Visual artwork studio celebrates 27 many years, provides artists ‘freedom to express’

Visual artwork studio celebrates 27 many years, provides artists ‘freedom to express’
anne’s Visible Artwork Studio Gallery in Richmond’s Arts District celebrated its 27th anniversary on Feb. 2. The party showcased local artists, are living tunes by AuriKa and light-weight refreshments. Picture by Julia Garrett.

Emily McCauley, Spectrum Editor

anne’s Visible Art Studio Gallery in Richmond’s Arts District opened 27 several years back and has been a labor of appreciate, explained Anne Hart Chay, the proprietor of anne’s Visible Art Studio Gallery and co-creator of RVA 1st Fridays’ artwork walk.

The 27th anniversary celebration and the exhibition “ART2Go!” occurred during RVA Initially Fridays’ artwork wander on Feb. 2, featuring regional artists, dwell audio by AuriKa and light refreshments, in accordance to the gallery’s web site. The party’s topic on Feb. 2 was “Got activity?”

Chay bought 208 W. Broad St. in 1995 when there was only a person other business open on the block, according to Chay. She turned it into anne’s Visual Artwork Studio Gallery. Immediately after completing renovations in 2000, Chay held her to start with open up invitation to community artists for the to start with “ART2Go!.”

Chay helped set up RVA Very first Fridays’ art wander in 2001 alongside Christina Newton, the previous director of Artspace Gallery, she reported. Cary and her fellow RVA First Friday venues partnered with the Downtown Neighborhood Affiliation, and they took in excess of the system in 2012. 

“I consider Initial Fridays my baby prior to I started out owning infants,” Chay claimed.

Chay was labeled as “Pioneer Anne” by the press in 2002 and the 1st Fridays’ art stroll was regarded for creating a renaissance in the Arts District, she said. 

She grew up in Richmond and graduated from the painting and printmaking division at VCUarts with honors, according to Chay. She has been showcased in galleries this sort of as 1708 Gallery, Artspace and the Company and Museum Frame.

Chay stated she feels honored and thrilled to share her studio gallery with fellow artists whilst currently being a element of Richmond’s remarkable arts community.

Chay hopes her gallery carries on for an additional 27 many years to encourage people and corporations to revitalize their residence and start corporations in her neighborhood, the place many artists have picked to host exhibitions on To start with Fridays, she said. 

Curator and artist Helene Ruiz has been concerned with anne’s Visible Artwork Studio Gallery considering the fact that 2011, soon after she moved to Richmond from New York City, in accordance to Ruiz. She recognizes how significant Chay is in the downtown RVA Arts District.

Ruiz feels numerous of the galleries in the spot have turn out to be very business, but anne’s Visible Art Studio Gallery provides a sense of ease and comfort to artists and art lovers, she explained. 

“You come to feel a more feeling of closeness — flexibility to express oneself,” Ruiz mentioned. 

Chay established her place for community artists to share and sell their artwork, according to Naomi Cordova, a community artist featured at the gallery. 

Chay will introduce a concept for an art demonstrate and Cordova will create art based on the theme, Cordova claimed. 

“This one particular was about game titles, so my first imagined was manipulation and psychological online games relatively than just normal board game titles,” Cordova claimed. 

Cordova grew up in an Evangelical Christian cult and has employed her spiritual trauma to influence her art, she mentioned. 

Cordova explained she focuses her artwork on her femininity, societal norms and surrealism with themes from the 1970s. 

When area Richmond artist Dan Rhett was wanting to sell his art he obtained in get in touch with with Anne, he mentioned. 

“For me, it was approachable, I had hardly ever approached a gallery prior to,” Rhett stated. 

Following meeting, Rhett and Chay understood they experienced crossed paths throughout their time at VCUarts, in accordance to Rhett. 

Rhett now sells his work as a result of anne’s Visual Artwork Studio Gallery and appreciates the publicity it offers him, he said. 

Regional Richmond artist Terrie Powers reported she has labored with Chay for just about 15 yrs and acknowledges how faithful she is to her work and the place. 

“She is just what an artist wants — someone who gets the word out and consistently rearranges the artwork in her gallery to hold it attention-grabbing,” Powers said.