Cookout, ’80s tunes set for NIAD Art Center exhibition reception

Cookout and turntable set for NIAD Art Center exhibition reception

As a turntable spins rare gems from the ’80s, community members will view the newest NIAD Art Center exhibitions while feasting at a cookout on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The free opening reception will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the art center at 551 23rd St. in Richmond.

Despite good food and music, the focus will be on the art. Among the exhibitions are “Virgins Virgining” organized by Micah Wood. The group effort “promotes and antagonizes the notion of a ‘first time,’” such as the feeling of trying on your first pair of high heels or holding your partner for the first slow dance at prom.

Included in the exhibition are Bonanza, Sara Malpass, Ben Quinn, Jonathan Velazquez, and Arthur Weiss. This is the first exhibition Micah Wood has organized at NIAD Art Center.

A second exhibition — Tears of a Clown by Jim Winters — features the works examining both the charm and frisson evoked by clowns.

“Sourced from vintage paint-by-number paintings and mid-century photographs, the clowns – on paintings, serigraphs and surfboards — in this show are intended to amuse and unsettle, not to scare,” according to the NIAD Art Center.

The final exhibition is by Rachel Cohen, a new York artist and author whose new series of work explores her reactions to today’s sociopolitical landscape.

Cohen is a New York State licensed and board-certified art therapist who teaches at the Museum of Modern Art and the American Folk Art Museum.

For those who cannot attend the reception, all these exhibitions are up now through Sept. 29 at NIAD Art Center, which opens Monday through Friday 10-4 and Saturdays noon-4. Visit online galleries at