NIAD reception celebrates eclectic new exhibition


Richmond’s NIAD Art Center invites the public to an opening reception for a brand-new exhibit showcasing the works of several diverse artistic stars.

Slated for Saturday, July 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at NIAD’s headquarters on 551 23rd Street, the free festivities will include live tunes from Convergence and introduce party-goers to some truly unique and creative pieces.

The focus of the new exhibit, which will run through July 28, is a pairing of two very different artists—Lisa Hammond, a relative newcomer to NIAD, and Felicia Griffin, who has been an artist at the venue since 1985. Representatives at NIAD are excited by the matching of their very disparate works, comprised greatly of Hammond’s drawings of pedestrian objects and Griffin’s colorful paintings.

Other works on display as part of the exhibit include pieces by photographer Isadora Kosofsky, Belgian artist Sacha Eckes and artist Jonathan Valdivias. Kosofsky’s photos will capture the lives of four developmentally disabled adults living on a community ranch outside Los Angeles; Eckes’s display will show off ‘detournements,’ a unique collage approach dating back about half-a-century; and Valvidias takes the approach of attaching plastic ‘googly-eyes’ to renditions of classic art masterpieces.

All four of the exhibitions will be on display through July 28 at NIAD Art Center. The center’s hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no entry fee, though donations are always welcome to support this vital venue that helps developmentally disabled artists achieve not only independence, but creative success.

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