create "a new topography, with paper, shadows, space and volume."

1708 as a "floating garden" is kinetic, poetic and relevant and a lovely zen counter to the busy flux of a new season on the Broad St Corridor.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Proposal Guidelines for 3D Multiples: The Object of Production

3D Multiples: The Object of Production

NEW DEADLINE: October 5th, 2007 (see new Prospectus below)

In conjunction with Command Print: The 2008 Southern Graphics Council Conference held in Richmond, Virginia during March 2008 and hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Department of Painting and Printmaking & the Center for Digital Print Media.

1708 Gallery seeks proposals from contemporary artists working in 3D multiples: art as manufactured object in mass production. 1708 Gallery and the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Painting and Printmaking will select a small group of artists to exhibit their mass produced, three-dimensional works in partnership with Command Print: The 2008 Southern Graphics Council Conference.

For a complete prospectus of the 3D Multiples Proposal Guidelines click on image below (then right-click on enlargement to save, and then print)

Only complete proposal packages including all information listed on the 3D Multiples Proposal Guidelines will be reviewed.

1708 Gallery is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to contemporary exhibitions, arts and education programs.

For more info contact:

1708 Gallery
319 W. Broad Street
P.O. Box 12520
Richmond, VA 23241

Please see this call on the College Arts Association web site also.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

OUTSIDE IN: Marilee Keyes @ 1708

Please stop by 1708 tonite, Thursday, September 6 for a preview of Marilee Key's new installation from 6 -7:30 pm. It's a great time to introduce new friends to 1708!

See you tonite - or at First Friday- 7-10pm!
Please click on the attachment below for more information on Outside In and Marilee Keyes.

Monday, September 03, 2007



University of Richmond Museums

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art

Curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter

Elizabeth was co-curator for 1708 Gallery's most recent exhibition, Plane Text, from this past June/July 2007. See the review in Style Magazine.

Christopher Cook, Baroque III, graphite, oil, and resin on coated paper, 2004, (large detail)

On view August 23 to September 30, 2007, Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite features more than forty contemporary artworks by seventeen international artists who utilize the physical nature and visual characteristics of graphite and pencils as content in their two- and three-dimensional work. While employing a fundamental drawing medium, the art in the exhibition stands outside of the generalized history of modern drawing. The role of mark-making is subsumed or completely absent from many of the pieces. Likewise, representation is a secondary motivation. - University of Richmond Museums Web Site

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 7 to 9 p.m.7 p.m., Lecture, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts"Materiality and Image,"Christopher Cook, artist featured in the exhibition8 to 9 p.m., Reception and preview of the exhibition, Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of GraphiteJoel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Modlin Center for the Arts


Friday, September 7, 2007, 2 to 4 p.m.Workshop "Materiality and Image-Making," Christopher Cook, artist featured in the exhibition, Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite Artyard, Visual Arts Building, Modlin Center for the ArtsPrograms and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 5pm. Admission is free. Call 804.289.8276 fro information and directions.