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“Aesthetic” Opens Tonight at The Well Art Gallery

New art to check out this weekend.

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The Well Art Gallery has been flying under a lot of folks radar including mine.

Commonwealth Times posted an article in March about a new exhibit by Justice Dwight.

Having previously showcased at The Well, Dwight said he considers the gallery to be a safe environment to explore a diverse range of themes.

“It gives us a space to tell our stories,” Dwight said. “And it’s a space where you can share these stories and you don’t feel like you’re going to get shunned for it, no matter what the story is.”

The Well was first opened in 2018 by co-owners James Harris and Ajay Brewer in 2018. Located on Hull Street in the Blackwell neighborhood of Richmond, Brewer and Harris opened the gallery to show the cultural changes occurring in the area and preserve the history of the neighborhood, according to the gallery’s website.

 

From The Well Art Gallery Facebook page

“Aesthetic” by @spencer_charles opening tomorrow tonight!
Free public opening reception 5-10pm with premier popup shop by @endulge_wines
Local wine. Live music. Art in all forms. For the culture, by the culture.
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Charles’ recent photo series, Aesthetic, is about finding self-esteem and confidence in one’s self. It’s inspired by his own struggle with insecurity and mental illness. How finding his own aesthetic pulled him out of depression. The photos for this series are mostly black and white minimalism, as well as photo containing bold color blocking. Charles uses black bodies to create abstract shapes and evoke emotion in his images.
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Supporting works by: @thenewabolitionistworkshop
Curated by: @rosxtta
Presented by: @crenius_
Sponsor(s):
Anne + Charlie Westbrook
Corporate + Museum Frame @corporatemuseumframe
Shamel White + Blake Saunders of Torch’d @torchdforyou

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RRRC Pony Pasture 5k

Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still.

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This Saturday at 7:30 AM runners will gather to honor a friend and raise money for the RRRC Scholarship Fund.

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Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still. Peter was a scholar, gentleman, runner, and a friend to many. The proceeds of this race benefit the Richmond Road Runners Club Scholarship Fund. Each year the club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded to individuals who have and will represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle. The recipients of the 2021 scholarships will be announced at the conclusion of the Pony Pasture 5K.
RRRC Pony Pasture 5K, in memory of Peter Still, is a RRRC Club Championship Race for 2021.

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New murals add a splash of color to Willow Lawn

A mural project recently wrapped up at Willow Lawn, where several new murals painted by acclaimed Richmond-based muralist Ed Trask are on display throughout the shopping center.  

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A mural project recently wrapped up at Willow Lawn, where several new murals painted by acclaimed Richmond-based muralist Ed Trask are on display throughout the shopping center.

Richmond-based marketing agency Rocket Pop and Trask collaborated on the design of the murals, which represent Richmond, the history of Willow Lawn, and birds, a common element in Richmond’s populated mural scene.

The project incorporates Richmond skylines and the James River – acknowledging Richmond is known as the river city – and the Blue Ridge mountains.

“There is no better means to connect with people than through art,” said Deirdre Johnson, Vice President of Asset Management.  “This mural provides a unique photo opportunity by featuring elements of the community, environment, and history while engaging with customers as they enter the property from Monument Avenue.”

Willow Lawn, Richmond’s first shopping center, originally opened in 1956. “We incorporated the Willow Lawn arch signage from the 1960s as a nod to the long-standing history of the center,” says Cara Dickens, president of Rocket Pop. “For many Richmonders, Willow Lawn is a nostalgic landmark.”

The birds are meant to give a lighthearted, cheerful vibe. Trask often incorporates birds into his murals and specifically incorporated Virginia’s state bird, the cardinal, into the Willow Lawn project.

“Birds represent everything from environmental health to freedom to a sense of place, but in Richmond, they often convey the fact that Richmond is an urban city with a ton of green space, nature, parks, rivers – a connectedness to the nature around us,” says Trask. “I often use birds to convey a connection to nature, but also the direction the bird is facing is very purposeful in my work…they are looking toward what I want the viewer to look toward.”

Lighting elements were added to the mural to provide a three-dimensional component to the project. The mural design started in May of 2020 and was completed in June of 2021.

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Moto Richmond and Scoot Richmond Rolling Down the Road

I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle or scooter so never had a need to go to the shop but it will be weird to drive past their old location and not see all the lovely bikes.

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BIG NEWS! Moto Richmond and Scoot RIchmond is MOVING to a new location. We’re still in Manchester thru this week, but on Tuesday July 27, you’ll find us in our new home at 6000 Midlothian Turnpike. Are you excited, because WE CERTAINLY ARE! Pardon our dust if you come by 217 W 7th this week to say your farewells, but we’re STOKED to show you the new spot.

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