By Kathy Chouteau
NIAD Art Center is unveiling two new exhibitions at its Richmond location now through September 23: “Day Or Night It Looks Like Night” and “Whales and Pencil Holders.”
Organized by NIAD Exhibitions and Collections Associate Liliana Herrera, Day Or Night It Looks Like Night will have a Virtual Artist Talk and Curator Walkthrough Fri., Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. and a Gallery Reception Sat., Sept. 10 from 1-4 p.m. For its part, Whales and Pencil Holders, which is organized by Emma Spertus, will also have a Virtual Artist Talk and Curator Walkthrough at 1 p.m. Friday via zoom and an Opening Reception + Ceramics Workshop + Ceramics Sale Sat., Sept. 10 from 1-4 p.m. (the same times/dates as the first referenced exhibition).
During the reception, a ceramics workshop for people of all skill levels will be offered by NIAD ceramics facilitators Emma Spertus and Steen Kjorlie in the NIAD ceramics studio, said NIAD. Refreshments, music and ceramics for sale will also be part of the mix.
Located at 551 23rd St. in Richmond, NIAD Art Center is a local studio for adult artists with developmental disabilities.
Exhibited in the Main Gallery, NIAD said Day Or Night It Looks Like Night is a collection of works that “embody a quiet strength and serve as testaments to an abstract, ambiguous world—one filled with moments of gloom, but also of hope and growth.”
The pieces featured in the exhibition embody the “ebbs and flows in our lives during these vulnerable and emotionally fragile times, when the threat of illnesses and the effects of climate change are entangled in our everyday existence,” according to NIAD.
Over in the Annex Gallery, the Whales and Pencil Holders exhibition draws inspiration for its name from artist Mike Star’s “beautiful series of whale sculptures and pencil holders,” per NIAD, which added that it ultimately presents a “broad spectrum of subjects.” The exhibition includes both works from artists new to ceramics, as well as some from more experienced artists who are sharing their latest “sculptures and function ware,” said NIAD.
Located at 551 23rd St. in Richmond, NIAD Art Center is a local studio for adult artists with developmental disabilities. For more info, click here.