Richmond Open Studios welcomes sign-ups for citywide artist showcase

Richmond Open Studios welcomes sign-ups for citywide artist showcase
Rebeca García-González’s permanent mural at Richmond Art Center, We Found Joy In Art-Making/Encontramos La Felicidad Haciendo Arte (2021). The work was created with assistance by Richmond youth, Leslie Poblano and Denise Campos.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Visual Artists of Richmond (VAR) is hosting Richmond Open Studios (ROS) Aug. 17-18, and seeks artist residents to participate by showcasing their work at three venues and individual studios across the city.

Now in its second year, ROS should not be confused with East Bay Open Studios, per the organization’s Director Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, who said it is “an independent, grassroots volunteer effort.” Those who rent or own a studio in Richmond can participate in the free event. Artists can open their studios to visitors, or showcase their work at one of the participating venues: NIAD Art Center, Richmond Art Center and ar.ti.fact Gallery.   

While participating artists will get the opportunity to show their work as part of the event, they can also take part in an ROS exhibition at the Richmond Art Center from July 3 to Aug. 17. An opening reception will be held on July 3 from 1-3 p.m.

ROS will spotlight “the great diversity of disciplines, approaches and media among the artists living or working in our city,” according to Brian Conery of VAR’s leadership team. Many are surprised to learn there are so many artists living in Richmond, but those who live here know it is a very art-friendly city, he said.

Artists participating in ROS are all members of VAR; membership to the organization is free to those who live in the city or have a studio in it. VAR’s mission is to share resources, provide opportunities and support for its artists’ art practices.

To register for Richmond Open Studios, click here. Questions? Contact [email protected].